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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 on the management committee of a pupil referral unit locally.


Mr John Course

Vice Chair: Board

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 Jonathan Sendell

Chair: 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 Nellthorpe

Chair:  Audit Committee

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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.


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.


Gemma Baker

Member: Standards Committe

Gemma currently works for the Association of Colleges as an Area Director for the South East, representing colleges and the Further Education sector in buidling relationships with priority partners and stakeholders including government/agency officials, local authorities and other relevant organisations. She also acts as a conduit providing information, leading and managing group forums, networks and other events to connect colleges in the regions to facilitate the sharing of information and intelligence.

In 2015 Gemma became a Further Education and Skils Ofsted Inspector involved in the inspection of a range of providers including General Further Education colleges, sixth forms and independent training providers, specialising in inspecting high needs learners, adult learning and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

As a highly experienced Further Education professional, Gemma brings a thorough knowledge and first-hand experience of policy, curriculum design, funding methodology and resources within the FE sector to the Eastleigh College board.


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.


Councillor 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.


Mr Jeremy Musselwhite

Member:  Audit Committee

Jem Musselwhite is a Chartered Building Engineer who has spent over 42 years in the construction industry from earliest days following his father into the industry as a carpenter and joiner through a range of experience, technical and professional qualifications to the present day.

Jem attended Eastleigh College in the 1970’s and obtained City & Guilds Craft & Advanced Craft qualification in Carpentry & Joinery. He then undertook further technical studies in the ensuing years and is now a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology.

Since 1996 Jem has run his own Architectural Design & Building Consultancy practice and is involved with Building Design Projects and specialist consultancy work and takes immense pleasure in guiding customers through the statutory system to help them realise their aspirations for their homes, businesses and surroundings.

Jem is a consummate professional, is passionate about education and training and is extremely proud to be a member of the governing body at Eastleigh College where he started his own professional studies back in 1976.


Mairead Taylor

Member:  Finance and General Purpose Committee

Mairead is currently working in the banking industry as the Director of Corporate and Commercial for her bank based in Dorset.

In her current role, she has a long-term view of 'doing the right thing', an acceptance of the bank's change agenda and very strong focus on People. She has actively demonstrated and promoted the bank’s support to Corporate and Commercial businesses, whilst clearly understanding the local market, external networks and key influencers both externally and internally to deliver the whole franchise.

Mairead is Chair of the Solent People Board, with a number of successes achieved and Chair of the Solent Regional Sub Board (Stakeholders) for the past 3 years.

Mairead brings to the Eastleigh College Board clear evidence of implementing and managing change, embedding new support models, creating the one-team culture, managing morale and resistance to change, whilst building capability and facilitating ways forward.


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