Our Board of Corporation has a total membership of 17, comprising 12 independent members from the local and business communities; 2 staff members; 2 students 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)
Six Sigma and a member of the British Psychological Society. 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.
Anne-Marie McNeill (Staff Governor)
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.
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.
He plays rugby for Aylesbury Rugby Football Club Colts and is a National School Level Rower. He rows for the RAF Rowing team and also enjoys weight training in his spare time.