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Governors

Governors make an important contribution to the life of a college and its students, helping to ensure that it is run well and serves the needs of local people.  Governors bring a formidable wealth of diverse experience which supports the work of the College Leadership Team. With the exception of the Interim Principal (the Chief Executive) of the college, all the other Governors are non-executive appointments (not part of the Senior Leadership Team which manages the college).

 

The Board of Governors

   
Steve Wood

Stephen Wood - Chair

Chair of the Moreton Morrell Forward Group

Stephen retired early as vice president and Managing Director of Massey Ferguson farm machinery business, owned by AGCO Corporation of Atlanta, USA. He was educated in the Midlands, completing an engineering apprenticeship with Massey Ferguson from 1969, diplomas in production and agricultural engineering, and was awarded Freedom of the City of Coventry in 1975. During his 37 years with the company, Stephen completed overseas assignments in Singapore, Australia and Brazil and spent 16 years in the Senior Management Team at Director level. Stephen has now realized a life long goal to be his ‘own boss’ by establishing a buy to let business, providing quality housing for private tenants and students. Stephen lives with his family on their smallholding and enjoys horse riding, DIY and golf.

   
 Peter Manford  

Peter Manford - Vice Chair (Strategic Growth & Partnerships)

Unusually for a lawyer, Peter is an MBA graduate of INSEAD. Having over 20 years experience dealing with Commercial transactions, he joined Martineau to lead the Firm’s Commerce Team negotiating major outsourcing and other commercial arrangements. In February 2013 Peter joined Sauflon Pharmaceuticals as its Commercial Director. Peter has particular expertise in outsourcing and franchising and is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the British Franchise Association. Peter also holds a non-executive directorship and manages the family business. Peter lives with wife Sammy and their cheeky children and enjoys photography, cars, skiing and (occasionally) keeping fit.

   
 Alison  

Alison Drury - Vice Chair (People & Brand Communication)

Chair of the Leamington and Henley Forward Group

Alison is a market research, communications and brand consultant specialising in the public sector in engagement and participation projects for the NHS. In the commercial world Alison has provided market research and consultancy to many leading companies including J Sainsbury, Alpro, Tesco and O2. As a Governor Alison has a special interest in the Learner Voice and is a member of the Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Committee (ASQA). Married with two teenage children, Alison enjoys singing and travel whenever time permits. She is a management committee member of the Coventry Rape Crisis Centre (CRASAC).

   
 Linda Simpson

Linda Simpson - Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Committee

Linda has extensive experience of working in the education sector, starting out as a teacher in secondary school and then moving on to become a lecturer and manager in the FE sector. After seven years as a senior manager in a large FE college in London, she moved into working across the Learning and Skills sector in a national capacity as the Director of the 14-19 Diploma leadership development programme at the Centre for Excellence in Leadership. Linda then moved into the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, where for over 4 years she was the Head of Governance and Leadership, leading on a range of programmes and activities to support leaders and managers in the Learning and Skills sector in England. She is currently working as an independent coach and consultant specialising in leadership development and team dynamics. Linda has a degree in education from London University and is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. She also holds an ILM advanced coaching qualification.  In her spare time she enjoys the theatre, gardening and taking care of her cats.

   
Leslie Kelland

Leslie Kelland - Chair of the Audit Committee

Educated at Plymouth Polytechnic, VDAB Antwerp and Coventry University, Les followed a career in the Civil Service as an Engineer, Leading Engineering and Naval Architect and Senior Trainer before managing training for DML Engineering. After a period as a consultant, he moved to the Midlands and the automotive industry working with Mayflower in Coventry. Then, he moved to Aston Martin in 1999 where he was Training Manager. Les has served as Chair to the PTA, MS Society and Parish Council. He is a member of the Automotive Academy Curriculum Steering Group and works with schools on engineering education schemes. Les is currently an advisor to the MOD-DEMSS Education Panel and a member of the SEMTA BIT Steering group.

