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Board of Governors

Sue Thistlethwaite – Vice Chair
James Aldred – Principal
Cllr George Cole - Authority Governor
Angus Fraser - Foundation Governor

Simon Groschl - Foundation Governor

Trevor Low – Foundation Governor

Dipak Patel – Foundation Governor
Deborah Rose – Co-opted Governor

Ellen Rudge-Tezcan – Staff Governor

Kate Walewska – Co-opted Governor

Paul Wilson – Foundation Governor


 

Sue Thistlethwaite

I am a local Leicester person, and I have worked in several schools in Leicester. I have been a New College Leicester governor since 2010. My belief is, and has always been, that all young people deserve the best education and chances in life, and that is why I have spent my life working in education. I have particular interests in young people who face difficulties, either learning or emotional or behavioural, and also in teacher development and leadership. I think young people benefit from a rounded education, and although exams are crucially important, so are resourcefulness, resilience, responsibility and respect!

 

Category of Governor:

Foundation

Date of appointment:

01/09/2018

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

Appeals

Principals Performance Review

Disciplinary

Pay

Responsibility:

Vice Chair

Register of business interest:

None

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

Child Protection/Safeguarding

SEN

Children in public care

Home School Agreements

Admissions

James Aldred

I have worked in education for the last 27 years, spanning a range of roles in a range of settings. From August 2024, I hold the privileged position at New College Leicester as Principal. Students are heart and centre of what drives my philosophy and practice. I also believe that as well as ensuring students achieve well, schools are crucial for providing opportunities and experiences for students to enable them to develop and thrive. Outside of work, I play the drums, support Newcastle United and am currently learning how to play the piano. I am also an Ex FA football referee.

Category of Governor:

Headteacher

Date of appointment:

22/08/2024

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

N/A

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

New College Leicester Trust

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

None

 

Councillor George Cole

 

Category of Governor:

Authority

Date of appointment:

30/01/2020

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

African Heritage Alliance CIC

African Caribbean Centre Development Group CIO

Nelson Mandela Community Programme CIC

Leicester City Mayor

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

None                                                              

Dipak Patel

I am the founder and Director of Alchemmy Consulting Limited which is a London based consulting firm providing business transformation and improvement advice and support for global and FTSE100 companies.  I have been a Governor at New College Leicester for over 5 years and for the last two years been Chair of the Board of Trustees.  I am married with three children aged 21, 19 and 17 and live in Loughborough.

Category of Governor:

Foundation

Date of appointment:

01/09/2018

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

Alchemmy Consulting Limited

Sonikk Limited

Redimeer Limited

Double 6 Limited

Dasad Limited

New College Leicester Trust

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

Building & Estates (joint)

 

Trevor Low

 

I have been running sport clubs in Leicester since 1970 and currently manage Hinckley Gymnastics Club who hold the operating licence for the club at New College Leicester Gymnastics Centre and Clarendon Park in Hinckley. I am a graduate of Fine Art and Ancient history and was for many years a Residential Care Officer and a Teacher in special education and Assessment Units in Leicester.

Category of Governor:

Foundation

Date of appointment:

16/01/2019

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

Hearings

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

Hinckley Gymnastics Club

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

None

Paul Wilson

I am Principal of WQE Sixth Form College in Leicester, a role I was appointed to following a merger in 2018 with Regent Sixth Form College, where I had also been Principal since 2008. I have also completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and the LSIS Executive Leadership Development Programme for Principals (ELDP/PQP). In 2019 I completed a Strategic Leadership Programme at Oxford University's Said Business School, supported by the Education Training Foundation. Within the Governing Body I have a lead role for teaching and learning.

Category of Governor:

Foundation

Date of appointment:

01/09/2018

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

Teaching & Learning

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

WQE and Regent College Group

QED

Trustee at Learning Without Limits Academy Trust

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

Teaching & Learning

Curriculum

 

Ellen Rudge-Tezcan

I have worked at New College Leicester since 2006. I am an Assistant Principal, in addition to being on the governing body. I am originally from South Yorkshire. but trained and worked in Birmingham before moving to Leicester. I have worked in education, both in formal and informal settings for the last 15 years. My core values are very much centred on social justice. I strongly believe that all young people should be given the best possible chances in life, regardless of their socio-economic background, race, sexuality or gender.

