Meet the Governors

Garry Phillips

CEO/Principal

City College Plymouth has an outstanding reputation for being a responsive and high performing College. Garry has extensive experience within the Skills, Education and Training sector he has worked in several Colleges within the UK, all with different demographics. He is passionate about the learning experience and ensuring that the Colleges continue to support and meet individuals’ needs by being responsive and innovative, thereby creating, fostering and maximising the social and economic opportunities and impact within the locality and region.

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 Committee and Remuneration Committee. 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.

William Woyka

Vice Chair of Corporation

A member of City College Plymouth’s Board of Governors since 2009, William is Chair of the College’s Audit Committee as well as being a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Search and Development Committee.
William’s work as a Community Organisation Consultant means that he values the role the College plays in benefitting the wider community. He is focused on ensuring the College is a place of choice and offers opportunities to a wide and diverse audience.

Andrew Ashley

A highly respected Freelance Project Management and Business Consultant, Associate of Engage PD Ltd, and former Managing Director of Enterprise Plymouth Ltd, Andrew has used his extensive experience in the business world to steer the College over several years. His current focus is on working closely with the owners/managers of established micro-enterprises that are looking to grow and this entrepreneurial spirit guides the College’s offer.
He is a member of the College’s Audit Committee and the Search and Development Committee.

Dr Hilary Duckett

Dr Hilary Duckett has international experience in educational practice, management and consultancy. She has led a number of teams operationally and strategically, including teams of disciplinary experts and university-wide roles in teaching and learning innovation and development. Her research interests include leadership and entrepreneurship pedagogy. Between 2013 and 2017 Hilary was Director of the Plymouth Business School at the University of Plymouth with a strategic leadership role which includes portfolio development, marketing and branding, student recruitment and programme delivery. She is now engaged as an Associate Professor in Programme Leadership, teaching and research. She is Chair of the College’s Performance and Standards Committee.

Cheryl Hext

Cheryl is a Student Governor and a member of the College’s Finance Committee, the Performance and Standards Committee, and the Search and Development Committee.
As a mature student studying Access to HE Science and Psychology, Cheryl is an advocate for education at every stage of life. She is an active member of the Student Union and her long term goal is to achieve a degree in psychology followed by a postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology.

Nick Holman

Head of Professional Services at Vickery Holman Property Consultants, Nick is a member of City College Plymouth’s Performance and Standards Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
As an established Plymouth businessman, Nick knows the positive contribution which can be made to a thriving society provided by the combination of the public, private, voluntary and community sectors when they work together. Nick uses his business acumen and links in the City to promote education and training as key considerations for the region.

Mike Jones

As one of City College Plymouth’s Employability and Enterprise Managers, 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.

Alain Kakuru

As the current Student Union President, Alain has joined the Board as a Student Governor. Alain has been a student at the College for several years and is now studying for his Diploma in Business. His student experience makes him a keen advocate for students’ rights and he takes a keen interest in promoting the student voice at every level of the College.
He is a member of City College Plymouth’s Finance Committee, the Performance and Standards 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 Audit Committee and the 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 a member of City College Plymouth’s Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Emma Tringham

A senior lawyer at one of the City’s premier legal firms, Foot Anstey, Emma brings her extensive experience in helping a broad range of not for profit and private organisations with their governance and management. She is also involved in a variety of projects for educational establishments, from student accommodation to smaller scale lettings and licence arrangements for universities.
Emma is Chair of the College’s Finance Committee and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.