Huddersfield New College
Governor Biographies

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Linda Summers – Chair of the Corporation:

I am a Solicitor by profession. I initially specialised in family law and then spent the bulk of my career at the (then) Legal Aid Board as a Regional Director. I now work part time as an independent panel member on Fitness to Practice tribunals for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and, as Chair, for the Health and Care Professions Council. I also have a voluntary role as a public co-optee on Kirklees Council Scrutiny Panel. I have been an external Governor of Huddersfield New College since 2012, and I am very proud to be associated with such an excellent college.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and the theatre and, weather permitting, following the many walks around Castle Hill near my home in Almondbury. I am a lifelong supporter of Stockport County but the less said about that, the better!.

Michaela Boryslawskyj – External Governor

I am University Secretary at the University of Huddersfield, which includes being responsible for ensuring that the University operates within its powers and legal framework and to support the governance of the University through its University Council and Senior Management Team. Apart from a very brief spell at law college in York and a short-time working as a corporate solicitor in Leeds, I have spent all of my life in Huddersfield. As well as being a qualified solicitor, I have a Masters degree in business administration and am a student member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.  I am proud to be from Huddersfield, am passionate about the value of a good education and have a strong interest in governance arrangements – which meant I was delighted to be invited to join the board of Huddersfield New College in 2016. 

When I’m not working you can often find me camping in a field with my family and dog.   

Ronan Charnock – Student Governor

As the Student Governor, I am responsible for representing the concerns and queries of the students to The Corporation. It's a rewarding and enjoyable voluntary role - though one that does involve a fair few late nights at college.‎

My own course of study includes A-Level Classical Civilisations, Law and Religious Studies - as well as an EPQ and a L3 Maths FSMQ. I hope to do Law at University; with an aim to qualify as a barrister. Outside of college I enjoy reading, running and eating out. But that's when I'm not working as a waiter myself.

Jonathan Dawson – External Governor

I came to Huddersfield 30 years ago to study Accountancy at the University and have yet to come up with a single reason to regret either decision.

As a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant, most of my career has been spent in local independent accountancy firms, supporting SME businesses across Yorkshire and beyond; the last eight years as owner of a niche accountancy practice based in Huddersfield.

Our education system gave me the tools to follow a career I love, so when the opportunity arose to join Huddersfield New College as a Governor, I jumped at the chance.

Away from work, I enjoy cycling, supporting the mighty Huddersfield Town and help out at Glint, my wife’s Horse Assisted Development social enterprise.

Paul Gittins – External Governor

I am Paul and I am proud to be a new governor at HNC. I have been the Head teacher at Newsome High School and Sports College since 2007 and have led a journey which has seen the school transformed. I am lucky to have such a strong team and wonderful students. My schools vision is "smiles and laughter" as I fundamentally believe that if everybody is happy in their work, anything is possible and I will never allow a student to fail... they get one chance!

Away from work... I am married to Kath, with two kids, Rebecca 27 and Chris 34 -  I know, I look too young!. I am a PE teacher by trade and am naturally competitive, and I have played a few sports at a high level, notably football - the older you get the better you were! I currently play scratch team golf and train when I can, which is not often.

I enjoy a laugh and always try to have a smile on my face. I am an avid Hull City fan

Hannah Haigh - External Governor

After studying French and German at the University of Leeds, I put my language skills to use, working at the German-owned haulage firm Hoyer. I’ve worked at thebigword, a Leeds-based language service provider since 2005. My current role is Head of Risk, Audit and Compliance; I’m responsible for overseeing the company’s global risk management process, ensuring internal and external audits take place and maintaining legal and contractual compliance.

I was appointed as Governor of Huddersfield New College in 2013 – due to my professional background and experience, I serve on the Audit Committee. I am really enjoying the challenge of using my ‘day job’ knowledge in a different context and I’m very proud to be associated with HNC, having recently moved into the area.

Away from work, I’m a keen football supporter, with a season ticket in the Stretford End and I’m a self-confessed Pilates fanatic, attending three classes a week!

