Governance

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 anne-marie.nixon@hughbaird.ac.uk.

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

Governor

Pamela is chairman, director, trustee or committee member of many organisations, as well as being consulted frequently by many organisations across the country on maritime events. She was appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as a Member (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 1999 for services to the Friends of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Judith Simmons

Governor

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 projects, and is currently Chair of the Programme Development Group for the Realising Opportunities Programme.

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

Governor

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

Governor

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

Governor

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

Governor

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.

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.

Stacey Bloxam

HE Student Governor

I'm Stacey Bloxam and I have been given a fantastic opportunity to become the Student Governor for HE. I am currently doing my Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design, after completing my Foundation Degree at Hugh Baird’s University Centre. After a long time doing dental nursing, I wanted to change my career, one that allows me to be creative and artistic, so I found myself at Hugh Baird, and it has allowed me to study for a better career for myself and my family.

Gabriel Braga Carvalho

FE Student Governor

Gabriel is a business student at Hugh Baird College. After Finishing high school in Brazil, while running his own business when he was 17 years old, he decided to move on his own to UK to study and acquire new life experiences.

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