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Jeff is a retired educational publisher with 40 years’ experience and knowledge of UK and international education. He was formerly Managing Director of Longman Education, a leading publisher for schools and further education in the UK, and for many years served as Chair of the UK Educational Publishers Council. During his career he also managed publishing companies in Spain, Italy and France. Advisory and consultancy roles have included the British Council, the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the Publishers Association, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Council of Biologists. His commitment to the further education sector is demonstrated by his 6 years of service as a Governor of Harlow College, Essex.
Jeff lives in Morebath, a village north of Tiverton on the fringes of Exmoor, where he is Chair of the Parish Council. He is married with two grown up children and four grandchildren. His interests include golf, walking, gardening and photography.
Martin is a Chartered Accountant and partner in the local firm of Glover Stanbury. After graduating from University College of North Wales Bangor with a degree in Accountancy and Financial Management, Martin trained and qualified with an international firm of Chartered Accountants in the Midlands.
After marriage to Linda in 1984 he moved to North Devon, joining the Bideford office of Ernst & Whinney. Following the change to Ernst & Young, a management buyout of the North Devon offices and merger, the firm metamorphosed into Glover Stanbury where he is a Partner. Based in Bideford, Martin’s non-client responsibilities include HR, training and Health and Safety.
The firm uses the College for staff training and Martin has previously lectured at the College and the College’s Business Development Centre. Martin’s daughter attended Petroc and is now working having graduated. A Past President of Bideford Chamber of Commerce an active Rotarian and Past President of The Rotary Club of Bideford. Martin was also a Governor at St. George’s Infant School in Northam from 2000 to 2013.
Shaun is a former student of the College, having studied business studies and received a BTEC national award for completing his examinations whilst being in hospital recovering from an illness. The College and lecturers were extremely supportive during this time and, without their help Shaun does not think he would have continued with his studies and gone to University. After University, Shaun returned back to North Devon to start a career at Bray Leino in 1993.
Shaun previously worked across the Bray Leino group in market research, digital learning and advertising for the past 20 years working for a range of clients in the corporate and family-owned sectors.
A native of Middlesex, Ro came to Devon in 1964. She is married to a local farmer and they have three adult sons, one of whom attended the College’s Food and Fashion Department. Three grandchildren have also benefitted greatly from time spent at Petroc.
Ro was elected as a Parish and District Councillor in 1976, serving 15 years on the North Devon District Council and 27 years on the Fremington Parish Council.
She chaired a number of NHS organisations both locally, Devon wide and nationally for 26 years, between 1980 and 2006.
Ro’s other interests include being a member of the Westward Group Board, Church activities (she is currently churchwarden of St. Mary’s Bideford), equine sports, choral singing and being an enthusiastic member and past President of the Rotary Club of Barnstaple.
Laura has worked at Petroc since 1997, originally as a Learning Support Assistant, and for the past 17 years as the Manager for the LSA team. The team works across all campuses, with all levels of learners aged 14 to 70. They support students to overcome barriers to learning which can include learning difficulties, physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues, ADHD and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. Laura is also part of the Additional Learning Support Panel and a member of the EDI committee.
Laura moved to North Devon from Wimbledon in 1982, after studying at art college, and worked for 5 years in the Copy Shop in Barnstaple before having two children. When her children were young she worked part-time with adults with physical impairments. Her children successfully studied A Levels at Petroc and both went on to University. Whilst working here Laura has gained various qualifications including a Certificate in Education and a Diploma in Management and a Foundation Degree in Business and Management.
She lives in Georgeham with her husband Peter, who works for the ambulance service in Ilfracombe. Her interests include painting, walking and being part of the local pub quiz team.
David, a native of Northumberland, has recently moved to Devon following a professional life in Further Education.
David was Principal of a large Further Education College in Manchester before becoming Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) in London. AoC represented over 95% of all Further and Sixth Form Colleges in England and is responsible for promoting the work of Colleges with all political parties and funding bodies. Since retiring from AoC, David has run his own successful consultancy firm specialising in providing interim management of colleges who, following Ofsted inspection, need to improve.
David has spent 5 years as Chair of the Governing Body of the Co-operative College in Manchester.
