Governors at RNIB College Loughborough

Carol Robinson, Chair of Governors

Throughout Carol's working life she has been involved in Higher Education and she is currently Professor of Mathematics Education at Loughborough University, having commenced work there in 2001.

Carol became a governor at the RNIB College in March 2017 and was elected chair in June 2018. She has significant previous experience of serving on governing bodies, ranging from that of a parent governor at a local primary school, serving on the Council of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and on Loughborough University Council.

Throughout her working life she has been pro-active in support for students with disabilities, working for a time with the Open University and then leading a unit at Loughborough University with a focus on mathematics support for students with additional needs.

As chair of the governing body, Carol's role is to lead the Governing Body and to work collaboratively with the senior management team and clerk to the governing body to ensure that the Governing Body discharges its responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner.

Carol is delighted to have this opportunity and to support the College in making a difference in the lives of the students and preparing them for as fulfilling an adult life as possible, by maximising their independence.

Donna Bishop, Governor

Donna joined the governing body in April 2017. She is an Assistant Head Teacher at a local primary school with the responsibility of overseeing SEN provision and Inclusion across the mainstream school and the 40 place specialist MLD provision. Donna has completed her SENCo Award qualification for leading on SEN provision and is currently studying her Masters in Special Needs in Education.

Donna has her own business running play-schemes for children with Special Needs during the school holidays and is passionate about providing quality provision for all children and supporting families.

She has a passion for sports, reading and spending time with her family, having just had a little boy.

Meera Ahuja, Governor

Meera is a CIMA qualified professional with over 16 years' experience in a variety of accounting and operational roles in both the private and public sector. Meera has worked in Local Government for the past 12 years developing a fundamental understanding of local education, community services and contributed to process and service improvements through managing people, projects and resources. Meera was invited to be a Governor in 2017 and as a previous carer she enjoys spending time on the front line with students and staff. Meera has also undertaken voluntary work both locally and internationally as a member of Accounting for International Development who offer accountants the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profit organisation to form part of a long term strategy and build their financial management capacity. Her other interests include creative writing; travelling and participating in religious and cultural events.

Heather Clarke, Governor

Currently the Head of Learner Services and Lifelong Learning at Loughborough College Heather oversees additional learning support for those with a range learning difficulties and disabilities. Overseeing a large team this also includes mental health and wellbeing, careers and IAG, work experience, student finance, accommodation and the library. Heather is also one of the designated safeguarding leads for the college.

Prior to this Heather has a range of experience working within specialist provision including MacIntyre No Limits and Homefield College, conducting a variety of roles from Support Worker, Tutor , Enterprise Manager, Coordinator and Programme Manager.

Heather also oversees the Lifelong Learning curriculum for entry level learners up to level 1, adult English and maths and ESOL, supporting a range of learners to be able to progress on to their chosen destinations.