Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Board of Governors and Executive Team

Board of Governors and Executive Team

Governor and Executive Team biographies

The Board of Governors is the governing body of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College. It is responsible for setting the College's mission and strategy and ensuring that its resources are used efficiently and effectively.

The Board consists of external governors, a staff governor, a student governor and the CEO. External governors bring a range of experience and knowledge from the business, public and voluntary sectors as well as local schools and community groups. The full Board of Governors meets every month, apart from August. An Audit Committee, which is made up of governors and co-opted members, meets on a termly basis. 

Our governors uphold the highest standards of conduct, in accordance with the Nolan Principles of Public Life. In the spirit of our commitment to openness and accountability, the minutes of Board and committee meetings are available here

Agendas and supporting papers (within confidentiality rulings) can also be made available during office hours to any person wishing to review them. Please contact the Governance Advisor, at clerk@gbmc.ac.uk for further information. 

Our Governors

Sue Berelowitz, Chair

Sue is passionate about supporting children and young people to achieve their potential. Growing up in apartheid South Africa profoundly affected her outlook and led to her lifelong commitment to justice, equality and fairness. Sue is Chair of Freedom from Torture, a national charity dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of victims of torture and is on the Steering Committee of the Sussex University Social Science Research Impact Acceleration Fund.

Sue has held leadership positions in children’s services and children’s human rights and was Deputy Children’s Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for 8 years. She is an expert in child safeguarding and chaired the first national inquiry into child sexual exploitation which provided incontrovertible evidence of the scale and scope of this form of child sexual abuse. Sue has sat on numerous government advisory boards and national strategic groups on child abuse and exploitation, youth justice and young people’s mental health including holding ministerial appointments to a large number of bodies such as the Family Justice Council and the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody. Sue chaired the children’s component of the UK National Preventive Mechanism for the Prevention of Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.

Sue is thrilled at being appointed Chair of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College because the College is the route to opportunity and a bright future for so many young people in Brighton, Hove and West Sussex.

Sue Berelowitz, Chair

Steve Bassam (The Rt Hon the Lord Bassam of Brighton), Vice Chair

Steve Bassam entered the House of Lords in 1997 and was a member of the last Labour Government as a Lords Whip, a Minister at the Home Office and Government Chief Whip. During his time in Government he was a Government Spokesperson for numerous Departments including the Cabinet Office, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Departments of the Lord Chancellor; Law Officers; Culture, Media & Sport; Work & Pensions and Communities & Local Government.

Steve served as the Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords and a member of the Shadow Cabinet between 2010 and 2018, during which time he also sat on several House of Lords Committees including the Privileges and Conduct Committee and the Procedure Committee. He recently chaired a House of Lords Select Committee investigating the Regeneration of Seaside Towns. Its final report was widely welcomed as an important contribution to economic regeneration policy development. In April 2019 Steve was appointed a Shadow Minister for Education with special responsibility for Further and Higher Education. In April 2020 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy & International Trade in addition to his Education responsibilities.

Steve was Leader of Brighton and then Brighton and Hove City Council from 1986/7 to 1999. In addition to his political career he has worked as a social worker and legal adviser for local authorities and in management consultancy for KPMG and Capita.

Steve is a keen cricketer and supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. He also supports the Brighton Festival and is a Trustee of the Brighton Royal Pavilion.

Steve Bassam (The Rt Hon the Lord Bassam of Brighton), Vice Chair

Nick Juba, Chief Executive Officer

Nick Juba is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, and was previously CEO of City College Brighton and Hove. Prior to this, Nick was a Director of the University of the Arts London - Europe's largest arts school - and responsible for improving the quality of pre-degree education in the arts. He has also worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, an agency of the Department for Education, as a senior advisor and for the European Commission as consultant and rapporteur.

Nick has held a number of non-exec roles including Chairman of Northbrook College, Director of Coast2Capital LEP and a Trustee of Brighton Fringe. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a Trustee and Director of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival and a member of the City Management Board, Greater Brighton Economic Board, Brighton Economic Partnership, Coast2Capital Skills Board and OurFutureCity.

