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Adrian Allan

Appointed as a Governor in October 2018.

Adrian works as a veterinary surgeon in Leominster and has spent all of his professional life immersed in the rural community of Herefordshire and Shropshire.  He has three children, all of whom have been educated at the College.  Adrian says their inspirational experience, both in and outside the classroom, was the catalyst for him to become a Governor and to understand better how the College performs such an excellent job.

Serves on Staff and Students committee


Michelle Balcombe

First appointed as a College Governor in 2005.

After gaining her degree, Michelle began her working life in the Education Service of a London museum. This was followed by 20 years as a senior manager in an outer London LEA, responsible for a team of over 60 staff delivering an award-winning range of alternative education provision, including apprenticeships, a pupil referral unit, work experience, an advice service for secondary school teachers and a unit for school refusers.

Michelle moved to Herefordshire to take up the role of Education Advisor for 14-19 Education. In semi-retirement she worked as an examinations invigilator and now divides her time between the College, voluntary work and learning Latin.

Serves on the Audit, Search and Staff & Students' committees

Peter Cooper

Peter became Principal of the College in September 2017, having been the Deputy Principal at the College for a significant period during which the College gained two outstanding Ofsted inspections and became the inaugural TES Sixth Form College of the Year in 2016. Peter has worked on Academy Trusts and was a member of the British Colleges' Sports Board for a number of years, due to his interest in student life beyond the classroom. Peter previously worked in schools and at Priestley College in Warrington, having graduated in Chemistry from Nottingham.

Serves on all committees except Audit and Remuneration

Robert Gorman

Clerk to the Trustees. First appointed Clerk to Governors in 2013.

Robert is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. After many years working in practice and commercial corporations, for UK and overseas companies, he moved to an FE college as Head of Finance & Administration for 3 years, before finishing his career with the LSC and SFA for 11 years as Head of Finance Gloucestershire and then Provider Financial Support Manager South Division. Work at the Funding Agencies included financial health monitoring, college recovery, mergers and major capital projects.

Dr Marion Hawkins

First appointed as a College Governor in February 2015.

Marion’s early post-graduate career involved working in multi-national industrial companies, becoming a Chartered Engineer (MIMechE), in technical posts at Rolls-Royce and Marconi Space Systems and Project Manager at ICI, working on multi-million pound projects.

A career change to become a Chartered Accountant took her to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, working as both Accountant and Financial Auditor in private and public sector organisations, before moving to Durham University for three years as Faculty Accountant and then as Finance Manager at DU Business School.

Currently, Marion works as a Business Consultant advising private individuals and owner-managed businesses on a range of financial and project management issues.

Serves on the Curriculum, Search and Audit committees  

Dr Ken Hopkins

Ken is the Chair of the College's Board of Directors and was first appointed as a College Governor in 2007.

Formerly a Parish Priest, a College Chaplain, Dean of Students and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Kingston University. Ken holds degrees in English and Theology, a Doctorate in English and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Supervision. Ken is also the Vice Chair of Bishop Anthony Educational Trust, a multi-academy trust, and is also Chair of Close House Youth Club in Hereford.

Serves on all committees except Audit and Staff & Students'

Andrea Marshall

Appointed as a Staff Governor in September 2016.

Andrea is Head of the Law and Politics Department at the College and an ex student. She previously worked in an independent school as Head of Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Law, also teaching Religious Education, History and English. Before undertaking her PGCE, Andrea read Law at Cardiff and worked for the Welsh Development Agency's Land and Legal Department and in family and personal injury law departments in firms across South Wales. Whilst at university, Andrea worked as a researcher in the Welsh Assembly and was group secretary to an Assembly Member in Cardiff and adviser to an MP.

Serves on the Finance & Resources committee

James Miller

A College Governor since 2009.

James has spent his career teaching in the independent sector with 17 years at Winchester College, as Head of Economics; five years as Headmaster of Framlingham College in Suffolk; and 14 years as Headmaster of Newcastle Royal Grammar School. James also found time to be a governor of a 16-19 comprehensive, another sixth form college and four independent schools. James also had spells as a Winchester City Councillor (including three years as chairman of one of the main service committees), a school inspector (ISI), a member of the Newcastle Education Commission and a board member of the Durham University Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring.

Serves on the Finance & Resources, Remuneration, Search and Curriculum (Chair) committees

Andrew Parsons

First appointed as a College Governor in October 2016.

Andrew is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and former Head of Operations and Control Areas for international investment banks. As well as a career in banking, operational control systems and risk management, Andrew had several years' service in the Territorial Army.

Serves on the Audit (Chair) and Remuneration committees

Emma Telford

Appointed as Parent Director in October 2017.

Emma runs a micro-business offering textile conservation services to clients including the National Trust and Blenheim Palace. She has a degree in Industrial Design (Textiles) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation from the Cortauld Institute of Art. Emma also lectures, communicating conservation to non-specialists and the public and works with students on placements. She is an accredited member of the Institute for Conservation and an advocate with the Institute of Conservation for raising the profile of museum professionals.

Serves on the Curriculum and Staff & Students' committees (Chair)

Danielle Thompson

Appointed as a Governor in October 2018.

Danielle started her career at National Grid on their graduate scheme after completing a Management degree at Loughborough University and after 8 years, she moved to work for an electricity transmission and distribution company in Perth, Australia. Danielle now leads a creative agency working with global clients on leadership and employee conferences and communication events. She has completed a MBA from Warwick University Business School specialising in strategic marketing and Value Proposition Development.  

Serves on Audit and Staff and Students committees

Philip Tranter

First appointed as a Staff Governor in 2012.

Phil has worked at the College since 2000 and before that worked in sales and design. He is a Business Studies/Law graduate with a PGCE in Business Studies/Economics and recently completed the APSL (Warwick). Phil is Assistant Principal at the College, with responsibilities as a Director of Studies and Head of Enrolment & Induction. He also manages the Marketing Team.

Serves on the Staff & Students' and Curriculum committees

Shirley Tully

First appointed as a College Governor in December 2014.

Shirley works as an Interim Finance Director in the FE sector. She is an Economics graduate and a Fellow of CIPFA. She was previously a Director of Finance at Richmond-upon-Thames College for six years, following seven years as Education Finance Manager for Slough LEA. Shirley is also the Treasurer of Almeley PCC.

Chair of the Finance & Resources committee

Catriona Ward

Appointed as a Governor in October 2018.

Catriona is an Icon Accredited Conservator who has worked in the heritage field in the UK and Australia for over twenty five years. She has worked in public sector organisations including the NSW Government, Herefordshire Council and the National Trust as well as in the private sector including International Conservation Services and is currently the Conservator for Ward & Co (Building Conservation) Ltd. She has also worked as a freelance Conservator. Her specialisms are Project Management, Preventive Conservation and Conservation Management. She has managed many individual collections conservation projects, provided training in care of collections and has been a Project Conservator on several large historic building re-servicing projects in the UK for the National Trust. Catriona has always been active in the conservation profession including several years as the Treasurer for the NSW Australian Institute of Conservation (AICCM) and as member of the NSW National Trust Cemeteries Committee. She provides training locally and abroad and has presented papers at national and international conservation conferences.

Serves on the Curriculum committee