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 Group Principal, all the other Governors are non-executive appointments (not part of the Senior Leadership Team which manages the college).

To contact our governors please email:

The Board of Governors


Steve Wood

Stephen Wood - Chair

Stephen was Vice President and Managing Director of Massey Ferguson farm machinery business, owned by AGCO Corporation of Atlanta, USA, before retiring a few years ago. 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. Stephen lives with his family on their smallholding and enjoys horse riding, DIY and golf.


Peter Manford

Peter Manford - Vice Chair

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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.  From February 2013 – October 2015 Peter was Commercial Director at Sauflon Pharamceuticals prior to returning to private practice to continue working as a commercial lawyer and help develop a fast growing commercial practice.  Peter has particular expertise in outsourcing and franchising. Peter also manages the family business.  Peter lives with wife Sammy and their cheeky children and enjoys photography, cars, skiing and (occasionally) keeping fit.


Angela joyce - group principal and chief executive

Angela began her career as a secondary school teacher in Leicestershire before deciding to move into further education. She worked at Moulton College for eight years developing their sports, land based and hospitality and catering curriculum before moving to Peterborough Regional College as vice-principal, deputy principal, and most recently as Principal and Chief Executive. Notable achievements at Peterborough included a Joint Venture Company to create a University Centre for higher education; the development of a profitable learning company subsidiary; the college becoming an approved academy sponsor; a marked increase in college success rates and; the college being rated as consistently ‘outstanding’ for financial health by the SFA.  Angela also led a range of innovative external projects working with a range of regional employers which included Caterpillar Perkins and partnering Anglian Water in leading the development of a University Technical College. Angela is a keen athlete who has competed at international level in athletics and also enjoys horse riding and one day eventing. 

Bernard Doyle

Bernard Doyle - Chair of the resources Committee


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.

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.


Chris Bradshaw

Chris Bradshaw 

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Chris has extensive experience of the public sector having held board level director positions in the NHS for over 20 years at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Sandwell Primary Care Trusts and George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton until his retirement in 2014. During this period he worked on major projects including relocation of the children's hospital, creating a joint venture with the private sector to develop new primary care premises, and developing strategic plans for each organisation. In addition, he has been a governor of Queen Alexandra College (an independent specialist college for people with disabilities) where he is currently Chairman. He is also involved in a number of other charities related to disabilities. Chris is a qualified accountant and his early career was spent in commerce and industry, beginning with Automotive Products in Leamington Spa (now the location of Warwick Trident College). Chris is married with two adult children, one of whom is autistic and works as a school cleaner in Coventry, and the other who works as a digital designer in Sydney.




Gill started her career as a school teacher and the moved into further education. She has held a number of senior posts including Principal and Chief Executive of two colleges. During her time she has managed two key mergers of colleges and has spent a period of time at the funding council, and most recently has been the Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges.   Gill has a track record in improving quality and she has created partnerships with leading employers. She was instrumental in establishing the first Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in the country.  Gill is a trustee of World Skills UK and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Leadership Network.


Jacqui D'Arcy- Staff Governor

Jackie has been a lecturer  at the College for nearly 25 years, teaching on a range of level 3 and international courses.  Jackie has a background in social sciences/humanities.  Jackie is the UCU branch secretary at Warwickshire College Group, and has also served UCU both regionally and nationally.  Jackie has taken an active role in the college representing employees and will develop this role as a Staff Governor.



nick eastwood

Nick Eastwood is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wasps Rugby Football Club. Nick joined Wasps following a successful 12-year period with the RFU, helping to grow the RFU's net worth from £35m to £180m and profits from a loss of £5m to profit of £15m and playing a key role in steering the governing body through an economic downturn.  Prior to his role with the RFU, Nick spent five years with The Body Shop International PLC as its Global Head of Corporate Services, and has previously held senior management roles at Lifetime Corporation USA and at then powerhouse accounting firm Arthur Andersen.



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David holmes


David is currently the CEO of British Eventing, having previously been a BHSI and former Commanding Officer of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. He was Chief Executive of British Dressage for nine years and was Director of Sport at both the FEI and at the Italian Equestrian Federation, for which he acted as Chef d’equipe at several championships. 

David is currently a sports consultant, working with national governing sports bodies, and is still involved in riding and training.


conor Hume  - Student Governor

(vice President, Students' Union)

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RICHARD LARGE - Student Governor

(Sabbatical President, Students' Union)

Richard originally studied Level 3 Animal Management at Moreton Morrell before having two years out to work in various jobs. He then went back to Moreton Morrell to study his Foundation degree in Animal Management where he undertook an extensive work experience placement at West Midlands Police Dogs. Other than animals, Richard also has a keen interest in Rugby and has been playing for his local team; Berkswell & Balsall for the past 12 years.



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.


STEVE WilliamS


Steve has enjoyed a varied business career.  He qualified an accountant before joining PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a management consultant.  After working as a management consultant, Steve became director of finance for PwC Consulting Europe where he worked extensively with teams across Europe and the US.  Steve moved on from PwC to work as a Finance Director within  Philips Electronics and latterly became the chief operations officer for an overseas law firm.  After living abroad, Steve moved back to the UK and lives in Malvern with his wife and two sons.  He has served a four-year term as governor at South Worcestershire College, is involved in charity work and enjoys tennis and playing the piano.





Paul is a Chartered Engineer, with B.Tech and M.Phil degrees in Materials Science from Bradford University. He went on to hold a variety of technical and management roles in the steel industry before establishing his own management consultancy. In 1993, he joined Malvern Instruments, a company which designs and manufactures scientific instrumentation, where he has been Managing Director for the past 20 years. Paul was awarded an MBE for services to Industry in 2012 and was Chairman of the Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce for five years. He has been a Non-Executive Director of the Malvern Hills Science Park since 1999 and is a Governor of King’s School Worcester and a Fellow of the University of Worcester. Paul lives with his wife Sarah and twin teenage boys and when the opportunity arises will escape to his workshop or the Malvern Hills. 







Clerk to the Corporation

Caroline Menadue

Caroline Menadue - Clerk to the Corporation

Educated at Leicester University (BA History), Caroline initially trained with KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock prior to becoming Graduate School Manager at University College Worcester responsible for research degree management, 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 for Worcester University. Caroline became Clerk to the Corporation 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.