Our Board of Trustees:
Chair of the Board of Trustees
David worked in the motor industry for over 35 years, starting as an apprentice mechanical engineer and then holding various other roles culminating in several senior executive positions with multinational companies.
He has worked in the Further Education sector for 12 years and is the Executive Director of Partnerships (Strategic Growth and Partnerships) at West Suffolk College where his prime role is to work with a variety of stakeholders, partners and employers to plan, develop and provide the strategic overview for various upskilling and retraining programmes throughout the communities, in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire which the College serves.
He is also Co Vice-Chair of One Haverhill Partnership, an independent partnership that brings organisations and resources together to make them more effective and efficient in the town as well as a Board Member of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.
David also has several Non–Executive board roles working with external organisations and stakeholders advising boards and identifying strategic opportunities which allows the institutions and their partners to deliver their operational and strategic objectives.
David is Vice Chairman of the Trustees and a founder member of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, (CMAT), a large Multi-academy Trust. He was a school governor from 2004 – 2014 where he held the role of Chair for 6 years.
Lynsi Hayward-Smith CBE
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of Quality and Standards Committee, Chair of Search and Review Committee
Lynsi Hayward-Smith has a long career in Education working in the Primary, Secondary, Further and Adult Education and Voluntary sectors. As a senior manager in Local Authorities from 2002 to 2018 leading Adult Learning services in Essex and Cambridgeshire.
She has extensive experience of leading structural change within local authorities and developing governing bodies in a Local Authority and charitable context. She has worked with council members and committees to develop governance solutions within the political structure of a local authority. She led her authority through the Area Based Review and took a lead role in the development of the skills and employment for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
She is a qualified and experienced Executive Coach and Mentor and has worked with executives to mentor and support them through change.
Her academic credentials include a Masters degree in Education from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and a postgraduate qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.
Trustee and governance experience has included being a founder member of the Education and Training Foundation, a Gateway trustee and Chair of Governors for the Hertfordshire Adult Education Service. She gave support to a range of organisations as an AOC National Leader of Governance.
Currently, she runs a consultancy offering coaching and mentoring and research, specialising in the Further and Adult Education sector. Recent work includes an investigation for the GLA into level 4 and 5 provision in London.
Dr Anne Thompson
Chair of Access to HE Committee, Vice-Chair of Search and Review Committee
Anne Thompson is a long-term member of the Gateway Qualifications Board and its predecessor organisations. She previously represented the further education sector whilst working at Waltham Forest College, London, where she was Vice-Principal Curriculum until 2004.
Her academic discipline is Sociology and she worked for several years as a researcher before doing the PGCE for FE and entering the sector. After starting teaching, she gained an MA in the Sociology of Education from Goldsmiths and then a doctorate from the Institute of Education, London.
She was involved in the creation and delivery of Access to HE courses from the mid-1980s and was the first Coordinator of the North and East London Access Federation which became one of the first AVAs recognised under the scheme introduced by the CNAA and subsequently operated by the QAA.
Whilst working in the FE sector and subsequently she has conducted research and consultancy, specialising in Access to HE and HE in FE, on projects and publications commissioned by educational bodies including BIS, QAA, HEFCE and AoC and, most recently, the GLA reporting on Level 4 and 5 provision in London.
Until 2021 she was co-convenor of the national Learning and Skills Research Network (LSRN).
Vice-Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Miles Cole has had a long career in adult education covering Further Education in London, adult and community learning at Suffolk County Council and more recently in widening participation and community engagement at the University of Suffolk.
Miles joined the University of Suffolk in 2007 to set up and manage Leap, a learning and skills partnership led by the University. Through Leap, Miles was involved in supporting and promoting adult learning, was a member of the Suffolk Adult Learning Board at Suffolk County Council and set up and still organises the annual Suffolk Adult Learners Awards. During his time at the University of Suffolk, Miles has also been the Alumni and Development Manager and was on the project team to create the University of Suffolk.
Before working at the University, Miles has had many roles in Further Education (FE) mostly working with refugees in London and in Suffolk a Head of FE at Suffolk County Council (SCC), and Head of Curriculum for Community Learning at SCC.
Miles graduated in Anthropology and Politics from Oxford Brookes and is the Chair of Governors of Chantry Academy in Ipswich.
Vice-Chair of Quality and Standards Committee
Alison Davies is an experienced senior academic manager with more than 25 years’ experience within the further education sector, specialising in curriculum and quality. Her career in education started in 1985 teaching in a small independent training provider. Following a break in her teaching career, she moved into the further education sector in 1998 as a fractional lecturer progressing to a senior management position over the next 19 years. In 2007 Alison joined Chelmsford College as Deputy Director, Quality and Learning focusing on quality assurance, quality improvement and curriculum intervention work. In 2016 Alison changed roles to become Director of Curriculum and a Designated Safeguarding Lead within the college.
Alison also works alongside the Safeguarding Alliance, providing consultancy on quality assurance and qualifications and was a guest speaker at the 2021 International Safeguarding Conference.
