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 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: governors@warwickshire.ac.uk

The Board of Governors

   
Steve Wood

Stephen Wood - Chair

 

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)

co-chair of royal leamington spa aDVISORY bOARD

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.

   
Alison

Alison Drury - Vice Chair (People & Brand Communication)

 

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).

   
angela

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.

   
Leslie Kelland

Leslie Kelland - Chair of the Audit Committee

Link Governor for Health and Safety

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.

Linda Simpson

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

Link Governor for SAFEGUARDING AND PREVENT

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 

co-chair of moreton morell aDVISORY bOARD

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.

   

Declan Mcguire

 

Declan mcguire - Student Governor

(Sabbatical President, Students' Union)

Declan studied Animal Management at our Pershore College, prior to becoming our Student Union President and Student Governor for 2015-16. Alongside studying, Declan has worked in a variety of roles including: the Animal Unit at Pershore College, West Midland Safari Park and McDonalds. Declan was also a student ambassador at Moreton Morrell College.  Declan also enjoys Photographing wildlife and drawing.

 

   
student governor

Macauley hemming  - Student Governor

(vice President, Students' Union)

Macauley has been a student at WCG since 2012 and is currently studying Vehicle Maintenance and Repair level 3. To boost his work experience Macauley has  worked in a garage carrying out services, and MOT's wheel inspections and exhaust replacement under supervision. He has also acted as a course representative and Student Union Officer before being elected as Vice President of the WCG Student Union. Macauley also enjoys bike riding, computer games, watching film and also assisting a friend restoring old cars.

 

   

JD

 

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.

   
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.

David Kinnersley

 

David Kinnersley

 

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 is a partner with Fisher German specialising in business strategy, restructuring and diversification enterprises and anaerobic digestion, for a variety of principally private clients.

 

 

Stephanie Mason

 

Stephanie Mason 

 

Stephanie is a Partner with Baker Tilly, (Head of Further Education and Skills) with national responsibility to lead the work that the firm carries out in the learning and skills and further education sectors, with direct responsibility for relationship with main funding and policy bodies and for consulting projects.  Stephanie also advises academies, charities and other not for profit organisations.

   
Rajinder Singh

Rajinder Singh

 

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.

   

Raj

 

Raj Vitish

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.

   
   
Mark Williams

Mark Williams

 

Mark is a Professor at WMG at the University of Warwick where he heads up the Metrology research group. He is an ex pupil at the old Rugby site of Warwickshire College when he served his time as a Technician Apprentice at GEC Alsthom.   He then went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham Trent University and received a PhD in Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1998. Mark is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and a Freeman of the City of London.  Mark lives in Rugby with his wife Rachel and two sons.

 

   
   
   
   

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.