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People and Offices

Harlaxton College is—to state it simply and directly—one of the finest study-abroad campuses anywhere in the world producing a strong academic program supported by a small but high effective and dedicated staff who administer and support our various academic and non-academic programmes.

Please find below profiles of some of the Harlaxton Staff.


The Cabinet is the senior management team of Harlaxton College.

Gerald Seaman, PhD (Stanford University)

+44 1476 403014

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A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Jerry attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent his junior year at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Aix-en-Provence. This study and travel experience – including his first visits to London, Florence, and Paris - set the direction for Jerry’s academic and professional life. While writing his dissertation at Stanford, he lived in Paris for a year as a pensionnaire étranger at the École Normale Supérieure. In Paris, Jerry spent inspiring days in the manuscript room of the Bibliothèque Nationale researching the works of Chrétien de Troyes, the great twelfth-century author of the first vernacular romances of King Arthur and his knights.

Jerry began his career as a faculty member at the University of Evansville, where he taught French and World Cultures and chaired the Department of Foreign Languages (1997-2000). He also taught three summers at Harlaxton. Before becoming Harlaxton’s seventh Principal, Jerry was Associate Dean of Faculty at Lawrence University (2000-2006), and Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Ripon College (2006-14), serving as interim President in 2011-12. At Ripon, Jerry was Professor of Romance and Classical Languages and occasionally taught French and a popular seminar on J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jerry resides in the Principal’s Lodge with his wife Patricia Vilches and their boys Mario and Riccardo.

Megan Janasiewicz

Megan Janasiewicz, MA (Indiana University)

Director of Student Development
Student Development Office
+44 1476 403003

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Megan joined the Harlaxton community in the summer of 2016. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Megan began her university experience as a Communications major and British Studies minor at Florida State University. She studied abroad with the FSU London program in the spring semester of her sophomore year. She began her professional career in higher education by earning an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. She went on to work for the University of Georgia, Emory University, and Florida State University. Megan is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia and will finish her dissertation while at Harlaxton.

Chris Meadows

Chris Meadows

Estates Manager
Maintenance Office
+44 1476 403005

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With excellent skills both in his trade and as a manager, Chris Meadows leads the "Estates Teams" of Harlaxton Manor. He is direct day-to-day manager of the maintenance team, and he oversees the transport, housekeeping, gardens, and security teams as well. The integration of these service units under Chris as manager has allowed for maximum flexibility and efficiency.

A native of Grantham, Chris attended local schools before undertaking four years of apprenticeship as an electrician. He worked with the East Midlands Electricity Board, then set up his own electrical contracting business and built a strong customer base, including part-time work at Harlaxton Manor. Harlaxton ultimately persuaded him to come full time as maintenance manager, where he has built a superb team of skilled workers, and then to assume responsibility for all estates functions.

Chris lives in Grantham with his wife Carol.

Charlotte Powell

Charlotte Powell

Conference and Events Manager
Conference and Events Office
+44 1476 403020

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Charlotte joined Harlaxton College in 2017 and is a qualified business and events academic. She manages a busy events programme for the college including summer intakes, weddings and exciting events which attract both local communities and audiences from further afield.

Charlotte has over 12 years' experience in the events industry, managing the iconic Lincoln Christmas Market, music concerts including Cliff Richard, twinning events and royal visits. She also pioneered wedding and proposal packages in some of Lincolnshire's most historic venues, such as Lincoln Castle, Gainsborough Old Hall, Usher Art Gallery and The Collection Museum.

Being originally from the county, Charlotte is passionate about bringing high quality events to the area.

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh, MBA (Nottingham Business School)

Lecturer in Marketing and Vice Principal for Business and Technology
Business Office
+44 1476 403000

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With an MBA from the Nottingham Business School, Professor Welsh has taught a popular introductory course in marketing for the last 14 years. His academic interests include the development and effects of consumerism in higher education, service marketing in general, and Britain's political relationship with Europe. In addition, he serves as the College's Vice Principal, a varied and interesting role which keeps him busy!

Professor Welsh served as Chairman (2012-2015) of the Association of American Study Abroad Programmes in the United Kingdom (http://www.aasapuk.org/) and remains on its Executive Committee. AASAP/UK was established in 1991 to represent the 120 or so American study abroad programmes in the UK. It provides a forum for programme directors and administrative staff to discuss and respond to common issues, in order to meet the needs of the present and anticipate the demands of the future for US study abroad in the UK.

Before Harlaxton College, Professor Welsh began his career in data processing management at a large London based group of Builders Merchants, at a time when computers were only just being introduced into the mainstream business arena. This was an exciting time to be 'in computing' and he has maintained a passion for technology ever since. He continued to develop his career and, via sojourns in operational and financial management, progressed to the financial directorship of a Midlands based retail group.

Academic Support

The academic support team provides academic and library support to our faculty, students, and staff.

Linda Dawes

Linda Dawes, BA(Hons), MPhil, MCLIP

College Librarian and Academic Support Manager
Library Office
+44 1476 403022

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As a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Linda has managed the College Library since June 2011. Originally graduating from Nottingham University with a BA (Hons) degree in Geography, she studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Library and Information Studies by distance learning from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, whilst employed as a School Librarian at The King’s School, Grantham.

