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Since colleges were first incorporated in 1993 through the Further & Higher Education Act, Shipley College has been fully responsible for its own governance, management and administration.

Under this arrangement, the Principal and Senior Management Team report to a Governing Body (Corporation) which is made up of Members from the local business and wider community, together with Staff and Student Members.

The Shipley College Corporation is governed by the "Instrument and Articles of Further Education Corporations" of Government as amended which came into effect on 1st August 2018.

For more on our values and aims, please see our Public Value Statement. If you require further information about the College Corporation and Committees, please contact Danielle Carter, Director of Governance, by email to

If you are interested in making a contribution to Shipley College and serving as a Governor for the Corporation, please contact Danielle Carter, Director of Governance on



Shipley College Governors Stephanie Tinsley

Stephanie Tinsley

I trained, qualified, and practised as a general nurse, midwife, and health visitor. 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. 

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. I have a very strong interest in premises, resources and finance to support curriculum delivery and enable student success.

Shipley College Governors Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson

For most of my career, I worked in the retail, hospitality and customer service business. I have worked in a senior role as an HR and Learning & Development Manager for a major retailer based in Yorkshire. 

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. 

Shipley College Governors Sanjay Kundu

Sanjoy Kundu

Shipley College Governors Grace Jeffrey

Grace Jeffrey

I am an NHS manager with experience of managing national, regional, and organisational programmes, an independent leadership coach, with a special interest in inclusion, health, and wellbeing.  I am a qualified accountant, and hold an MSc in Accounting from Leeds Beckett University as well as considerable financial and management accounting experience gained in both the private and public sector.

Previously I was on the Board of Reemap, a charity committed to improving the academic attainment of Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and prior to that I volunteered at a community based after school club

Shipley College Governors Danielle Carter

Danielle Carter

Director of Governance

I have worked within Governance and Compliance for the last four years at a large Bradford Multi Academy Trust, also completing the NGA's Level 3 Clerks Development course. I specialise in attendance and attainment of Post 16 students in secondary settings, as well as supporting Post 18 aspirations.

I spent eight years in a senior administration role within the private sector, providing high quality finance administration support and customer service to their nationwide contracts.

Shipley College Governors Peter Whittle

Peter Whittle

Chair of Governors

I have worked in the finance industry for over 35 years in a wide variety of roles, in later years specialising in credit assessment and problematic lending situations. I have been involved in educational governance for over 25 years serving as member, Vice Chair, Chair and Trustee.
My interests are travel,  golf and motorsport. I have been treasurer for the local golf club and past treasurer for the motor club. I am also a qualified Motorsport UK Clerk of the course.

Shipley College Governors Nigel Hainsworth

Nigel Hainsworth

I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. I work for HM Revenue & Customs, the UK's tax administration authority, where I lead a team of counter-fraud investigators. I also develop and deliver training to build the capability of colleagues.

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


Shipley College Governors Dr Phill Hunter

Dr. Phil Hunter

I am an experienced senior public sector manager who has worked in Bradford for over 15 years.  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.

Shipley College Governors Joanne Beaumont

Joanne Beaumont

I am the Associate Director Student Services: Careers, Employability and Engagement at the University of Bradford. My understanding and experience in the arenas of careers, employability, graduate employment, social mobility, inclusion, business engagement and partnership working have been developed over 30 years, working within public, private and 3rd sector organisations.

Outside of work I enjoy walking – ideally in the Dales and Lakes, travelling in the UK and overseas, and playing in musical groups.

I look forward to contributing however I can to Shipley College achieving its mission and goals.

Shipley College Governors David Butcher

David Butcher

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.

Shipley College Steph Cowling 1

Steph Cowling

I have worked at Shipley College since September 2020. I started as a Lecturer in Childcare and Education and in a very short amount of time I am now the Course Leader and Lecturer for Year 1 and 2 T-Level in Education and Early Years and the Curriculum Manager for the Care Sector. 
I have had a number of opportunities at Shipley College to develop as both a professional and a person and this is something I am passionate about doing for our students. There is nothing more rewarding than supporting learners on their path of education!
Outside of work I love spending time with family and friends, I enjoy singing and have sung with a tribute band and performed on stage. I also love walking my dog, baking and live music



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