Board of governors

Leicester College is directed and governed by its Board of Governors and the Chair of Governors, Jonathan Kerry. The Governors are volunteers drawn from the communities that Leicester College serves, and they are responsible for setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring college performance.

All documents relating to the governance of Leicester College are available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Our governors

John Allen 
Member since 2017 | Member of Curriculum, Strategy and Quality Improvement Committee

John has recently retired and moved to Leicester after a 42 year career in further education starting off as a science lecturer and then moving into management, and finishing as the Principal and CEO of Lincoln College, where he served for 14 years. He then served as Interim Principal in another local college and then worked for the FE Commissioner’s Office. John has served as a member or Chair on many educational and skills related boards both regionally and nationally and in addition worked as a part time Ofsted Inspector for many years.

John Burton
Member since 2008 | Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee

John is Finance Director of ABP UK, one of Europe’s leading privately owned food processors employing 3000+ at sites across the UK. Previously he was an audit director with KPMG working with a wide range of businesses. John has experience of corporate tax, restructuring, the public sector and transaction services. ACA Qualified (1994).

Danielle Gillett
Member since 2016 | Vice Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee | Member of Curriculum, Strategy and Quality Improvement Committee

Danielle is an alumni of De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with significant experience working with a wide range of businesses from a large plc to niche professional services consultancies. As director and FD of the EMB-Group, she helped build the business from start up to a +£10m group of companies selling market leading accreditation and risk management solutions and business improvement consultancy. She is a keen supporter and promoter of education and learning, being a founder member of the International Women’s Day Trust, a trustee of De Montfort University Students Union and a board member of their JV partnership with the University of Leicester, SULETS. She also sits on the board of the King Richard III Visitors Centre.

Laura Hadland
Member since 2014 | Vice-Chair of Corporation | Member of Audit Committee | Chair of Curriculum Strategy & Quality Improvement Committee

Laura graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge in 2004 with a degree in History and then achieved a Masters in Museum Studies in 2005 at the University of Leicester. During her MA, she became the Senior Curator of History for Leicester Arts and Museums Service, part of Leicester City Council. Since then, she has progressed within the organisation, becoming the manager of a team of curators, as well as continuing to curate the Archaeology, Egyptology and Numismatic collections. In her spare time. Laura also runs a company called Thirst Media, providing food and wine, writing, events and PR services.

Verity Hancock, PrincipalVerity Hancock
Member since 2013 | Principal at Leicester College | Member of all Committees except Audit

Verity joined Leicester College in January 2013 from the Skills Funding Agency where she was the Executive Director for Capacity and Infrastructure. Since gaining a law degree from New College, Oxford in 1988, Verity has pursued a career in further education and previously worked for the City and Guilds of London Institute, the Training and Enterprise Councils and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). She held a number of senior positions within the LSC including Regional Director, East Midlands and National Director of Funding, Planning and Performance and served on the governing bodies of schools and colleges in London and the East Midlands.

Brigitte Heller
Member since 2017 | Member Finance and General Purposes Committee | Member of Student Liaison Committee | Member of Search and Governance Committee

Brigitte gained a Master Diploma with Distinction in Fashion Design, Accountancy, Municipal Law and Business Management at the Vienna College of Technology. She held senior posts with the Further and Higher Education Funding Councils for Wales and was Head of Post-16 Education and Training for South East Wales (ELWa). Brigitte was a magistrate for 20 years and subsequently took up the ministerial appointment to the All Wales Probation Trust Board. She recently served as a board member of Coleg Gwent and was heavily involved in merger negotiations. She recognises the great importance of further education and skills development to enable all learners to reach their full potential.

Andrew Hind
Member since 2011 | Chair of the Audit Committee

Andrew has had fourteen years’ experience as a teacher of English, Drama and Music, and thirteen years’ experience as a senior children’s services/local authority education manager. Reporting directly to Southampton’s Director of Children’s Services, he held responsibility for a £200 million revenue budget, a £40million capital budget and over 500 centrally employed staff. Andrew retired from local government in 2010 and now works as a consultant demographer.

Ruth Ingman 
Member since 2017 | Vice Chair of Search and Governance Committee | Member of Curriculum, Strategy and Quality Improvement Committee

Ruth came to Leicestershire in 1969. Her first degree is in Law and she has a Masters in Law and Employment Relations. Ruth started her career at the Bar in Birmingham, before entering employment with a consultancy firm in 1996. In 2002 she established her own business, Ruth Ingman Ltd providing HR and Employment Law support for small to medium sized businesses. Ruth was President of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce between 2008 and 2010. She has held non-executive posts in the public, private and third sectors.

