Meet the Team

Name: Mr L Wilson

Position: Careers Leader & Assistant Head Teacher


Telephone: 01423 548800 


  • Leeds Beckett University- Sports & Exercise Science Degree
  • Leeds Beckett University – Post Graduation Certificate in Education in Physical Education 

About me:  

I began my teaching career at Harrogate High School in 2011 as a newly qualified teacher and I have never looked back.  During my time at the school, I have developed a wealth of knowledge of teaching and learning and have worked tirelessly to accelerate the progress and outcomes of each student.  

Alongside my teaching role, I have also led on several whole school priorities.  As the Careers Leader, I have strategic responsibility for the careers programme at Harrogate High School and lead the Career Hub which consists of a team of people who seek to raise knowledge, understanding and aspiration across the school.  In this role, I work passionately to develop provision to ensure that students are well prepared for the next stage of their lives.  In order to do this, it is essential that I continue to work with careers expert and business leaders in the Harrogate and wider areas.  This is typified in our work with Louise Lunn who is the CEC Career Hub Manager for York, North Yorkshire, and our work with Lisa Avins, our Enterprise Advisor.  Using their knowledge and experience has been invaluable and has allowed us to make ongoing improvements to our provision. 

Name: Ms B Ashby

Position: Careers Link Governor



  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD)
  • Masters in Business Administration MBA
  • ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 6 in Career Development and Guidance
  • Accredited Mediator

About me:  

I have been a HR Director for over 20 years working mainly in the Heath and Care Sector operating at Board level. During my career in Human Resource Management, I have managed large people change programmes to transform organisations, employee engagement programmes, delivering large scale leadership development programmes and coaching senior-level executives. 

I am a Board Trustee and the Vice-Chair of Northern Star Academies Trust, and also the Lead Safeguarding Governor at Harrogate High School.


Name: Mrs P Garner

Position: IAG Lead



  • OCR Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development

About me: 

I am a qualified teacher and careers advisor. I am delighted to be offering the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance at Harrogate High School. I have been working with the school for a while through my role, based at Harrogate College, in widening participation and outreach with FutureHY, the UniConnect partnership in North Yorkshire, organising in-school activities and visits. Working with the school, these activities are designed to enable and facilitate the students to consider their progression and next steps after Y11, onto A Levels, into Further Education or onto an apprenticeship.

Name: Mr C Mowat

Position: 2nd in Department (English)


Telephone: 01423 548800 


  • Keele University - Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature & Sociology.
  • Leeds University – Post Graduation Certificate in Education in Secondary English.

About me: 

I began my teaching career at Harrogate High School in 2010 as a newly qualified teacher. I have previous experience of working within the publishing industry, stock marketing and hospitality. I have used the skills I learned within those professions to help develop my organisational and communication abilities in education.

Within teaching, I have also led on a number of whole-school roles as well as working within the Senior Leadership Team. I have conducted several research projects to assess our current provision and develop improved opportunities for our students. An example would be when I surveyed the A-level curriculum and consequently was able to create new opportunities such as Sociology. I worked to develop our English curriculum and increase the cross-curricular links between other subjects. 

I am currently working as part of the Careers Hub which seeks to raise knowledge and understanding of careers across the school and within this role, I have strategic responsibility for key stage 4.

Name: Mr J Coleman

Position: Teacher of English and humanities


Telephone:  01423 548800


  • BA (Hons) history - Liverpool University 1998
  • PGCE (secondary) history - Leeds Trinity University 2004

About me: 

Hospitality, marketing, teaching...

So far my career has woven a path through these three sectors, this has allowed me to develop a knowledge and skillset to support students in maximising their potential and aspiration.

I began my teaching career at an 11-18 comprehensive school in Leeds. In my 11.5 years there I worked my way from a humanities supply teacher to the assistant headteacher. I had oversight of key stage 4, alternative provision, PSHE and careers. I have many years experience in helping students make informed and aspirational choices at all transition points; whether that is deciding on GCSE options, whether to opt for A levels or apprenticeships or which university course is right for you.

As part of the careers team at Harrogate High School, I am overseeing year 7 and year 8. We will look to ensure all students are given the opportunity to consider all options available to them.

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Penny Garner - Careers Advisor HHS

John Coleman

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