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Member Profiles:

Appointed

October 2023 (reappointed)

Committees

Quality, Standards & Business Planning (Chair), Remuneration, Search & Governance

Profile

Victoria joined HRC’s Board in autumn 2019 and is Chair of the Quality, Standards and Business Planning Committee. She is a strategy expert who works across public services, currently in HM Treasury in their strategic projects team. Her experience and background is in strategic decision making, including business cases, partnerships (inc. M&A), and options appraisals.

Victoria holds a degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics, and an Executive Masters from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, in Social Innovation. She is passionate about driving evidence-based change, and committed to driving social value in the public sector.

Appointed

August 2021

Committees

Resources, Remuneration, Search & Governance. Quality, Standards & Business Planning (attends)

Other Positions

Corporation Chair, Chair of Search & Governance

Profile

Nick brings a wealth of experience to the position, alongside a keen interest in the further education sector, from both a personal and a business perspective. As an experienced Chair, Trustee and Director of a wide range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, he offers considerable expertise in governance, innovation and technology across a variety of industrial and commercial sectors.

Originally educated as a Mathematician, Nick worked in the IT industry for a number of years, in commercial solutions, high performance computing, virtual reality and the internet. Making a career change in the mid 1990’s, he developed a portfolio career working with many different organisations. He retains an interest in education, the arts, transport, agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

A fellow of a number of professional bodies and a Chartered Engineer, Manager and Information Technology Practitioner, Nick was appointed OBE in 2009 for services to Innovation and Technology. As a product of the further education sector himself, with fond memories of completing his A-Levels at College, he has maintained a passion for further education throughout his career.

Appointed

October 2023

Committees

Quality, Standards & Business Planning (Co-opted member)

Profile

Gareth Dace is employed by Hertfordshire LEP and leads on a DfE funded project that supports all secondary schools and FE Colleges in the county to work more closely with employers to enable students to gain better understanding of the world of work.

He has worked for Hertfordshire LEP since 2017. Prior to that Gareth worked for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

Gareth recently completed a Degree Apprenticeship in Business and Leadership. He lives in Wormley and has 3 children the eldest of whom is an HRC student.

Appointed

July 2023

Committees

Quality, Standards & Business Planning

Profile

After gaining an HND in Business & Finance, I worked for 19 years for a Print Management Company whose core business was the airline industry. Initially, the business was a small family run organisation where I worked as a Sales and Quality Administrator. The business was subsequently sold, and I went on to become a Senior Account Manager for a business that had vastly grown in the preceding years. 

In more recent years, I have worked at HRC as an Administrator (and more recently with the additional role of Technician) working with multiple departments and curriculum areas in that time.

Appointed

Dec 2020 (re-appointed)

Committees

Resources (Chair), Remuneration (Chair), Search & Governance

Other Positions

Vice Chair of the Corporation 

Profile

Jo is the Finance Director at Volkerfitzpatrick UK Ltd, a multidisciplinary contractor that delivers innovative engineering solutions across the civil engineering and construction sectors including rail, highways, airport, marine, energy, water, and environmental infrastructure.

A Chartered Accountant, Jo brings to the Board 20 years’ financial expertise across different sectors including practice, telecoms and civil engineering along with experience risk management and acquisitions and mergers.

Appointed

October 2022

Committees

Resources

Profile

Patience is a solicitor practising in corporate/company law. She has a Masters’ Degree in Law from University of London, and attended the College of Law, Chester. She is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, having first qualified as a solicitor in Nigeria. She is a graduate of the University of Nigeria and holds an LLB.

Appointed

October 2022

Committees

Resources

Profile

Sophia has worked in the Housing sector for 10 years and is currently Head of Tenancy and Community Services for Haringey Council, responsible for all aspects of tenancy management. Previously, Sophia worked for for B3Living, the main provider of social housing in the Borough of Broxbourne, as Head of Housing. Sophia is passionate about delivering excellent customer experiences and building strong links with the local community to enable an effective and customer-centric service. Sophia has also worked in a range of roles, including at Co-op Homes and at RHP in the Borough of Richmond. She holds a BSc in Government from the LSE.

Appointed

July 2022

Committees

Quality, Standards & Business Planning

Profile

Katie is one of our student Governors.

