Meet the Governors
I am Head of Professional Services at Vickery Holman Property Consultants. As a Plymouth businessman I recognise the contribution to a thriving society provided by the combination of the public, private, voluntary and community sectors working together. Education and training are key considerations. I manage the overall strategy for training at Vickery Holman. I contribute to the wider education within my profession through chairing panels, interviewing graduates prior to qualification. I enjoy contributing to organisations in the city as a measure of my appreciation of the opportunities that Plymouth has given to me.
I have been a General Governor since 2009. My work brings me into contact with people many of whom City College Plymouth is not even an achievable aspiration. It is important to me that the College belongs to and is part of the wider community of Plymouth and I believe that part of my role as a Governor is to ensure the College offers opportunities and is a place of choice to a wide and diverse audience.
I feel very privileged to be part of the governing team at the College and being able to contribute to the ambitious goals of the organisation, primarily to provide an outstanding learning experience for our students and contribute to the building of a successful wider community in Devon. My background as a former Principal and CEO of a College of FE and as the current Director of Women’s Leadership Network, Chair and Trustee of two charities raising money for young people in need, working as a consultant in leadership and management, I aim to bring my experience and passion for equalities and diversity to make a very positive contribution to the College.
Following four years of commercial consultancy I was appointed Managing Director of Enterprise Plymouth Ltd in 1990 and built up an organisation employing 23 people and deploying over 40 volunteers from three business advice centres in Plymouth and Exeter.
I am a highly respected Business Consultant in the region, having managed teams of Business Advisers, Trainers and Loan Arrangers. I am now an Independent Business Development Consultant and associate of Engage PD Ltd working closely with the Owner/Managers of established micro-enterprises that are looking to grow.
I am currently Head of School /Associate Dean at Plymouth University. I have responsibility for budget authority, staffing, planning and project coordination roles for a faculty of 40+ academics and 30 professional services staff. I have taken other lead/team roles in projects such as Britannia Royal Naval College, Sichuan International Studies University, Plymouth University QAA Institutional Audits, Strategic management of UK partnerships within the faculty and established a Quality Centre.
I am a senior lawyer at Foot Anstey with a broad range of expertise and experience. I have significant experience helping a variety of public, not for profit and private organisations with their governance and management. I have also been involved in a variety of projects for educational establishments, from student accommodation to smaller scale lettings and licence arrangements for universities.
I have always felt a desire to have a say in what matters and the position on the board of Governors fulfils this perfectly. My involvement in student governance and representation extends back to my time at secondary school where I held a position on the sixth form committee. Now in the role of Chair of Student Council I am able to continue gaining invaluable experience whilst putting across opinions and concerns that matter. I am a keen follower of politics and current affairs, sitting on the Performance & Standards and Finance committees at the College.
I am 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. In the last ten years, I have progressed my career in the football industry, where I have been employed as the CEO at Swindon Town FC and Yeovil Town FC before taking on a similar role at Plymouth Argyle FC in the summer of 2013. I am also a director of South West Ticketing Solutions Ltd and the Plymouth Argyle Community Trust.
I am passionate about education and the role it plays in preparing young people for the world of work. I completely endorse the enterprise and employability values being developed and maintained by the College and I hope to play a significant part in its future success.
I am currently Employability and Enterprise Manager at the College and I am extremely passionate about the College, the work we do and its future. In my five years I have gained experience of working with all stakeholder groups, developing an understanding of their needs and how we can meet them. I approach things with logic, considering the pros and cons before making decisions and judgments. Although from business support, I have a working knowledge of curriculum, having worked closely with teaching colleagues. I honestly believe I have the characteristics needed to make a positive contribution to the Corporation and to be involved in shaping the future direction of our outstanding organisation.
I came to the College 12 years ago, as an unemployed adult with many barriers to overcome. Becoming a part of the College community has literally been a life changing experience for me. I gained my current post of Lead Training Officer in 2008, providing me with an amazing opportunity to support vulnerable students and ensure that they get training tailored to their needs. As a College governor, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the College remains relevant to young people and the challenges they face today.