Meet the team

Meet the team

A benefit of studying at Reigate College is that we remain a comfortable sized teacher training institution with currently one new intake of around 15-20 students per year. Because of this manageable size you will quickly get to know all of the staff associated with the PGCE programme. 
At the recruitment and enrolment stages you will meet:
Programme Co-Coordinator: Nicola Sowe 
Programme Administrators at Reigate College: Anne Edwards and Sophie McKenzie
In addition, the team includes:
  • Personal Tutor and Lecturer: Clairiscia Callanan 
  • HE facilitator: Mark Inwood
  • Link Tutor from Canterbury Christ Church University: Peter Lyon
  • Visiting Lecturer: Judith Lawler
  • Other Invited Guest Speakers

Nicola Sowe (Programme Coordinator / Lecturer on DET/PGCE)


Nikki first worked in the field of Nursing before taking a career change into Education.  She held a variety of Teaching and Learning roles whilst gaining an MSc in Teaching and Learning and became an Advanced Practitioner.  Nikki successfully established herself as a Teacher Educator becoming Head of a teacher training department in an FE college. Since then she has moved into a consultative role with colleges and other training organisations in particular advising on new teacher development, CPD and quality. She has also been an External Examiner and External Advisor for Teacher Training Programmes.  At present, she is studying for her EdD.

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Peter Lyon (Link Tutor from Canterbury Christ Church University)

Peter Lyon

Peter started in education 25 years ago as an EFL/ESOL teacher and in 2003 he became a CELTA trainer. He worked in Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College from 1999 to 2012 in ESOL, and functional skills English and maths. In 2013 he moved to the Professional Development team running and co-running the Additional Diploma for Teaching Numeracy/maths; the PTLLS/AET and the DET/PGCE courses. He was also involved in running CPD sessions and mentoring teachers across the college’s four sites.

In 2016 he spent 9 months working as a Teaching, Learning and Assessment coach for The Manchester College in offender learning, working to improve the quality of the Education Department in two establishments. He began working for Canterbury Christ Church University as a Senior Lecturer in PCET in March 2017.


Judith Lawler

Judith has had a long and varied career in education and is qualified to post-graduate level.  Her earlier teaching posts were in secondary education in greater London comprehensive schools where she has taught Maths, Geography & IT.  Judith held various responsibilities at middle management level, including Head of IT & Business Studies.  

After 15 years in secondary education, Judith transferred to a Further Education college setting (FE) where she has worked for over 20 years.  In FE, she has held different roles including advising on and implementing cross-college learning development initiatives, such as key skills, before holding the post of advanced practitioner.  In this capacity, Judith mentored staff to raise teaching standards and provided college-wide staff development. Since 2005, she has managed and contributed to teacher training courses in the FE setting from introductory to full teaching qualifications, including PGCE.


Mark Inwood

Mark Inwood

Mark began his ITT as a Biologist with a concurrent PGCE alongside his research into insect communication.  He went straight into industry, training Lee Valley tomato & cucumber growers in Biological Pest Control for example.  He swapped insect bugs for computer bugs at Beecham Pharmaceuticals, completing the transition to complete “computer nerd” on outplacement, training and programming for an MIS Software House.   Many years of formal classroom teaching, training, coaching and mentoring for organisations as diverse as the BBC, BCS, BA, Arthur Andersen, Arcadia, Sumitomo, Chrysler, Pedigree Pet Foods,  DoH, DSS etc. brought him to Reigate College where he consolidated all this into his QTLS qualification in 2010. 

As a scientist with published research papers, Mark is well placed to help students’ assignment writing, research and referencing work. Formal training from the University of Greenwich updated his electronic information sourcing skills and has been particularly useful in guiding students to research materials that are accessible through our partner HEI’s online service.


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