 

Nick Juba, Chief Executive Officer

Claire Hopkins, Vice Chair

Claire Hopkins is a Vice Chair of the Board of Governors. She is co-founder of Ideal, a high-growth IT company in Brighton. As MD, Claire created a company with a culture of excellence, combining customer-focused account management with a highly skilled in-house technical team. New to IT when she founded Ideal, Claire brought fresh eyes to the industry and has campaigned to encourage more women in IT, tackling everyday sexism in the industry and promoting diversity.

Prior to founding Ideal, Claire enjoyed a broad career in social care, psychiatric research and mental health law. Claire is a mentor for The Girls’ Network.

Claire Hopkins, Vice Chair

Martin Colyer, Governor

Martin currently provides financial consultancy services in the renewable energy, fintech and pharmaceutical sectors. In the charitable sector Martin acts as Audit Chair for a leading prep school and an art therapy teacher training organisation in addition Martin Chairs a local charity providing supported accommodation.

Martin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1973 with KPMG London. After 25 years working in senior finance positions with US multinationals in the financial services and technology sectors he joined a private equity funded technology start up in the mortgage sector. Martin acted as both CFO, COO and finally CEO taking the business through to a market leading position and a successful exit to private equity in 2012. 

Martin lives in Sussex and is married with two children. His interests include skiing, golf, gardening and music.

Martin Colyer, Governor

Sean Jacob, Governor

Sean has more than 25 years of commercial leadership experience after an early career in the Royal Air Force, where he trained as a fast jet pilot, before roles supporting the implementation of a new air defence radar system and a final tour with joint intelligence forces in Berlin.

Sean has built his commercial experience across multiple industries. As COO Sean grew a niche IT services company substantially, taking it into the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list, prior to its acquisition by Compaq. More recently, as a management consultant, Sean has delivered operational transformation programmes for both large and small organisations globally; his clients have included O2, Unilever, The World Bank and the AA Group.

Sean's last consultancy role was with L3 Commercial Aviation in Crawley, where, as interim Vice President, Operations, he was responsible for the move of their full flight simulator build and training facilities to the new London Training Centre and also led a number of significant change programmes across their international commercial training operations.

In March 2020 Sean became co-owner and CEO of FTA-Global, a commercial flying training school based at Brighton City Airport.

Sean is married, with three children, two still at university.

Sean Jacob, Governor

Duncan Adams, Governor

Duncan has a long history in further education and has been on the senior leadership team of three different education groups leading on marketing and public relations, student recruitment, school partnerships, commercial developments and stakeholder relations. He has also led on large scale transformation programmes and has a passion for digital innovation and how this can engage students and the wider community.

More recently Duncan was the Director of Communications and Governance at the national charity Victim Support where he led on national digital projects as well as running the governance operation of this leading charity. He is also a trustee of St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne and sits on their Income Generation Committee.

Duncan currently works with public sector bodies and charities to look at how they can transform their operations and enhance their digital strategies. He lives in East Sussex with his partner and is passionate about equality and diversity as well as supporting disadvantaged young people.

Duncan Adams, Governor

Natalie Brett, Governor

Natalie Brett is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Communication. She was previously Dean of Camberwell College of Arts and has taught at Chelsea College of Art.

Prior to joining UAL, Natalie lectured at institutions including London Business School, and she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for clients such as Penguin, Pentagram, Saatchi & Saatchi, Marks & Spencer and the Guardian.

 

 

Natalie Brett, Governor

Jim Hynes, Staff Governor

Jim Hynes is staff governor of the MET. He spent the first 21 years of his career in banking and insurance working for Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Sun Alliance where he built up a wealth of experience in the call centre industry including customer service, coaching and mentoring, training, sales, risk, marketing and strategic planning.

Jim then changed career direction joining the College in 2010 as a Sessional Lecturer within the Business and Professional team up until the current day where he is now the Curriculum Lead for Business and Commercial and teaches on AAT, CIPD, ILM and courses for the unemployed under our Opening Doors programme.




