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:

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, is a Council Member for Digitech Studio School Bristol (the region's first creative, digital, tech state school) and serves as a mentor for crowdfunding  and finance platform Fundsurfer, which helps businesses, causes and creative projects. 

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, with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research responsibilities, as well as administrative duties. Her training is as an experimental psychologist and neuropsychologist. She retired to Bristol in 2008 and 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 Higher Education and especially in research related to education and attainment of life skills. She serves on the Curriculum & Quality Committee and on the Property Strategy Review & Implementation Group.

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 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 was a co-opted member of the Audit Committee of City of Bristol College for eighteen months before being appointed a governor and Chair of the Audit Committee in March 2014.

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, sitting on the Bristol Jamia Mosque committee as assistant treasurer since 2014 and as an Associate member on the committee for the Bristol Mosques Association. 

Daniel Howarth 

Daniel currently works in a senior strategy role at Rolls-Royce, where he leads on key aspects of the company's future combat strategy and supporting programmes. He has previously worked in a number of high profile and challenging roles in the public, private and charity sectors, in the UK and internationally, including in the Prime Minister's Private Office.  He has developed and implemented strategic direction and policies for organisations as diverse as the Ministry of Defence and Rainbow Trust Children’s charity, and designed a strategic performance management system to support Board level decision making.

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.

Paul Jacobs

Paul has held senior management positions in 3 secondary schools in the South West and has experience of senior Local Authority School improvement work for over 10 years as well as serving as an additional inspector for Ofsted. His current role is Service Director for Education & Skills for Bristol City Council. The remit includes Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Specialist education, adult employment & skills and our traded services for schools. 

Luke Menzies (co-opted) 

Luke Menzies is a highly experienced UK employment and labour law specialist. As Director and owner of Menzies Law he specialises in sectors such as manufacturing (including the engineering, automotive and technology sectors) and educational establishments, particularly FE colleges.

A qualified Barrister, Luke studied at the University of Bristol and holds a Masters in Commercial Law and a BA in History. Luke has a strong interest in Education and Non-Governmental Organisations specialising in poverty reduction and child rights issues. Luke is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s  Inn and is a Trustee of “The Menzies Charitable Trust” which administers Castle Menzies, its Walled Garden and the Old Kirk of Weem for the benefit of the nation. 

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.

Lee Probert (Principal & Chief Executive )

Lee joined City of Bristol College in January 2016. Before coming to City of Bristol College, he was deputy chief executive at Hull College Group, a general Further Education College with approximately 1,500 employees and more than 30,000 students. Lee has been with the Hull College Group since 2009, in which time he has held a number of senior posts as part of the group's strategic leadership team.

Before working at Hull he was a director for the Learning and Skills Council national office in Coventry, and has also worked as the executive director of the 157, an independent Governor of the University of Worcester, Chair of the Board of Director of Sirius Academy and is a member of the Teachers' Pension Scheme Pension Board.

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.

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.

Martina Veale

Martina has 22 years in education, including 12 years of senior leadership across several schools in London and Bristol. She have succeeded at transforming the curriculum and outcomes at AS and A Level of a Post 16 provision as part of an 11-18 Academy, leading a failing school out of special measures, restructuring both teaching and non- teaching staff along the way, and taking a new school from bid to opening.

Martina, currently a director at ASDAN, believes in the opportunity for everyone, whatever their background or ability, to experience a first class education and  strongly believes that students should leave not only filled with the knowledge that will enable them to complete exams papers, but also the skills and competences to thrive in the wider world.

David Williams

David Williams is a psychologist 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.  Prior to that, he was Head of Strategy Development for Housing and Care 21 and a key architect in the design and implementation of the organisation’s extra care strategy.


David is a non-executive Director of the National Care Forum and was a key member of the National Housing Federation Health and Housing group. He is currently a member of the national Residential Forum, which is a sector-wide group looking at the future of residential care within the UK 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 and was responsible for establishing and chairing the Dementia Housing and Research Consortium, which was established to explore the link between the built environment and outcomes for people with dementia.  He has also been actively involved in a number of European assistive technology projects. Having worked in housing, health and social care David has always been a strong advocate of developing people through informal and formal training routes. 


David is married to Vanessa, and has two children; Dylan and Harri.  His young family take up a lot of his spare time.

But in the time he does have left, David enjoys running, rugby, surfing and the occasional wine tasting.