Kelly-Ann Parkinson

Director of People
Middlesbrough College Staff Stories

Meet Kelly-Ann Parkinson– new Director of People at Middlesbrough College.

Joining the team at Middlesbrough College in December 2019, Kelly has over 10 years’ experience in (HR) Human Resources and is keen to bring her experience to the role.

Kelly first began her career in the recruitment sector where she soon realised she enjoyed working with people however during her role, she found she was naturally drawn to HR and everything it encompassed, she said:

“I started out as a recruitment consultant and as part of that role, worked quite closely with the organisation’s Director of HR. I knew I loved working with people but this experience really made me realise how rewarding a career in HR could potentially be, I knew I had found my passion.”

“I decided to take the jump and study for my CIPD qualifications, attending evening classes while still working full time. It was a challenge but I knew I needed to do it in order to get my dream career.”

Kelly’s previous role was Head of HR covering the whole of the UK and Ireland for an International company, travelling across the UK and Europe.

“It was an unforgettable experience travelling to various cities around Europe and I learnt so much in the role but I knew I needed more of a work / life balance.”

Now in her role as Director of People at Middlesbrough College, Kelly is happy to be working within the education sector.

“My first ever interview for a HR role was actually at Middlesbrough College! I’ve always had an interest in education so the College was always on my radar as a place I would love to work.

“Everyone has been so welcoming here and I can see there is such a positive buzz around the College, I’m keen to build on this and showcase the amazing staff we have.

“I love how your own mindset and attitude can influence others. Having a happy, productive and passionate workforce is really important as it filters down to the mindsets of our students, we play such an important role in influencing the young people of the Tees Valley.”

Working only in the private sector previously, Kelly is excited to bring her learnings to the College and has some key goals in mind.

“I’m keen to build on our recruitment strategy and attract new talent to join the amazing team we have here, showcasing our talented and passionate staff so potential candidates can really understand what it would be like to come work here.”  

“I am also developing a ‘Growing our own talent’ programme to help our current staff reach their full potential and progress within the College.”

“I’m a huge advocate of health and wellbeing and know how important it is to any organisation, we have a Wellbeing Strategy and I am excited to work with the Health and Wellbeing Champions Group to drive that forward.”

If that wasn’t enough, Kelly is also a busy mam to two sport obsessed children.

“Any spare time involves me playing taxi for various sporting events such as football matches and athletics competitions. The weekends fly by but I wouldn’t have it any other way!”