Profiles of Governors and Co-Opted Members of the Corporation
Chair: Barbara Gilgallon
Following a career in teaching and publishing Barbara became an education consultant to a grant-giving charity. Barbara has been involved in education in Richmond since her children were at nursery, and her children took their A levels at Richmond upon Thames College. She was a governor of a local secondary school for sixteen years, including seven as Chair, and has been on several consultative committees. Barbara served as a Community member of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames' Education Committee and on the National Executive of the Campaign for State Education (CASE). She had been a governor trainer in head-teacher appraisal and has run governor training sessions for BP and Greater London local authorities. She has wide experience of working with the local voluntary sector. Barbara is the Chair of Governors, and also chairs the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee.
An elected student member of the Corporation, Aishat is studying Law, Drama and Theatre Studies, Communication and Culture. Aishat is a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee and the Students’ Liaison Committee for the Corporation. As well as being the Equalities and Diversity Officer of the RuTC Students’ Union, she is also a volunteer Police Cadet for the Met.
Cathy recently took early retirement from the Institute of Education, University of London after a career in university research and administration. She was latterly Deputy Secretary (Estates Management Services) with responsibility for estates, facilities, capital projects, student residences, conference office, conferences and ceremony administration and the nursery. She is now actively involved in the local area in both community and education projects. She works with the NSPCC and the Alzheimer’s Society. Cathy’s children took their A levels at Richmond upon Thames College. Formerly the Chair of Governors, Cathy is co-opted to the College Redevelopment Monitoring Group.
Andy retired from his position as a Managing Director at Cisco UK and Ireland in Spring 2017. There he was the Executive responsible for the Solutions Architecture and Technical Sales Specialist Teams, with overall responsibility for the creation and execution of the strategy and go-to-market objectives. In addition, he led Cisco's innovation initiatives for the UK and several of the broader programs including collaborative research, Start-up acceleration and eco-system development. Previously, he held a number of senior leadership positions in the IT Software and Services sectors, in the UK, USA and Europe. In his retirement, Andy now holds a number of non-executive positions and strategic advisory roles on a part time basis. His focus is on realising the potential of technology to solve important business and societal challenges, and devoting increasing amounts of time to developing linkages between the Education Sector and the Tech Industry, and to stimulating awareness of careers in technology to students and mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs. Andy holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he is a Fellow of the Sloan School of Management. He sits on the Finance and Resources Committee, and the College Redevelopment Project Group.
David is Director of Strategy and External Affairs at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In this role, he is responsible for having developed and now overseeing the implementation of their five year strategy ‘Unlocking Why Plants and Fungi Matter’, as well as leading on stakeholder relationships and governance. He joined Kew in 2013. Before joining Kew, David worked in various roles at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Home Office. Prior to that, he was an active scientist, researching the population dynamics of various animal species, with a view to understanding more about conservation and pest control. David is a keen amateur sportsman and is passionate about the positive impact sports participation can have on wellbeing and social cohesion as well as gender equality in sports.
Robin is the Principal and CEO of Richmond upon Thames College. He is an experienced learning and skills leader with 22 years in the Further and Higher Education sector. He is a Chemistry graduate from Kingston University with a Masters in Information Systems and Technology from City University, London. Robin started his career in the further education sector in 1994 as a lecturer in computing at Weald College. Since then he has progressed through a number of colleges in London, South East England, East Anglia and the North East of England. As well as being the principal of Richmond upon Thames College, Robin is a Trustee of JISC (The Joint Information Systems Committee), a Trustee of Richmond upon Thames School (opening 2017 in Twickenham), a Board Member of the Association of Colleges London Regional Committee, a Committee member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and the Chair of Governors at St Matthew’s Primary School in Surbiton.
Neal is a staff governor, elected by the academic constituency of the College. Neal was appointed to the College as Chef Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering in October 2016. He brings with him 20 years’ experience in further education, teaching across the curriculum, working alongside supported learning and SLA. In addition to this, Neal served a 4 year term as a staff governor at his previous college where he was a member of the sub-committee on capital projects and the Audit Committee. In his governor role here, Neal is a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee, and also the College Redevelopment Project Group.
Paul is a scientist, specialising in the design of environmental monitoring programmes & assessment of the impacts of pollutants on ecosystems & the public. A founder member of the Natural Capital Initiative, he has worked nationally & internationally promoting the principles of sound science to underpin policy decisions. A former Chair of Governors at Strathmore School in Petersham (2002-2010), Paul was also the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Parent Governor Representative for Special Educational Needs. He has worked for better local provision of education, health & welfare services, including maximising potential through identifying and supporting the talents of people with learning difficulties. Paul is co-opted to the College Redevelopment Project Group, and the Students’ Liaison Committee.
