Meet our governors
John Ryan – Chair of the Board
After almost 36 years working in Higher Education Management and Administration John retired from his post of University Secretary and Pro Vice Chancellor (Students) at the University of Worcester in July 2015. He remains active in the HE sector through his role as an Associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and his work with the Association of University Administrators. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to higher education. In 2015 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of University Administrators.
John chairs the Education & Training Committee and is a member of the Audit & Assurance Committee. He is governor link for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
A leading family lawyer with Harrison Clark Rickerbys, senior partner Jonathan Brew has practiced law in the Three Counties for 34 years. He trained with a large firm in Manchester and later worked in Chester, where he met his wife Anne, before moving to Worcester in 1983. Having joined Harrison Clark as a salaried partner specialising in criminal law, he quickly realised the potential for a family law practice and set about building one of the largest family law departments in the country, becoming overall senior partner in 2003.
The firm has since expanded considerably, merging with Rickerbys in Cheltenham and with Shawcross Solicitors in Ross-on-Wye, and now includes its own clinical negligence firm Medical Accident Group and its own HR specialists Eagle HR. In May 2017 HCR merged with Gordon Lutton & Co Solicitors in Hereford.
An acknowledged expert in family law, Jonathan, specialises in all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects of divorce and separation, acting in high net worth cases across the country. He is a trained mediator and is a member of Resolution, an association of solicitors committed to the non-confrontational resolution of family disputes of all kinds.
Jonathan is a member of the Finance, Development & Commercial Committee.
Jeremy is the tax partner of Kendall Wadley LLP a chartered accountancy firm which employs around 40 people over three offices in Worcester, Malvern and Hereford and is one of the largest independent chartered accountancy firms in the area.
Jeremy has overall responsibility for the firm’s tax department and deals with all aspects of taxation. As well as a vast amount of personal tax experience, Jeremy has much expertise in dealing with corporate and transactional tax. His client base includes high net worth individuals, professional practices and multi-national companies.
Over the years Jeremy has acted as a trustee of many not for profit organisations, including Sight Concern Worcestershire and Worcestershire Ambassadors, and is currently Treasurer to the Worcestershire Community Foundation. The role of the Foundation is to distribute donor funds to the local community. He has also been entrusted with the role of managing a charitable trust set up by a philanthropic client.
Jeremy is a member of the Finance, Development and Commercial Committee.
Kerry is a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience at senior level within the Automotive and Packaging sectors including international assignments in Belgium and Germany. Kerry was Chief Finance Officer of Zytek, a German owned R&D Automotive group of companies, from 2008 and was responsible for Finance HR, Law and IT for the group in the UK and USA. She grew up in Chester and graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Economic and International Politics and worked in North Wales until moving to Herefordshire in 1996. She is experienced in the areas of restructuring, acquisition, integration, and securing State Aid support in Wales and England and is Chair of the Welsh Investment and Development Advisory Board.
Kerry was a founder member of Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and was Vice Chair 2014-17, chairing the funding group for 6 years. More recently Kerry has been invited to chair the Birmingham City Council Green Bridge and HS2 Supply Chain European funded Grant panel, which also includes the Herefordshire based businesses. She also represents The Marches and Stoke and Staffs LEP’s on the Midlands Engine Investment Fund Strategic Oversight Board, working closely with The British Business Bank.
Kerry is a member of the Audit & Assurance Committee.
Peter Flynn – Vice Chair of the Board
Peter enjoyed a long career of twenty five years in the military, serving as an officer in the Parachute Regiment and has a great deal of experience in the areas of strategy, operations and leadership. For the last two years of his time in the Army he joined the Royal Household as Equerry to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. During this time he had a great deal of interaction with the Prince of Wales’s work with charities and voluntary organisations, including the Royal National College for the Blind, of which the Prince is Patron.
Peter is now a Director at PwC where he specialises in financial services, the operational side of the business, and HR matters around careers and senior talent management.
Peter chairs the Finance, Development & Commercial Committee.
After graduating from Cambridge and qualifying as a solicitor Alastair worked for a city firm in London for five years, specialising in commercial and company law. In 1977 he was appointed company secretary of Special Metals Wiggin Ltd in Hereford, then a subsidiary of Inco Ltd, a Canadian nickel mining company. In 2004 he left Special Metals and became a governor of RNC, where he served his full terms. He is also a governor of an independent prep school and company secretary of St Michael’s Hospice.
Alastair is an Associate Governor, serving on the Audit & Assurance Committee.
