Profiles of Governors and Co-Opted Members of the Corporation
Chair: Ian Valvona
Ian Valvona is a civil servant at the Department for Education with experience of qualifications and curriculum policy and delivery, 14-19 education reform, youth engagement and participation and child protection. He led on establishing independent children’s social care Trusts in Doncaster (the first of its kind in England) Slough and Sunderland.
Ian was the last Chair of Kensington and Chelsea College before it merged with Morley College London in February 2020 creating London’s largest adult education institute.
Andy Chew - Vice Chair
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.
Sue Kingman - Vice Chair
Sue is Head of Trade Client Management at Citibank and responsible for leading the industry teams that provide financing and risk mitigation solutions to Trade clients located in Western Europe. Sue has worked in Banking for almost 30 years and has held various strategy, product and business management posts in Trade, Treasury, Securities and Fund Services. Sue has an MBA from the London Business School and a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Business Administration from City, University of London. Sue also holds the Certificate in International Cash Management from the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Institute of Marketing’s Diploma in Marketing. Sue is a Vice Chair of the Corporation and sits on the Audit Committee.
Vincent Neate – Chair Audit Committee
Former KPMG Audit Partner and business leader, Vincent has experience of multiple business functions. He founded Relationship Capital Strategies Limited, a business consultancy to work with clients to strengthen the bonds between individuals, in teams, between teams and between businesses. Clients included companies within the construction, retail, law, recruitment, non-profits and financial services sectors. He also advises Fulcrum Leaders on strategy, funding and membership growth. Vincent sits on the College Redevelopment Project Group and is Chair of the Audit Committee.
Mike Sutcliffe – Chair Curriculum Quality Standards Committee
Mike is an experienced senior university leader and STEM professor. He is currently establishing the academic activities at TEDI-London – an innovative new engineering higher education provider – developing a design-led programme co-designed and co-delivered with industry. Mike has attained global top 25 status, received awards for his teaching and research, established partnerships with leading multinational companies and led a range of stakeholders in producing a well-received policy paper for successful degree apprenticeships. Mike is the chair of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards 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 is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.
Jim Marshall – Chair Finance and Resources Committee
Jim, a Chartered Accountant, has recently retired as Senior Vice President of Global Tax Director of Pearson plc, the world’s leading learning company. Prior to Pearson, Jim held a number of senior roles in tax in the UK and US, working at Diageo and Cadbury, where he was also Group Tax Director. Jim also acted as a pension trustee and was a member of the Finance Leadership Group at both Pearson and Cadbury. He is Treasurer and Trustee of Magic Bus UK, a charity working with children in South East Asia using sport to harness each child’s love of play to teach important life lessons that will, in both the long and short term, help them move out of poverty. Jim is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.
Helen Litvak is an experienced high achieving Director with a demonstrated history of working in the technology and telecommunications industry, joining King’s from Microsoft in 2017. Core capability is Marketing and Brand Strategy, and skilled in Digital Strategy, Segmentation and Customer Relationship Management, Go-to-market Strategy, Team coaching and management. Strong professional with a Postgraduate Diploma focused in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing
Alex has a wide range of experience gained in the financial services and Technology sectors. He has a deep understanding of Marketing and Commercial Partnerships and has worked for Coutts, Barclays, Rackspace and PayPal in a number of senior marketing roles, both in the UK and Globally. Alex's main role is as Chief Strategy Officer at UNiDAYS, the world's largest Student Affinity Network, where he oversees the company strategy and commercial performance.
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 Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee and the Student Liaison Committee.
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.
Diane Dimond – Interim CEO and Principal
Hamish Murray – Student Governor
Hamish is the President of the Student Union. Hamish is studying Sports at RUTC and has been a student at Richmond up on Thames College for the past two years. Hamish has sat on the Executive Committee of the Student ’s Union as the Representative for Sports, Travel & Tourism and Catering. Hamish's dream is to row for GB at the U23 World or European Championships.
Japneet Kaur - Student Governor
Japneet is the Vice President of the Student Union. Japneet is a year 1 A level student studying Maths, Politics and Economics. who wishes to pursue a career in Finance and Banking in the future.
Paul Leonard - co-opted governor on the College Redevelopment Project Group
Paul is a Chartered Scientist and also holds qualifications as a Chartered Biologist and Chartered Radiological Specialist. He spent 12 years as the Head of the Defra Marine Environment Science Unit, retiring to become a consultant in 2007, to advise on science – based evidence to meet business needs. In parallel with that career, Paul was the Chair of Governors at Strathmore School in the London Borough of Richmond for 12 years and the Boroughs Parent Governor Representative for Secondary and Special Education for 8 years. In 2010, he became a Governor at Richmond College and following completion of those duties has been asked to provide advice on the new build programme, the College Redevelopment Project Group. Paul has supported Richmond Council in terms of promoting the abilities of people to achieve their potential through several working groups, has mentored two Richmond Den winners and was the Chairman of the Twickenham Advisory Panel. He is currently the Chairman of the Borough Allotments Group (BRAG) and the Chairman of the York House Society.
Will Whitmore - co-opted governor on the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee
John Poole - co-opted govenor on Audit and Risk Committee
John Poole manages a trading desk at a City of London investment bank and has worked in the financial services industry for over 17 years. Throughout this period he has worked at a number of institutions and in a variety of risk management and trading roles. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol and remains actively involved in recruitment from the university. John is a co-opted governor of RuTC and is interested in applying his skills and experience to help the college continue to develop.