Otley College

A NEW four-strong business team at Otley College has been set up to help it become more commercial. Rosanne Wijnberg has been appointed director of commercial services, Annette Nott, head of distance learning, Carolyn Leggett, sales manager and Julie White, head of employer engagement.

A NEW four-strong business team at Otley College has been set up to help it become more commercial.

Rosanne Wijnberg has been appointed director of commercial services, Annette Nott, head of distance learning, Carolyn Leggett, sales manager and Julie White, head of employer engagement.

The team will boost business services to rural firms, the commercial world and farmers in East Anglia, and help the college become the leading business training provider in the region.

“We have done lots of research to see how our business services can be bettered and the customer feedback has led us to restructure our business offering, to help reflect the needs of our customers,” said Ms Wijnberg.

“We are aiming to offer one of the widest ranges of training opportunities in the county - from apprenticeships to director-level courses - and we want to make it as easy as possible for businesses to access appropriate training.

“We also plan to speak and work with local businesses to ensure that we offer relevant, flexible and best value training to help all our current, potential and future customers to have the opportunity of working with Otley College to develop their businesses to the maximum.”

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Ms Wijnberg, who was brought up in South Africa, gained an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and later worked as a management consultant for Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting in London.

Ms Nott joined a commercial nursery before moving to Leicester City Countil to help design playgrounds in the community. She worked in floristry for eight years, becoming a floristry teacher in 1993, and has held a variety of roles at Otley College, from work-based to distance learning.

Ms Leggett started at the Food Research Institute in Norwich and went on to work in market research for Survey Research Associates and Hall and Partners before moving to human resource consultancy ERAS, and then to Otley in 2000.

Ms White worked at the Co-operative Bank in Wakefield and later for Ipswich Hospital as a Voluntary Services co-ordinator and patient services manager