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Neil Patterson

Neil Patterson

Department: Principal

Neil Patterson took up the position of Principal in March 2013 and worked with the UTC’s partners and governors to develop the curriculum and oversee the construction of the £10m campus. Prior to joining he was Chief Engineer at McLaren Automotive, where he worked for nearly 14 years. At McLaren he played a key part in the company’s transition from a motorsports based engineering company to a fully-fledged automotive manufacturer.


Vanessa Stanley

Department: Deputy Principal

Vanessa brings a wealth of 25 years of experience in running schools. After gaining a B.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London followed by a PGCE at Kings College, London, she began her teaching career in Wiltshire where she quickly became Head of Science before moving to Magdalen College, Brackley. More recently she worked at The Hazeley Academy in Milton Keynes where she was instrumental in setting up the new school and achieving a grade of Outstanding from Ofsted within 2 years.


John McAfee

Department: Assistant Principal, Pastoral Head, Head of 6th Form and Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding

Simon Hollies

Department: Assistant Principal, Employability and Teaching & Learning


Richard Wheller

Department: Business Manager

Big thanks to @astonmartinf1 for hosting us on Friday and giving our students a unique view of the world of F1. Aer… https://t.co/mSdYlKhykN
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Lap 1 of the F2 sprint race from our front garden... https://t.co/o92Eycy4tD
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Great to welcome @f1_experiences back to the UTC for the British Grand Prix this weekend. https://t.co/y0UqcyBntR
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Set up and testing almost done in prep for the F1 Esports Pro Exhibition event being hosted at the UTC over the nex… https://t.co/suzEP0UmDw
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