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College Governors

Read below to learn about our College Governors.

Peter Clark (CBE)

Chair to the Corporation

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.


External Governor

Richard joined the Board of Calderdale College in October 2020.

He has over 25 years’ experience as a finance professional, first working in practice in large accountancy firms Arthur Andersen and BDO. Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer of FTSE 250 transport conglomerate, Stobart Group. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Born and raised in West Yorkshire, Richard studied for a degree in Chemistry at Bristol University. In his spare time, he enjoys independent travel and cycling in Yorkshire and further afield.

Richard is a member of the Finance & Resources 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.

Diane Cothey

External Governor

Diane joined the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee as a 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.

Safia Kauser

External Governor

Safia joined the Corporation in 2019 and sits on the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee.

Safia has been teaching for 12 years. She is passionate about education as a means of developing independent and critical thought, transferable skills and providing opportunities and choices for young people.

Her role as Lead Practitioner demonstrates her interest in developing and supporting teaching and learning to make learning accessible and effective for students, it also provides her with the opportunity to work collaboratively with a wide range of people.

Safia was born and brought up in Halifax and has lived locally for the vast majority of her life. Safia joined the Governing body to make a positive contribution in supporting her local community and the young people in it.

Andrew Wright

External Governor

Andrew was appointed as a governor on 23 April 2020 having previously served as a Co-opted Governor on the Finance and Resources Committee for a number of years.

He came to West Yorkshire 7 years ago after an international career leading businesses in Europe China and India. Until 2019 he was Managing Director of Huddersfield high tech engineering company, Reliance Precision. He is now chairman of AW Hainsworth and Sons, a 240 year old Family owned textile business based in Pudsey.

Andrew sits on the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership panel, chairing the Innovation and Growth committee. He enjoys cycling the hills and singing in the Huddersfield Choral Society. Andrew is a member of the Finance & Resources and Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committees.

Katherine Disley

External Governor

Katherine joined the Board of Calderdale College in October 2020.

Katherine is a member of the Audit Committee

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.


Staff Governor

Robert was elected by his peers to the Board of Governors in October 2020 and is a Prince's Trust Team Leader.

Robert is a member of the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee.

Hafsah Hashmi

Student Governor

Hafsah joined the Board of Calderdale College as a Student Governor in December 2020.

She is a current student at the college, studying Level 3 Business & Law.

Hafsah is a member of the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee.

Ross Haslam

Student Governor

Ross joined the Board of Calderdale College as a Student Governor in December 2020.

Ross is a member of the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee.

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.

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