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Governance

The Corporation

The Corporation has overall responsibility for the mission, direction, solvency and future development of the College. To assist in this process the Corporation regularly receives a wide range of reports, including reports on student outcomes and the student experience and on finance.

Chair's welcome

Hills Road Sixth Form College is proud to offer a high-quality Key Stage 5 education across 36 A level subjects and the Extended Project Qualification. Our results and outcomes are consistently among the strongest in the UK for schools of any kind, for both exam grades and university entrance. We also place emphasis on a rounded experience for our students beyond academic achievement.

Located in one of the world's leading educational cities, Hills Road values its fruitful links with the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University and the opportunities gained through the exceptionally high calibre of our teaching and support staff. We are proud to offer the best education to the 16-19 year-olds in our region.

The Corporation is Hills Road’s governing body and comprises a mix of independent, staff and student governors. We provide a range of external skills and perspectives in order to oversee and monitor the performance and operations of the College and we hold the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team to account.

We welcome any questions and enquiries, please send them to the Clerk of the Corporation using the email button.

Meet the Governors

Kevin Taylor, Chair of the Corporation

Kevin Taylor, Chair of the Corporation

Director of Cambridge University Press and Assessment: various publishing, governance, legal and strategy roles there since 1984. First-class degree in English from Caius College. School governing, both primary and secondary, since 1992 (including as Chair and Chair of Finance). Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and author of a guidebook to Cambridge. Literary agent to the estate of writer John Cowper Powys and editor of The Powys Journal.

Committees

  • Nominations Committee
  • Remunerations Committee
Jane Sterling, Vice-Chair of Corporation, Safeguarding Governor

Jane Sterling, Vice-Chair of Corporation, Safeguarding Governor

Retired Dermatologist with PhD in Virology. President of Dermatology Section of Royal Society of Medicine. Jane has lived in Cambridge since 1973, working both for the NHS at Addenbrooke’s and in an academic medical post spanning research and clinical work, with deep involvement in medical education. Formerly Dermatology Training Programme Director for East of England. Married to Barry, a neuroscientist and past Master of Downing College.

Committees

  • Nominations Committee
  • Remunerations Committee
Adrian Clark

Adrian Clark

Group Finance Director at Cambridge University Press & Assessment. Did A levels at Hills Road before studying Economics and Accounting at Loughborough University. While at Hills Road, Adrian was a keen athlete and county champion in cross-country. After graduating, he became a Chartered Accountant with KPMG on Hills Road in Cambridge before moving on to a number of senior finance positions in international companies, including overseas. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring classic cars.

Committees

  • Audit Committee
John Cross

John Cross

Businessman with special expertise in sales and marketing. Served as an RAF pilot in the 1960s and '70s. Co-author of books including The Little Black Book for Managers and The Everyday Leader. Most recently, after starting his own business, he has spent twenty years as a leadership and management consultant to large public and private organisations. Passed his driving test for articulated heavy goods vehicles in 2018.

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive of The Skills Network and former Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and of the OCR exam board. Was Principal of Oaklands College (Hertfordshire). A Chartered Accountant with a degree in Economics from Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Assessment. Has been a governor of primary schools, a secondary academy, and a further education college. Currently on the board of WorldSkills UK. Gets his grit and resilience from supporting Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood, cycling and four children.

Committees

  • Audit Committee

Emily Fletcher

Emily Fletcher

Artsmark Senior Project Officer at Goldsmiths College London and previously at Arts Council. Trained as a dancer at the London Studio Centre. Worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer and taught at FE and HE institutions for many years before taking on a leadership role for a post-16 vocational performing arts course. Has acted as an advisor to educational institutions and qualification authorities. Advocate for an arts-rich, creative education. Studying for an MBA.

Committees

  • Nominations Committee
  • Remunerations Committee
Paula Heaney

Paula Heaney

Runs her own consultancy supporting FE colleges, training providers and universities in their endeavours to improve quality for their learners and apprentices. A qualified Ofsted inspector – former Senior HMI for the eastern region - and teacher, including a spell as Vice-Principal of Peterborough Regional College. Passionate about the post-16 sector and its impact on improving lives and prospects. Has served as a governor at Long Road Sixth Form College on its standards committee.

