Corporation members

Corporation Members Governing bodies vary in the size and in the balance of the various types of members they have. The balanced membership of the City of Bristol College Corporation ensures that it has the benefit of views from the community served by the College, its learners and staff, its local authority and the business community.

All governors are appointed as individuals, including staff and student governors. They are required to put the interests of the Corporation and the College first and are not allowed to accept a mandate from any other organisation.

Board members

Peter RIlet

Peter Rilett (Chair of the Corporation)

Peter Rilett was a Senior Partner with KPMG Bristol for over 33 years before retiring.
Having served as the Chair of the North Bristol NHS Trust Board for several years. Peter is also a board member of St Monica’s Trust, Business West and is a non-executive Director for, and advisor to, a number of local companies. The Chair can be contacted via the Acting Clerk:

Steve Bennett (Vice Chair)

Steve has returned to live in the Bristol area recently after a career in London. He is an experienced further education professional, who started his career as a secondary geography teacher before entering further education. Steve took on various leadership roles in two London colleges and most recently was assistant principal with a sharp focus on curriculum, outcomes and student experience. Steve helped lead his former college to successive ‘good’ Ofsted grades. Steve was seconded to a London-wide ‘value-added’ project for two years during which he visited over 30 of London’s colleges and 100 of its schools. Steve remains a committed friend and supporter of the work that colleges do for their communities.

Richard Gaunt

Richard Gaunt (Vice Chair)

Richard is a chartered accountant and former audit partner at KPMG, where he worked for 31 years. He is a vice-chair of the Corporation and chair of the Business Services Committee and Remuneration Committee
Since his retirement in 2009, Richard has become a non-executive director at a number of organisations, including chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Alliance Homes, chair of the Audit Committee at North Bristol NHS Trust and a governor at Colston’s Girls’ School.

Andrea Arlidge

Andrea Arlidge is the founding CEO of Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust. The trust runs 13 schools in East Bristol and Bath, including primary, secondary and special schools. She has 16 year’s headship experience in three schools: Wellsway School in Keynsham 2005 – 2016; St Katherine’s School in Pill 2000 – 2005 and carried out an interim headship role at Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldand Common during 2014/15. Alongside her role as CEO Andrea is Chair of the Trust Board of the County Sports Partnership for the West of England (WESPORT). She also sits on the Ofsted South West region Headteachers’ Reference Group and is a member of Ofsted’s South West region Scrutiny Committee. In 2018 Andrea was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education by Bath Spa University and was named a National Leader of Education as part of a successful bid to set up the Great Western Teaching School Alliance.

Dan Amin

Dan Amin

Dan has been working in the Higher Education sector, since 2007, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently an End-point Assessment Adviser for Advance HE, as part of their apprenticeship service, however prior to this he spent many years working in various lecturing and leadership roles within college-based higher education.

In addition to this, Dan also spent five successful years as a governor for a college in South Yorkshire, and having recently moved to Bristol is looking forward to bringing this experience to the current board at City of Bristol College

Lis Anderson

Lis Anderson is a PR communications specialist with over 20 years in the industry.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), Lis co-founded a Bristol-based PR communications consultancy business called AMBITIOUS.

Lis currently serves as Board Director of creative industries network Bristol Media and serves as a mentor for crowdfunding and finance platform Fundsurfer, which helps businesses, causes and creative projects.

Tony Antonius (Audit Committee)

Tony is a Chartered Accountant and former partner at KPMG where he worked for 34 years. He is currently a Director at BDO LLP where he advises companies on a variety of matters including assurance and risk management issues.

Tony is a member of the Audit Committee. Tony is also a non-executive Director of a number of locally based companies.

Steve Boardman

Steve Boardman is an experienced executive and non-executive director in health and social care. He was Director of Corporate Development with United Bristol Healthcare Trust, Director of Business Planning with the NHS Management Executive South West and Director of Strategy with NHS Bristol. He was a director of Finnamore Management Consultants, the specialist health sector consultancy, for many years. He was also non-executive Chair of Brunelcare, a Bristol based housing association and charity which provides sheltered housing, community care and nursing homes for the elderly.  After retiring from consultancy, Steve joined the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry as a lecturer on their MBA Healthcare programme. He is now an Independ Review Panel Chair for the NHS.


