Governors

The Board

Estrella Ponce

Estrella Ponce was appointed HE Student Governor in 2018 and is a member of the Curriculum & Quality Committee.


Dr Roderic Gray

Dr Roderic Gray

Dr Roderic Gray was appointed to the Board in 1998, is Chair of the Policy & Resources and Search & Governance Committees and a member of the Remuneration Committee. He served as Vice Chair of the Corporation from 2006-2012. Rod is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and was formerly a management consultant and coach. He now writes on organisational behaviour and is a visiting research adviser at a Polish university. He is the link Governor for Equality & Diversity, HE and Business Development.


Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. Paul has worked in education since 1980. A former secondary Headteacher. He is currently employed as Chief Executive Officer of a Co-operative MultiAcademy Trust in Essex.


Anne-Lise Harding

Anne-Lise Harding was appointed as a Staff Member of the Board (Support) in December 2017 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. Anne-Lise is the Learning Resources Manager. She has an MA in Librarianship (distinction) and is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).


Terry Knight

Terry Knight

Terry Knight was appointed to the Board in 2012. He serves on the Curriculum & Quality Committee, Search & Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee. He retired in September 2011 as Vice Principal of North West Kent College and was involved in FE all his working life in a variety of academic and managerial positions. Terry is the link Governor for The Sixth Form and also the Student Union.


Richard Launder

Richard Launder

Richard Launder joined the Board on merger with Thurrock & Basildon College in 2010, having served as Chair of the Board of that College leading it through the merger. He served as Chair of the Corporation in 2011 until 2015 and is also a member of the Policy & Resources Committee, Search & Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He holds a number of non executive directorships of information technology companies following his retirement as managing director of a European subsidiary of a large US software company. Richard is the link Governor for International Business Development, Employer Engagement, Health & Safety and Capital Projects. He is also a director of Essex Shared Services Ltd.


Jo McGee

Jo McGee was elected as a Staff Member of the Board (Academic) in December 2017 and is a member of the Curriculum & Quality Committee. Jo is an Advanced Practitioner, Teaching & Learning.


Angela O'Donoghue, CBE

Angela O'Donoghue

Angela O’Donoghue, CBE is the Principal and Chief Executive of the College, having been appointed in 2012. She has had a long career in FE, most recently as Principal for over six years of City of Sunderland College. Previous to that, she established BSix Sixth Form College in Hackney where she was Principal for 5 years. She serves on the Policy & Resources Committee, the Curriculum & Quality Committee and the Search & Governance Committee of the College.


David O'Halloran

David O'Halloran

David O’Halloran was appointed to the Board in 1999. He served as Chair of the Corporation in 2015 until 2019, having served as Vice Chair from 2012. He is a member of the Policy & Resources Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is a retired Credit Manager for a major high street bank. He has sat on the AoC National Governors’ Council. David is the link Governor for Apprenticeships and Art & Design and Business.


Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson was appointed to the Board in 2012. He is a qualified accountant, being a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is a member of the Search & Governance Committee. He is Head of Internal Audit at Kent County Council. Bob is the link Governor for Engineering and Construction.


Elizabeth Sipiere

Elizabeth Sipiere was appointed to the Board in March 2019 and appointed as Chair of the Corporation in August 2019. Elizabeth is a member of the Policy & Resources Committee, the Search & Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee. She is the link Governor for Digital Technologies, Media and Performing Arts.

Elizabeth joins us as an experienced board member, having had a career in technology including CEO of a number of Private Equity backed businesses and as Global Head of Capital Markets at HP and President of Broker Business at OMX (now OMX Nasdaq). Elizabeth has also held a number of Non-Executive Director roles over the last 17 years. She is on the board of Swan Housing, providers of social housing and regeneration projects in East London and Essex and chairs their Operations Committee. Elizabeth has a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics.


Maya West

Maya West

Maya West joined the Board in January 2014, is Chair of the Curriculum & Quality Committee and serves on the Policy & Resources Committee. A Fellow of the CIPD, she has worked in a number of private and public sector organisations as well as having been a lecturer on the CIPD courses. Since moving to the area in October 2013, Maya is employed locally as an Employee Relations Manager as well as a Consultant in Human Resources and management coach. Maya is the link Governor for Service Industries.


Gwynn Williams

Gwynn Williams

Gwynn Williams was appointed to the Board in 2012 and appointed as Vice Chair of the Corporation in 2015. She is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Curriculum & Quality Committee and the Search & Governance Committee. Gwynn retired in May 2012 as a Divisional Commander with Essex Police, for whom she served for over thirty years. She is also governor of an infants’ school. Gwynn is the link Governor for Health & Science and Safeguarding.


Co-opted Members

Adam Lyons

Adam Lyons

Adam Lyons was appointed as a co-opted member of the Audit & Risk Committee in August 2016. He is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant, working as an IT Audit Analyst for Informa plc from April 2018.


Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson is a co-opted member of the Audit & Risk Committee from March 2017 having served on the Board from 2013 until 2017. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and works as Group Manager of Administration (overseeing Finance, HR and IT) at a UK subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturing company.


Clerk to the corporation

Robert Millea

Robert Millea

Robert Millea is the Clerk to the Corporation, having served from 2003-2008 and since 2011. He is also the Clerk to the Corporation of Chelmsford College. Robert is a Chartered Accountant and was an elected member of the National Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 2002 until 2017. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of University of Suffolk. He has twice served as President, East Anglian Society of Chartered Accountants (2005-06 and 2011-12). He was a member of the Council of the General Teaching Council from 2005-2009 and served on their disciplinary panels in 2011. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Police & Crime Commissioner, Suffolk (as from 1 January 2014).