Vice-Chair of Access to HE Committee.
Gail joined the University of East London in 2006 as Head of Education and Community Partnerships with a remit to widen participation including leading the development and delivery of the University’s access agreements. Promoted to the Director of Civic Engagement and more recently to the Director of the Office for Postgraduates, Research and Engagement Gail has had the opportunity to lead on UEL’s public and community engagement strategy and now heads a team supporting the University’s research and impact strategy.
Gail has served on several school and college governing bodies. She was Chair of Governors at Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) between 2015 and 2020 and has a range of experience in school and academy governance, serving currently as the UEL appointed trustee at a University Schools Trust East London.
Gail is a qualified secondary school teacher and has a coaching qualification. Her role at Hammersmith and West London College (as was) included leading on quality assurance for a large programme of franchised provision.
As Principal and Chief Executive of Colchester Institute, Alison is one of a number of trustees with extensive experience in further and higher education. Having taken a degree in Modern Languages, at Somerville College Oxford, Alison first worked in production management, for a large multinational food manufacturer, and then specialised in Human Resources Development, gaining graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She joined Colchester Institute in 1997 in an HRD role, and there she discovered a passion for Further Education, moving into a Quality Management role in 2004. During this time she taught on some of the College’s Business programmes and was appointed to the College’s Senior Team in 2008. Having led a large number of the College’s curriculum and support areas in a range of senior roles, she was appointed Principal in 2014.
Alison is an active member (and former Chair) of the Federation of Essex Colleges, and also sits on a number of Strategic Boards across North East Essex, including ‘One Colchester’, the Haven Gateway Partnership and the People Board of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System.
Dr Anthea Hockly
Anthea is Associate Director for Workforce Development and Learning at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), a provider of mental health, learning disabilities and community services. She has a varied career background in science, IT, and secondary education. For the past sixteen years, she has combined these different strands through her role in workforce development, training and workforce planning at EPUT.
Whilst working as a science teacher she took an MA in Education, and then, following her move to the NHS, achieved a professional doctorate in Workforce Planning. This expertise has enabled her to build on the staff development that was already in place at EPUT and build internal development pathways that can take staff through from entry level to registered professional status. Under her leadership, the Workforce Development Team have fully embraced the opportunities offered by the Apprenticeship Schemes. EPUT started by applying to be an Employer Provider of apprenticeships, largely on the nursing pathway, but in 2020 they were successful in applying for the status of Main Provider so that they can deliver apprenticeships to employees of other organisations. EPUT is also expanding its portfolio so that there are development pathways for therapists, psychologists and non-clinical staff. As an organisation, and in line with Anthea’s personal interests, EPUT is looking at the pre-employment pathways and engaging with initiatives such as Kickstart which offers employment trials to young people who are currently unemployed.
Outside of work, some of her activities have demonstrated her commitment to education and opportunities for all. She has been a School Governor at a local primary school and has recently trained to be a Mentor for young people engaged with the Prince’s Trust.
Dr Jill Holliday
Jill has worked in the HE sector since 2004 when she joined King’s College London as a Research Manager. Her career has spanned a number of institutions moving from King’s to the University of Kent in 2013 where she managed initially the School of Biosciences before moving on to manage Kent Law School from December 2015. In 2017 she moved to the University of Essex to take on the role of Faculty Manager for the Faculty of Humanities. She started her current role as Director of Academic Services in July 2020. Her current role covers a wide range of academic delivery from student conduct and progress issues to quality assurance, internationalisation and partnerships.
Jill is a long-standing member of the Association of University Administrators and became an Accredited Member in 2014 in recognition of her commitment to professional development.
Dr Margaret Joojo-Richards
Margaret is the Service Manager of Adult and Community Education in the London Borough of Hounslow Council. She has worked in education for adults for over 30 years, starting with teaching English as a Foreign Language, largely English for Business or Special Purposes, in the UK, Japan, Germany and Sweden. Inspired by working with so many speakers of other languages, she indulged her love of linguistic theory by studying for her masters and doctorate in Linguistics at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, specialising in phonology.
Staying in London, she joined the staff of International House for a couple of years, before making the switch to teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages with the WEA London Region. After joining the management team in 2005, she upskilled in maths education and enjoyed teaching and leading Functional Skills maths and English in London workplaces and communities. In 2015, Margaret joined the Adult and Community Education service of Hounslow as the Skills for Work and Life department manager, responsible for provision in ESOL, basic skills and vocational areas. She became the service manager in March 2020.
As Vice-Principal of Harlow College Paul has a wide remit covering many corporate service areas including Finance, MIS and Student Services. Having undertaken a degree in Management with Business Studies at Middlesex University Paul started his career in the recruitment sector. Paul then joined Harlow College in 2005 supporting learners to find Apprenticeship opportunities across the mid and west Essex partnership. This expanded quickly into leading on projects, partnership management and then most predominantly data management as MIS manager. Paul then moved into a Director role in the college in 2015 and took up the role of Vice-Principal in 2018.