Formerly City College Brighton and Hove

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 on the Northbrook MET website

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, Jenny Brooker, at jenny.brooker@gbmc.ac.uk for further information. 

Our Governors

Julie Nerney, Chair

Julie Nerney chaired the City College Brighton and Hove Board prior to becoming Chair of the Greater Brighton Metroplitan College Board of Governors. Julie spent the first twelve years of her career as an entrepreneur, starting, running and selling a number of businesses in the UK and overseas across a range of industry sectors. She has spent the last twelve undertaking Board level interim assignments centred on business transformation, organisational turnaround and delivery of complex projects. She played a key role as part of the leadership team in delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

These assignments are complemented by a portfolio career which includes Non-Executive roles in the public, private and third sectors. She is the vice chair and Senior Independent Director for Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Julie undertakes voluntary work with the Princes Trust and ambassadorial roles for the Government in respect of diversity in public life and as a Chartered Director for the Institute of Directors. Julie is also a member of the steering group for the London branch of the Two Percent Club, supporting women into senior roles.


Julie Nerney, Chair

Scott Marshall, Vice Chair

Scott Marshall is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors. He 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, 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, 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

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

Eileen Houghton

Eileen Houghton was a member of the Corporation of Northbrook College since 2011 and is now Chair of the GB MET Audit Committee. She is a partner in Carpenter Box LLP, Chartered accountants and tax advisers in Worthing where she first started her career in 1982. She specialises particularly in advising the Charity and Not for Profit Sector.

Eileen commenced her training for AAT at Northbrook in 1983 and went on to become ACCA qualified and has now attained ACA status and holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting. 

She has three children and a grandchild that makes finding time for hobbies challenging but particularly enjoys travel. In 2010 she undertook a voluntary assignment in Ghana helping the street children of Kumasi.

Eileen Houghton

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

Ian Lowrie

Ian Lowrie was Chair of the Northbrook College Corporation. He was the joint chief executive of Adur District Council & Worthing Borough Council, prior to retiring in 2011. He was awarded an OBE for his ground breaking work in local government. He is now a consultant for organisations that wish to change and improve the way they work.

Prior to becoming a chief executive he worked in various roles in local government; policy, communications, capital programming, human resources, economic development, planning, and research & information. And before his time in local government he worked in industry for seven years in business management. 

His interests include singing, the arts, travel, gardening, golf and watching Brighton & Hove Albion.

Ian Lowrie

Joy Mercer

Joy Mercer is Chair of the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College Remuneration Committee. She is the former Director of Education Policy at the Association of Colleges. Before that she worked as a teacher and in senior management positions in colleges in London, Sussex and Kent.

Her particular expertise is in issues of quality, curriculum, information advice and guidance and teaching and learning. Since retirement from the AoC, Joy does consultancy work for colleges and is a Citizens Advice volunteer.



Joy Mercer

Debbie Waring, Staff Governor

Debbie Waring is a Staff Governor of the College. She is the Acting Head of Department for Care, Hospitality, Education and Salon Services and is also the College Safeguarding Officer. During her employment with the College she has regularly displayed a high quality of interpersonal skills, communication skills, curriculum planning and organisation.

Debbie has provided an overview of the current 0-25 SEND code of practice. Her specialism requires an excellent knowledge and high regard for Equality and Diversity matters. Debbie is also a member of Oak Grove College Board of Governors.



Debbie Waring, Staff Governor

Martyn Wilks

Martyn is a Non-Exec Director of England Netball. His previous roles have included Chief Exec of HOVIS, Executive Managing Director for Dairy Crest and a successful 20 year career with Mars where he led significant profit turnarounds in the USA and France, and delivered strong share growth through a focus on core and selective innovation in Europe, France and the UK roles. He has multi-country, multi-functional experience.




Martyn Wilks

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 two current vacancies for an FE Student Governor and an HE 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

Sharon Collett, Principal

Sharon Collett is the Principal of the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and was previously Principal of City College Brighton and Hove.

Prior to this, Sharon was Vice Principal of The Bournemouth and Poole College, a post she held for 7 years. She has also worked at a senior level in further education colleges in Hertfordshire and North London. Throughout this time, she has prioritised the student experience, teaching, learning and assessment and developing and providing high quality curriculum.

She is currently a board member of the Sussex Learning Network (SLN) and a member of the Association of Colleges (AOC) Teaching, Learning and Assessment policy group.

Sharon has spent some of her working life involved with children and teenagers through youth work and music activities and has also supported homeless individuals through various charities.

Sharon Collett, 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