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Governing Body Membership

Governing Body Membership 2017/18

Gwyn Arnold

Gwyn was appointed in July 2017 and is a member of Planning and Performance Committee and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. 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 Governors 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

Business and professional support staff initially elected Kathy as a governor in March 2010 since when she has been twice re-elected in March 2014 and May 2016 and 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 currently in Planning and Performance. As a governor elected by staff, Kathryn 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 staff feel about the College, their department 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 Audit and Risk Assurance 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, 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.

Ian Falconer

After a period as a co-opted member, the Governing Body appointed Ian as a governor and chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee in January 2018. He is a non-executive director of three public sector organisations in the region and until his retirement in spring 2013, Ian was an accountant and business risk partner with over 30 years’ experience in the public sector. He has extensive experience of Further Education, both as an auditor and as a governor at other colleges. Until its recent merger, Ian was a governor of Doncaster College and University Centre undertaking a number of senior board roles including Chair of Audit Committee. Ian will remain a governor of the merged college, The DN Group until the integration is complete.

Angela Foulkes

Angela is Principal and acting Chief Executive Officer of The Sheffield College and was appointed as a governor in November 2017. Angela has 25 years’ experience in further education with expertise across a broad range of curriculum and student support services. Prior to her current role, Angela was Vice Principal for Curriculum and Support at The Manchester College. Angela has also previously held senior leadership roles in London colleges and was a Vice Principal of Barnsley College. Angela is ex-officio member of Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee, Search Committee and Planning and Performance Committee.

Beri Hare (OBE)

Beri was appointed as a governor in July 2017 and is a member of the Planning and Performance Committee. 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 a member of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee. Jane is Deputy Managing Director and Director of Business Development of NOCN (previously National Open College Network). Jane’s 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 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

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. Saleem was appointed as a governor in March 2016 following his election by College teaching staff. He is a member of the Planning and Performance Committee.

Seb Schmoller

Seb has lived in Heeley, Sheffield since 1976. Seb was appointed as a governor in September 2008. He is a Chair of the Governing Body and a member of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee, Planning and Performance Committee, Remuneration Committee and the Search Committee. He is the Yorkshire and Humberside elected representative on the Association of Colleges’ National Governors’ Council. Seb retired in 2012 after ten years as Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology. He currently combines voluntary work with independent work as a specialist in online learning.  Seb previously worked for the College and its predecessor institutions in various roles for 25 years up to 2002. He served as a Governor of Castle (previously Granville) College and was closely involved in the negotiations surrounding the merger of the Sheffield's six tertiary colleges into a single Sheffield College in 1992.

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, Freedom of information, student copyright and licenses.

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 after being re-elected 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 finance, Employment and General Purposes 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, project management and 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 and 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 and is a member of the Remuneration 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 and Finance, Employment and General Purposes 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.