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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)

Max Hailey (Chair)

Max is the Chief Operating Officer of Calibre Audio – a national charity based in Bucks that lends free audiobooks for anyone who is print disabled.

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 Bainton (Vice Chair)

David has run his own business for over 25 years working with large companies in the private sector, government departments and the NHS on performance improvement, business restructuring and leading change. Previously he held senior roles in both Human Resources and General Management with blue chip companies. He is a qualified Black Belt in Lean 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 Mitchell

Karen Mitchell

Karen is the Principal and Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire College Group. Karen has a strong leadership and management background in Further Education holding a number of senior positions including Vice Principal and Director of Quality. Prior to her time in Further Education Karen worked as a nurse practitioner and manager for 17 years in the Health Service.

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.
Ian Harper

Ian Harper

Ian has worked in education and training since 1996, initially for a major retailer in London and then for 14 years at a private apprenticeship training provider in Buckinghamshire. In 2014 he joined Buckinghamshire College Group and Bucks New University's partnership to oversee the development of University Campus Aylesbury Vale and now works for the university as its Commercial Director and Director of Apprenticeships.

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)

Anne-Marie McNeill (Staff Governor)

Anne-Marie has worked at the College for 15 years in the role of Senior Human Resources Business Partner and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. She has lived most of her life in Aylesbury and prior to working for the College worked for Nestle, Weight Watchers UK and Serco Leisure. Anne-Marie works closely with the local community and her hobbies include cooking, creative arts and reading. She is also an experienced chocolatier.
Jackie Campbell

Jackie Campbell

Jackie is an experienced marketing and skills professional, project manager and trainer.

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.
Andra Mirica

Andra Mirica

Andra is a full time student at Amersham Campus, studying Level 3 Graphic Design. In her spare time she enjoys photography and illustration making.
Edward Weiss

Edward Weiss

Edward Weiss, by training a chartered accountant, has recently completed two non-executive appointments, one with an NHS Foundation Trust and one with a Government Commission, the Security Industry Authority. Prior to this he was a member of the Criminal Cases Review Commission dealing with alleged or suspected miscarriages of justice. Edward has also been a non-executive director of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

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)

Julie Gillespie (Staff Governor)

Julie has worked at the College for 15 years, initially in a teaching role and now as Curriculum Manager for Creative and Digital Arts. She has lived around the area for most of her life. Prior to working for the College, she has worked in the creative industries, and is a great supporter of finding young people opportunities for employment in the creative industries around the area. Julie works closely with the local community on a variety of projects and her hobbies include making jewellery, reading and photography.
Nick Bevan

Nick Bevan

Nick recently retired from the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Director of Library and Student Support at Middlesex University, where he led a service that integrated generic front-line support with in-depth help from specialist student advice teams covering library and learning enhancement, student progression, IT support, money and visa issues, disability and dyslexia, and counselling and mental health. He led the project to create UniHelp (the campus-wide student help desk) and chaired the group that delivered the sector-leading personal eTextbooks for students project. During his tenure, the University was shortlisted three times for a Times Higher Education award for activities and projects managed by his team.

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.
Amir Khaki

Amir Khaki

Amir is an Organisational Psychologist with over 10 years of experience in the NHS. Currently working as the Deputy Director of HR, Organisational Development and Education at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Additionally he has worked with multinational organisations such as Xerox, KPMG and PA Consulting, national organisations, such as British Steel Corporation and Voluntary sector and regional organisations such as local authorities & colleges of further education.

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.
Bethan Waters

Bethan Waters

Bethan is a finance lawyer by background, working as a partner at London law firm, Farrer & Co. Her practice includes acting for or for organisations lending to, charities, not for profit organisations, educational institutions and cultural organisations.

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.
Josh Holdsworth

Josh Holdsworth

Josh is in his second year of the BTEC Extended Level 3 Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence and hopes to go on to University to become a Sports Teacher specialising in Sports Coaching.

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.
Caroline Perkins

Caroline Perkins

Caroline is an economic researcher who specialises in labour market and skills research. She is currently Research Manager for the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), following six years at the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.

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.
Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley

Chris is a finance director with extensive UK and international experience, having worked in many businesses in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector and currently at a leading edge engineering consultancy. A qualified chartered accountant, he has worked in Private Equity, PLC and family owned businesses.

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 Sidhu

Kish Sidhu

Kish worked in the NHS for 20 years as a qualified accountant and operated at Board level as Finance Director / Chief Financial Officer. Kish led departments in finance, estates IT and information. Recently he has worked more internationally in Health and is now semi retired running his own consultancy.

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 Greggor

Ian Greggor

Ian is currently the Director of Estates and Facilities for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He has spent almost all of his career in healthcare, starting in the NHS General Management Training Scheme in 1991 before taking on roles ranging from a private hospital manager to the Strategic Estates Director for NHS East Midlands and the East of England. He has also been a Programme Director for the development of acute hospital and community buildings. He is a member of the Association for Project Management and the Royal Society of Medicine and holds the Institute of Directors’ Certificate in Company Direction.

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

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