Meet the Governors

Joanne Beaumont Chair

Joanne Beaumont

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.

Paul Webley Vice Chair

Paul Webley

I have worked in the charity and housing sector in West Yorkshire for over 36 years. In the last few years I have been passionate about the links between education and enterprise and employment. 

I am now retired and so serving on the Shipley College Corporation enables me to do something positive about education and employment.

My skills are in finance, business planning and strategy and my interests include walking, archaeology, sport, art, travel and photography.

Phill Brown Governor

Phill Brown

I was born in 1948 and educated at St Bede’s Grammar School, Bradford and St Catherine’s College, Oxford (MA History). I am a retired businessman and local JP. 

My career was in marketing in various sectors (energy, mail order and high street retail) and then in venture capital for projects in the UK, the USA and in China. 

I enjoy walking, history, food and wine and am a hopelessly optimistic supporter of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. 

I am proud to be associated with the Staff and Students of Shipley College. 

John Egan Governor

John Egan

Now an IT Consultant, I have over 40 years of experience in all aspects of IT and have worked with local government, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. 

Initially in operations, I moved into software development and design, becoming Technical Director on joining a Nottingham based startup company in 1980. I took the opportunity to work in the USA in 1984.  

In 1986 I set up a Software Centre for Excellence in Bradford securing contracts with 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 initial three man team to fifteen, I sold the company to the Management Team in 1998 and returned to the USA to work on projects including tribal court systems for Native Americans.

I first became involved with Shipley College in the 1990s when taking on placements and joined the college’s ICT Employer Advisory Panel in 1993, subsequently becoming a College Governor in 2010.

Albert Podesta Governor

Albert Podesta

I am a Chartered Accountant and spent 25 years in practice in the West Midlands. For much of that time, in addition to a wide client portfolio, I was responsible for recruitment and training of student accountants and continuing training of other staff. 

On retirement in 2010, I returned to my native Yorkshire. I am Chair of Trustees of Leukaemia CARE, a charity offering support and information to all those affected by blood cancers.  

I am a lifelong supporter of Leeds Rhinos and enjoy hill walking and running. I am married with three adult children and four grandchildren. 

Nigel Hainsworth Governor

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 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.

John Briggs Governor

John Briggs

I joined Shipley College Governing Body in 2010 and, in addition to sitting on the main body, I also sit on the Curriculum and Quality Committee. This committee being a major interest of mine and a focus for college affairs being concerned with courses, programmes and student and teacher support.

I worked in Adult, Further and Higher Education for the whole of my working life, that is, from 1963 to 2003. During that time I was a lecturer, education officer, college Principal, and education consultant, a role that included teaching management in prisons, verification activities and acting as an interim vice- principal.

My local connections with Saltaire include being a member of the Sir Titus Salt Charity, attending Saltaire Learning and, for the last three years, acting as Chair of the Salt Foundation which owns and is responsible for some of the key buildings in our world heritage site including the Victoria Hall.

I have lived in neighbouring Baildon for over twenty years and was privileged to serve as one of its ward councillors until I retired in 2007. Being a member of the college Governors is therefore a pleasure as it brings together a lot of my interests.

Tracy Spencer Governor

Tracy Spencer

I work as a Finance Manager at the University of Bradford; I take a lead role in budget setting and control within the Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services areas. I am also the representative as Finance Project Assurance on University major Capital Programmes.

My wider role includes University VAT issues; I am a member of the Northern Universities Tax Group.

I have worked in the HE environment for 22 years.  

I am a local resident of Saltaire and very much like to support the village in any way that I can. I love the environment of Saltaire and am very proud of what the village offers.

Outside of work I enjoy hill walking, jogging, yoga, painting, writing and sewing, through which I get involved with local drama groups with costume making. I also teach a craft glass during the summer holidays at a children’s summer school.

James Parker Governor

James Parker

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

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.

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.

Lynne Ware Governor

Lynne Ware

I am a languages teacher at a local secondary school and have had extensive international training in embedding SMSC and teaching the global curriculum.  I helped students gain FairTrade status for our school, as well as the International Schools Award, and have successfully applied for and administered a three-year British Council Comenius project.

I volunteer at the Shipley Glen Tramway and serve on Baildon Town Council's Bracken Hall Committee and would like to facilitate more school partnerships with these two community assets.

I am happy to work with faculty, staff and students, so please get in touch if I can be of any assistance with these projects or any other projects like them.  I can be contacted via Jeremy Stott, the Clerk to the Corporation.


Sayyeda Khan Governor

Sayyeda Khan

Rachael Howarth Governor

Rachael Howarth

Phill Hunter Governor

Phill Hunter

Colin Forrest Governor

Colin Forrest

Nav Chohan Staff Governor

Nav Chohan

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.

Shoeb Desai Staff Governor

Shoeb Desai

I have worked at Shipley College since 1995 when I came as a PGCE student from the University of Huddersfield.  I started my career as a Course Coordinator on a Foundation Level Course, with some responsibility for student support.  Over time I gradually left the teaching and increased my role in Student Services.  

I am currently Head of Student Services, with lead responsibility for Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding.  I have been a Governor since 2010 and continue to find the role challenging and personally gratifying.  Outside of work, in relation to personal interests, I enjoy badminton and the surrounding countryside which I am lucky to live and work in proximity to.

Wendy Rowan Staff Governor

Wendy Rowan

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.

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