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.

The Members of the Corporation are:

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.

Daniel Howarth

Dan is Senior Data Scientist at Smartia Ltd., an IOT and AI start-up, where he uses data science to provide value to manufacturing companies. He previously worked as Senior Consultant for Altran Digital, an engineering and R&D consultancy, and in various roles at Rolls-Royce. Prior to that, he worked in a number of high profile and challenging roles in the public and charity sectors, in the UK and internationally, including in the Prime Minister's Private Office.  As well as qualifications in machine learning, Dan is a Chartered Management Accountant. Dan is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

David Williams

David Williams is a psychologist by profession and has held a number of senior positions within the health and social care sector.  As CEO of St Monica Trust, he is responsible for establishing the organisation as a major provider of older people’s housing and care services within the South West.  Prior to this position, David was Director of Health, Social Care and Support at the Accord Housing Association Group based in the West Midlands. 

David is a non-executive Director of the National Care Forum and a founder member of Comm Age, an organisation established to improve older people’s care and housing across the Commonwealth.

He has a lifelong interest in evidence-based practice, intergenerational service development and dementia and housing best practice. He recently was involved in the establishment of a National intergenerational steering group and spoke at the launch of the all party intergenerational enquiry in London.

Ebony Clark (Student Governor)

Ebony studies Business Admin. As an elected member of the Bristol City Youth Council she gives a voice to young people from across Bristol. Ebony is an equalities champion in the South of Bristol. Ebony sits on the shadow safeguarding board and sits on several interview panels. She is also a Bristol learning city ambassador. In 2016, Ebony was named as Bristol’s overall young hero for 2016 at the Bristol Young Hero Awards.

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.

Keith Hutton

Keith is a highly qualified senior manager with extensive experience within a highly regulated industry. He has 11 years of experience as a full Governor at the City of Westminster College (CWC). Keith is a new position at Bristol Water as Director of Strategy and Regulation. During his Governorship at CWC he has developed a good understanding of the Further Education sector, the governance and key stakeholders in the sector and most importantly how a college’s performance can be improved. In addition he has experience of safeguarding.

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.

Luke Menzies (co-opted) 

Luke Menzies is a Barrister, Solicitor and leading employment lawyer in the region. He is CEO of Menzies Law, an award-winning specialist employment law firm based in Bristol. He and his firm work with a significant number of FE colleges across the UK as well as in the manufacturing, aerospace and automotive sectors. His particular area of interest is gender and pay equality. Luke has held a number of governor, trustee and voluntary NED roles since the 1990s in the education and charity sectors, contributing particularly in the areas of governance, leadership, legal compliance, finance, HR/people management and marketing. Luke is strongly committed to supporting students of all types across Bristol and personally provides mentoring and work experience for several every year within his work as a lawyer. He is a Fellow of the RSA.

Max Campbell-Jones

After graduating from the University of Bath, Max has lived in Bristol for over 20 years, working in senior finance roles for businesses across the South West. Max is currently Head of Finance for Avon Barrier. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and member of the Institute of Directors. He has previously served as a Trustee for Frank Water, an international development charity, based in Bristol.

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.

Richard Gaunt

Richard is a chartered accountant and former audit partner at KPMG, where he worked for 31 years. He has advised many boards during his 19 years as a partner on assurance, risk and governance issues. His clients have included multi-national and listed companies, along with large family owned private businesses. Since his retirement in 2009 he has become a non-executive director at a number of organisations in the education and care sectors. Richard is a Vice Chair of the Corporation and the Chair of the Business Services Committee.

Richard Harris (Acting Principal & Chief Executive)

Richard is currently Acting Principal and Chief Executive, holding this position for an interim period whilst the College secures a permanent successor to the previous Principal, Lee Probert.

Richard joined City of Bristol College as Vice Principal Finance and Professional Services, with a remit of ensuring the effective and efficient operations of the College across Finance, Management Information Services, Estates and Infrastructure, and Marketing and Customer Services, as well as having a general responsibility for maintaining the College’s ongoing financial sustainability.

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.

Ruth Campbell (co-opted)

Ruth is a professor emeritus at University College London (UCL), where she was Professor of Communication Disorders from 1996 to 2008. Her training is as an experimental psychologist and neuropsychologist. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. Ruth was appointed a governor of the College in 2012. Ruth is patron of ATLA (Assocation of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults). Ruth's special interests are in lifetime education and skills, especially in relation to learning and communication difficulties. Ruth is co-opted to the Audit committee.

Steve Bennett

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.

Vanessa Moon (co-opted)

Vanessa is a Director of Moon Consulting, a specialist Executive Recruitment and Consulting business, based in Bristol and London. Vanessa has over 25 years' senior management and board level recruitment experience. She and her team work with a broad portfolio of clients both in the UK and internationally; these range from start ups, family owned concerns, private equity backed companies, major banks as well as FTSE listed businesses. Vanessa also has significant experience in the not-for-profit and charity sectors. Vanessa is a member of the Institute of Directors, sits on the CBI South West Council and is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Her other business activities include: Volunteer Committee member with The Princes Trust South West on a number of initiatives including the Red Dinner Committee, which each year seeks to raise valuable funds to support young people into education, employment or training; Co-Founder and Board Director of the Institure for Conscious Business and Board 2020; Trustee of Spike Island; Member of the South West Regional Council of the Confederation of British Industry. Vanessa is a member of the Search and Governance Committee.

Zahid Gill (Staff Governor)

Zahid has lived and worked in the city of Bristol for over 40 years and is passionate about education. He believes that through outstanding teaching we can help people achieve better well-being and quality of life, regardless of background or status. 

As Head of School for Business, International English and Professional studies he has over 18 years’ experience in education and training, both at Further and Higher education, and is a stronger believer in equality and inclusion for all while celebrating our rich diversity across our learning environments. As a part of his work he has successfully developed curriculums that offer programmes within business disciplines that achieve above national bench marks, providing learners with a good grounding for the next step in their learning journey. In addition Zahid is one of the college’s Prevent officers, has helped develop the college’s Talk About Faith (TAF) sessions and produced papers on ‘The triple bottom line; An Islamic Perspective’ and ‘Spirituality in the Workplace; A Competitive Advantage?’.  

Zahid is also a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is active within the community.

Zoe Taylor

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