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WM College Governors

Dipa Ganguli OBE Principal

Dipa has more than twenty-five years’ experience of working in adult education. In the early days she was a teacher of maths having taught at Croydon, Sutton and Westminster Adult Education Service. Her most recent post was as Principal of the adult education service for Sutton Council. She was also the Chair of Sutton’s Fairness Commission addressing inequalities: glass ceiling (women), racial injustice and disability discrimination. She is the Vice-Chair of HOLEX the national organisation for adult education providers. 

Joanna Davidson CBE, Chair

Joanna has a background of senior leadership in the public and charitable sectors having been chief executive of a county council, London borough and national charity. Her professional background is in housing and regeneration. She has also held a number of non-executive and chair roles spanning a range of regional, and national organisations including Oxford Brookes University and Shelter. She is committed to adult education and lifelong learning gaining her housing qualification part time at London colleges and volunteering as an adult literacy tutor. She is keen to promote the work of the College ensuring that it offers enhanced experiences and outcomes for learners whatever their starting point or motivation.

Jon Sibson (Vice-Chair)

Jon Sibson was previously Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich where he led the Business faculty for almost 10 years.  Prior to that he was a partner at PwC, the professional services firm, and started his career in the Civil Service, serving in the Home Office and Cabinet Secretariat.  He is particularly interested in the important role the College plays in equipping learners with foundation skills to enable them to participate fully in community life and find employment.

Max Silver (Vice-Chair)

Max Silver is a local resident with strong business and finance experience at a senior level. He has worked for the Bank of England and now holds a number of directorships of manufacturing/technology companies. He is a keen painter and pianist with positive experience of courses in the creative and performing arts: he is also a mentor for the Prince’s Trust. Max is an advocate of the College’s work to make courses accessible to people with learning difficulties or of limited financial means.

Alice Rubbra

Alice works at the Department for Education on post-16 education, having previously worked at HM Treasury. She is interested in how we can make post-16 education as effective and enjoyable as possible for all learners. She regularly volunteers for the educational charity, IntoUniversity, and is studying to get an economics diploma.

Amanda Blinkhorn

Amanda is the teacher governor. She teaches English and childcare and first became involved in the College as a student, studying creative writing and a teacher training course. She also brings experience as a parent governor at a local primary and secondary school.

Ben Lonsdale

Ben is a former resident of Camden and so understands the composition and ambitions of the College’s community. He is a strong advocate of the profound impact of lifelong education. He contributed to the AIME Mentoring Programme helping Indigenous Australian high school students complete their education at the same rate as their non-Indigenous peers and identifying avenues for further education and employment. Qualified as a CPA, Ben has held significant positions in sectors such as Infrastructure, Leisure, and Professional Services, with a specific emphasis on Business Transformation, ESG, and Estate Planning.

Fran Fahey

Fran is a qualified chartered accountant and has pursued a successful career in financial services. She has held corporate finance, strategy and chief operating officer roles in a major international bank and after 4 years as COO of an asset management company has returned to the bank in a chief of staff role. She is interested in work-place equality, work-life balance issues and in the development of work with the local community and local businesses.

June Jarrett

June is a retired College Principal with extensive experience of governance in schools, academies, colleges and universities: most recently as a governor at the University of Bedfordshire where she was Chair the Student Experience Committee. She is keen to see that people from all community backgrounds, regardless of educational history, remain active in learning and / or employment.

Lukas Mandangu

Lukas is the Finance Director responsible for the Finance activities of HSBC Group’s M&A and Corporate Development. He has over 25 years of audit, financial and strategic management experience gained in the financial services sector in developed and emerging markets.  Lukas spent 5 years with Societe General in London and trained as a chartered accountant with PWC.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and an independent member of the Finance, Grants and Investment Committee of Fair4ALLFinance Limited, a non-profit making organisation that provides funding and grants to credit unions and community institutions to improve financial inclusion and resilience of families with limited access to mainstream banking services.

Monika Kinasiewicz

Monika is the support staff governor. She has long service with the College working in the learner services team – a high profile front-line role representing the College when members of the public first come to ask about courses or to enrol. Monika gained her post graduate degree in Business Administration in Poland before living in England. She has been a governor for five years.

Peter Knowland

Peter is a student governor enjoying the opportunity to develop his skills and interest in the arts and creative disciplines. He has retired from a successful career in marketing working for high profile businesses and also the International Committee of the Red Cross. He now gives much of his time as a trustee to charities that aim to develop the sills and confidence of unrecognised artists and unemployed /homeless people.

Susan Corby

Susan Corby is Professor Emerita of Employment Relations at the University of Greenwich, specialising in disability discrimination and employment tribunals. She has held several public appointments: a lay member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, a member of the Central Arbitration Committee, an independent expert under the Equal Value provisions and currently she is an arbitrator/mediator for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) and a governor of a local primary school.

Tom Robins

Tom grew up on an estate in Taunton and began his education at the local school serving the town’s two largest social housing estates. He later went to Cambridge to read Chemical Engineering. His career to date has taken him around the world and given him access to a wide range of board rooms from manufacturing, defence, private equity, financial services, outsourcing, infrastructure, and technology. His business specialism is in commercial scale-up and turn-around. He has extensive experience of best practice governance scrutiny and has a particular commitment to diversity. Tom is currently CEO of an innovative technology company operating in the social housing sector.

WM College Corporation:

Corporation and Committee papers and the Register of Interests can be viewed in the Clerk’s office.       

Bill Barker – Clerk to the Corporation
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