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GOVERNORS

Read below to learn about our College Governors.

Peter Clark

Chair to the Corporation (CBE)

Peter Clark joined the Board of Governors in March 2013.

He came to West Yorkshire in 1981 as 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. Peter was seconded as Acting Head Teacher of The Ridings School in Halifax in 1986 and 1987.

In April 2000 he then joined the Department for Education as Senior Education Adviser for School Improvement.

Having served as Vice-Chair previously, Peter was appointed as Chair of the Corporation from August 2016.  He is a member of the Board’s Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee.

John Rees

Chief Executive

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.

Malcolm Rogers

Vice-Chair to the Corporation

Malcolm joined the Board of Calderdale College in September 2015.

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

Malcolm 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 Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee.

Richie Dunk

External Governor

Richie joined the Board of Calderdale College in October 2016.

He is a Lecturer in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and has a breadth of experience in the education sector, having worked in a variety of establishments, including an inner city school, large further education institutions and Scotland's oldest boarding school.  Prior to teaching, he 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, is a member of the Institute for Learning, a member of the Association of Science Education and an Associate Member of the Institute of Physics.

Patricia Drake

External Governor

Patricia joined the Board of Calderdale College in April 2017.

Patricia has an NHS background, working as a nurse and Senior Leadership positions during her career.  This included significant partnership working with Higher Education Institutions and Colleges.  She has an MA in Quality in Health and Social Care from the Nuffield Institute at Leeds University.

Patricia has had a portfolio career since leaving the NHS which has included being a governor of an academy, Chair of an arts based charity, non-executive in a healthcare social enterprise and board membership of a clinical commissioning group.

She is currently Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Ambulance Service and a Justice of the Peace.

Rachel Court

External Governor

Rachel was appointed to the Board of Calderdale College in September 2015.

She was born and brought up in Halifax.

After studying Law at Oxford University Rachel worked for 22 years at the Yorkshire Building Society, primarily in the areas of customer service and HR, and was a member of its Executive team.

Rachel now has a varied portfolio including non-executive directorships in a number of Financial Services and NHS organisations, serving as a Magistrate and chairs the board of an educational charity in Bradford.

She has two teenage sons and in her spare time enjoys fell-walking, travel and singing. Rachel is Chair of both the Search & Governance and Audit Committees.

Jenny Grainger

External Governor

Jenny joined the Board of Calderdale College in April 2017.

She is a marketing professional with experience in both the private and public sectors. Her current role is Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Huddersfield. She is responsible for the central teams that look after public relations, the website, printed publications, digital marketing, alumni relations and student recruitment.

Jenny holds a DBA, and her doctoral research explores how students form a relationship with their University. Jenny’s other qualifications include an MBA and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Diploma in Marketing. She is a Member of the CIM and fellow of the CMI.

Fiona Armer

External Governor

Fiona joined the Board in December 2013, having previously been a co-opted member of the Audit Committee.

She is a chartered accountant with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. After professionally qualifying, Fiona spent about 13 years in the further education sector either in various college finance/student data teams or auditing them, with 4 years as a member of the Learning & Skills Council'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.

Fiona is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

 

Diane Cothey

External Governor

Diane joined the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee as a co-opted member in August 2016.

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

Diane was then approached to go into teaching Mathematics and Computer Studies and her education 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 and 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.
In her role at the College, she brings her skills and experience 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.

Katie Walker

Staff Governor

Katie was elected by her peers to the Board of Calderdale College as Staff Governor in 2017.
Katie has worked at Calderdale College since 2008, both as an Advanced Learning Practitioner (ALP) and as part of the Teacher Education team. She took up the post of Head of Higher Skills in November 2017.

Katie’s career began in Brighton teaching English. After returning to her home town of Halifax, she taught ESOL at a neighbouring college. Her love of teaching is combined with a passion for experiencing different cultures – at one time teaching English in Srebrenica as part of a building communities programme. An avid environmentalist, she undertook social research projects in Thailand and India for her degree in Environmental Management and MA in Development Studies.
Katie joined Calderdale College to deliver the PGCE and train teaching assistants, supporting hundreds of teachers and teaching assistants since then.

Outside of work, Katie is a proud mum to two children, loves walking, and enjoys quality time at the allotment.

 

Andrew Postlethwaite

Student Governor

Andrew Postlethwaite became a Student Governor in 2018.

He studies a Certificate to Prepare to Work in Health and Social Care at the College, which will help him progress towards his dream professions in the sector, working as a Healthcare or Nursing Assistant.
During his time at the College, Andrew has taken an industry placement at Leeds General Hospital to further his skills and develop experience in the workplace. He has also held the role of Vice Principle of the Students’ Union.

In his spare time, Andrew volunteers in his local community for organisations such as St John Ambulance. He also delivers first aid support at events across the UK.

Andrew chose to become a student governor as it has given him the opportunity to see the College from a different perspective and learn more about the operational running of the organisation.

Kate Singleton

Student Governor

Kate Singleton became a student governor in 2018.
 

Ian Greenwood

Staff Governor

Ian was elected by his peers to the Board of Governors in 2018 and is a Learning Link Tutor.  He currently has a significant support role within the Maths Department and a responsibility at GCSE examination time as the College's Oral Language Moderator.

Ian has previously taught EAL and Learning Support in the Far and Middle East, Africa and the UK in both public and private sectors.  Sponsorship by the Science Research Council resulted in an MSc in Chemotaxonomy from Reading University, with Birmingham University awarding an MEd in Special Education, and also a Doctorate in Education.  Ian has spent a significant portion of his career in academia and loves university life.

Outside work, Ian enjoys walking and swimming, with his responsibilities as a Methodist Church Steward occupying a significant portion of time.

Andrew Wright

External Governor (Co-opted Member)

Andrew Wright is currently Managing Director at Reliance Precision. His current role involves recruitment of apprentices.

Chris Reeve

External Governor (Co-opted Member)

Chris is the Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary at Locala Community Partnerships CIC, they provide a range of NHS community healthcare services in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford.

Prior to joining Locala in 2011 Chris was the National Lead for Risk Management at the Audit Commission – at the time they were the external auditors for many of the local public sector organisations – both local government and the health sector.

In the early part of his working career Chris was a Store Manager and Divisional Audit Manager for Marks and Spencer.

Chris’s children have long since reached adult age and have left home and so he now has some spare time, in which he enjoys gardening and sport - in particular watching and playing football. As a co-opted governor Chris is a member of the Audit Committee.  

Adrian Furness

External Governor

Adrian joined the board of Calderdale College in February 2019.

He is the Claims and Operations Director at Covéa Insurance. Adrian has responsibility for all aspects of service delivery, claims management, IT, Electronic Trading, Business Change Management and Facilities Management. Adrian’s remit also includes responsibility for HR & Learning.

He has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Before the formation of Covéa Insurance, Adrian was Operations Director at Provident Insurance, a title he held since 2008. Before this, his previous roles included a variety of claims and customer service management roles at Provident Insurance, as well as AGF and Endsleigh prior to that.
Adrian has a passion for creating opportunities for young people and nurturing the skills they have to offer, in particular continuing to develop the successful Apprenticeship programme between Calderdale College and Covéa Insurance.

Adrian has a History and Politics degree from Manchester University and an MBA from Bradford University.