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Who’s Who

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Mr David Yeandle OBE

Chair: The Board, Search Committee, and Eastleigh College Ltd.

In addition to David's role at the College, he is also the Director of Government Relations for the European Employers Group and the independent President of the United Nations’ Staff-Management Committee. David has also had a rich employment history, as the Head of Employment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, where he represented the views of manufacturers on employment and pensions issues to the UK Government and the European Union. He also worked for nearly 20 years in the Personnel Department of Pirelli Cables, based at its Eastleigh site. David was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in March 2010, retiring early from full-time employment in October 2010.

David was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he obtained a degree in economics, and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the RSA. He is also a member of the Council of the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) and the Executive Committee of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA) which he chaired from 2013 to 2016. David was awarded an OBE for services to engineering and manufacturing employers in June 2008.

 

Dr Jan Edrich

Member: Finance and General Purposes, Standards, Remuneration and Search Committees and also a Member of Eastleigh College Ltd.

Dr Edrich came into further education as a lecturer from a career in the telecommunications industry with blue chip multinationals where she was a specialist in purchasing and production management. During her time in FE, Jan has held several senior management team posts, at Hastings College and then more latterly at Eastleigh College. In order to broaden her experience of the post 16 sector, Jan has also worked for the Learning and Skills Council leading on quality of provision and area reviews in Sussex. In the four years prior to coming to Eastleigh College, Jan was the Chief Executive of AOSEC.

Dr Edrich brings the vital mix of commercial, financial and curriculum expertise to her role as Chief Executive and Principal of Eastleigh College. Her research specialism is in the impact of policy on strategic planning in colleges. Jan is also a governor at an academy and on the management committee of a pupil referral unit locally.

 

Mr John Course

Chair: Standards Committee

Member: Search Committee

John joined the Board in 2010 having retired from the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for Construction as South of England Area Manager.   He has considerable experience in apprenticeship recruitment and training, sales and marketing, performance management and strategic planning.  John is Chair of Standards Committee and a member of the  Search Committee.

 

Mrs Angela Cross-Durrant

Member: Standards Committee

Angela joins the Board from a successful career in HM Inspectorate (Ofsted) and has a wealth of experience in FE, management and business. She holds other board appointments and brings that expertise to the Board at Eastleigh. Her vast experience is too large to include, save to say she is at the cutting edge of education, management and business strategy.

 

Mr Paul Sahota

Member: Finance and General Purposes Committee

Paul joined the Board in July 2010 and is a member of Audit Committee. His engineering and electrical background was the reason he attended this College whilst an apprentice. He has run his own business and currently manages his own property portfolio. He is a big family man and has been a local magistrate for about 20 years. Paul recently became involved as an Education Appeals Panel Member. His skills are most welcomed.

 

Mr Jonathan Sendell

Vice Chair: The Board, Chair: Remuneration Committee

Member: Finance and General Purposes Committee

Jon served over 30 years in Operational management at senior board level of a highly successful private construction rental company. He was responsible for overseeing a number of major acquisitions as well as being involved in the corporate re-financing of that Business.

After deciding to ‘retire’ in 2011, Jon spent time in the States setting up a property investment business, which now has an office locally in Chandlers Ford as well as in Florida.

Jon thrives on new business challenges and brings a wealth of business experience to the Board from a variety of aspects. He now splits his time between countries but still ensures that his family time comes first.

 

Mr Steve Johnson

Vice Chair: Finance & General Purposes Committee

Member: Standards Committee, Remuneration Committee

Steve is a Chartered Accountant who joined the Board in 2012, having built up considerable financial and management experience during a 30 year career in the defence industry with BAE Systems/GEC Marconi. His experience at a senior management level in industry brings a significant addition to our strategic team of Governors. He also has good experience at a working level regarding mergers – eg GEC Marconi/Plessey, GEC Marconi/Ferranti, BAE/GEC Marconi as well as partnering work with the MOD to achieve substantial savings/efficiencies.

