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Governors

Ian Jackson – Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance & Search Committee

Ian is Director of Development at the Longhurst Group. He has extensive experience in capital finance, quantity surveying, project and asset management and has been the driving force behind the Blue Skies Consortium, a major player in housing association development. He has good experience in diversification from core business and development of alternative income streams. His interests include golf, rugby and walking.

Rod Allerton – Staff Liaison Governor and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead Governor

Rod is Director of Development for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough YMCA, a charity working with young people. A Business Studies and Tourism graduate, Rod worked in the travel and financial services industries for over 30 years and has held a variety of senior commercial and sales roles, with a number of major brands including American Express and Thomas Cook. Rod actively participates in Peterborough’s voluntary sector and is also a member of the City Councils Cohesion Board. He is link governor for Equality and Diversity.

Alan Crawford – Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee

Alan is a member of the Insurance Institute and the Institute of Internal Auditors (UK and Ireland), and is ACII qualified. He has over 10 years’ risk and audit knowledge and is currently working as a Director with Ernst and Young LLP. His experience includes ensuring the excellence of processes at Direct Line Group, RSA Group and Internal Audit across Aviva businesses within the Asia Pacific region. Alan lives in Inverness and Bromley and enjoys golf, swimming and football.

Brian Redshaw – Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee

Brian is an Electrical Engineer and a graduate of the Open University. He worked for 13 years in electrical contracting and the electricity supply industry before taking up a position as a Lecturer in the Electrical Engineering team at PRC. He has held various management positions at the College over a 29 year period before retiring in December 2015 as Vice Principal (Resources and Business Innovation). Brian is passionate about the role further education can play in changing people’s lives and is committed to supporting the development of the College. He has extensive experience in curriculum planning, apprenticeships, estate management, capital projects and strategic planning. Brian enjoys hill walking and photography.

Nicola Shawe – Vice Chair of the Corporation Board and Vice Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee

Nicola is a Tax Director at a major UK and international bank, specialising in indirect taxes. She is a law graduate and has over 15 years experience of advising on a wide range of indirect tax issues on an in-house and consultancy basis. Nicola currently lives in London but grew up in Peterborough and maintains close family ties to the area.

Joanne Ulyatt – Director of Governance

Educated at Nottingham Trent University (BA Hons Linguistics), Joanne initially trained with Nationwide Building Society as a member of their graduate programme, working within the Treasury function for a number of years. She has undertaken a wide range of qualifications and training over the years, from finance and Treasury to legal and business. Joanne became Director of Governance at Peterborough Regional College in 2016.

Cav. Marco Cereste

Marco Cereste is a director of a number of businesses and Chair of the Italian Community Association. He is a former student of the College and has a diploma in business direction and an MBA from Loughborough University; he is an IoD Chartered Director. He has been Leader of Peterborough Unitary Authority, Deputy Chair of the East of England Development Agency, Chair of the National Trust Federation, Co-founder and Chair of the National NHS Confederation and Chair of NHS Peterborough. He has a number of honours, one of which is one of Italy’s highest.

Mark Jackson – External Governor

Mark has been a partner at Rawlinsons, Chartered Accountants in Peterborough since 2003. Mark manages a portfolio of owner-managed business clients, providing audit, accounts and tax services in addition to general business advice. He also heads up the Charities and Education teams at Rawlinsons. Mark is a member of Park Road Baptist Church and is also a trustee (and treasurer) of Churches Together in Central Peterborough, a registered charity. As part of this work, he has a particular responsibility for some of the work with children and young people.

Lee Kilby – External Member

Lee is a graduate and a qualified auditor with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. He has over 17 years audit and risk experience and has worked in a variety of business sectors including financial services, public and charity sectors, distribution, logistics, and management assurance services with KPMG. He is currently an IT Auditor with Diligenta, a financial services outsourcer based in Peterborough. His interests include scuba diving and he is a keen swimmer, having previously competed at international level. Lee lives in Peterborough.

Mark Haydon – Audit Committee

After training and qualifying as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland with a national firm at their London office, Mark moved to East Anglia. His work at Whiting & Partners Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers now encompasses the broader aspects of General Practice work. Mark is managing partner and heads up the firm's General Practice specialism. In his occasional leisure moments, he has been known to turn his hand to most indoor and outdoor DIY activities and is a member of the Rotary Club of March.

Dr Mary Kiernan – Chair of Curriculum & Quality Committee

Mary is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, European Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and Chartered IT Professional. As an academic she has extensive experience of both HE and FE senior management in a wide variety of roles and as a consultant, working at an executive level, she has supported organisations to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. She is a trustee in an multi academy trust, a school governor, member of the British Computer Society Academic Accreditation Committee and has prior experience as an Assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency and Btec qualifications with research interests in online learning and gamification.

Tony Warner – Curriculum Staff Governor

Tony has been with the College since 2013, in which time he has held positions from a VHL lecturer to full time lecturer and course coordinator and he is currently the course lead for all Access provision across the college. He is passionate about teaching and providing opportunities for young people and is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage learners. To that end he has particular interests in new ways of teaching, especially through the use of technology and robotics.

Roy Bird – Business Support Staff Governor

Roy joined the College in February 2016 after thirty years working in the defence and aerospace industries at British Aerospace, Airbus and Marshall Aviation Services. The move to education has been a steep learning curve and it is both a challenging and exciting time to get involved. The changes in Apprenticeship provision and the plans to develop UCP into an independent University of Peterborough are major opportunities for the College which Roy is fully immersed in helping to become a success. Roy hopes to adapt his experience to the education sector to bring a different perspective to both the management team and the Board.

Professor Sir Les Ebdon CBE DL - Chair of UCP Shadow Council

Professor Sir Les Ebdon CBE DL is a widely recognised leader in the field of social mobility, frequently appearing in the media and programmes such as ‘Today’ as a result of his post as Director of Fair Access to Higher Education. An award winning Analytical Chemist, he has published over 270 refereed publications. He has enjoyed highly successful periods as Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Plymouth and as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Bedfordshire. He has played various national roles in higher education including chairing the University group Million+, for five years, served as a Board member of Universities UK and the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association, as well as chairing the Association of Universities of the East of England for five years. He was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to national and local higher education and in 2018 was knighted for services to social mobility and higher education. In 2011 he was appointed HM Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.

Michael Rabbett – Finance & General Purposes Committee

Michael has been a solicitor specialising in property law at Buckles Solicitors LLP since 1994. From 1997 – 2012 he served on the firm’s Management Board, with a particular focus on IT issues, before undertaking further academic study as the firm expanded to qualify in 2015 as Notary Public, enabling him to expand his portfolio to deal with documentation relating to international transactions.