Meet the Governors

Nav Chohan Principal & Staff Governor

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I was born in London and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. I joined Shipley College as Principal in July 2009 and have worked in education for over 20 years. 

Before coming to the college in Saltaire, I worked at Leeds College of Technology. Previously, I worked as an Information Systems Project manager for NHS in Scotland and before that as an independent IT Consultant.

Outside of College is mainly about the family but I do love music and football.

John Egan Chair

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I am a semi-retired business owner and IT Consultant with over 50 years of experience in all aspects of the IT industry, having worked with local government, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Since 1982 I have held more than a dozen directorships.

Born in Leeds, I began my IT career as a mainframe operator in 1969 and in 1978 moved into software development and design, becoming Technical Director for a Nottingham-based startup company in 1981. I took the opportunity in 1984 to join an elite team in Kentucky (USA) developing a new programming language for IBM mini-computers.  

Having returned to the UK, in 1986 I set up my own Software "Centre for Excellence" in Bradford, securing contracts with some large clients, including British Airways, British Steel, and Speedo in the UK, as well as contracts in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. Having grown the company from an initial three-man team to fifteen, I sold the company to the Management in 1998 and moved to Tucson (USA) to work on projects, including tribal court systems for Native Americans and shipping software for DHL.

I first became involved with Shipley College in the early 1990s after taking Software Development students on placement. I was invited to join the college’s ICT Employer Advisory Panel in 1993, subsequently becoming a Governor in 2010 and recently becoming Chair of the Corporation.

Joanne Beaumont Governor

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My role is Head of Careers & Employability at the University of Bradford. I lead the Career & Employability Services’ team and am the institutional lead for employability across the University. I also represent the University with a range of local and regional strategic organisations regarding employment and skills matters.  

I have extensive experience in the pre and post-16 schools and college sectors, HE sector and career guidance sector in a variety of roles including frontline service delivery, operation and strategic management, project management, professional training and development, quality assurance, and teaching, learning and assessment.

Outside of work I enjoy hill walking, travelling in the UK and overseas, socialising with friends and colleagues, and playing in ‘pit’ bands for musical productions at various theatres across Yorkshire.

Nigel Hainsworth Governor

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I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. I work for HM Revenue & Customs, the UK's tax administration authority, where I assist Tax Specialists, Solicitors and Barristers to safeguard the flow of money to the Exchequer, making sure money is available to fund public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support. I also develop and deliver training to build the capability of colleagues.

I am married and have 2 daughters aged 25 and 23, an English Teacher and a Physiologist, and consider my greatest achievement to be working with them to ensure they achieved their academic potential within the state education system.

James Parker Governor

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I was born and educated in Newcastle upon Tyne and after studying at London and Leeds Universities, qualified as a teacher in 1976. I taught in several local FE colleges and schools and gained valuable experiences in the roles of senior A-Level Examiner and external BTEC Moderator. 

I was a Youth Leader at centres in Bradford and Ilkley. Whilst teaching, I read a Masters degree in Education Research at Bradford University.

In 1988 I began a career in retail Financial Services and was appointed Divisional Director of one of the UK’s largest Insurance Broking and Financial Planning Companies in 1993. I held special responsibility for liaison with major Plc clients. In 1996, I set up my own Independent Financial Planning Company. I qualified as a Chartered Financial Planner. 

I recently retired from this business, allowing me to spend more time working with the Young Enterprise Organisation and currently, I assist with the delivery of Enterprise Workshops and act as a Business adviser to Young Enterprise companies in Yorkshire Schools. 

I am particularly committed to promoting constructive links between education and the workplace: helping young people acquire skills that will enable them to succeed in a competitive marketplace.   

I am married, with three relatively ‘grown up’ children; we all live in Shipley. I am very proud to have the opportunity to support the College’s unique contribution to the local community. 

My interests are: family life, music and travel. I enjoy running and cycling, even though I get slower by the year!

David Butcher Governor

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I am a chartered accountant and have held various financial management positions in both private and public sectors.

I am currently Director of Finance and Planning at Leeds Trinity University and my responsibilities include the strategic and operational management of all financial affairs; strategic and business planning; and leading the risk management process.

I have lived locally for over 15 years, appreciate the key role that Shipley College plays in Saltaire and am pleased to be able to support the College in this.

Outside of work, my interests include walking, reading, history, travel, food and wine.

Phill Hunter Governor

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I am an experienced senior public sector manager who has worked in Bradford for over 15 years. During my time in Bradford I have worked in the education sector.  Currently, my portfolio covers post-16 education, career and technical education, adult education, employment and skills, Key Cities education and skills, devolution, and outdoor education.  
I have worked for a variety of public sector bodies, the Office for National Statistics, Devon County Council and the Learning and Skills Council, with particular areas of expertise in economics, education, skills, partnerships, and strategic planning. 
Outside of work I have a young daughter who is currently at primary school and in my spare time I enjoy hiking and camping.  I look forward to working to support Shipley College in any way that I am able. 

Catherine O'Connor Governor

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I am Head of the School of Business, Communication and Law at Leeds Trinity University and Lead for Learning, Teaching and Employability, which has led work to engage with employers around labour market issues. I have developed a number of projects designed to look at how skills gaps can be addressed and presented on this in both academic and professional forums. Prior to joining Leeds Trinity in 2007, I spent 15 years working in local news media as a journalist.



