Lesley, joined the college in 1976 after leaving Hirst East
County Secondary Girls School without qualifications and leaving
her office job as an accounts assistant.
Lesley studied O-Levels in Music, English and Sports Coaching at
the college's Ashington campus. She was already a gymnastics coach,
but went on to coach badminton, trampolining and other sports too
at centres in Wansbeck.
In 1984 Lesley and her family left the North East, she continued
coaching while working part-time in finance roles.
In 1986 Lesley took up a management role that saw her hold
responsibility for company financial procedures.
Lesley's career continued to develop and she studied for further
qualifications in HR and then in Accountancy. In 2003 Lesley
started her own business as an HR consultant and book-keeper.
Deciding to specialise, Lesley established Laws
Accountants four years ago. Based in Shropshire, the
successful business has clients in the West Midlands, Birmingham
More recently Lesley has undertaken qualifications in life-long
learning and assessing and is now also a Lecturer in accountancy
two evenings per week at a further education college.
Lesley says: "My fondest memory of the college is the buzz of
being a student and the comradeship. When I left school I thought I
would never achieve anything, but when I left the college I wasn't
afraid of trying new things."
Lesley says the college facilities were excellent and the tutors
were really helpful. In particular she recalls Malcolm Armstrong,
her music teacher, who made every lesson exciting.
"The college gave me confidence and direction and I've gone on
to do so many other qualifications over the years I feel I've been
a student all my life; I think it's kept me young and active.
Ashington Tech was a brilliant place to start."
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