Members of the Governing Body work as a team to determine the strategy and future direction of the College.

Please note that governors do not get involved in operational decisions and no individual governors have authority to enter into contracts for the procurement of goods and services. In accordance with agreed protocols, all correspondence to and from governors goes through Anne-Marie Nixon, Director of Governance, at

Geraldine Sloan

Chair of Corporation

Geraldine is a Chartered Accountant, who runs her own business, having originally trained and qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Geraldine’s business specialises in the not-for-profit sectors, working with education, charity and pensions clients. More recently she has taken a qualification as a life coach and is keen to use this experience to support local people to meet their aspirations and develop confidence and resilience as well as the skills necessary to access and thrive in aspirational careers.

Geraldine has three grown up children and is looking forward to supporting the College achieve its vision of being the best college in the country..

Mark Robinson

Vice Chair of Corporation and Chair of Remuneration and Search and Governance Committees

Mark is an HR professional and has experience of working in many different industry sectors including; Retail Finance (Barclays Bank LC), Heavy Engineering (Network Rail) and Food Retail (Somerfield/The Co-operative Food). He is currently working as an HR Advisor for the Malcolm Group, with the prime focus being on colleague engagement, customer service and leadership development across eight depots in England

Andrew Gibbons

Vice Chair of Corporation and Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

Andrew is an experienced senior manager within the telecommunications sector with experience in strategy, planning and leading large operational units. Some of his key expertise includes: business planning, manpower planning, leadership of large organisations and contracts, management information and analysis. He went to school in Bootle and went on to achieve a BA(Hons) Degree in Business Management and an MBA.

Rachael Hennigan

Principal and Chief Executive

Rachael joined Hugh Baird College in February 2020 as Principal and Chief Executive. Rachael has over 15 years’ experience in the further education sector and is no stranger the Liverpool City Region, having grown up in Bootle and completing her A-levels at Hugh Baird College.

Rachael has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the College. She is passionate about ensuring students develop relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to progress in the future.

Pamela Brown


Pamela, the youngest female at the time, passed her Banking Exams at Martins Bank, later absorbed into Barclays. These exams were recognised as equivalent to a BSc degree. She received an MBE for her transition from the steering group's Chairman to the Chairman of the Friends of MMM, contributing to the establishment of the Merseyside Maritime Museum — part of the only National Museums outside London. Pamela has lectured in Canada, France, and the UK on the integration of museum academics with professional volunteers. Widowed at a young age, she re-entered the job market as a Socio-Economic Consultant. Her feasibility studies attracted significant inward investment for Merseyside and nationally, addressing diverse cultural issues in communities. Pamela's high-level contacts span various sectors.

She served as a JP for 30 years, gaining comprehensive knowledge of life’s various aspects. Her contributions earned her the Merchant Navy Medal for work with the Red Ensign and the Livery Company in London, and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Honored as a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside under both the late Queen and the current King, she also served on the Duchy of Lancaster's Grants Board, leveraging her insight into life's many facets. The late Queen, as the sovereign head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Jerusalem, admitted Pamela into this order.

Over the years, Pamela has raised thousands of pounds for charity in various fields, including acting as a producer for His Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Concerts in Scotland, Wales, and the UK. In 18 years, she has facilitated 21 concerts, ensuring their financial viability.

Although new to education, Pamela is eager to apply her extensive public and private sector experience to help the College develop business links.

Judith Simmons


After studying for a BSc in Combined Science at Sheffield University, I moved to Liverpool where I completed my PGCE at Liverpool University. In 1974 I joined the science department at Litherland High School - a role I enjoyed throughout my career. Throughout the 23 years I spent as Deputy Head we faced many challenges, driven by changes both locally and nationally but the determination to support our community and young people was always pre-eminent. This commitment to achievement was recognized by the school being designated as outstanding by Ofsted for several inspections.

In 2008 I was delighted to join the Governing Body of the new South Sefton College which extended the range of Level Three qualifications available to our students to study locally. When the College was amalgamated with Hugh Baird College, the opportunities for our students widened further and I was very pleased to join the Governing Body of Hugh Baird College, where I have a particular interest in Safeguarding issues.

Lydia Redican

Chair of Quality and Standards Committee

Lydia is an experienced Widening Participation and Outreach Practitioner for the University of Liverpool. She leads large access programmes designed to support young people to transition into higher education and gain access to the professions. Her experience is rooted in both higher and further education and her work has a strong emphasis on collaboration, working with multiple stakeholders across the sector. She leads local programmes as well as hosting national, collaborative projects. She is the Co-Chair of the University of Liverpool’s BAME Staff Network and works to advance the University’s strategic priorities around Race Equality.

Keith Lockhart

Chair of Audit Committee

Keith trained to become a computer programmer at college. He continued his college education, undertaking a range of courses from the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), with whom he is now a fellow member, to welding and learning to play the guitar. Keith has spent most of his working life in financial services and has worked for two globally systemic companies, working in Europe as well as across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Keith has worked in Internal Audit for over 20 years.

Paul Cherpeau


Paul is the Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce in Liverpool.

Paul joined the Chamber as a Graduate in 2006 and has substantial experience across the business including the delivery of membership, marketing, policy, trade and training services to businesses. As Chief Executive Paul’s job is to ensure the Chamber is undertaking its mission and purpose, to represent the commercial interests of Liverpool businesses and enable them to connect, support and thrive.

Paul’s role varies from oversight of the Chamber operations, connecting with city partners on all issues connected to the economy and supporting and engaging individual businesses within the business network.