Priscilla McGuire – External Governor

I was ‘born and bred’ in Huddersfield but have worked most of my professional life in Leeds and other parts of the country. I’ve worked as a lecturer in both further and higher education and now work on a contractual basis as an education inspector. I also work on a freelance basis as a researcher and writer. My voluntary roles include being a member of the Women’s Network and Women’s Health Patient Safety Expert Committee at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing and travelling and when I last checked, to date, I’ve seen 35% of Europe, 58% of North America and 21% of the world. I have yet to conquer Antarctica!

Antony Nelson – External Governor & Special Educational Needs Link Governor

As the managing director of my own company I spend my working life designing, delivering and implementing people and service change initiatives in the public sector.  I am passionate about supporting others to make a difference for people through transforming services and I apply myself with energy, enthusiasm, commitment and vigour.  I believe in the values of society, nurturing growth and independence and investing for the future, for this reason when the opportunity to become a Governor at New College arose, I saw another chance to make a difference by providing support and challenge to the college as well as challenging myself.

I spend my free time reading, as a member of the Twittersphere both professionally and personally, managing my garden of veg plots, going on camping holidays with my very own mini army of children and dog and keeping two females happy; one my long-suffering partner, the other my Morris Traveller, 'Willow'.

Alison Osborne – Staff Governor

I have worked as a Teacher of Early Years at the college since August 2005. I am very proud to work in such a vibrant and inclusive college.  My ethos as a teacher is always positive and I value highly the importance of my role.  Working to support young people who had the same dream and ambitions I had at sixteen is very rewarding. Previously, I taught at Huddersfield Technical College and for many years I worked within the Early Years Unit of a local Primary School.    

When I am not at college I enjoy spending time with my family.  I love walking in the Fells and I enjoy live music; especially heavy rock

Lynda Swinden – External Governor

I am the Managing Director of my own business which I started in 2005 and work with many small businesses including social enterprises, infrastructure organisations, charities and community groups - supporting their development, growth and sustainability. I worked for many years at Senior Management level for an International Recruitment Organisation and was based at various locations in the UK, including the management of  8 regional locations throughout Scotland, and responsible for sales budgets of over £12 million.

I volunteered to be a Governor of Huddersfield New College in March 2015 and I am forever amazed at the results and dedication of both Staff and Students… there are always moments when I am extremely proud to be a part of this successful 6th Form College. I hope I can fulfil their expectations of a Governor.

In my spare time I volunteered for over 10 years at Riding for the Disabled and currently volunteer at Kirkwood Hospice.  I also manage the occasional Gym session which is always a shock to the team at Total Fitness… as well as the odd Ballroom and Latin dance classes... although it’s highly unlikely I will ever be asked to compete on Strictly! Their loss I say!

Angela Thompson – External Governor & Equality and Diversity Link Governor

My son studied A Levels at New College and I was so impressed with the quality of the teaching and excellent pastoral support he received, that I decided to volunteer for the position of Governor. I was appointed initially as a Parent Governor in 2012 and as an External Governor in 2014. As a Governor I am able to work with the college to ensure that the high standards are maintained so all the students can benefit from a first class education.

I am a Senior Solicitor at DWF LLP in Leeds where I specialise in Occupational Illness claims.

When I’m not at work I enjoy reading, dining out and salsa dancing.

Keith Webb – External Governor

I have joined the Governing Board after a long career teaching in further and higher education. Most recently I had a senior role in the School of Education at the University of Huddersfield. A particularly satisfying part of my work has been seeing learners develop and surprise themselves with what they could achieve.  As a "late developer" myself, I was especially pleased about the achievements of young people when their potential had not previously been realised, or not even recognised.  I am therefore pleased to be a governor at HNC and involved in providing new generations of students with the best possible range of opportunities and support.

My daughter was a student at HNC and her children could soon be following her, so I retain a personal interest in the college besides a professional one. As well as family life, I also enjoy playing tennis (badly), learning piano, walking and travel.

Til Wright – External Governor  & Safeguarding Link Governor

As a Safeguarding Champion I am responsible for ensuring that the college provides students with a safe education at Huddersfield New College. This covers many areas such as child protection, e-safety, visits and trips and the built environment.

I was a high school teacher for 25 years then moved to work for the local authority in Leeds. I initially set up a project to support the educational achievement of children and young people in public care then went on to manage a range of support services for schools. My last post included responsibility for Safeguarding in schools. I retired in 2012 and I love it!

My main interests are making hats, sewing and embroidery, opera, gardening and swimming.

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