Members of the Governing Body work as a team to determine the strategy and future direction of the College.
Chair of Governors
David spent over 30 years in operations, quality and human resources management with the Royal Mail Group, starting with Royal Mail Engineering Services and progressing to senior management positions with Vehicle Services. He set up his own business as a management consultant in 2003 working alongside a number of blue chip organisations, providing advice and assessment services.
Vice Chair of Governors
Mark 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 a HR Business Partner to three Regional Managers, with the prime focus being on Colleague Engagement, Customer Service and Leadership Development.
Principal & 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 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.
Beverley is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Advisor and Statutory Auditor. She trained with an international firm of accountants and set up her own practice at the end of 2002 which now has three offices across Merseyside.
Mark has 20 years' experience in Financial Services and was appointed as National Sales Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Financial Services in January 2014. He manages a team of 9; responsible for £1.4bn of retail finance and £1bn of stock funding across a network of 120 retailers introducing 48k customers to the business each year.
Geraldine is a Chartered Accountant who runs her own business. She trained and qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She specialises in the not-for-profit sectors, working with education, charity and pensions clients.
Judith studied at the Universities of Sheffield and Liverpool before teaching chemistry and physics at Litherland High School where she subsequently spent over 20 years as Deputy Headteacher. Judith is passionate about education and its role in the development of young people and the wider community. She is a proud member of Crosby Macmillan Cancer Support Committee for many years.
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.
Ross Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in English at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) where he has worked as an academic since 1994. For many years he acted as a Link Tutor for LJMU validated degree programmes at two colleges. Before coming to Liverpool, he completed his postgraduate work and taught at Purdue University, Indiana, USA.
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 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.
Karen has worked in the Higher Education sector for over 15 years, including posts within post 92 University, a private university and currently the University of Liverpool in the Institute of Veterinary Science faculty. Karen manages a large professional student experience team which is split between two sites; one in Liverpool and the other at the Leahurst Campus in Neston. She has overall responsibility for dealing with all student support needs from application to graduation.
Staff Governor - Academic
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 Technical Assistant at the college before progressing to his current role of Project Accountant.