Paul also represents a business voice on several external organisations boards including MSIF, Liverpool BID Company, Hugh Baird College and Liverpool City Council’s Education Improvement Board.

Ruth Harding-Quinn


Ruth moved into the Health and Safety profession in 2004 after holding a number of general administration roles. After completing a NEBOSH General and then a degree in the subject, Ruth continued to develop her skills with experience before joining a large outsourcing firm in 2008. Ruth has enjoyed a variety of roles in the past 13 years but all with health and safety and the wellbeing of her colleagues at the heart of what she does. This has resulted in her holding the position of Quality Lead which allows her to influence policies and procedures that guide the organisation.

Andrea Murphy

Co-opted Member of Quality and Standards Committee

Andrea is an experienced FE Professional who has been in the post 16 education sector for over thirty years. She started her career in a local authority housing department as a graduate of the University of Salford. Andrea is passionate about teaching and learning and quickly moved into teaching, originally in the Sixth Form College sector. A drive for supporting students in technical and vocational education, particularly those from socially deprived backgrounds, led to various senior roles in the FE sector across the North West, she is currently Deputy Principal at Hopwood Hall College in Greater Manchester. Andrea has a particular interest in ensuring that employers are at the heart of the curriculum and support the learners’ journey whilst in college. An experienced governor and previous Ofsted inspector, Andrea is currently chair of the Advanced Machinery Productivity Institute work and skills committee which helps to ensure the next generation are work ready and can prosper.

Joe Yates


Professor Joe Yates is a Professor of Criminology and Social Policy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies, at Liverpool John Moores University. He leads the University Place and Partnership Strategy and is the Strategic Lead.

Prior to taking up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Yates held positions as Director of the School of Humanities and Social Science, Head of Criminology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (which he co-founded). He also led the development of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies and has been instrumental in leading the Educational Leadership Centre. His first academic post was as Senior Lecturer in Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Professor Yates has volunteered externally as a Community Governor, a Sports Governor and Deputy Chair at a Specialist Education Needs School, a local Primary School and a local Sixth form College. He also held the position of Trustee for the National Association for Youth Justice and the Foundation for Arts and Creative Technologies in Liverpool. He is currently the Director of an International Youth Justice Symposium at the Inter-University Centre in Croatia and he has previously sat on the Executive Board for the National Council of Deans for Arts, Social Science and Humanities. He is the Chair of the Regional Governance Board for Cradle to Career, a place-based grassroots educational enhancement project in the Liverpool City Region.

Professor Yates has researched and published in the field of youth justice with a particular focus on policy responses to marginalised children involved in crime and antisocial behaviour. He has conducted research for the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales as well as for a range of community groups, non-governmental organisations and charities.

Prior to working in Higher Education, Professor Yates worked in the Criminal Justice Sector, working with young people as a youth worker, a social worker, a youth justice officer and a policy and performance manager. He is a trained probation officer and a qualified social worker. He grew up in Bootle and is a proud Alumnus of Hugh Baird College.

Kerry Kirkwood


Kerry Kirkwood has enjoyed a successful career in education spanning almost 40 years. She has extensive experience in secondary, sixth form, and further education.

Kerry was the Principal of an outstanding sixth form college in Cheshire which achieved results that were amongst the best in the Country. She went on to form a multi-academy trust comprising the sixth form and two secondary schools.

Kerry has specialist knowledge of Level 3 curriculum design, quality assurance, school improvement and leadership development. She recognises and is passionate about the unique and invaluable role education plays in social mobility.

Kerry is an experienced Governor and Trustee. She has been the Chair of Governors at a Church of England high school and is currently a Trustee of, and a Member of multi-academy trusts in Lancashire and Cheshire.

A former student of Hugh Baird College, Kerry has fond memories of her time studying for A’ Levels, and credits Hugh Baird with igniting her life-long love of learning.

Kevin Rice

Staff Governor - Business Support

Having graduated from university, Kevin began his career with HMRC before progressing to work in the Finance and Marketing departments of two US-based manufacturing companies, which involved extensive travel across Europe and North Africa. Kevin moved back to Merseyside and took on the role of Project Accountant at the College before progressing to his current role of Quality Assurance Officer for Higher Education.

Debbie Stock

Staff Governor - Academic

I joined Hugh Baird college 6 years ago to progress my career and passion for Apprenticeships. From the age of 16 I have worked in the Health environment and studied through the apprenticeship route gaining skills and knowledge throughout my career. I have 30 years plus experience of working in and around the apprenticeship provision. I am currently the Director of Apprenticeship/AEB/Community.

Celia Musanhu

HE Student Governor

Celia has studied at the College since 2020, completing a Foundation Degree in Mental health and Wellbeing, followed by the full honours degree top up and is now a Graduate Practitioner in Children, Schools and Families. Celia is currently studying for a Post Graduate in Education. Celia's family has always valued education and study. her inspiration is her grandfather, who was a doctor. Celia has enjoyed the opportunities Hugh Baird College has provided and is keen to inspire other women from a global majority background to study and achieve their goals.

Shelley Oconnor

FE Student Governor

Shelley has been studying at the College since 2021, starting with Level 2 Hairdressing, then Level 2 Barbering and is now studying for her Level 3 Hairdressing. Whilst at the College Shelley has enjoyed a wide range of industry opportunities, including working as a hairdresser on a charity catwalk in London and also during London Fashion Week 2023. Shelley has really appreciated the support staff have provided to her and all neuro diverse students, highlighting the way in which she has built up her confidence as well as her skills.

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