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Profiles of Governors and Co-Opted Members of the Corporation

Chair: Ian Valvona

Ian Valvona RuTC Chair of Governors

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 ChairRuTC Board of Governors Andrew Chew

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 ChairRuTC Board of Governors Neal Hook

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

RuTC Board of Governors Mike Sutcliffe

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 SellahewaRuTC Board of Governors Rosh Sellahewa

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.

John PooleRuTC Board of Governors John Poole

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. John sits on the Finance Committee.

Jim Marshall – Chair Finance and Resources CommitteeRuTC Board of Governors Jim Marshall

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

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Alex Gallagher

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Cait Orton
RuTC Board of Governors Cait Orton

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 HookRuTC Board of Governors Neal Hook

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.

Robert Shaw – six month sabbatical wef 12 February 2020

RuTC Board of Governors Robert Shaw

Robert is the Director of Finance at Innovate UK. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a public body that supports businesses to develop and realise the potential of new research and development. He has previously worked as a civil servant working at HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he covered Higher Education policy and business and science policy. He previously volunteered as a community governor at a local primary school. He is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, and chairs the Finance and Resources Committee, and is a member of the College Redevelopment Project Group.

Diane Dimond – Interim CEO and Principal

Madina Ibrahimi – Student Governor

Gaby Philp – Student Governor




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