Read below to learn about our College Governors.
PETER CLARKE 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.
Acting Chief Executive
Julia has worked in the FE sector for more than twenty years and has been responsible for writing, delivery and leadership of all the different provision types in that time, from entry-level programmes, to master’s degrees.
Julia began her FE career working in land-based teaching within her specialist subject of equine studies, and moved into urban general FE at leadership level, where she felt completely at home serving a diverse community on the doorstep of the College. She has had leadership responsibility for professional services teams, including Human Resources, has had Designated Safeguarding Lead responsibility for the last five years, and has an excellent understanding of the curriculum.
Julia is passionate about further education and the difference it can make to the lives of the communities it serves.
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 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.
Katherine joined the Board of Calderdale College in October 2020.
She has over 20 years’ experience as a finance professional, first working in practice at PwC auditing public sector organisations including FE and HE Institutions. Katherine moved into the NHS in 2009 and has worked across a number of NHS Trusts before moving to Chorley & South Ribble and Greater Preston CCG’s in 2018. In her current role as Chief Finance & Contracting Officer, she is responsible for all health related costs of the Central Lancashire population and is the finance lead for a number of Lancashire & South Cumbria wide service transformation programmes such as the Stroke Service Redesign. Katherine is passionate about ensuring the effective use of public sector resources.
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 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.
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 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. 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.
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. 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 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 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.
Jess was appointed as a staff Governor in July 2022.
She has worked in the College’s Commercial Services and Partnerships department at the College since 2014; initially as the Head of Quality. In her current roles as the Head of Skills Bank, she works closely with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority to support business across the region to grow their business and invest in upskilling their workforce.
She has over 20 years’ experience in the FE sector working as a lecturer, as a curriculum manager, in student services, quality assurance and has worked for a number of Awarding Bodies as an external Verifier.
Jess is a former student of the College, lives in Halifax and co-owns two Halifax town centre businesses. She is passionate about the important work the College does and the opportunities it creates for its students and employers.
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.
Paul was elected by his peers to the Board of Governors in 2021, and his duties include Digital Technology Enhanced Specialist, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator, First Aider and is the only accredited Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in Calderdale.
With the student experience as his priority, you will find Paul at every open evening and College event, supporting his colleagues where possible. Paul leads, or is heavily involved in, organising many of the College’s major calendar events including the Student Awards, the Festival of Cultures, and Fresher’s Month. Prior to his current duties, Paul taught Computer Science from level 2 to level 5 in the College, alongside mathematics.
Outside of work, Paul enjoys travelling around the world, alongside being a competitive amateur ballroom dancer. Paul is a trustee for Andy’s Man Club, and works to develop the charity further. He working part time towards an EdD focusing on Employee mental wellbeing in further education.
Paul is a member of the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee.
Claire was elected to the Board of Governors in October 2022.
She is currently studying an Access to Business course.
Claire is a member of the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee.
Saad was elected to the Board of Governors in October 2022.
He is currently in his second year of his Level 3 Computing course.
Saad is a member of the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee
Naz has worked in the field of domestic abuse for the past 10 years, eight of which were spent in London.
Supporting some of the most high risk and vulnerable in society, Naz has a wealth of experience supporting people and within safeguarding. Following this Naz managed a domestic abuse service across three different London boroughs before re-locating back to West Yorkshire where she now works in a strategic facing role, leading on one of West Yorkshire councils response to domestic abuse.