Category of Governor:

Staff

Date of appointment:

01/09/2018

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

None

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

None

Deborah Rose

I combine my life as a full-time business woman with that of a mother of two teenage sons. In my working life, I have over 25 years’ experience working for local government and private business. I specialise in physical regeneration, helping to improve local neighbourhoods and create strong communities. As a parent of children with dyslexia and dyspraxia I am very familiar with the challenges and frustrations children face, and I am very committed to helping young people overcome their difficulties and achieve their best possible successes.  

Category of Governor:

Co-opted

Date of appointment:

14/01/2019

Appointing body:

Governors

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

SEN

Register of business interest:

Consultant for Edwards and Edwards Consultancy Ltd

Inherit Skills Ltd

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

None

Kate Walewsksa

I work for the University of Leicester where I am a Director of the Future Students Office.

Having worked for a diverse range of universities and private providers in the United Kingdom and abroad I bring 18 years of experience of Business Development, Marketing, Recruitment, and Widening Participation in the Education sector to the main Board.

I hold a First Class degree in English Literature, a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA Marketing), and Level 7 CIM Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. I am also a qualified Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (CELTA) recognising the sense of satisfaction and fulfilment teaching brings.

I am passionate about supporting students to fulfil their potential and raising their aspirations and am committed to working with New College Leicester school community to ensure the students thrive in the environment we collectively build.

Category of Governor:

Co-opted

Date of appointment:

30/09/2021

Appointing body:

Governing body

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

University of Leicester

The Holy Spirit Catholic Multi Academy

Register of personal interest:

Board Director for the Holy Spirit Multi

Catholic Academy

Lead Governor of:

None

Angus Fraser

I am a Franchisee with McDonald's and own and operate a number of local restaurants, and I have experience of working for and with global brands for over 25 years. I passionately believe in investing in people and want to give young people the best possible start in life, raising their aspirations and social mobility, to ready them for joining the workforce or indeed further education.

Category of Governor:

Foundation

Date of Appointment:

30/09/2021

Appointing body:

Governing body

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

Dynamic Restaurants Limited

BID Leicester Limited

New College Leicester Trust

Register of personal interest:

None

Lead Governor of:

None

Simon Groschl

I currently work within the local authority’s children’s homes spread across Leicester which I have been doing for the last 15 years. This is often with children and young people who have had very challenging upbringings and who’s attitude to education can sometimes be challenging. That’s why I take great pleasure in seeing the young people I work with come into school and flourish in the right circumstances and when we all work well together.

Category of Governor:

Foundation

Date of Appointment:

30/09/2021

Appointing body:

Governing body

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

Leicester City Council

Register of personal interest:

None

 

Lead Governor of:

None

 

 

Dr Juliana Mainard-Sardon

I work at Nottingham Trent University for the VCSE National Observatory. The National Observatory provides a one-stop source of interactive data intelligence for policymakers, infrastructure and frontline organizations, and researchers in the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector. I hold a PhD in Management from the University of Leicester, an MA in Design & Manufacture from De Montfort University, and a BA (Hons) in Industrial Design from the University of Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

Outside of acaademia, i worked as a Funding Manager for the Peepul Centre in Leicester, one of the UK's larget BAME women-led social enterprises. I successfully managed the grant clain process for funds from Sport England, Arts Council England, the National Lottery and the European Regional Development Fund. As a result, I have a proven record in successful audit trails and have established robust funding systems and procedures. Additionally, I spent 10 years as a youth worker and community activist in Argentina.

I enjoy living in Leicester with my husband and three children, and I am passionate about community development and helping young people succeed in life. I have a keen interest in supporting students with invisible disabilities, such as dyslexia or mental health issues. I am committed to further developing New College Leicester and its vibrant community.

Category of Governor:

Associate

Date of Appointment:

13/06/2024

Appointing body:

Governing body

Term of Office:

4 years

Committees served on:

None

Responsibility:

None

Register of business interest:

None

Register of personal interest:

None

 

Lead Governor of:

None

Governing Board Dates

Thursday 3rd October 2024

Thursday 12th December 2024

Thursday 30th January 2025

Thursday 13th March 2025

Thursday 8th May 2025

Thursday 26th June 2025

Instrument of government

Governors attendance record 2021-22