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Governors' Profiles

Ex Officio - Chief Executive

John Rees

John Rees

John joined Calderdale College as Principal and Chief Executive in April 2015. John has worked in the further education sector for the past 20 years in a variety of lecturing, management and leadership roles.

He is passionate about linking skills development to employment and he joined Calderdale to continue the College’s commitment to high value skills development and career progression for its students.   

Prior to moving to Calderdale College, John was the Group Deputy Principal at Warwickshire College Group. 

John lives in Halifax with his wife and two children.

Chair to the Corporation

Peter Clark

Peter Clark

Peter Clark joined the Board of Governors in March 2013. 

Peter came to West Yorkshire in 1981 to be the Deputy Head of Brooksbank School and in 1984 became Head of Rastrick High School, first overseeing the amalgamation of Reins Wood Secondary and Rastrick Grammar schools. He was seconded as Acting Head Teacher of The Ridings School, Halifax, between November 1986 and July 1987. He joined the Department for Education as Senior Education Adviser for School Improvement in April 2000. After retiring from the Department in September 2008 he worked on a consultancy basis until March 2013.

Peter is Chair of the Corporation and Chair of the Learner Committee.

External Governor

Fiona Armer

Fiona Armer

Fiona joined the Board of Calderdale College in December 2013. Prior to that she had served the College as an externally co-opted member of the Audit Committee.  

She is a chartered accountant with a cell and molecular biology degree. After qualifying, she spent about 13 years in the further education sector either in various college finance/student data teams or auditing them, with 4 years on the LSC's technical audit committee for regularity audits. Fiona moved to NHS internal audit in 2005 and now works for PwC's Assurance team.

She 'escaped' audit for a year as one of the crew on 'Hull & Humber' in the Clipper 2007-08 round the world yacht race and now volunteers with the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. She is also an artist, exhibiting and selling her oil paintings locally; and a keen fell-runner and member of the Todmorden Harriers.

Fiona is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Rachel Court

Rachel Court

Rachel joined the Board of Calderdale College in September 2015.  

Rachel was born and brought up in Halifax, and studied Law at Oxford University. 

She worked for 22 years for Yorkshire Building Society, primarily in the areas of customer service and HR, and was a member of the Executive team.  

Rachel now works as a Non-executive Director in a number of Financial Services and NHS organisations.  She also serves as a Magistrate, and Chairs the Board of an educational charity in Bradford.  

Rachel has two teenage sons and in her spare time enjoys fell-walking and singing.

Rachel is Chair of the Search and Governance Committee.                                     

Mark Donaldson

Mark Donaldson

Mark joined the Board of Governors in August 2016 having previously served on the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside (NEYH) Chartered Management Institute (CMI) regional board. 

Mark is a fellow of the CMI and has a broad knowledge base and a wide ranging skill set on issues surrounding both business and public administration. This is largely down to his passion for self development and his diverse employment history. 

Mark currently works in the public sector as a general practice business manager. The organisation he manages was rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March 2016. In addition to this, Mark previously worked in the private sector as a regional manager for a well known national fitness provider. Mark achieved many successes whilst with this organisation and his greatest achievement was being appointed Regional Manager for the company's flagship region. Prior to this, Mark had worked as a registered healthcare professional and professional soldier within the Royal Marines. 

Mark is currently working towards a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Huddersfield, but also holds a number of other key qualifications. These include but are not limited to an MSc in Management, BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, an IDM qualification in Direct and Digital Marketing, a CMI qualification in Coaching and Mentoring, NLP diploma in emotional and behavioural coaching, a Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, a level 3 qualification in Education and Training

Outside of work Mark enjoys listening to his eclectic playlists on Spotify, foreign travel, fine dining, sharing good company and most of all spending time with his wife and two young children. 

Richie Dunk

Richie Dunk

Richie joined the Board of Calderdale College in October 2016.

Richie is a Lecturer in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.    Richie has a breadth of experiencing in the education sector having worked in a variety of educational establishments including an inner city school, large further education institutions, and Scotland's oldest boarding school.  Prior to teaching, Richie worked in IT,

Richie believes that nobody should be a teacher unless they care deeply about young people and their future. As a teacher of eight years, Richie has a passion for education and today's youth which drives his professional practice. 

Richie has a Masters in Theoretical Physics.  He is a member of the Institute for Learning, Member of the Association of Science Education and an Associate Member of the Institute of Physics.

Malcolm Rogers

Malcolm Rogers

Malcolm joined the Board of Calderdale College in September 2015.      

Malcolm had a career in banking, specialising in risk management, and is now semi-retired.  He holds a number of non-executive directorships, including in the social housing and health sectors, and is chairman of a property repairs and maintenance company.  In the past he has also been a trustee of several charities.

He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  In his spare time he works as a volunteer with the National Trust, and enjoys fell-walking, gardening and choral singing.  

Malcolm is Vice Chair of the Corporation and Chair of Financial Performance and Efficiency Committee.

Pete Sanderson

Pete Sanderson

Pete Sanderson joined the Board of Calderdale College in December 2016.

Professor Pete Sanderson is Dean of the School of Education and Professional Development at University of Huddersfield. He joined the University in 1985 after working variously in the travel business, as a residential child care worker, a contract researcher and a further education lecturer. During his time at the University he has worked on Post-Compulsory Education and Training teacher training courses, the MA in Professional Development, the BAs in Youth and Community Work, Early Years, Communications and Cultures and the EdD.

