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Governors at RNIB College Loughborough

The College's Board of Governors is there to support the College in its mission and to provide advice and guidance to the College's management team. The Board of Governors is made up of people with education, care and health backgrounds, in addition to others representing the local community, college staff and college students.

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Governor Profiles

John Kershaw (Chair)

Member of the Safeguarding Working Group, the Finances and General Purposes Working Group and the Quality and Development Working Group.

John became a Governor in 2006 when he retired as Acting Director of Adult Social Care for Leicestershire County Council. In this role he developed contacts in Connexions, the NHS and PCT. The department was one of the few in the country to obtain and retain a top 3-star rating. John has many interests including travel, sport, conservation, food and wine, and literature. He enjoys walking particularly in the Lake District and North Yorkshire. His favourite places include Cornwall, especially the Isles of Scilly.

Geoff Jackman (Vice Chair)

Member of the Sustainability Working group, the Finance and General Purposes Working Group and the Quality and Development Working Group.

Geoff graduated with an MSc degree in Disability Management at Work and Rehabilitation in 1988. He spent 37 years in Education and Training at the then RNIB Vocational College until his retirement as Vice Principal/Acting Principal in 2004. One of his main responsibilities was student services. He is a Trustee with Voluntary Action Charnwood serving on sub-committees, with particular interest in Human Resources and Policies. Geoff is a keen birdwatcher with a particular interest in bird song. His other interests include reading, walking and the countryside in general. His is a member of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Lesley Ansari

Member of the Health & Safety Working Group and the Quality and Development Working Group.

Lesley has had a varied career, starting as a Materials Scientist for British Gas for 20 years, and then moving on to an Equality and Diversity Adviser and Trainer for ACAS, before working on a project funded by the Equality and Human Right Commission to raise the awareness of hate crime, and now is a support worker for people with profound learning disabilities. Lesley has been a Governor since 2010 and is the Governor representative on the College Health and Safety Committee.

Pat Dyson

Member of the Quality and Development Working Group.

Pat is currently Principal of Sense College, with responsibility for 174 learners in eight sites across the East Midlands and Eastern Region. Pat's previous role was at Mencap as National Manager, Education where she provided national strategic direction for the three Mencap colleges of Dilston, Lufton and Pengwern.

Prior to this Pat was RNIB National Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Manager, responsible for implementing the RNIB Lifelong Learning strategy. Pat has worked in job centres, in local government, in the Learning & Skills Council (LSC), in work based learning and as an Inspector for the Adult Learning Inspectorate and Ofsted. She was a Council Member and more lately a Trustee for the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities (SKILL).

Pat was co-opted as a Board Member to the Association of National Specialist Colleges (NATSPEC) in June 2012. She has represented RNIB College Loughborough on the National Special Educational Consortium Post 16 Working Group since Jan 2012

Pat undertakes voluntary work in her spare time as a member of the Soroptimist Fylde and is currently working towards a Masters in Professional Studies with a focus on special educational needs.

Deborah McManamon (Clerk - in attendance)

Deborah has been the Clerk to the Governing Body since joining the RNIB in May 2006. Prior to working for the RNIB, Deborah held a similar position in the London Borough of Hackney and also worked in the training and development team for the Natwest group. Deborah is also Clerk at RNIB Vision School, Rushton and RNIB Sunshine House in Northwood. Outside work Deborah has recently taken up digital photography and is an enthusiastic baker, assisted by her two boys who are expert tasters!

June Murray (in attendance)

June is the College Principal and attends Governors' meetings in that role. June graduated from Lanchester Polytechnic in 1978 with a BA(Hons) in Applied Social Science. In her spare time, June enjoys reading, visiting galleries, museums and National Trust Properties.

Andrew Duxbury (in attendance)

Andrew attends Governors' meetings as the College's Assistant Principal (Business & Finance), with responsibility for College finances, premises, Health & Safety, Catering and Administration/HR. As well as being a chartered accountant he is NEBOSH qualified in Health & Safety. In his spare time he runs a charity for children from separated families, and an under 15's football team.

Colin Goodwin (Staff Governor)

Colin has worked at the RNIB College as a Learning Support Assistant since June 2012. He started out as a Technical Apprentice on leaving school, and subsequently a Design Engineer in his home county of Cumbria and briefly in Scotland. On moving to Loughborough, he became a Researcher in the field of Materials Science, which allowed the opportunity to work on projects in the UK, the US and Switzerland. Volunteering work then led Colin to become a Youth Worker with Leicestershire County Council, where he worked with a diverse range of young people with equally diverse and often complex needs in a variety of challenging settings. His most challenging role by far, though, was being a stay-at-home Dad in the United Arab Emirates.

Out of work, Colin practices meditation and he is a black belt in the martial art of Tetsudo. He enjoys spending time at home with his wife and young daughter, cooking, telling bad jokes, growing vegetables and trips to the pub when he is allowed.