David dreams of travelling the world and becoming a good golfer!
Martyn lives in Barnstaple and is the Chief Executive of North Devon Homes. He is a qualified accountant and has been working in the property and affordable homes industry across the country for 30 years.
Martyn specialises in organisational culture, governance and leadership in organisations– he has led North Devon Homes to achieve number 42 in the Times Top 100 Employers in the UK and has established North Devon Homes as a major provider of quality affordable homes, employing 120 staff in North Devon. Martyn is also a Trustee of the Money Advice Trust, who provide free advice across the UK through National Debtline.
Originally from Manchester, Andrew moved to Barnstaple as a child, attending local schools and, in due course, the College - as did his wife, Hilary. This link to the college was reinforced when both their two sons also attended in the 1990s.
Andrew was first employed locally as an Accountant's Clerk for a couple of years before joining the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in 1972. His service with the Police was principally in Devon, including Plymouth, Tiverton, Exeter and Barnstaple. He was seconded to a regional role in Bristol for 2 years and was also based in Bodmin, Cornwall for 4 years. The majority of his service was in various roles as a detective, with his final appointment being as a Detective Superintendent, deputy to the Head of the Force's Criminal Investigation Department, based in the Force HQ at Middlemoor, Exeter. In this force-wide role he held the lead for child protection, the management of dangerous offenders and other sensitive aspects of law enforcement, involving him in the development of national policy.
Following retirement from the Police in 2004 he returned to North Devon and worked for a time as a self-employed consultant, on matters related to his former role, particularly linked to Safeguarding, acting as independent chairman for a number of serious case reviews.
Andrew has been a governor at Sticklepath Community School (which he and Hilary also both attended as children) since 2004, being chairman between 2011 and September 2016. In 2014 he became the interim Chairman of the newly established Three Valley's Partnership (TVP) of a number of schools, including Sticklepath, in North Devon. Petroc is a partner in TVP, stepping down from this board in September 2016. In addition Andrew was the independent chairman of the Safeguarding Commission for Buckfast Abbey, but from 2004- 2014.
He and Hilary live in Bickington and attend Grosvenor Church Barnstaple (GCB). The high spot of the week is acting as tea-boy at "Noah's Ark" the parent and toddler group at the church, for one morning a week.
Diane joined Petroc in November 2011 as Vice Principal/Director for Finance and Funding before becoming Acting Principal in April 2015 and being appointed as Principal in December 2015.
Diane qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and has had senior finance roles in private sector engineering and service companies. She has worked in the education sector since 1997 when she gained a PGCE in Mathematics.
As well as experience of teaching on a wide range of programmes including industry focussed qualifications such as AAT, HND/C in Business and CIMA, Diane has also worked for two of the Government’s FE funding agencies.
Diane lives locally with her husband and three children who are in local secondary schools.
Andrew Chapple (Chair of the Governing Body)
Andrew is a former student of North Devon College, having studied A-Levels in the Maths and Science department. After leaving the College Andrew went on to obtain a BSc(Hons) degree in mathematics at Southampton University. Following graduation Andrew took up employment with KPMG Peat Marwick Mclintock and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991.
Following qualification Andrew joined a small regional firm of Chartered Accountants for a short while prior to joining Mole Valley Farmers Ltd in 1994 where he was employed for over 20 years as Group Finance Director/Company Secretary seeing the business grow from £60 million to over £420 million turnover with over 70 locations throughout the UK.
Andrew lives in Braunton. He is an active member of his local church and has in the past served on the North Devon committee of the Prince’s Trust. Other hobbies include gardening, playing the organ and motorsport.
Laura Mae Cunningham
Laura Mae has recently been appointed as a Student Governor and is the Student Sabbatical Officer at the College for 2016/2017.
Born in Buckinghamshire, Lindy moved to Bideford as a child, attending local schools. After leaving school she joined TE Connectivity formally known as Tyco Electronics and AMP of Great Britain where she progressed, over a 20 year period, from shop floor to Plant Manager.
A former student of the college, Lindy gained her qualifications whilst working full time.
