Meet the Governors

Jackie Grubb

Principal and CEO
Jackie Grubb joined the College as Principal and Chief Executive in June 2019.  Previously Principal at City of Westminster College, Jackie has also held the post of Deputy Principal at Basingstoke College of Technology, Director of Curriculum at Swindon College and an Inspector for Ofsted.  Jackie has a wealth of experience in further education having commenced her career as a lecturer more than 30 years ago.

Pauline Odulinski OBE

Chair of Corporation

A former Principal and CEO of a Further Education College, Pauline is Chair of City College Plymouth’s Search and Development and Remuneration Committees. Pauline is also a member of the Performance and Standards Committee. In addition to being the current Director of Women’s Leadership Network, she is also Chair and Trustee of two charities raising money for young people in need, and works as a consultant in leadership and management.
Pauline brings her extensive experience and passion for equalities and diversity to positively impact the College, providing an outstanding learning experience for our students and contributing to the building of a successful wider community in the South West.

Debbie Taylor

Vice Chair of Corporation

As former Senior Leader working within the National Health Service, Debbie has extensive experience in the areas of learning & organisational development and service transformation. She has led a number of multidisciplinary teams both strategically and operationally to deliver complex change, whilst building capacity and capabilities across organisational boundaries. She is a member of the College’s Performance and Standards Committee and Accommodation Working Group. Committed to the organisation and all that it has to offer, Debbie brings her experience and passion for the College and its aim to deliver outstanding education and training, whilst providing a quality learning experience for students, enabling them to make a valued contribution to our wider community.

Adam Croney

A Chartered Accountant and Auditor, Adam completed his training with PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining leading regional professional services firm Thomas Westcott in 2018. Adam uses his experience to provide a range of accounting, audit and corporate finance services to clients across the region. As a former student of the College, Adam directly understands the important role the College plays in supporting both learners and businesses in the local community. Adam is the Chair of the College’s Audit Committee.

Mike Jones

As City College Plymouth’s Business Engagement  Manager, Mike understands the importance of linking the education and business worlds. Experienced in working with a range of stakeholders, Mike bridges the gap between curriculum, business support and organisations operating in the City.
Mike is a member of the College’s Finance Committee and the Search and Development Committee.

Cheryl Powell

A Lead Training Officer in the College’s Work-based Learning department, Cheryl knows first-hand the transformative effect that being part of the College community can have on both young people and adult learners. She is committed to supporting vulnerable young people and enabling the College to better help them to face their challenges.
Cheryl is a member of the College’s Performance and Standards Committee.

Martyn Starnes

A Chartered Certified Accountant with senior finance and accountancy experience in the construction, engineering and IT industries with English, American and Australian multinationals and SMEs, Martyn is the CEO of Bristol Rovers Football Club. He is also a Director of South West Ticketing Solutions Ltd and the Plymouth Argyle Community Trust.
Passionate about education and the role it plays in preparing young people for the world of work, Martyn actively promotes the enterprise and employability values developed and maintained by the College.
He is Chair of the College’s Finance and Remuneration Committees.

Ed Coley

Ed is currently Head of Skills and Employability at Plymouth City Council where he has been involved with both sub regional, regional and national activity regarding improving the skills and employment system for young people and those out of work.
Ed has worked previously in skills policy, programme and project management within economic develop and regeneration and originally has a background working for training providers from both the private and FE sector.

Emily Beaumont

Emily is Associate Professor and Director of Marjon Business School at Plymouth Marjon University. She is passionate about influencing positive change through education, in particular, with an interest in Business and Enterprise. Emily enjoys exploring the rapidly changing and evolving world of business and how she can approach this through her teaching and learning, and research. Emily is a member of the Performance and Standards Committee.

Paul James

Accountancy is Paul’s second career. His early career took him to Devonport Naval Base, British Rail and Wrigley’s in various labouring roles. During his 10 years at Wrigley’s he paid for his own studies and after gaining his first accountancy qualification was promoted to the role of Costing Supervisor for manufacturing. After three years he left to further his experience and continue his studies working in various sectors including telecoms, logistics, technology and financial services. As he then progressed into senior roles with Age Concern, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Pluss he gained exposure and experience in a range of interesting projects such as the refurbishment of the Theatre Royal Plymouth and being involved in delivering government contracts at Pluss. Over time he took on additional responsibilities for commercial operations, HR and organisational/employee development. He enjoys the variety that a career in accountancy delivers and is really excited to have joined Delt at such a pivotal point in its growth cycle.
Paul lives in the South Hams and is married with four children. He lists his hobbies as golf (I’m rubbish at that) and avoiding anything DIYrelated (which I excel at!).

Caitlin Jackson

President of the Student Union

Hi my name is Caitlin Jackson and I am the president of the student union in the college. I am currently studying public services level three. My role is to make sure the students voice gets heard to make the college a better place for everyone

John Helliwell

Student Council

My name is John Helliwell and I am currently studying for a Foundation Degree in Business Management. I have been at City College since 2016 and during this time have been involved in various activities at the College. These include my roles as a Student Rep and a Student Ambassador and involvement in wider College activity as a member of the Student Council; this has required me to provide outreach support into schools where I promote the College as well as involvement in staff recruitment and the selection of the winners of staff awards. I have an interest in educational development outside the College and am working for the Careers and Enterprise Company as an Enterprise Advisor at a school within Plymouth. I particularly enjoy the student mentoring activity involved in being an Enterprise Advisor and have been helping a number of students better understand their future employment opportunities through targeted work placements. You may have seen me around college, in the Student Centre and the College Gym trying my best to keep to fit.

Dickon Court

Dickon moved to Plymouth in 2015 to work as a solicitor at Foot Anstey LLP, one of the leading law firms in the South West. Dickon had previously worked at some of the largest law firms in the world, including as part of a market-leading education law team. Dickon now specialises in dispute resolution in the context of major projects, construction, energy and commercial contracts. Dickon is keenly involved in business networking in the city and across the region.