Pete gained his BA in History from Cambridge, and a Diploma in Social Administration from York. His MPhil at York was concerned with issues of race and housing in Bradford, and he went on to work as a contract researcher on Leverhulme and EEC funded projects on race, ethnicity and educational achievement before embarking on a career in teaching. His PhD in Psychology from the University of Leeds was concerned with applying social judgement and cognitive process theories to the activity of assessing expository text, based in part on his experience as a Senior Examiner for Sociology A Level.

Pete developed two DFID HE Link bids for collaborative work with Zambian higher education institutions, one of which supported the first programme of training for Zambian youth workers.

Pete is Associate Editor of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

Diane Cothey

Diane Cothey

Diane joined the Board of Calderdale College in August 2016.

In her late teens, Diane started working as an apprentice aircraft/guided weapons/satellite engineer in Bristol - the first female to do so with much media coverage!  This apprenticeship was part of a sandwich course with St Andrews University where Diane read Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics.  

On finishing this, Diane was asked to go into teaching Mathematics and Computer Studies and her teaching career spanned nearly 30 years.  For some of this period, Diane also held a responsible pastoral role in one of the leading girls' schools in the country.  During this time, she obtained a Diploma in Counselling at Bristol University and a Certificate in Stress Consultancy. 

On relocation to her native Yorkshire, Diane changed career direction and moved into Social Housing as a Senior Business Analyst/Consultant/Trainer.

Now retired from that position, Diane misses the contact and rewarding effort of working with young people and being influential in shaping their future.  In her role as Governor, Diane will bring her skills and experience to this post and is keen to make a difference to the lives of young people once again.  She is currently studying for a Degree including Child Psychology and Working with Children with the Open University.

Diane's interests are astrophysics, medical issues, counselling/psychology, education, languages, tennis, scuba-diving, golf, music, art, craft work and reading. Diane is divorced with two children.

Diane is a co-opted Governor and sits on the Learner Committee.

Roy Everett

Roy Everett

Roy joined the Board of Calderdale College in April 2014. 

Roy has a background and qualifications in recruitment, management, electrical, electronic and digital engineering. He was the first to introduce internet recruitment to the UK industry. Roy is owner and founder of an internet recruitment strategy provider working with international blue chip clients.

Roy is a seasoned commercial manager with in-depth international experience at board and grass root level.  He has proven skills within business strategy, business development, team building, and innovation. Both a senior team player and leader, Roy was awarded “Lifetime Achievement in Internet Recruitment” recognition by REC in 2012.

Roy is a co-opted Governor and sits on the Learner Committee.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Sarah joined the Board of Calderdale College in August 2011.

Sarah is Head of Research & Development at Empiric, a company which specialises in the acquisition, development and management of student accommodation assets in the UK.

Sarah previously worked as a consultant in HE and FE at DTZ Plc. Working across the UK and overseas, Sarah advised institutions on a wide range of issues including partnership options, due diligence on new joint ventures, curriculum review and international development. Prior to DTZ, Sarah worked for The British Council and Addleshaw Goddard.

Outside work, Sarah loves to travel and is constantly seeking new adventures, and places to explore.

Sarah is a co-opted Governor and sits on the Audit Committee.

Staff Governor

Greg O'Shea

Greg O'Shea

Greg O'Shea joined the Board in August 2014. 

Greg began working at Calderdale College in 2006 and is the Assistant Curriculum Manager for Construction and Technologies. Greg began his career as an Electrical Engineer and gained experience in the UK and Europe designing, installing and commissioning a wide range of renewable electro-technical technologies. Keen to pass on his expertise he entered the teaching profession in 2006.

With a proven record of raising aspiration, participation and achievement, Greg assumed the role of Advanced Learning Practitioner in 2009, and through coaching, mentoring and modelling positive behaviours, he engaged with staff to develop outstanding teaching and learning practice, improve cross-college strategies and empowered colleagues to place the learners needs at the centre of all they do.

Passionate about the development of staff and learners alike Greg was promoted to Assistant Curriculum Manager in 2014. Being born and raised in Halifax, ensuring the economic wellbeing, social cohesion and social mobility of the people of Calderdale is of paramount importance to Greg and it is these principles that define his approach to life and work.

Janet Tyas

Janet Tyas

Janet joined the Board of Calderdale College as Staff Governor in 2012.

In April 2012 she started working for Calderdale College in the Quality Unit, helping the College deliver the highest standards of learner-focussed services.  In July 2014 she moved to the External Funding Unit of the College and became involved in assessing and monitoring training providers to ensure their delivery is to the required standards. 

Prior to joining the College, Janet had a successful and varied career spanning 25 years with the Halifax Building Society (latterly HBOS).  She has worked in the Branch Network and in many Head Office sites with management roles ranging from Chief Cashier to Operational Manager.  With responsibility for 250 people over multiple sites, in areas covering statutory compliance and customer satisfaction, Janet has always demonstrated a drive and passion for the coaching and development of her team; pushing them on to achieve (and exceed) their ambitions.

Janet has lived in Halifax for 18 years but proudly maintains her hybrid Barnsley/Rotherham accent.  She is married to Alan and has three grown up stepchildren.  She enjoys travelling and tries to find different parts of the world to explore, thriving on as many new experiences as she can discover.

Student Governor

Bailey Casson

Bailey joined the Board of Governors of Calderdale College in August 2016 as a Student Governor. 

Bailey is studying on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Bailey serves on the Learner Committee.

Lettitia Ingham

Lettitia Ingham joined the Board of Calderdale College as a Student Governor in February 2016.  Lettitia starts her second year as a Student Governor from August. 

Lettitia is studying for an HND in Art and Design.

Lettitia serves on the Learner Committee.

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