Kerry Robinson Governor

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My career spans 40 years. For most of my career, I worked in the retail, hospitality and customer service business. I am pleased to say that I have had the privilege of working in a senior role as an HR and Learning & Development Manager for a major retailer based in Yorkshire. Across my time, one of my main responsibilities was to develop and implement strategies for the UK and Canada, ensuring the business had a strong pipeline ready and able to drive the business forward. I worked with and on behalf of all levels of the business from shop floor colleagues through to Executive Managers.

I was pleased to be part of the team that delivered an extensive and ambitious store and depot opening plan, ensuring that recruitment, development and talent pipelines were in place to ensure that each store and business area succeeded with and through people and skills.

During the latter 10 years of my career, I worked for Bradford Council in Education, Employment and Skills, delivering bespoke recruitment and people services for a wide range of employers across the Bradford District. Partnership working which included participation in the delivery of bespoke solutions through Bradford District FE Colleges. One of the key projects realised the successful opening on The Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford City Centre.

Following my retirement, I am very pleased to have been offered the opportunity to offer my skills and time to Shipley College.

Mo Hussain Governor

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I am a Bradford born multi business owner with expertise in working with companies to optimise their creative potential, build on innovative methods and entrepreneurial capability within the organisational culture. A complete people-person, I combine coaching skills to push the potential of individuals to break the glass ceiling and succeed in their given industries. With a background in management, leadership, financial services, and business consultancy.

Having worked internationally, I have now set camp in Bradford with businesses in property, finance, and food. I am privileged to be able to sit on the board of a local college and offering back to a community that is deep within my heart.

Outside of work, I have 3 young boys who keep me on my toes, so any free time I have is spent with them hiking and exploring the world through their lens and the things they enjoy.

Steph Tinsley Governor

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I am privileged to have had two interesting, varied and rewarding careers during my working life.

After leaving school I trained, qualified, and practiced as a general nurse, midwife, and health visitor. All my health service and private sector roles were in the Leeds, Bradford and Airedale districts. Having spent twenty-five years in Further Education, I retired from my post as Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality at Craven College in March 2020. 

During my time in Further Education, I worked as a lecturer teaching health and social care-related subjects, moving up the management structure to become a senior manager. My experience of Further Education spans five Further Education colleges including Shipley College many years ago. Due to my past experience, my particular strengths, interest and expertise are within the delivery of a broad, balanced, student and employer-responsive curriculum that enables progress to Further or Higher education or entry to the workplace and professional development for those already within the workplace. I have a very strong interest in premises, resources and finance to support curriculum delivery and enable student success.

I have a passion for raising aspirations and educational outcomes for people of all ages and look forward to supporting Shipley College in the excellent work it does with the community, thereby promoting success for all.

Wendy Rowan Staff Governor

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I have worked at Shipley College since 2003. I started as a lecturer, became a Section Leader after a year, then the Head of Sector for Care Early Years and Health Sciences. Prior to working at the college I worked for the YMCA as a trainer for 2 years, and previously to this, I was employed as a Qualified Nurse, managing a very successful care home I completed a HND in Business as a mature student and then achieved a BA (Hons) 2:1 in Business and the C&G 7307 teaching qualification. This was a huge achievement for myself and I am very proud of what I achieved. During my time at the College I have successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and have seen and managed many changes to improve the teaching and learning, including maintaining a positive experience for our learners, particularly adult learners who I am responsible for in the Care Sector. I live locally to College which makes work home life balance easier to manage and allows me to spend more time with my family, including two young children. Outside of work, family and friends are my main priority, but I do enjoy going to the gym, open water swimming and making fused glass.

Jonathan Curtis Staff Governor

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I commenced working in the FE sector over 14 years ago as an apprentice. Since then I have worked in many different environments and settings, ranging from Business Development to Apprenticeships which is when I began working in Exams administration.  I started working at Shipley College in 2016 in my current role as Examination & Accreditation Services Manager, which meant my moving back ‘home’ to Shipley from an opportune move to Surrey, which gave me my first Exam Management role. 

I have completed most of my management qualifications Part Time, including my Level 5 BTEC in Leadership and Management, PTLLS Teaching qualification and most recently my Business Degree Part Time in 2015. I do plan to study my Masters Degree at some point in the near future.

Outside work, I enjoy going for long walks with the dog, spending time with friends and family and learning new IT skills which is a passion of mine.

I thoroughly enjoy working at the College and, by being a Staff Governor, I hope to give back to the Local area and the College.

Fiza Modak Student Governor

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I am currently studying Level 3 Health & Social Care at College. For the last 2 consecutive years, I have been selected as the Student Representative for my course and been elected as the SU Women’s Officer for academic year 2020-2021. Recently, I have also been elected as the SU President for the academic year 2021-2022. 

While studying at Shipley College, I got an opportunity to work with organisations outside and inside college as part of my work placement. In my first year of college, I had the opportunity to work at Bradford Royal Infirmary in the Physiotherapy ward. Working at the hospital gave me an insight of the practise. Then in my second and third year of college, I had the opportunity to work in college as volunteer staff at the Covid testing centre where I gained a lot of experience. In the future I want to work in the Healthcare sector, and because of my placement I have been able to gain valuable experience that will help me in future when I start working. 

In the time that I have spare, I like to explore new places and sometimes I get a bit artistic too. I also like baking and cooking.

Peter Whittle Governor

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Grace Jeffrey

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