   
 Raj  

Raj Vitish - Chair of Resources Committee

Raj is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and has worked for KPMG for over 12 years, having joined from the FEFC (predecessor to the LSC) in 1998. At KPMG, Raj is currently the national lead on funding audits and funding assurance at colleges. Raj has worked closely with the LSC either on a secondment basis or project basis to help shape audit approaches since 2004. He led on the development on current audit approach adopted by the Skills Funding Agency.

He has lived in Leamington Spa for over 30 years and studied at Warwickshire College in 1987 before going to Leeds University.

   
 Susan Georgious  

Sue Georgious - Interim Principal & CEO

Sue began her working life as a teacher in schools and then worked in adult learning for many years in a variety of senior management roles including FE and Open College Networks and latterly as Director at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) where she worked for a number of years leading on the UK Vocational Reform Programme and as Director for Policy and Strategy. She has experience of local, regional and national initiatives with young people and adult learners managing and leading national remits for government. She has active networks across the whole education and training sector and has worked with colleagues in Europe on vocational education initiatives both for schools and higher education. She is passionate about developing people and their potential.

   
David Kinnersley

David Kinnersley - Chair of the Pershore Forward Group

David was educated at Reading University, BSc Hons (Agriculture) and subsequently gained an MBA. David worked for a farm management company before joining Bidwells as an Agribusiness Consultant in Northampton, heading up the consultancy team for the Midlands.

In 2008 he joined Fisher German LLP in Banbury to develop their consultancy services in the Midlands. David specialises in business strategy, restructuring and diversification enterprises, for a variety of principally private clients.

   
 Rajinder Singh  

Rajinder Singh - Chair of the Rugby and Trident Forward Group

Educated at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (BSc) Rajinder went on to study part-time in the field of Systems and Control, Microelectronics and Programming whilst working as a Quality Control Engineer in the electrical and electronics industry. He later bought a corner shop and started R S Computer Systems in Coventry in 1981, adding a further showroom in Birmingham in 1985. Over the last 25 years he has served numerous businesses of all sizes, from ‘one man band’ to well known multi-nationals, Colleges and Universities. Rajinder has served on numerous bodies including, Police Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, Regeneration Programmes and two FE Colleges. Rajinder has lived in Leamington Spa for the last 30 years and is married with two sons. Apart from studying part-time for a further MSc in E-Commerce and some charitable voluntary duties, he enjoys gardening and world travel.

 

 

Emily Brett

Emily Brett - Student Governor

(Sabbatical President, Students' Union)

Emily studied at Moreton Morrell College in an Equine Studies degree.  During the second year of her degree she became an officer in the Students' Union and then near the end of her thrid year became elected as Sabbatical President of the Students' Union.  In her spare time Emily enjoys playing netball, tennis and horseriding. 

 

   
Bernard Doyle

Bernard Doyle

Bernard was educated at the University of Manchester (BSc Hons Civil Engineering) and Harvard Business School (MBA). He has worked in the public and private sectors during a 45 year business career. In the private sector he was a main Board Director of Booker McConnell plc and FJC Lilley plc. He was also a General Manager of the Bristol and West Building Society. In the public sector he was a Chief Executive of Welsh Water.

Since 1994 he has specialised in senior level recruitment for the public sector. Prior to becoming a governor at Warwickshire College, he served two four year terms as a governor of North East Worcestershire College.

   
Katherine Skudra

Katherine Skudra - Staff Governor

Katherine Skudra gained a Law Degree at Reading University and after passing her professional examinations practised as a Solicitor for 10 years before having children.

During her time at ‘home’ when the children were younger she volunteered for local charities and was Chairman of the now national charity BabyLifeline in its early years. Katherine has worked in welfare and liaison at college for 15 years enjoying the links with the students in good and not so good times for them.

   
Nigel Plant - Staff Governor

Nigel Plant - Staff Governor

Nigel gained an Engineering Degree at Loughborough University in 1978 and subsequently spent over 30 years in industry achieving Technical and Managing Director positions.  20 of these years were in Aerospace, including seven years working directly for Boeing in Seattle on aircraft landing gear systems.

