Meet the team
Director of Quality
John Hirst has often been described as ‘someone that you’re definitely better off for knowing.’ John graduated from The University of Leicester with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geology; his keen eye for detail led him to a career in the education and work-based learning sector where he rapidly progressed through the ranks, establishing himself as an empowering and driven quality assurance manager. John has been described as a “focused and driven leader”.
John has gained a wealth of experience in this field, having led Ofsted inspections as nominee on three occasions, several successful matrix assessments as well as his work in his son’s secondary school on the board of governors. John now leads senior teams and external partnerships across Eden in Quality Assurance, Awarding Organisations, Curriculum design, and Commercial.
John has a very sharp eye for detail and conducts his work under the umbrella of strong values and moral gumption. John inspires his team to excellence and is an incredibly competent and critical friend to members of the senior and executive teams at Eden.
Family & Interests
John brings and a sense of fun to work with his sharp wit and at times, warped sense of humor. As a proud father and husband, John loves nothing more than to take his son to watch their beloved Manchester City or Leicester Tigers. And, when he’s not attending professional sporting events, John can be found coaching or refereeing amateur boys’ rugby and ladies’ football in Belper.
“Education is a lifelong experience. Experience is a lifelong education. Education plus experience equals expertise..”