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Our Governors

Meet the Governors

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Trish Burton (Chair)

External Governor

  • Former Vice Principal, North East Worcestershire College

I joined the board as I wanted my 30 years of knowledge and skills to be useful and to give something back to a sector that I am very passionate about. 

I have a lot of experience in developing ideas, people and teams and hope to contribute in a way that benefits the College and its communities. 

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Keith Rog (Vice Chair)

External Governor

  • Background in hospitality, change management, marketing and LEP.

I joined the Board to support the valuable work of equipping Gloucestershire's young people to be fulfilled and to be the best they can be, to continue to promote Gloucestershire as a great place to live and work, as well as to start and to grow a business.

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Matthew Burgess

Principal of Gloucestershire College

Matthew was appointed Principal of Gloucestershire College in September 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant. He joined in 1998 as Vice Principal with responsibility for Finance, Management Information Systems, IT & Business Development. Matthew is committed to putting GC at the heart of its community. 


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Peter Carr

Lead Commissioner - Employment & Skills with Gloucestershire County Council and GFirst LEP

I joined the Board to use my experience of further and adult education, online learning, business development and links with the business community in order to help the College in providing the skills and  support to help it’s students succeed.

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Phil Head

External Governor

  • Formerly Head of Capital Builds at Skills Funding Agency

I fully support and believe that a thriving FE College sector is vital to the UK economy and for the career and employment prospects of young people. I would like to support and help develop FE.

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Helen Ridler

External Governor

  • Director and Independent HR Consultant - Belford House HR Limited
  • Progressed HR career in SME and large corporate companies
  • Former Secondary School Teacher in Gloucestershire

I joined the GC Board and Business & Resources Committee as I would like to use my accumulated skills & experience to help GC as an important local institution while continuing to work with local employers. GC has significant aspirations and impact on the local community and its young people. The link with business is vital and one I believe I am equipped to support.

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Mary James

External Governor

  • Former head of vocational publishing for Heinemann
  • Former head of BTEC (Product Management) for Pearson

I strongly believe in vocational education and want to offer my experience in this sector to support the college in its vital role in providing FE for the local community and the economy.

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Will Abbott

External Governor

Partner Randall & Payne LLP Director White Horse Training Ltd Chartered Accountant

I joined the Board at Gloucestershire College as I believe training the next generation is essential for a society and growth. Gloucestershire College offers opportunities to a broad range of students from a wide range of backgrounds, giving all opportunities and hope for the future.

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Anthony Dover

External Governor


I joined to contribute my specialist knowledge as a qualified auditor with experience in audit, governance and risk.  

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Drew Humphreys

Staff Nominated Member


Since joining GC over three years ago, I have held various roles. I began as an LSA and this helped me to realise the high aspirations we have for our learners. I became a Lead Practitioner LSA, which enabled me to develop partnerships across the organization and experience additional responsibilities. I enjoyed a very successful year as a lecturer in First Steps, before becoming the Learning support Coordinator for Gloucester. I have been privileged to work with so many passionate and vastly experienced colleagues, who have supported my development. I am highly driven and ambitious for the learners and myself.

With my varied experiences across a range of roles, and strong professional relationships with my colleagues, I feel that as a Staff Governor I can make a valuable contribution in the strategic direction of the College for the betterment of our learners and staff.

Becoming a staff governor will not only help me to gain valuable strategic knowledge and continue my self-development. I can continue to have a greater impact and contribute to the success of GC.

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Amy Pugh

Staff Nominated Member

Lecturer in Foundation Studies (English specialism)

I became a Governor to support the wider College to ensure that the individual needs of every learner is met, through focusing on the quality of teaching and pastoral support.  I also endeavour to represent the cohort of learners with high needs and disabilities; the learners who deserve to be given a voice but may struggle to find it. 

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Dr Heather Moyes

External Governor

  • Deputy Director, (Policy Development & Student Experience), Student & Academic Services, UWE Bristol
  • 20 years experience in teaching & professional service roles in UK Universities.

"I am passionate about the power of good education to transform lives.  The relationship between Further and Higher Education providers is important and evolving.  I hope to be able to bring my knowledge of Higher Education to the Board to ensure the College is well placed to deliver for its students and for the region."

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Scott Harvey

External Governor - Governance Review & Search Committee

Vice Chair - Bournside School Board
University of Gloucestershire Business Mentor
Chartered Manager
Formerly GC Governor from 2003 to 2012.  Coming back is an opportunity for me to add new experience as a External Governor in Higher Education and Secondary Education. I joined in 2003 because my first adult education was in a Technical College and I wanted to give something back.   

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Eli Heathfield

Student Governor - studying level 4 BTEC Higher National Business

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Gregory Carstensen

External Governor

I joined the Board to provide subject matter expertise in risk management and to provide a perspective on risk management within the education sector.

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

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