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Leicester College 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 | Chair 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.

Danielle Gillett
Member since 2016 | Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee | Vice Chair 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.

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. She is a Board member of the Office for Students, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, The National Space Centre and the Skills and Education Group.

Chan Kataria OBE
Member since 2017 | Vice Chair of Search and Governance Committee | Member of Finance and General Purpose Committee 

Chan Kataria, OBE is the Group Chief Executive of emh group, a housing and care group with a turnover of £125m, 1,100 employees and over 20,000 homes in management. The group is a major developer of affordable homes and provider of care and support services in the East Midlands. Chan was given the CEO of the year award in 2019 and was a top 10 power player in 2018.

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 Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) professional body and a Board member of Housemark. He is also a Board member of a regional Hospice, member of the CBI Regional Council and Honorary Associate at De Montfort University. Formerly, Chan was Chair of a National Housing Federation Chief Executive’s Forum in the East Midlands and also a Board member of the national PlaceShapers alliance.

Jonathan Kerry

Jonathan Kerry 
Member since 2013 | Chair of Corporation | Chair of Search and Governance | Vice Chair of 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 TwentyTwenty/Love4Life and a board member of the Leicester Comedy Festival, having previously served as a trustee of a publishing charity and an international development agency which promotes learning and literacy.

zubair LambadaZubair Limbada
Member since 2015 | 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.

Roger Merchant
Member since 2018 | Co-opted Member of Audit Committee

Specialising in the not for profit sector, Roger has been an audit partner for 25 years, working with PwC, BDO and Hacker Young.

After graduating from Bristol University, he trained with a global accountancy firm in London where he was promoted to partner and helped to set up a new branch in Poland, before moving to the East Midlands 23 years ago.
Roger is also involved in a number of other charities and not-for-profit organisations including a museum, Leicester Business Voice and a care home group. He represents Leicester on the icaew Council.

Caroline Tote
Member since 2017 | Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee | Safeguarding Lead Governor

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 Early Help, Youth Services, Looked After Children, Fostering and Adoption Services and Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Unit.  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 Wilson

Member since 2017 | Chair of Student Liaison Committee | Member of Audit Committee |Safeguarding Lead Governor

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.

Simon MeakinSimon Meakin
Member since 2019 | Vice chair of Audit Committee | Member of Search and Governance Committee

After graduating from the University of East Anglia, Simon trained with the global accountancy firm EY, spending time at both their Nottingham and Bermuda offices. He has over 25 years experience working in the automotive sector for a number of the UK’s largest retailers, including the locally based Sytner Group. He moved to Leicestershire in 2008 and currently runs his own financial consultancy working with automotive and construction clients . Elected as a governor in July 2019 he has a particular interest in the ongoing improvement and success of the College’s automotive engineering and construction courses. He is currently vice chair of the audit committee

Louisa PooleLouisa Poole
Member since 2019 | Member of Audit and Student Liaison Committee

Louisa qualified as a Chartered Accountant 20 years ago. After qualifying she went to work for KPMG in Australia and Leicester before moving into industry where she’s gained experience in several industries and in heavily regulated companies. Most recently she joined Spirit Health Group as Group Finance director.

Louisa is also a trustee at LOROS and when time allows enjoys a challenge. She’s successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and walked the West Highland Way.

Louisa enjoys travelling, spending time with friends, interior design and skiing holidays..

Tim Gray
Member since 2019 | Member of F&GP

Born and schooled in Leicestershire, Tim has a business degree from Coventry University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 before moving into industry. Tim has held Board positions for 25 years in various international commercial businesses including construction, printing and manufacturing telecoms system engineering and most recently retail pharmacy as part of a management buy-out at Leicester based Mr Pickford’s in 2021. Over the last 23 years Tim has focused on working with Private Equity and private investors managing growth and turnaround situations with a strong emphasis on process improvement, corporate structuring, cost and cash control.

Anne Frost
Member since 2021 | Member of Audit and CSQI

Anne was a senior civil servant until 2020. Her career included roles in the East Midlands  Government Office and running a College for senior Fire Service personnel. She held a range of posts at the Department for Education, many of which involved support for disadvantaged pupils. Her most recent education role was as Director of Further Education.

Before joining the civil service, Anne was an officer in the Royal Air Force where she was stationed in both the UK and Hong Kong.

She is currently the Chair of Trustees for a multi-academy trust in Melton Mowbray and a Member of a Nottingham based multi-academy trust. She is also the lead education trustee for NACRO, a national social justice charity.

Anne gained an MBA from Nottingham Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Ed Marsh
Member since 2021 | Member of F&GP and Student Liaison Committee

Raised in Leicestershire before leaving to study at Hull University, Oxford University and the Open University, Ed is a former Vice President of the National Union of Students and is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Middlesex University Students’ Union having previously held senior roles at Students’ Unions including Hull and De Montfort. He has over a decade of experience in student engagement and regularly carries out published research into the student experience in Higher and Further Education on behalf of the Office for Students, Institutions and Students’ Unions. He Chairs Barnet Citizens and once played cricket for Leicestershire Under 13s.

Zoë Allman
Member since 2021 | Member of CSQI and Audit Committee

Zoë is an Associate Dean (Academic) at De Montfort University.  As an academic leader awarded National Teaching Fellowship (2020) and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2018) she is recognised nationally for her impact on the student learning experience in Higher Education.  She drives change through inspirational leadership, improving the experience of students and colleagues with a philosophy underpinned by embedding mental wellbeing in the curriculum.  Zoë is passionate about enhancing teaching and learning for students and colleagues, and continually seeks new opportunities to develop her own skillset to share with and empower others.

Jai Sharda
Member since 2021 | Member of CSQI and Student Liaison Committee

Jai is an experienced further education and skills practitioner. He has 14 years’ experience in FE, initially as a lecturer in social science, law and ESOL for several FE and HE institutions, followed by roles as head of department, quality manager and director of planning and quality in a large college in the Midlands. Jai has also taught at undergraduate level for the Open University and acted as an external moderator for Access to HE programmes. He joined the Adult Learning Inspectorate as a lead inspector in 2002 and moved over to Ofsted as an HMI from 2007 to 2019. Jai has led and assisted on inspections of FE colleges, community learning and skills, independent learning providers and prisons. Jai left Ofsted in 2019 and currently works as a freelance consultant to the further education and skills sector.

Lisa Armitage
Member since 2020 | Staff Governor | Member of CSQI and Student Liaison Committee

Lisa is Director of Maths and English in Study Programmes and Apprenticeships at Leicester College.  She has worked in the FE sector for nearly 20 years and has taught and managed in multiple settings across different funding streams including study programme, adult & community, probation, school links, apprenticeships, high needs and teacher education.  Lisa also spent several years at both the Learning and Skills Council and Leicestershire County Council working regionally and locally on education and skills funding and policy.

Shaun Curtis
Member since 2020 | Staff Governor | Member of Search and Governance and CSQI

Shaun Curtis has been with the College since September 2017, being Director of Estates and Campus Services since July 2019. Shaun is passionate in providing Environments which facilitate exceptional learning and has had a varied career in property from heading up the Commercial Property Team at a Local Authority to working at a Motor Racing Circuit. Outside of College, Shaun is a keen sports enthusiast.

 

Akith Maluge 

Member since 2021 | Student Governor | Member of CSQI and Student Liaison Committee