For 15 years, Linda worked at Nottingham Trent University as a Resource Centre Manager and Cartographer, during which time she undertook research into cartographic communication for a M.Phil thesis. Here at Harlaxton, Linda also manages the Manor Archives and is fascinated by the history of the Manor and its occupants, particularly Gregory Gregory.

Sue Howard

Sue Howard, MA(Ed), Dip SpLD

Writing Support Centre
Writing Support Centre Office
+44 1476 403023

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Sue graduated the universities of Exeter and Brighton, specialising in teaching students with learning difficulties. She established adult literacy classes before gaining a diploma from the Royal Society of Arts and setting up the first of West Sussex’s units for students with severe dyslexia, and becoming a county advisory teacher and lecturer to CLANSA trainee teaching assistants.

Through the Fulbright exchange program she transferred her career to Boston, Massachusetts and then to San Jose, California as a Resource Specialist in elementary education, where she gained ESL qualifications (CLAD). She assisted educating teachers at Santa Clara University. She has published research in America into the use of mnemonics in the teaching of spelling. Sue continues to enjoy writing and illustrating.

Business Office

The business office team provides financial, administrative, and IT support to Harlaxton College and Harlaxton Manor Enterprises Ltd.

Rachel Ison

Rachel Ison

Payroll and Accounts Assistant
Business Office
+44 1476 403010

Mark Crowson

Mark Crowson

IT Support Technician
Library Office
+44 1476 403025

Anne Hollick

Anne Hollick, BA(Hons), MA

College Secretary
Business Office
+44 1476 403015

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Anne has worked at Harlaxton College since 2010 after nearly 25 years in UK higher education. She has wide experience of HE administration having worked at Plymouth Polytechnic, De Montfort University in Leicester and finally at the University of Lincoln where she was Deputy Academic Registrar with particular responsibility for student assessments, examinations and academic regulations.

Graduating from the University of Hull with a BA (Hons) in Geography she subsequently studied for a masters’ degree in Human Resource Management; studies that she feels helped significantly in her work within higher education.

In her free time Anne enjoys classical music, playing the oboe and piano and singing with several local choirs. She also has a great interest in gardening and textiles, particularly sewing and making bobbin lace.

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright, BA(Hons), FCCA

College Accountant
Business Office
+44 1476 403010

Nicola Burridge

Nicola Burridge, BA(Hons), MSc, MAAT

College Accountant
Business Office
+44 1476 403010

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Nicola joined Harlaxton College in 2017, having previously worked at Stoke Rochford Hall (a Hotel and Conference Centre) as Head of Finance and Resources.

A graduate of London University, Nicola enjoyed a year studying in Paris as part of her BA Hons degree in French & Latin. Following graduation she started her career as a Stock Market Analyst in London, before eventually choosing to study for a Masters degree in IT.

Having taken time out to raise her daughters, Nicola retrained in accountancy and enjoyed several years working in schools finance both in Surrey and Lincolnshire.

Nicola lives locally and enjoys spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

Caroline Wilso

Caroline Wilson

+44 1476 403000

Programmes and Events

The Programmes and Events team organises and supports various summer programmes, summer groups, events (such as weddings and concerts), house tours, and Open Houses.

Lesley Mees

Lesley Mees, BA(Hons)

Programmes and House Tours co-ordinator
Conference and Events Office
+44 1476 403024

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Returning to Education in 1993 when her family got a little older, Lesley studied Economic & Social History at Leicester University obtaining a BA(Hons) in 1996. Before coming to Harlaxton in 2004 she worked in the Education/membership department at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

At Harlaxton she has worked in a variety of roles, including assisting in the Library, making arrangements for academic field trips and summer faculty led programs and arranging house tours of the Manor.

Family is very important to Lesley, they are spread about in Loughborough, Peterborough, London and Switzerland and spends much time keeping in touch. She is an active member of ChristChurch Grantham, sitting on many committees and helping with children’s activities. She is also a member of the National Women’s Register, runs a book reading group in Grantham and enjoys gardening, reading and walking her dog.

Ellen Welsh

Ellen Welsh

Events Coordinator
Programmes and Events Office
+44 1476 403013

Student Services

The student development team provides social, welfare, recreational, sporting, health and counseling support to our students and summer programmes.

Elisabeth Gaunt

Elisabeth Gaunt

College Counselor
+44 1476 403003

Laura Scott

Laura Scott, BA (Hons)

Assistant Director of Student Development
Student Development Office
+44 1476 403038

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Laura began working with Harlaxton College in the summer of 2016, spending her first year in the Harlaxton office at the University of Evansville, before returning to the college itself the following summer. Now based at Harlaxton, Laura manages the college’s local culture travel program, academic field trips and supports the day to day operations of the Student Development Office. Originally from Worcestershire, Laura graduated from the University of Lincoln with a 1st class honours degree in Media Production. She studied abroad at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the autumn semester of her second year, which sparked her interest in the field of study abroad.

Lesley Selby

Lesley Selby

College Nurse
Health Centre
+44 1476 403027

Joanne Tinker

Joanne Tinker

Student Development Administrator
Student Development Office
+44 1476 403007

Support Services

The support services team provides support to all academic and non-academic programmes, events, and Harlaxton Manor itself.

Mickey De Vos

Mickey De Vos

House Manager
House Manager’s Office
+44 1476 403002

Andrew Potter

Andrew Potter

Head Gardener
Gardens Office
+44 1476 403029

Anthony Sheridan

Anthony Sheridan

Catering Manager
Catering Office
+44 1476 403001