In 2013 Lindy joined Condition Monitoring Group (CMG) based in Torrington as Operations Manager. Through both TE Connectivity and CMG Lindy has a long relationship with the College with both firms using the College for Engineering Apprenticeships, Business and Leadership Development.
Lindy is an active member of the North Devon Manufacturers Association and a local STEM Ambassador. Married with two boys aged 13 and 10 she enjoys supporting them in their chosen sports and volunteers as a race Commissaire with British Cycling. Other interests include a lifelong love of horsemanship and skiing holidays with the family.
Academic Staff Governor
Lee started his working life in the Royal Signals serving in both the UK and Germany before moving back to North Devon. He then worked in various employment such as Jewellery repairs and Beach Lifeguarding before completing a level 3 Music Technology Diploma at North Devon College and a BA (Hons) Degree in Music Production at Leeds College of Music. He then went on to work as a sound engineer before becoming a Lecturer at the college and has now been employed at Petroc for the past 10 years.
His current role sees him teaching Music Technology and Performance related subjects between level 2 and level 6 as well as being involved as a school liaison with all the feeder schools Music Departments. He has a strong passion for music and has been an active musician playing in various bands throughout his adult life and enjoys seeing student’s progress through the college and into the working world of which some have now become successful musicians, technicians and music managers. He has also enjoyed watching the progression of the Factory from its humble beginnings to become an 800 capacity venue, which is not only one of the biggest working venues in the South West giving students a unique working experience, it is also a facility where young people in a remote area can access and learn all about the industry they want to progress in without having to move to a City.
Lee’s interests include producing music, playing gigs, surfing and surf life saving and he maintains his Beach lifeguard qualification so he can help out with coaching on surf ski’s whenever possible. He currently lives in Barnstaple is married and has three boys that will soon be applying for courses at Petroc.
Kevin moved to Devon from the South East in 1986 to work with Mid Devon District Council. A Cockney by birth, the move to the West Country was the 7th council Kevin had worked for. During 30 years with Mid Devon Kevin carried out a number of different organisational and management roles, culminating with 5 years as Chief Executive.
Other roles and interests include trustee and treasurer for Devon Communities Together, Tiverton Rotary Club, travelling and walking. Kevin is married with 6 grown up children and one grandchild.
Dr Ruth Williams moved to the South West in 1973 to study for a degree in Chemistry at Exeter University. She went on to gain a doctorate in chemistry from Exeter and was then employed first as a researcher and academic in Chemistry, moving into Adult Education in the 1988 where she led the development of Exeter University Access to Higher Education courses in Science and Technology, in partnership with the Further Education sector including Exeter, Cornwall and Weymouth Colleges. In 1991 she joined the academic staff of the Open University to manage the delivery of their science programme in the South West region (some 2000 students and 100 tutors) and to contribute to the production of new modules in chemistry and analytical sciences. She continued active research in collaboration with Exeter University until the closure of their Chemistry department in 2005.
More recently, as Programme Director for Analytical Sciences she was responsible for the development of work based learning modules in analytical sciences, involving employers including South West Water in the design of these modules. She is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy, and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Ruth has served as an external examiner for Plymouth University (BSc Chemistry) and Staffordshire University (BSc Forensic Science), and was a governor on the Board of Somerset College until the College’s recent merger with Bridgwater College.
Amy Bayet is the Student Governor representing our Mid Devon Campus.
Amy is a student on the Level 3 Health and Social Care programme at our Mid Devon Campus.
Prior to joining Petroc in 2016, Bettina was the Clerk of the Corporation at Somerset College for 18 years until Somerset College’s merger with Bridgwater College. Before that Bettina worked in the University/HE Sector in a variety of Registry based management roles, including student administration (enrolments and exams), Awards Ceremony organisation, degree programme validations and research administration.
In November 2014 Bettina was elected as the South West Representative for FE College Clerks on the National Clerks Network Committee, and is also an Association of Colleges Mentor for newly appointed Clerks in the Sector.
Bettina is an avid live music lover and is Trustee and Vice Chair of Stogumber Festival, a small annual three day music and arts festival in the West Somerset village where she lives. Other interests include travelling, visiting historical buildings and nature sites and going to the theatre.