Geoffrey Channon

Geoff Channon retired in 2011 from his post at UWE as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching and the Student Experience and Professor of History. He then worked for the Higher Education Academy as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and is now an independent higher education consultant and historical biographer.

He joined the Board of City of Bristol College in August 2013. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Corporation and Chair of the Curriculum and Quality Committee. He also serves on the Search and Governance and Remuneration committees. Geoff’s particular interests are in academic planning and quality assurance.

Richard Harris

Rich Harris, Chief Executive and Acting Principal

Richard is an experienced finance professional and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants, with a strong background in Further and Higher Education and a very clear belief in the value of education and the opportunities it can bring in terms of social mobility and widening participation.

Before joining City of Bristol College, he was Vice Principal at New College Swindon, where he developed and implemented a new strategy for partnership working, and before that was Director of Finance and Acting Chief Operating Officer at a small and specialist university, where he modernised the finance function and sourced significant extra funding for the university. Prior to this, Richard was a senior manager at the government body for funding Higher Education (HEFCE) and has also worked in local NHS Trusts, having started his career in the private sector with the Bank of Scotland and other financial institutions.

Sandra Gordon

Sandra Gordon

At the heart of everything Sandra does is one central aim – to give everyone a chance to be the best they can be and to bring balance and equality to those groups who are disadvantaged in our society.  Sandra is a co-founder of Rise, a social enterprise which supports Black and Brown businesses, and provides personal development opportunities. She is also Director and Broadcaster at Ujima Radio and the strategic partner for the Black and Green Ambassadors programme.

Sandra has worked as a senior leader for a number of trusted brands including managing Calls Centres for Royal Mail. A career break allowed her to undertake voluntary work in Africa, job coaching the homeless, and to become an accredited Life Coach. The trip to Africa reignited her creative side and led to her starting a creative business where she works collectively with Artisans in Africa, which helps to supports their sustainability.  

Her work for women’s equality includes her time with Bristol Women’s Voice, as a current member of the Women in Business task group and as a Director of the Women in Business Charter. She is also Commissioner and Co-Chair for the Mayoral Commission on Race Equality, and was appointed to the bench as a Magistrate in 2019.

Keith Hutton

Keith has been active in the further education sectors since 2005. He was the technical training manager at EDF Energy between May 2005 and April 2008 responsible for leading a layered management team of 200 personnel, over a diverse geographical region, with an annual budget of over £7m. This time was focused on the development and implementation of a new business strategy requiring significant growth in training resources and the building of three new training centres. He was a full Governor at the City of Westminster of College (CWC) for 11 years until the end of 2015. During this time he sat on all of the three main committees (Quality, Standards and Student Affairs, Audit and Finance General Purpose) and for the last two years chaired the QSSA committee. Keith also took on the position as Vice Chair in 2015/16. He was also safeguarding champion for the college and took a very active role in ensuring the Governing body was aware of its obligations and how they were fulfilling them.

Since December 2016, Keith has been governor at City of Bristol College sitting on the Quality and Standards Committee. He has been the Safeguarding governor since July 2019. 

Keith is an effective leader and implementer, offering proven deep understanding of regulatory economics, financing and strategic business planning. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the utility industry and is able to work effectively within all levels of an organisation with the demonstrable ability to manage business change in a regulated industry. Keith has been a management consultant since September 2017, owning his own management company. 

Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith

Shawn is a certified accountant and has held senior finance roles in a number of industries, most recently having been the Chief Financial Officer for Europe and India for a major aerospace company. The role required significant regular travel throughout the UK, Europe , India and Canada however, Shawn is now enjoying spending more time in his home city of Bristol.

Shawn likes to spend his spare time attending the theatre, concerts and cricket matches.

