Our Board of Corporation has a total membership of 18, comprising 13 independent members from the local and business communities; 2 staff members; 2 student members and the Principal & Chief Executive.
- Independent and Staff Governors serve on the Board for a term of 4 years and may be eligible for reappointment for a further term of 4 years but should not normally serve for more than two terms (maximum 8 years) subject to extenuating circumstances.
- Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination to an election process involving voting from fellow colleagues, whether academic or business support.
- Student Governors are appointed as the President and Vice President of the Student Union. Student Governors serve on the Board for the duration of their period in post with the Student Union
Max Hailey (Chair)
Previously he was the Managing Director of Mix 96 – the local commercial radio station for Buckinghamshire and has worked in media and audio for over 25 years. He is also the Chair of the Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership – an organisation that brings the public and private sector together and sits as a member of the Buckinghamshire Creative Industries Sector Action Group.
Previous roles have included governance within the NHS and primary education. Max is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society of the Arts.
David Bainton (Vice Chair)
David previously served as a Governor of Amersham and Wycombe College and is currently Chair of the College Remuneration Committee.
He is keen to ensure students are prepared for the challenges they face in their lives and in the workplace after leaving college.
His main outside interests revolve around sport. He is a keen student of military history and is learning to play the guitar.
Karen is a passionate supporter of inclusive learning in Vocational Education and Training. Her focus is on leading an outstanding student experience which prepares students of all ages and abilities to realise their ambition and achieve long term success in work and life. She strongly believes that Further Education should be at the heart of the community, transforming lives and driving economic and social success.
Having been educated in Bucks and then having lived and worked in the county for most of his life, Ian understands the educational and training landscape in the region.
Currently a project manager for ScreenSkills, where national projects include the Creative Careers Programme and the ScreenSkills Apprenticeship Programme. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries, a key sector for Buckinghamshire.
From 2015-2019, Jackie was the Skills Development Manager for Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, developing the skills agenda for Bucks focussed on key economic growth sectors which led to an emerging skills ecosystem that connected and benefited young people, educators and businesses.
From 2010-2015 she was the Business Enterprise Manager and qualified tutor to adults and 16-18 year olds at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. CIM qualified and having started her career in film and TV, she also ran her own creative agency in London’s Charlotte Street working with Sony Pictures, Paramount, Warner Vision and Odeon Cinemas.
Benedicta Duhoe (Student Governor)
She have been a Student Representative for two years at Buckinghamshire College Group and is currently the Student President for Amersham Campus and Student Governor for the 2021/2022 academic year.
Prior to taking up these appointments Edward was Chairman of certain Loss Reviews at Lloyd’s of London and on Lloyd’s Corporate Finance Panel. He was a main board director of Chubb Security, Lindustries and Drake & Cubitt in each case being Finance Director. Within the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he was Chair of the Pensions and Euro Committees and Deputy Chairman of the Business Law Committee. He was on one of the Treasury’s Euro Advisory Committees. He now sits on the ACCA’s disciplinary panel.
Edward was previously Chair of Amersham and Wycombe College Corporation and is now a Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee of Buckinghamshire College Group.
Julie Gillespie (Staff Governor)
After completing an MSc in History of Political Thought, Nick qualified as a professional librarian and worked in a variety of higher education institutions before joining Middlesex. Whilst Director of Library Services at Brunel University he was nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship and appointed Hon Chair of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries.
Nick has contributed to a number of professional publications and presented at conferences and workshops. In his leisure time he enjoys reading, early cinema, music, cooking and occasional creative writing.
His passion is supporting & developing people in their workplace. He is an accomplished leader with many management and senior management roles and qualifications including MSc. Occupational Psychology, PGCE in Adult Education, PG Diploma in Leadership & Management, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, BPS assessments Level A & B qualified, Qualified executive Coach.
This is her first governship role and she is looking forward to helping the group move forward and using her skills to assist with this.
In her spare time, Bethan enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children, walking, climbing, cycling and watersports.
Prior to working for LEPs, Caroline worked in research roles at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (running large UK-wide employer surveys), Sector Skills Councils (including four years as Head of Research for People1st, the Sector Skills Council for Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism), the Learning and Skills Council, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Caroline has a BSc in City and Regional Planning and an MSc in Social and Market Research.
In her spare time, Caroline enjoys walking and pub quizzes, and is a Brownie leader at 4th Haddenham Brownies.
Taysha Sargeant (Student Governor)
Previously she worked in a variety of different roles ranging from Hospitals to Sales and Management. This helped her to gain good communicative and leadership skills.
She believes that it is incredibly important to look after yourself both physically and mentally as it can have a huge impact on your overall well-being.
As well as her experience in the working world she is also an Artist and works with Wycombe Arts Centre for her work experience and other projects. She is lucky enough to be mentored by Dr. Caroline Eliot and hopes that this will help her on her journey as an Artist/Designer in the future.
She aims to fast track through her educational career at Oxford University and understands the importance of education.
With a passion for improving College life and making a positive impact she hopes to work on projects and create clubs across campuses to get everyone involved in making a difference. Not just for the students but also the environment.
He has a strong commercial and strategic focus and works closely with the CEO and Board to deliver the business strategy and its financial targets, whilst ensuring there is a tight corporate governance framework. He has also led several major change projects and business turnarounds.
Chris has been a careers mentor for undergraduates at the University of Birmingham for the last three years. His other interests include sport, travel and the arts.
Kish lives and works in Aylesbury. He is married and has 2 children, both of whom are at school locally. His interests include construction and IT. He enjoys playing squash, but admits to not being very good.
Prior to entering health Kish spent some time in education undertaking academic research and study in Birmingham, where he was born and still has family.
This is his first membership role and would like to help in any way he can.
Ian was raised and educated in south Buckinghamshire and his family has strong connections with the local furniture industry and Wycombe Wanderers FC. He is passionate about the professional and personal benefits of education and is a particular proponent of vocational learning and for many years lectured at the University of Sheffield to MSc students.
Outside of work he is developing an interest in photography and for the last 12 years has coached at Amersham and Chiltern RFC
Adam Poland (Staff Governor)
Adam lives in Aylesbury and is currently both a serving Parish Councillor (and former Chairman) of Coldharbour Parish Council and the Buckinghamshire Unitary Councillor for Aylesbury West (encompassing Fairford Leys, Prebendal Farm, the Hartwell estate, the Willows and Walton Court). These roles have provided Adam with skills and attributes that are highly valuable in the role of Staff Governor.
Adam takes a keen interest in health and fitness and competes in Triathlons and cycle events in his spare time. He also has a young son.
Andrew has been a director of Richardsons Chartered Accountants since it was established in Thame. He is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Ernst & Young in London.
After qualifying he worked in Audit, managing some of their major clients in the airline, food, finance and oil industries, and also in Corporate Finance, managing part of the work for the privatisation and floatation of two nationalised industries.
Andrew holds a number of memberships of audit committees of organisations in the public sector.
Cathie has had a long and extensive career in further education. Previously she held a number of Executive roles including interim Principal, Deputy Principal and Vice Principal Curriculum and Standards. Cathie has served on two Corporation Boards, East Surrey College and Guildford College as an independent member and was Vice-Chair of the Standards Committee for Surrey Police Authority.
More recently Cathie has managed her own consultancy company that provided bespoke coaching for senior leadership and curriculum and quality reviews.
She was an Ofsted inspector for 9 years before being appointed an FE Adviser for the Further Education Commission in 2017 until July 2021. Cathie believes that further education should be accessible and of high quality.