More recently Ruth has been a board member at LBV and Transitional Chair of the Leicester LMC building corporate governance structures and mentoring the CEO. Ruth currently works as an independent lay Chair for NHS England in addition to building her own secondary business. She is a member of the Bishop’s Council, the Diocesan Synod and a Patron of the Guild of St Martin

Chan Kataria OBE
Member since 2017 | Member of Audit Committee | Member of Search and Governance Committee

Chan Kataria is the Group Chief Executive of emh group, which has a turnover of over £100m, around 20,000 homes in management, and a significant care and support business. The group is a major developer of affordable homes in the East Midlands region and leads the Quantum development partnership.

Chan has been in this role since 2004. Prior to this he worked for various local, regional, and national housing organisations. Chan is a Board member of the national PlaceShapers alliance and chair of the National Housing Federation regional Chief Executive’s forum.  Over the years, Chan has held non-executive positions on the Boards of various third sector and commercial organisations. He is an Honorary Associate at De Montfort University.

Jonathan Kerry 
Member since 2013 | Chair of Corporation | Chair of Search and Governance | Finance and General Purposes Committee

Jonathan is the Chief Executive and Diocesan Secretary of the Church of England Diocese of Leicester.  Previously he was a member of the national senior leadership team of the Methodist Church, having strategic responsibilities for a wide range of work, including education and training, children and young people, equalities and diversity, advocacy and outreach.  He is Treasurer of PROSTaid, the local prostate cancer charity, Chair of the St Philip’s Centre and has recently served as a trustee of a publishing charity and an international development agency which promotes learning and literacy. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

zubair LambadaZubair Limbada
Member since 2015 | Vice Chair of Audit Committee

Zubair is currently Head of Financial Services at De Montfort University.  Previously he worked with an independent accounting and audit practice in Leicester where his main role was to lead the audit service. He also provided general accounting, business and tax advice to a varied portfolio of private businesses and charities. Prior to that he was Audit Manager at KPMG in their Public Sector team predominantly working within the HE and FE sectors. Zubair has significant external audit, internal audit and financial reporting experience and has a keen interest in Governance.

Mandeep Singh 
Member since 2014 | Staff Governor | Member of Curriculum, Strategy and Quality Improvement Committee | Member of Audit Committee

Mandeep has been a member of staff at Leicester College since 2006 and currently holds the position of Programme Lead in the Curriculum area of Business. Mandeep is passionate about education, his interest and strong feelings about accessible education for all learners has led him to the FE sector.  As the elected and appointed Curriculum Staff Governor Mandeep views the College to be a pivotal part of the local community, both as a major employer and as a provider of a range of educational opportunities for young people from Leicester and beyond.  Mandeep aims to combine his range of experiences with his ability to be compassionate, enthusiastic and an approachable staff governor, who will thrive to make a positive contribution to many of the opportunities available to the College.

Mohammed TokariaMohammed Tokaria
Member since 2016 | Student Governor | Member of Curriculum, Strategy and Quality Improvement Committee | Joint Vice Chair of Student Liaison Committee

Mohammed is currently studying at Leicester College on an Extended Diploma Level 3 in IT and Games Development.  He was elected President of the Student Union for 2016/17 and was re-elected as President for the forthcoming term 2017/18. He is a Student Representative on the College’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has regularly taken part in Curriculum area award events.

Caroline Tote
Member since 2017 | Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee | Member of Student Liaison Committee

Caroline is currently Director of Children’s Social Care and Early Help in the Education and Children’s Services Department at Leicester City Council. She is responsible for a range of services including including Early Help, Youth Services, Looked After Children, Fostering and Adoption Services and Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Unit including the LSCB Office.  Prior to this she was Strategic Manager, Child in Need Services at Northamptonshire County Council and has wide career of experience across social work and children’s services.  Caroline has also chaired the Regional FE Safeguarding Forum.

Tom WilsonTom Wilson 
Member since 2017 | Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee | Member of Student Liaison Committee

Revd Dr Tom Wilson is Director of the St Philip’s Centre, an interfaith training and resourcing centre based in Leicester. The Centre works with people of all faiths and no faith to enable people to understand the impact faith makes on daily living and to encourage people to learn to live well together. He is married with two children and enjoys cycling, reading and hill walking.