Jim Hynes, Staff Governor

David Russell, Governor

David joined the Education and Training Foundation as CEO in January 2014. He has grown the Foundation from a fledgling organisation to one delivering effective support programmes for leaders, teachers and others across the education and training system. David has a wide range of policy and programme management experience on national education and skills policy in England, including the Academies Programme and the Adult Skills Strategy. Until 2013 David was Director of ‘Closing the Gap’ in the Department for Education, responsible for FE and Vocational Education Reform, Apprenticeships 16-18, and a range of schools policies including the Pupil Premium and pupil behaviour. Prior to joining the civil service David was a teacher.

 

 

 

David Russell, Governor

Maida Mofidi Nasab - Student Governor

Maida Mofidi Nasab is the College's Student Governor.

Maida is studying level 3 music performance and songwriting at Northbrook MET. She is a class representative and joined the Board in November 2019.

 

Maida Mofidi Nasab - Student Governor

Kathleen Downes, Co-opted Audit Committee Member

Kathleen is a qualified Chartered Internal Auditor, with 25 years' experience working in the profession. Moving between local government, education and the NHS around Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire she has worked alongside political change and ever decreasing finances to deliver high quality services through a mix of in-house provision, shared services/consortia and also outsourced contracts.

Kathleen has worked for Brighton & Hove City Council since 2003 and during this time has also studied as an adult learner at the College, completing an NVQ in reflexology and a short course in creative writing.

Kathleen Downes, Co-opted Audit Committee Member

Chris Bennett, Co-opted Audit Committee Member

Chris is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years Accounting and Finance experience in the U.K. and U.S. within the Financial Services, IT and Aviation sectors working for Mazars LLP, American Express Inc. and Equiniti plc.
 
He has held a variety of roles including Internal and External audit, Financial Planning & Analysis, Commercial Finance Business Partnering, Finance Transformation and is currently the Finance Director for the Airline and Academy training division of L3Harris Technologies Inc.
Chris Bennett, Co-opted Audit Committee Member

Executive Team

Nick Juba, Chief Executive Officer

Nick Juba is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, and was previously CEO of City College Brighton and Hove. Prior to this, Nick was a Director of the University of the Arts London - Europe's largest arts school - and responsible for improving the quality of pre-degree education in the arts. He has also worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, an agency of the Department for Education, as a senior advisor and for the European Commission as consultant and rapporteur.

Nick has held a number of non-exec roles including Chairman of Northbrook College, Director of Coast2Capital LEP and a Trustee of Brighton Fringe. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a Trustee and Director of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival and a member of the City Management Board, Greater Brighton Economic Board, Brighton Economic Partnership, Coast2Capital Skills Board and OurFutureCity.

Nick Juba, Chief Executive Officer

Helena Thomas, Principal

Helena started her career in education volunteering at her children’s junior school. This led to her first role within an FE college, working as a Learning Support Assistant in the late 90s. Since then, she has progressed into teaching and then onto various leadership and management roles in both academic and support departments at Highbury College and Fareham College, including 11 years at Northbrook College.

Under Helena’s leadership and her collaborative working practices, her teams have achieved outstanding grades within Ofsted and good outcomes within QAA. Through her head of department roles, Helena also has a track record of supporting teams through times of strategic and operational challenge. In her most recent post as Assistant Principal at the MET, she played a significant part in the College achieving the TEF Silver for HE, amongst many other external quality measures. In her current role as Principal, Helena is responsible for leading curriculum and quality, as well as specific management of the College’s provision for English and maths.

Helena Thomas, Principal

Jon Rollings, Chief Operating Officer

Jon Rollings is the Chief Operating Officer of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, and was previously COO of City College Brighton and Hove. Prior to this, Jon spent nine years as Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Northbrook College, responsible for leading the finance function, all other support services, and a successful property re-development strategy.

Before entering the Further Education Sector, Jon spent a number of years working for Southern Water.  After joining as a trainee accountant, he held a range of roles, covering all aspects of Finance, as well as risk management, compliance and projects in IT and HR, finally progressing to Group Financial Controller.


Jon Rollings, Chief Operating Officer