Anthony Omo

Anthony Omo

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales: degrees in Law, English and Literature, and a Masters in Business Administration. Currently, Director of Fitness to Practise and General Counsel for the General Medical Council. Worked previously for the Department of Health and Social Security and Crown Prosecution Service. Born in Dublin, he spent his early years between Ireland and Nigeria. Former primary school Chair of Governors.

Committees

  • Remunerations Committee - Chair
  • Audit Committee - Vice-Chair

Carrie Anne Philbin MBE

Director of Learning at Institute of Imagination; award-winning teacher, author, YouTuber, podcast host. Passionate about computing and Computer Science, supporting educators in that field across the globe. Formerly Director of Educator Support for Raspberry Pi Foundation where she led the development of a complete curriculum programme to teach Computing to 5-16 year-olds, as well as creating and facilitating over 30 online training courses to support teachers with their subject knowledge and pedagogy.

Committees

  • Audit Committee

Jonathan Russell

Jonathan Russell, Safeguarding Governor

Principal of Sawston Village College (2018-present), where he has taught since 2005, serving as Deputy Headteacher from 2010-18. Formerly Head of English at Impington Village College, and seconded as Interim Principal to Bottisham Village College. First-class degree in Film and Media from the University of Stirling; Masters in Media from the University of London Institute of Education; and PGCE (English) from the University of Nottingham. National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH, 2008).

Alison Taylor, Safeguarding Governor

Alison Taylor, Safeguarding Governor

A qualified integrative therapist, running House of Restoration counselling. Mentor co-ordinator at Concrete Rose, offering volunteer mentoring to care-experienced and estranged students at Cambridge University. First-class degree in Land Economy from Cambridge; post-graduate diploma in Local Government Management from Warwick Business School; Level 4 diploma in Counselling and member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors and the Association of Christian Counsellors. Former foster carer.

Evren Uygun

Evren Uygun

Senior Associate at Deloitte in Cambridge, training to be a Chartered Accountant. He did his A levels at Hills Road, in Computer Science, Government & Politics, History, and Mathematics (2016-18). Chaired the Hills Road Student Council and was the College’s Student Governor (2017-18). Undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters in Information Systems Management and digital, both at the University of Warwick. Originally from Turkey. Enjoys watching documentaries on society and politics, computer programming, and debating.

Committees

  • Nominations Committee
Richard Westcott

Richard Westcott

Head of Communications at Cambridge University Health Partners and Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Formerly a reporter and newsreader at Radio One, spending several months in the Middle East covering the Iraq War; also a business presenter on breakfast television; the BBC’s Transport Correspondent; and Cambridge-based science reporter for the BBC. Previously a Parent Governor of Hills Road. Enjoys sport and has volunteered for Age UK’s Friendship phone call service.

Committees

  • Audit Committee
Jo Trump, Principal

Jo Trump, Principal

Ex officio Governor as Principal of Hills Road.

Bruno Cotta

Bruno Cotta, Parent Governor

Consultant in leadership, strategy, innovation and enterprise. Formerly Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, Director of Enterprise Strategy at Imperial College London, and Founding Director of the Imperial Enterprise Lab. 30+ years’ experience working with public-, private- and third-sector organisations, from entry-level students to board-level executives, local start-ups to global corporates, and others in research, education, healthcare, philanthropy, industry and government. Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

Kathy Ashby, Staff Governor

Kathy Ashby, Staff Governor

Library and Digital Resources Manager


Katie Paton, Staff Governor

Head of Year 12


Charlotte Southgate, Student Governor

Year 13 student


Laragh Jeanroy

Committee

  • Audit Committee - Independent Chair

Robert Smith, Governance Professional

Robert Smith, Governance Professional

Chartered Governance Professional.

Julie Francis, Personal Assistant, Governance



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