Protocol are incredibly proud to announce the appointment of Vanessa Rhodes FCIPD BA Hons, former Assistant Principal (Support Services), at Cheshire College South and West, as our Director of HR & Partnerships.

As the leading full-service recruitment agency in the education, skills and training sector, this exciting appointment supports our ambitious and exciting expansion plans, with Vanessa joining our Board of Directors to assist our growth trajectory whilst simultaneously leading on the development of some key new services and networks.

Ian Sackree, Chief Executive commented; Protocol is delighted to announce the appointment of Vanessa Rhodes FCIPD BA Hons as our Director of HR & Partnerships. Vanessa has both small and large college experience and adds to our team who understand how a college works and how we can shape our service accordingly. Her knowledge of professional HR and Student Support Services and ALS will be critical to ensure that our recruitment and employment services in these spaces are beyond excellent, and she will add real value to our middle and senior management recruitment activities. We are very lucky to have recruited Vanessa.”

Vanessa joins Protocol as an accomplished HR professional with vast experience within the education sector and will support us in our focus of building new business, strengthening existing business and developing our specialist ALS/SEND services. Additionally, Vanessa will support our commitment to progressive CPD pathways and lead us in our programmes on Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Safeguarding.

Vanessa Rhodes added “I am delighted to be joining Protocol at this very exciting time in their development and to have the opportunity to work with such a super team of people. In this role I can harness all of my college experience and bring my education, skills and training knowledge to the fore to provide the best service to colleges and I can’t wait to get started”.

Vanessa can be contacted directly at and invites education professionals who are looking to do FE differently to enquire about what advice Protocol can offer.

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