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Simon Ashley Cook


Simon is the CEO and Principal of MidKent College. The College is located in Gillingham, serving the Medway towns and Maidstone, serving the County Town and surrounding areas.

Passionate about how education can transform communities, especially further education.

After leaving school at 16 was fortunate to work in the hospitality industry as a chef, which took me to London, Germany and then South Africa to live and work.  I then returned to England in 2000 to start a career in teaching.

I am a keen cyclist and still cook at home a lot!

Useful Information

  • Chair of KFE (Kent Further Education Colleges)

  • Member of KMEP

  • Trustee of Rivermead Inclusive Trust

  • Chair of the Medway Place Board and Medway Champions programme

  • Did you know?  MidKent College also has a subsidiary company that works in partnership with the Royal School of Military Engineering in Medway to train Officers and Sappers

  • Member of Medway Leadership Group