 

Mrs Verona Hall

Member: Audit Committee

Verona has wide educational experience through her extended professional work as a Head teacher of a secondary community school, followed by the role of senior adviser in a local authority. Verona is an educational consultant and brings to the board a wealth of experience in further education, vocational education and strategic planning. She has a particular interest in both 11-19 education and adult learning, in addition to involvement in senior post selection for schools and colleges, and currently works with secondary schools and with an academy trust on school improvement and governance. She has a proven leadership development record in improving standards and outcomes and strengthening governance.

 

Miss Shirley Nelltorpe

Chair:  Audit Committee

Governor:  Link Governor Supported Learning Services/College House

Shirley was a Civil Servant for many years, most recently the Skills Funding Agency, implementing Government Policies linked to Further Education, Apprenticeship Programmes, and European Social Funded Programmes.  Shirley is also Chair of Governors for two schools in Hampshire along with Chairing South East Governor Network for Hampshire.   She also Co-Chairs the AOSEC Governor Network for Colleges.  Shirley’s skills in Governorship have been sought and proven, by challenging and supporting schools moving them from a failing position to being successful and high performing.  Her interests are all matters related to Governorship, maintaining high standards and outcomes for all learners in both Schools and Further Education.


Mrs Helen Hills

Member: Audit Committee

Helen is a longstanding member of staff who works in the Creative and Life Skills Faculty. She is a tremendous inspiration to her colleagues and is the 2010 holder of 'Teacher of the Year Award'. She is consistently marked as a Grade 1 (Outstanding) teacher in this very difficult and demanding area of the College. She is an ideal person to fill the role of Staff Governor at this College, being very level headed, knowledgeable, with a purpose to act on behalf of the grassroots when discussing strategic matters. Helen is a member of Standards Committee.

 

Miss Julie Richmond

Member: Standards Committee

Julie has worked at the College since August 2002 starting in the Customer Service. After 3 years in the Exams Department she took on the role of PA to the Deputy Director for Teaching and Learning. After a period working in the IAG department, Julie now finds herself working as in Apprenticeship Achievement.  Julie has an excellent understanding of the network of the College and the way in which different departments rely and interact with each other. As a respected member of staff she is well able to give a balanced opinion and help with the strategic direction of the College.

 

Dr Ed Atefi

Member: Audit Committee

Ed joins the Board having built up considerable experience during a long career as a senior project manager with a strong technical background. He enjoys complex challenges, has considerable R&D team and man management experience and can combine technical skills with implementation, bidding process and sales/marketing.

His in-depth understanding as a senior project manager of video/multimedia and telecommunications technologies, will be a considerable addition to our strategic team of Governors.

 

Mrs Natalie Wigman

Member: Standards Committee

Natalie is a member of the senior management team at Eastleigh Borough Council, leading the strategic development and performance management of Eastleigh Borough and responsible for the Corporate Plan, performance management, governance, elections, and working with elected Members, partnerships and businesses. She has considerable management experience and a track record of delivery in change management. Her previous roles in Economic Development included skills development to suport a growing economy, which involved her working closely with the College. As a parent, Natalie's understanding and comprehension of the local issues involved will be of great benefit to the Corporation in moving forward in the future.

 

 Caroline Nokes MP

Advisory Governor

Caroline is the Member of Parliament for Southampton North and Romsey area and has joined the Board as an Advisory Governor. She brings many skills and much knowledge to the college together with her enthusiasm and national viewpoint.

 

Ms Judith Grajewski

Member: F&GP Committee

Judith is an elected member of Eastleigh Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. She has had an extensive career in pharmacy, including various posts in community pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. She is now a Director of a creative consultancy company based in Hampshire, developing and implementing marketing strategies for clients by using the appropriate medium and channel. She brings many skills and considerable experience to the college, together with her enthusiasm and a clear understanding of the local perspective.

 

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