Appointed

August 2015

Committees

Resources, Search & Governance, Quality, Standards & Business Planning

Profile

Tony has in excess of 12 years’ experience as Principal & Chief Executive in two colleges and was appointed to the role at HRC in August 2015. He has senior leadership experience in both the public and private sector. He has an established track-record of delivering demonstrable quality improvement, partnership development, income growth, curriculum development and complex projects. He has chaired conferences, national policy groups and working parties reporting directly to ministers. He has delivered keynote speeches and workshops on education leadership in both the UK and overseas including the USA, Tanzania, Vietnam and Jordan. He was a previous winner of a national Education Partnership Award.

Appointed
October 2023
Committees
Audit
Profile

Dr Ahmed Shawky Mohammed is the Founder and Managing Director of LevelUp Governance Ltd, bringing two decades of experience working for global consulting firms like PwC, Protiviti and EY. He is a member of the Global Committee of Research and Education Advisors of the Global Foundation for Internal Audit.

A Sloan Fellow of London Business School in Leadership and Strategy, Dr Ahmed holds a Doctor of Business focused on Mitigating Greenwashing from Durham University.

Dr Ahmed is passionate about promoting sustainable and ethical business practises by helping organisations reimagining business processes and controls to minimise unexpected surprises, make a meaningful difference, and long-term growth.

Appointed

October 2022

Committees

Resources

Profile

Cecilia is a strategic Inclusion and HR Leader with 20 years’ experience gained in multiple industries including financial services, legal, consulting, media and recruitment. Cecilia is passionate about Diversity and has delivered successful corporate diversity initiatives as well as working in the community mentoring teenagers from diverse backgrounds. She has two young children and is committed to creating a society where everyone can thrive.

Appointed

Oct 2017

Committees

Audit

Profile

John is a retired Commercial Finance Director, having worked in the retail, telecoms and IT and, most recently,  the charity sectors.  He spent 25 years with Dixons, including being part of a new Internet company, Freeserve, which was then became part of the mobile operator, Orange. He has been responsible for financial planning, due diligence, contract negotiations, integration of systems and processes and staff management.  Since 2013 John worked in the charity sector, first at Action for Children and then the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). In these roles he has had experience working on contracts and funding from both local and central Government.

Appointed

Oct 2017

Committees

Audit

Profile

Charlotte began her career in the charity sector supporting small businesses before moving on to the construction and rail industries in a range of environmental, safety and quality management roles. In 2008 she joined the Houses of Parliament as their first Head of Fire Safety & Environment, went on to establish their Enterprise Portfolio Office with oversight of Parliament’s portfolio of investment projects and is now Deputy Managing Director of the Restoration & Renewal of the Palace of Westminster Client Team at UK Parliament. She is a Chartered Environmentalist, has featured in Management Today’s 35 Women under 35 as well as a runner up Shell Business Woman of the Future and is a STEM Ambassador. She has two small children and plays in goal for Bishops Stortford Hockey Club.

Appointed

July 2022

Committees

Quality, Standards & Business Planning

Profile

Rosie is one of our students and is a Co-opted member of the Committee.

Appointed

November 2022

Committees

Quality, Standards & Business Planning

Profile

Born in Ukraine, Anatoliy (Toly) has lived in the UK for the last 24 years working in hospitality and event management sector for 22 years. In 2013 Toly completed a Master of Science Degree with distinction at University of Hertfordshire (Hertfordshire Business School) becoming a teacher the same year. In 2023, Toly completed level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors from Institute of Leadership and Management. As a critically reflective teacher and executive and senior level coach and mentor, Toly is passionate about inspiring colleagues and students to raise their own awareness, emotional intelligence and responsibility through their reflection and actions and Toly’s coaching and mentoring.

Appointed

August 2023

Committees

Quality, Standards & Business Planning

Profile

Milad is one of our student governors.

Appointed

Oct 2019

Committees

Audit

Other Positions

Nominated Governor for Special Educational Needs
Nominated Governor for Safeguarding

Profile

Judith currently works as a Finance Business Partner at the Department for Education. She is a qualified chartered accountant having qualified with Deloitte, and has worked across a number of sectors including professional audit firm, charity, music company, internet service provider, university and civil service.

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