Mark Bentley is the Operations Director Logistics at South Essex College of Further and Higher Education whereby he is the Head of Department for Logistics and Supply Chain; his role is to develop the college’s provision for education, training and development on behalf of the logistics and supply chain industry sector.
Having successfully worked as an Operations’ Leader in a number of supply chain, logistics and service sector organisations’, he moved into education in 2012 in order to develop a department at the college, in response to the growth of this particular industry sector within the south east area. One of the key areas under his control is the development of apprenticeships, whereby he has a team of staff who specialise in this particular area of our curriculum, with over 100 students on various programmes currently in learning.
He spends a great deal of time with industry in terms of developing industry partnerships which help his department to plan and design their curriculum and general provision in order to meet the needs of business, which he feels has been at the heart of their success here at South Essex College.
Alongside his Operational and Leadership role, he is also a Lecturer and has taught at degree level in People Management on the Business Hons Degree Programme in recent years, which included a range of international students, providing a great opportunity to develop his teaching practice for a diverse student group. Moreover he also has experience at teaching in China as he has undertaken a short teaching assignment with one of their partner colleges’ in the West of the country, teaching the same topic as the degree programme.
Over the past few years he has achieved and currently holds fellowship status with the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT), Chartered Institute of Management (CIM) and recently, Royal Society for Arts (RSA).
Having completed a MSc in Management Development from Edgehill University in 2003 he has not been active in HE study for a period of time but returning through the PG Cert in Management Education, will give him the opportunity to shape the final stage of planning, for embarking on a doctoral research which is expected to commence in September 2019.