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Governing Body Membership

Governing Body Membership 2017/18

Gwyn Arnold

Gwyn was appointed in July 2017. A highly experienced higher education leader and manager having worked in education for all her career, up until 2014, Gwyn was Registrar and Clerk to the Board of Governs at Manchester Metropolitan University, in which role she was the executive director responsible for leadership and management of Student and Academic Services across the University. Since 2014, Gwyn has undertaken education consultancy projects with a number of universities and software companies that support FE and HE. As well as undertaking consultancy projects, Gwyn is a non-executive director of a fashion institute in London, which provides higher education programmes in fashion, art and design subjects; and an external trustee of the Sheffield Hallam University Students Union.

Kathryn Atkin

Kathy was initially elected the Business Support Governor in March 2010 since when she has been twice re-elected in March 2014 and May 2016. She is a member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. Kathy’s current role at the College is Strategy and Partnerships Officer. She has worked at The Sheffield College for over 34 years, working across many of the college sites and in a wide range of Business Support services, including: the LRC; SRIS; HR; the Business Development Unit/Business Gateway and now Planning & Performance. As the Business Support staff Governor she is able to draw on her experience to influence strategic decisions and overall direction; to monitor the College's performance and, in addition, bring to the attention of the Governing Body how business support staff feel about the College, their departments and their roles.

Jay Bhayani

Jay was appointed in May 2015 and is a member of the Planning and Performance Committee. A qualified solicitor, she is the Managing director of Bhayani HR and Employment Law. Jay is also a member of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce; the Federation of Small Businesses; the Employers Forum; CIPD, the Law Society and the Asian Business Development Network.


Ian Brown

Ian was appointed in December 2014 and is a member of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee. A former student of the College, he is now the Managing Partner of Wosskow Brown Solicitors. The company was established in 1989 and has a number of offices in the South Yorkshire region. In addition to running the day to day activities of the business he is also Head of its Property Department. Ian is also a Director and Company Secretary of two social enterprises in Sheffield - the Parson Cross Forum, which also runs the Thomas Moore Community Centre and Southey Development Forum - an organisation which provides a Learning Centre within Southey Library. He is Chairman of the Sheffield Stars Cycling Club and the Northern Representative, Development Officer and Commissioner on the British Cycling Cycle Speedway Commission.

Paul Corcoran

Paul was appointed as the Chief Executive of the College in June 2015, joining the College from Delta Rail where he held the position of Commercial Director for 6 years prior to which he was Director of Projects. During his career, he has worked in both industry (including Amey Infrastructure Services) and higher education (University of Derby). He is an ex-officio member of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee, Planning and Performance Committee, Search Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Beri Hare (OBE)

Beri was appointed as a governor in July 2017. Beri is currently an educational consultant and serves on the Quality and Standards Committee of a land-based college, as well as reviewing applications for FE Charter status. Until recently, Beri was an Adviser to the FE Commissioner, implementing reforms to FE and also working with intervention teams to support colleges with financial and/or quality difficulties.  Prior to this Beri, was Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Stroud College (2006-2012) and a registered Ofsted Inspector working on teams inspecting FE, sixth form colleges, adult education and apprenticeships.  In 2011, Beri was awarded an OBE for services to FE and she is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Honorary Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute.

Professor Chris Husbands

Chris was appointed as a governor in July 2016. He commenced his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University in January 2016 following 15 years in senior roles in a number of universities. His expertise is in education policy and practice and he has advised local and national governments both in the UK and internationally. He holds a variety of external positions in this country and China.

Jane Jones

Jane was appointed in August 2017 and is currently Deputy Managing Director and Director of Business Development of NOCN (previously National Open College Network). Janes work involves contributing to and implementing the NOCN business growth strategy; leading on major client contracts and managing teams responsible for Assessment, Sales and Product Development. Prior to this role, Jane had diverse experience of in the UK and overseas of working in strategic and commercial business development roles. Jane lives in Sheffield and has previously been a student of the College.

Chris Linacre (MBE)

Chris was appointed in March 2012 and is currently Chair of the Planning and Performance Committee. He is also a member of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Chris retired as Director of Service Development, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in March 2011 after a long career in the health service. He was a Member of IPD and HISM during his career.

Saleem Rashid (Academic Governor) 

Saleem is a Main Grade Lecturer in Maths at Hillsborough campus and recently started to teach Computing at City campus. Saleem has worked at the College since 2010. He is also member of the union UCU and committee member at Hillsborough branch. As a governor, Saleem is a member of the Planning and Performance Committee.

