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Burnley College Governing Board

Governors make an important contribution to the life of Burnley College and its students, helping to ensure it is run well and serves the needs of local people.

Clerk to Governors – Simone Lomas: [email protected]

MEET OUR GOVERNORS

David Meakin

  • Governing Board Chair
  • Search & Governance Committee Vice-Chair
  • Remuneration Committee Member
  • Finance Committee Member

David Meakin has been a Governor of the College since 2007. He is Chair of the Governing Board, a position he has held since 2014. A qualified Accountant, David holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Mathematics and enjoyed a 35-year career within the NHS, working in Nottingham, Birmingham and Aylesbury before arriving in Burnley. On his retirement in 2005, David held the position of Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive.

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David Brown

  • Governing Board Vice-Chair
  • Search & Governance Committee Chair
  • Remuneration Committee Member
  • Audit Committee Member

David Brown has been a Governor at the College since 2005. Prior to his retirement, he held the position of Burnley Borough Council Director of Environment, with responsibility for Planning and Environment, StreetScene and Markets Services.

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Karen Buchanan

  • College Principal
  • Chief Executive Officer of Themis at Burnley College

Karen Buchanan was appointed as Principal of Burnley College and CEO of Themis in 2017. She was previously Deputy Principal of the College appointed in September 2011. Karen has worked in Further Education since starting as a part time Computing Lecturer at Burnley College in 1986. Prior to this Karen worked as a Computer Programmer and then a Systems Analyst at The Prestige Group PLC, British Aerospace and at Leyland DAF.

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Jim Sutcliffe

Jim Sutcliffe

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Human Resources Committee Member
  • Remuneration Committee Member
  • Search & Governance Committee Member

Jim Sutcliffe has been a Governor at the College since 1998, after being impressed by the high quality of education received by his sons who are former students. After leaving Burnley Grammar School, Jim Sutcliffe joined Burnley Building Society as a computer specialist and Audit Manager, transferring to the National and Provincial Building Society, Bradford, as Mergers and Acquisitions Planner and Integration Manager. Before his retirement, he developed his own management consultancy business.

 

Richard Thorley

Richard Thorley

  • Finance Committee Chair
  • Search & Governance Committee Member
  • Remuneration Committee Member

Richard Thorley has been a Governor of the College since 1993, when he was Managing Director at Smiths Aerospace. Richard is a retired Director of Kaman Aerospace Group, with headquarters In Connecticut, USA, having had responsibility for Worldwide Business Strategy and Development. A Chartered Management Accountant, Richard also holds a degree in Production Engineering and Management from Loughborough University.

 

Philip Turner

Philip Turner

  • Human Resources Committee Chair
  • Remuneration Committee Member

Philip Turner has been a Governor at the College since incorporation in 1993. Philip who has been a solicitor since 1980 and retired as Senior Partner of Waddington and Son Solicitors after 24 years in the partnership. He specialises in Criminal Law and continues to work for the firm on a consultancy basis.

Gillian Bardin

Gillian Bardin

  • Finance Committee Member
  • Search & Governance Committee Member

Gillian Bardin has been a Governor at the College since 2018. She was formerly Managing Director of Taylor Patterson, a financial services group based in Lancashire, where her key responsibility was the strategic direction of the business until its sale to an AIM Listed plc. Gillian is a Chartered Accountant and former President of ICAEW Lancashire & South Lakeland. She is currently a NED at Puddleducks Franchising Ltd and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University.

Dr Gerald Griggs

Dr Gerald Griggs

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee Member

Gerald Griggs has been a Governor at the College since 2019. Gerald is Dean of Etihad Campus at UCFB. He has worked in education for over two decades, with a majority of this time spent in the Higher Education sector. He is a globally renowned scholar in the field of Primary Physical Education and has published extensively in this area. Gerald is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood and co-founder of the Primary Physical Education Assembly. Gerald is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson

  • Finance Committee Member

Paul Henderson has been a Governor at the College since 2014. Paul is owner and director of his chartered surveying practice. His areas of expertise are in architecture, project management and facilities management. Roles have included that of client Project Manager, responsible for the new build at Burnley College and consultant to large public organisations including Manchester City Council and Lancashire County Council. A former GNVQ Building Studies student at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, Paul graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BSc(Hons) in Building Surveying and has completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Fiona Lugiano

Fiona Lugiano

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee Vice-Chair
  • Human Resources Committee Member

Fiona Lugiano has been a Governor at the College since 2018. Fiona is Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Ascentis, an educational awarding organisation which she joined in 2002. Fiona has managed a number of areas throughout Ascentis, including Operations, Marketing and Sales, Risk, Compliance and Governance and currently holds specific responsibilities as Company Secretary, Responsible Officer and Director of subsidiary companies. Fiona obtained a degree in Psychology and has continued her interest in both this subject and education by previously teaching at the Open University and more recently having completed an MBA.

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee Member

Kate Quinn has been a Governor at the College since 2019. Kate is a senior manager with 35 years’ experience working in a range of organisations across the NHS around the Strategic Human Resources and Organisational Development agenda. She has extensive experience working operationally, regionally and nationally to deliver on key priorities for the NHS workforce to ensure delivery of services to patients. Kate also has experience as an elected member on Preston City Council where she served as Executive Member for Communities.

Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson

  • Audit Committee Member

Richard Robinson joined the College’s Governing Board in 2017. Richard is a Director at a local firm of accountants – McMahon Leggate. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas

  • Finance Committee Vice-Chair
  • Search & Governance Committee Member

Guy Thomas has been a Governor at the College since 2014. Guy left aerospace manufacturing group Kaman UK in 2014 after six years, initially as Group Finance Director and then as Group Managing Director. He is now a self-employed consultant providing specialist support services to small and mid-sized businesses. Guy is a qualified accountant with many years’ experience both in practice, at Ernst & Young, and Industry with Metrotect Industries plc and Brookhouse Holdings, where he was Group Finance Director.

STAFF GOVERNORS

Our Staff Governors

Gareth Jones

  • Staff Governor
  • Curriculum & Standards Committee Member

Gareth Jones has worked at the College for six years and is a Curriculum Manager in the Division of Construction. He is responsible for full-time students and apprentices in Carpentry and Joinery, Furniture Studies and Electrical Installation. He currently sits on the College’s Quality, Staff Development and Appearance committees. As an ex-student of the College, he is proud and passionate about the college and its success.

 

Luke Gott

  • Staff Governor

Luke has enjoyed a career in advice, guidance and support at Burnley College since graduating in 2019. He is currently responsible for the development of university-level and Adult Learning provision at the College and is a Team Leader in the busy Student Services Department. He works closely with other college bodies including safeguarding, marketing, divisional areas, network services, Additional Learning Support and the Senior Management Team.

 

STUDENT GOVERNORS

Our Student Governors

Oscar Whittaker

  • Student Governor
  • Curriculum & Standards Committee Member

Oscar Whittaker advanced onto Burnley College from Unity College where he was a Senior Prefect with the title of House Captain. He is studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering plus an A Level in Mathematics, which will support his high career ambitions to progress on to a Degree Apprenticeship studying mathematics, or to attend one of the top universities in the country to study mathematics. Oscar is also a Student Representative and part of the Student Council. Oscar has a keen interest in football which he plays in his spare time as well as other hobbies, including maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With this mindset he loved completing both the bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards and he hopes to complete his Gold at some point in the future.

 

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