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 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. 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.

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 is a Vice Chair of the Corporation and the Chair of the Business Services 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.

Daniel Howarth 

Dan currently works for Altran, an engineering and R&D consultancy, as a Senior Consultant/Engineer in its Digital Division. He worked previously at Rolls-Royce, as a Data Scientist and as Business Development lead for Future 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.  As well as qualifications in programming and machine learning, Dan is a Chartered Management Accountant. Dan is Chair of the Audit Committee.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Ebony Clark (Student Governor)

Ebony studies Business studies Level 2. As an elected member of the Bristol City Youth Council she gives a voice to young people from across Bristol. As a young disabled person she is a keen advocate for disability rights and is also an equalities champion. Ebony sits on the shadow safeguarding board and sits on several interview panels. She is also a Bristol learning ambassador. In 2016, Ebony was named as Bristol’s overall young hero for 2016 at the Bristol Young Hero Awards.