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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

Julie Nerney, Chair

Julie holds a range of Non-Executive positions and has served as Chair of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College since April 2017. She is also Chair of the Association of Colleges, Chair of Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, and a Non-Executive Director at Pharm@sea Limited. She is a Chartered Director and was awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Directors in recognition of driving best practice in governance. 

Julie is committed to organisations which drive social justice and social mobility through inclusive and high quality service provision. She has a long history of supporting the aspirations of young people and women into senior roles in business. She has been a volunteer mentor for the Princes Trust for over 25 years, holds ambassadorial roles for the Government in respect of diversity in public life, and supports a number of women’s networks. 

Before establishing her Non-Executive portfolio, Julie’s career was wide and varied. She spent the first twelve years of her working life starting, running and selling a number of businesses in the UK and Europe across a range of industry sectors. She then spent 15 years as an interim leading business transformations, turnarounds and complex programmes, including leading LOCOG’s transport operation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Her Non-Executive portfolio is complemented by activities which draw on her experience, being a critical friend to major change programmes, teaching and facilitating on leadership and Chair development programmes, and public speaking engagements.

Julie Nerney, 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

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

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson is a Vice-Chair and Senior Independent Director of the Board of Governors. He enjoys a portfolio career working with companies and senior executives in consulting, NED and mentoring roles. He spent the first 18 years of his working life in a corporate career and for the last 18 has been an owner manager in various ventures. He has strong commercial experience that includes restructuring and M&A activities. His experience, passion for business and unshakeable belief in the power of education has led him to serve firstly as entrepreneur in residence, then as a Governor, vice chair and Chair of Audit Committee at City College and now as a Governor at the MET.

Gary Anderson

Natalie Brett

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

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

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

Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall has over 27 years direct experience in delivering central and local governments’ multi-million pound economic regeneration and agenda.

He has previously worked as a Director at Brighton & Hove City Council, where he successfully managed a revenue budget of over £100million for council services and led a team of internal senior officers during a commissioned £200million ten-year strategic housing partnership. He has a successful economic regeneration track record including the design and delivery of twelve major regeneration projects and leading negotiations on a land deal to secure the future of Brighton & Hove’s largest private sector employer, American Express.   

Scott now runs marshall regen ltd which specialises in supporting the private and public sectors to work together to develop and implement regeneration visions and plans. He provides advice to government departments, local authorities, private sector developers, housing associations, the education, business and cultural sectors.

Scott Marshall

Kathleen Downes, Co-opted Mem

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 Mem

Rob Lee, Co-opted Mem

Rob Lee graduated from the University of Southampton, obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. Following this, Rob trained as a chartered accountant with PwC qualifying in 2010 before joining Carpenter Box, chartered accountants and tax advisors in Worthing later that year.

Rob has a broad experience in assurance and advisory work assisting a wide range of clients operating in many sectors including a specialism in education. 

Rob’s interests include playing and watching as much sport as he can with a particular passion for golf and football.

Rob Lee, Co-opted Mem

Student Governors

We also have one current vacancy for a Student Governor.

Student Governors

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, and is currently a Trustee of the Brighton Fringe Festival, a Director of FE Sussex, SISSC and GBSkills. He is also a Board member of the Coast2Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Our Future City, City Management Board, the Brighton Economic Partnership and the Greater Brighton Economic Board.

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

Rhiannon Phinbow, Director of HR

Rhiannon Phinbow is the HR Director at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, and was previously Head of HR and Development at City College Brighton and Hove. Rhiannon worked in a number of HR management roles at the College since joining in 2011 and has had responsibility for the full scope of HR activities including a wide range of employee relations, organisational development and recruitment issues.

Before joining the education sector Rhiannon worked in a number of HR roles in the private sector for both Disney Interactive Studios and Virgin Holidays. Rhiannon has been an active member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since completing the level 7 post graduate qualification at Brighton University in 2010.

Rhiannon Phinbow, Director of HR