Zoe Taylor

Zoe Taylor

Zoe is the Chief Executive of Sparkols a multi media/software company.

She has extensive experience of the industry and supporting young people reach their goals within employment.

Zoe has a passion for the employability agenda and helping people develop skills needed for the world of work.

Staff Governors

Alison Beckingham

Alison has worked at the college since 2017 as a Maths Coach and Lecturer. She is a Maths graduate and qualified teacher who has worked for many years in secondary teaching, tutoring and examining.  She has a particular interest in intervention tutoring and works mainly in the college’s Study Plus team. She also brings expertise from a previous career in banking and IT. She enjoys watching sport, particularly rugby and athletics, in which she has spent many years volunteering as a qualified official and welfare officer.

Tony Green

Tony Green

Tony recently re-joined the college as Head of the Skills for Life and Employment provision, having previously worked for the college as Curriculum Manager between 2012 and 2015. He has worked as a teacher and manager in the Further Education sector since 2002, following previous careers in the law and IT consultancy. He also has prior experience as SEN Governor for a primary school and Transition Governor for a specialist secondary school.

He passionately believes in the transformative power of education and views teaching as a privilege as well as a rewarding career choice. As a member of the Corporation, he welcomes the opportunity to support the College and its employees to become the outstanding provision that the City of Bristol deserves.

Student Governors

Information to follow

Co-opted members

Asma Ahmad (Curriculum and Quality)

Asma is passionate about education and lifelong learning, having worked in adult and community learning for a number of years. Her experience includes working with, and for, marginalised communities including people from a wide range of diverse backgrounds across Bristol and in disadvantaged areas. Asma trained as a teacher and has taught a broad range of ages from primary to undergraduate level.

More recently, Asma has been working in the charity sector supporting and working in organisations who provide services for children, young people and families.

Felicity Brown

Felicity Brown (Audit Committee)

Felicity was educated at Christ’s Hospital and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she studied Natural Sciences. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked in that firm’s offices in London and Wellington, New Zealand.

Since moving to Bristol in 1987, she has worked in senior roles at the chartered surveyors J P Sturge, now Jones Lang LaSalle, and The Brandon Trust, a charity serving adults with learning disabilities. Her most recent role was Deputy Treasurer of the Society of Merchant Venturers, which included the financial management of many charities broadly concerned with the young and the elderly.

Now retired, Felicity is a volunteer adviser with Citizens Advice and, like many others, has had a fairly quiet 2020 with several travel plans curtailed! Felicity’s analytical and pragmatic approach, as well as her experience with other Audit Committees, should bring further valuable skills to the Audit Committee.

Jo Greenwood (Audit Committee)

Jo joined Business West, in 1996 as a management accountant and progressed to the position of Finance Director in 2000. In the last 20 years she has been responsible for the strategic financial direction of the company, which has grown from £3m turnover to over £15m. Business West is now recognised as one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK.

Jo is also a director of Destination Bristol, Bristol’s Destination Marketing company, Recognising Excellence and Bristol Chamber of Commerce, as well as being a Governor of her local village primary school.

Vanessa Moon

Vanessa Moon (Search and Governance) 

Vanessa is founding Director of Moon Executive Search. She is a highly experienced Executive Search Consultant. Specialising in recruiting high performing C-Level Executive and Non-Executive Director / Chair roles with Clients in the UK and Europe. Clients range from start-ups, private equity groups, and public and private sector businesses. She holds a number of Non Exec, Board Advisory and Trustee roles including CBI South West Regional Council member, Advisory Board Member for the Faculty of Business and Law Advisory Board for the University of the West of England, Trustee for The Royal West of England Academy and Master of the Guild of Guardians 2019/2021. She was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the West of England Bristol in 2018, in recognition of contribution and commitment to enterprise development, the third sector and the local community. 

Acting Clerk to the Corporation

Liz Gorman

Corporation vacancies are advertised as they arise but for an informal discussion about becoming a governor or co-opted member, or for any other matters relating to governance, please contact Liz Gorman by email

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