Seb Schmoller

Seb was appointed in September 2008 and is a Vice Chair of the Governing Body and in 2017/18 Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. He is also a member of the Planning and Performance Committee and the Search Committee. He is the Yorkshire and Humberside elected representative on the Association of College’s Governors’ Council.

Seb has lived in Heeley since 1976. He retired in May 2012 as Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology and he currently combines voluntary work of various kinds with independent consultancy specialising in online learning. Seb previously worked for the College and its predecessor institutions in various roles for 25 years up to 2002, serving as a Governor of Granville and Castle Colleges, seeing at close hand all of the changes of the 1980s and 1990s, including the merger of the formation of the tertiary system in 1988, the merger of the tertiary colleges into a single Sheffield College in 1992, the separation of the College from the control of Sheffield City Council in 1993, and the negotiation of new teaching contracts in the early 1990s.

Amy Smith

Amy was first elected as a Student Governor in 2015/16 academic year; she continued in 2016/17, following her election to the role of Sabbatical Student Union President and continues as Student Governor in 2017/18, her re-election as President last year. Amy studied on the Foundation Degree in Photography at Hillsborough campus, having previously studied Level 3 Diploma in Photography. She has been a student at the college since 2012 and during the last five years has been active in the College’s Students’ Union as well as attending several national events including those arranged by the NUS and Association of Colleges. Amy is a member of the Planning and Performance Committee

Kim Streets

Kim was appointed to the Governing Body in November 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. Kim is Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield and has over 20 years’ experience of working in the cultural industries sector, including collections research and development; fundraising and project management, exhibitions’ production. She is a Director of Art Sheffield; Keeper of the Ruskin collection; Guardian of the Sheffield Assay office and a Trustee of the Public Catalogue Foundation and the J G Graves Charitable Trust. Kim has extensive connections in the city, including the business community and both universities.

John Timms

John was appointed in September 2012 and is a member of the Planning & Performance Committee. He is Director, Operations and Events, MLS Contracts Ltd (Sports and Leisure Consultancy); is Chair of Sheffield Sharks Junior Basketball Club and a Director of Park Community Arena Ltd. In summer 2012 John attended the Paralympics as an Assistant Technical Delegate for Wheelchair Rugby.

Gil Vasey

Gil was appointed to the Governing Body in July 2014 and currently chairs the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee. He is Director of Specsavers Opticians and Specsavers Healthcare; a mentor for pre-start and developing businesses and a STEM ambassador providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics support to students of all ages. He is a member of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Sheffield City Regional Retail Forum. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds qualifications in Optometry, Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Anne Wilson (MBE)

Anne was appointed to the Governing Body in July 2015, was elected as a Vice Chair in 2017/18 and is a member of the Planning and Performance Committee.  She is the Managing Director of Numill Ltd, a Sheffield based engineering company specialising in the manufacture and repair of cutting tools. Anne has a postgraduate qualification in strategic management and is a certified accounting technician. Prior to her current position her background is in finance and banking.
Anne is a former mature student of the College, having studied at the former Parson Cross College. Recently she has been involved with the Sheffield College as a guest speaker at the Peter Jones Academy and as a panelist for the business pitches. She is a member of several representative bodies in the city as well as being a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. In 2014 she won Outstanding Business Woman of the Year and SME Business Woman awards.

Richard Wright (MBE)

Richard was appointed in September 2011 and became Chair of the Governing Body in September 2013. He is also a member of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee, Remuneration Committee and Search Committee. Richard is the Executive Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and a Member of the Cutlers’ Company. He is also heavily involved in the UTC (University Technical Colleges) Sheffield City Centre, which opened in 2013 and the Olympic Legacy Park, which is due to open in September 2016.

Richard’s background is in the business sector - he worked for Sheffield Forgemasters and was Managing Director of half of the original company, ATI Allvac. He is aware that there are sectors of the economy that require growth and is keen for the College to meet those needs through teaching and up-skilling students and employees to the city.

Alison Shillito

Alison was appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body in November 2016. Before working at the College, Alison worked at Sheffield Hallam University in a number of governance and senior administration roles including Legal Services Officer and Deputy Secretary. Alison has an undergraduate degree in Law and a masters’ degree in Information Management.  As well as being Clerk to Governing Body, Alison is the College’s Senior Administrator dealing with insurance matters, advising on legal compliance matters and Freedom of information, student copyright issues and licences.