West Thames College London

Meet our Staff


  1. Alex Searle

    Director of Visual, Performing Arts and Media

    Alex Searle

    The Media Suite comprises of industry leading equipment and technology. The TV and recording studios are cutting edge and the amount of Macs and professional software available to our students is second to none.

  2. Amrit Sandhu

    Travel & Tourism Lecturer

    Amrit Sandhu

    We offer work experience opportunities in 5 star hotels and with top tour operators, and we have strong links with companies such as British Airways and the Marriott hotel chain. We also offer units on specialist tourism and working as a holiday rep. All of this, and more, enables our students to learn and demonstrate the skills required to work in this dynamic industry.

  3. Jim Jenkins

    Lecturer in Media

    Jim Jenkins

    Jim Jenkins specialises in production at West Thames College, after working many years in the media industry. Jim worked on hundreds of live shows and corporate films, contributing his varied skills in video, staging, lighting, sound and projection.

  4. Julian Shapter

    Theatre Technical Manager

    Julian Shapter

    Julian ‘Jules’ Shapter became interested in lighting and sound during a work experience placement at The Kings Head Theatre and spent eight years working backstage at the Watermans Theatre. Now a first-class Creative Technician, Jules regularly works on major events across the UK.

  5. Katrin Lehmann

    Director of Hair, Beauty & Specialist Makeup

    Katrin Lehmann

    The beauty salons are fitted with the latest equipment including spray tanning and crystal micro-dermabrasion. This ensures our students are fully trained when they leave West Thames College and have the confidence to begin their careers in the industry.

  6. Martina Greeves

    Work Experience, Careers and Employability Manager

    Martina Greeves

    We see our job as being about preparing our students for after they leave college, which means getting them job ready. Our work experience programme is so successful it works both ways – for students and employers. We find out specifically what employers are looking for – what qualities they want, what tasks they need people to perform. That way we know our students won’t ever just be making tea, they’ll be doing something tangible.

  7. Paul Rutherford

    Painting & Decorating lecturer

    Paul Rutherford

    Paul has over 25 years’ experience in domestic, industrial and commercial painting and decorating. During that time, paint and spray equipment technology has evolved rapidly. Paul makes sure that his students are kept up-to-date with all these advances and leave the course confident to join the industry full-time [Full-time courses consist of 12-16 hours study per week. International students on full-time courses must study a minimum of 15 hours per week.].

  8. Philip McCarthy

    Lecturer in Catering

    Philip McCarthy

    Phil began his career when he trained as a commis chef in the airline industry. He then worked for a large casino on Park Lane and also spent time working at the Dorchester Hotel. He progressed to head chef at several London restaurants before becoming the executive chef for three RAF bases.

  9. William Guyett

    Motor Vehicle lecturer

    William Guyett

    Bill ran his own vehicle repair shop and MOT station for 22 years, having originally started as an apprentice at Rover. During his time as a mobile mechanic, he was contracted by the AA to attend their call-outs and was also brought into failing garages to bring them up to standard.


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