Until recently, Sally worked as a consultant for Tribal Education Ltd. The focus of her work was primarily on projects concerned with raising standards amongst staff working in early years, and carrying out audits of safeguarding practices in local authorities' children/young people's services. Her previous work was as a senior manager in three local authorities with responsibility for a range of services for children/young people from birth to post 18 years. Whilst working for Richmond Council she was also the local authority governor representative for Strathmore School Governing Body. Sally holds qualifications in early years and in social work, and has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. She has a particular interest in working with people from minority ethnic groups in helping to improve life chances. Sally sits on the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee. She is also the Governor responsible for Safeguarding, and represents the Board on the College’s Equality and Diversity Group.
Dayo is a Corporate Finance Analyst at KPMG. He holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Durham University and is currently studying to become a ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Having recently left full time education, he is interested in helping to shape student performance. Dayo is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee
Cait is a staff governor, elected by the business support constituency of the College. She has worked for the College since 2009, and currently holds the post of Safeguarding and Equalities Officer. Cait has a PGDip in Youth and Community Work, and has extensive experience of working with young people from a variety of backgrounds. With particular interest in equality and diversity issues and promoting learner voice and engagement, Cait has been highly involved with the RuTC Students’ Union. Cait is qualified in safeguarding practices and is one of the College’s Designated Safeguarding Leads. Cait is a member of the Student Liaison Committee.
Mark is the Editorial Director of Haymarket Consumer. He is interested in strategy, training and mentoring, and in building relationships within the creative industries. Mark has an honorary Doctorate in Media from Solent, and sits on the board of the Professional Publishers Association’s Careers Council. Mark sits on the Curriculum Quality and Standards Committee, and the College Redevelopment Project Group.
Rob has extensive experience in post-16 education as a teacher and manager and in national staff training and curriculum development roles. Until recently, he was Development Manager for the national Post-16 Citizenship Support Programme. Previously, over many years at Richmond upon Thames College, he taught sociology, was a Programme Manager and managed a pilot programme on active citizenship. He has also worked as a post-compulsory PGCE tutor and tutored for the Open University. Rob is a founder and director of Active Citizens FE, a new support network for staff involved with citizenship education, social action and learner voice in post-16 education. Rob is the chair of the Students’ Liaison Committee, and also sits on the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee.
Rosemary started her career with the Technical and Further Education system in Australia, first as a Planning Officer, then a Regional Manager and finally a State level Planning Director. This was during a period of tremendous growth in the sector, when the government, unions and employers recognised the importance of developing the skills of workforce skill for productivity improvement and economic growth. Rosemary then moved into consulting and worked primarily in the public sector and with large private sector clients on large scale transformation programmes. As KPMG’s lead partner for Home Affairs, Rosemary specialised in the law enforcement and security sectors, both in the UK and globally. Rosemary is now the Executive Director for the Global Cyber Alliance, a not for profit joint initiative of the City of London Police and the District Attorney of New York, set up to reduce cyber risk through working in partnership with government and business. Rosemary sits on the Audit Committee.
Rosh is an Audit Analyst at KPMG. He has a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, and is interested in contributing to the quality of education and the educational experience of students. Rosh sits on the Audit Committee.
Robert is the Deputy Director of Finance at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is responsible for managing the departments business, innovation, science and research budgets of c£7 billion per year. He has spent the past 8 years as a civil servant working at HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he covered Higher Education policy. He previously worked in local government and was a community governor at a local primary school. He is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, and sits on the Finance and Resources Committee, and the College Redevelopment Project Group.
Mike has extensive experience in higher education. He is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University. Mike is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the Faculty, a key aspect of which is focussing on producing practically skilled employment ready graduates. Prior to this, he was Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester – leading it into the top 25 chemical engineering departments globally and into the top three in research in the UK. He has received awards for his teaching and research, and has established partnerships with leading multinational companies. Mike is co-opted to the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee.
Will is one of two elected student governors of the Corporation and is the Estates Officer of the RuTC Students’ Union. He is studying bench joinery and currently works for James Fuller Furniture although in the future he would like to set up his own business as he is a keen entrepreneur. Will won the young apprentice competition at his old college RES (Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College) in 2015. Will is also a volunteer instructor for Kingston and Elmbridge Snorkelling Club, teaching a group of about 10 youngsters every week, as well as enjoying a multitude of other sports. He is very interested in the positive effect sports participation has on mental health. Will sits on the College Redevelopment Project Group, the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee and the Students’ Liaison Committee for the Corporation.