 

Nigel joined Warwickshire College in 2011, primarily lecturing in Maths and Science subjects to HNC and Foundation degree students at Trident and Rugby centres.  He has taken an active role in the college representing employees through Employee Voice and now as a Staff Governor.

 

   
 

 

   

Advisors and Governor Representatives on Forward Groups

   
Dr John Powell

Dr John Powell - Governor Representative on Rugby and Trident Forward Group

John was educated at Harris College, Preston; New University of Ulster, Coleraine, N. Ireland (D. Phil); and the University of Aston, Birmingham (Dip. in Safety & Hygiene).

He is a Chartered Chemist and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has worked as a Health and Safety Inspector for HM Factory Inspectorate, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in Scotland, West Midlands and East Midlands. From 1999 to 2005 he was head of HSE’s Engineering National Group.

   
David Williams

David Williams - Governor Representative on Moreton Morrell Forward Group

David qualified as a Chartered Town Planner before moving to South Africa. He was a pioneer of economic development within Warwickshire County Council and was County Economic Development Officer until 2007. He became an adviser to the Local Government Association and was a founder of the LGA’s Chief Economic Development Officers’ Society.

His involvement in education began with teaching English in Africa - he is now Director of Warwickshire Education Business Partnership.

   
Stefan Buczacki

Professor Stefan Buczacki - Governor Representative on Pershore Forward Group

Stefan is best known to the public as one of the country's most distinguished gardening and natural history writers and broadcasters but he is also a scientist with an international reputation and has received accolades, honorary degrees and awards for his work.  After a distinguished research career, Stefan has been a freelance broadcaster, author and consultant for over 25 years. He appeared on BBC Radio's 'Gardeners' Question Time' for more than 600 broadcasts in twelve years, just part of a portfolio of well over 1,000 radio programmes and 1,000 television programmes. He has authored almost 60 books and is also an accomplished photographer, holding the Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society.

   
David Disbery

David Disbery -  Governor Representative on Leamington and Henley Forward Group

David Disbery read Classics and Law at Pembroke College, Oxford. After four years in a chemical company, in 1971 he joined Conoco, US Oil and Gas company at their Humberside refinery, moving to more senior appointments in the London Head Office in 1980 and then to Warwick in 1992. He spent most of his career in the Human Resources function, specialising in compensation and benefits and HR policy development. Following the merger of Conoco and Phillips Petroleum in 2002 he elected for voluntary early retirement in June 2003.

David was a governor of Warwickshire College for 14 years and chair of the corporation for six years. His interests include music, history, walking and a family distributed between UK and Australia.

   

Officers

 
   
Caroline Menadue

Caroline Menadue - Clerk to the Corporation

Educated at Leicester University (BA History), Caroline trained with KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock prior to joining BhS Plc as a departmental manager. Caroline was Graduate School Manager at University College Worcester responsible for co-ordinating research weeks and the publication of the College’s research bulletin. Caroline was seconded to HEFCE as a national panel secretary for the Research Assessment Exercise 2001, and acted as Project Officer for the University Title Project Group at Worcester. Caroline became Clerk at Warwickshire College in 2006. In her spare time Caroline plays cello in two local orchestras and the Fantasia string quartet, and has a busy family life.

   
Susan Black

Susan Black - Deputy Clerk to the Corporation

Before joining Warwickshire College Susan worked at Warwick University progressing in positions in the International Office, Warwick Arts Centre and finally the Business School. Prior to her experience in Higher Education, Susan worked at Coventry City Council supporting Elected Members.  Susan has gained the Clerks Award in Governance qualification (level 4) validated by Warwick University, and is now closely involved in the development of the Governors Forward Groups (formally Local Consultative Boards) at Warwickshire College.  In her spare time Susan plays the 'cello in a local orchestra and a string quartet, and enjoys long walks with her dog.