Simon has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years, firstly in hospital services and then public health. Simon moved to Herefordshire in 1999 as Chief Executive of the Primary Care Group, led the creation of the Herefordshire Primary Care Trust in 2000 and was Director of Health Development and Deputy Chief Executive and then Acting Chief Executive leaving in 2007. Simon then worked in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, in a number of NHS leadership roles before returning to Herefordshire last year as Chief Officer of NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Simon is currently undertaking PhD research with Worcester University.
Simon is a member of the Finance, Development & Commercial Committee and is Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.
Linda Henry – Clerk to the Governors
Linda joined RNC as Clerk to the Governors in the summer of 2013.
She is the first point of contact for governor enquiries and organises and supports the meetings of the board and its committees.
Linda has a background in HR and organisational development and has worked in education, housing and business support.
Nic has been the Chief Executive of the
Malvern Theatres Trust Ltd since 1995.
He develops and oversees the business plan and annual budget for the Trust, ensuring at all times the commercial viability and success of the venues. He leads the management team of the trust’s three auditoria, and is responsible for the fundraising activities of the venues, including securing sponsorship and building corporate membership. He is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the strategic plan.
Nic began his career in education before moving in to theatre in 1985. He has been an examiner for the North West Education Board and the Artistic Director of a number of festivals. Nic is also on the Board of the Anjali Dance Company and is Artistic Adviser to the Nortchott Theatre in Exeter. He was Chair of the English Touring Theatre from 2005 to 2010.
Nic is a member of the Education & Training Committee.
Brandon is a second year student at RNC and comes from Birstall, West Yorkshire. He is currently studying Contracted Braille, GCSE English, EPQ, BTEC Level 3 Health & Social Care and AS Sociology. He is also part of the RNC Sports Academy team for Goalball.
Brandon is currently applying for universities to study, Children, Young People and Families with Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion. He hopes to become a policy maker for local authorities and/or work in central government.
Before being elected as student governor, Brandon was the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion representative for the RNC. His role and responsibilities were to ensure that any views and ideas fellow students had were heard. Brandon organised Pride events and promoted mental health week with his team.
Brandon feels honoured to be elected as student governor and hopes to bring positive change to the College
Suzanne is an experienced executive director and HR professional. She now uses her extensive experience in lay member and non-statutory trustee/voluntary roles. Suzanne has held senior HR roles in the NHS Wales Assembly Government, Dyfed Powys Health Authority, Herefordshire Public Services (PCT and Council) and West Mercia PCT Cluster. She also worked as Director of Health Development for Lesotho, developing clinical links with Wales and Sentebale.
Suzanne’s voluntary roles include Vice Chair of Blackmarston Special School, Trustee of Herefordshire Voluntary Organisation Support Services and Independent chair of the Herefordshire CCG Remuneration Committee.
Suzanne is a member of the Audit & Assurance Committee.
Lucy Proctor – RNC Charity Chief Executive
After a number of years working as a recruitment consultant, Lucy moved in to the third sector to join Severn Hospice in Shropshire. As Community Fundraising Manager she worked on a successful £5m capital appeal to build a new hospice while building strong relationships with businesses, organisations, the public and the media in order to achieve challenging revenue targets.
Lucy joined RNC in 2012 and took up her current role in January 2016. Having grown up in Hereford, she welcomed the opportunity to return to the city to work for an organisation she had admired all her life. Her role incorporates oversight of all aspects of the charity, with a personal emphasis on income generation, communications, public affairs and development projects. She is motivated by the transformative impact RNC has on the lives of its students and trainees, and by the potential the College offers to empower people with a visual impairment across the UK and abroad.
Lucy is also the Chair of Trustees at West Mercia Women’s Aid, the leading domestic abuse charity in the region.
Ben studied at RNC and was Student Governor for a year. On leaving College, he joined Dolphin Computer Access in Worcester – a firm that creates software to allow people with visual impairments and learning difficulties to gain access to computers at home, work and school. As Technical Support Advisor, he is responsible for answering customer enquiries about software issues, where appropriate remotely accessing their system to resolve problems and/or providing phone or email support. He also produces trend and KPI reports and undertakes product testing.
Ben is an Associate Governor and attends the Education & Training Committee.
Sheila was Principal/CEO of RNC from 2011 until her retirement in 2015. During her time at the College she led a team of 190 multidisciplinary staff through a major cultural, financial and organisational change programme. She managed successful OfSTED and DWP inspections and maintained an excellent quality of provision designed to meet each student’s individual needs. Sheila also engaged with key players from government ministers through to national support bodies to help best position the college for stability and success. Sheila previously held roles as Vice Principal of Cadbury Sixth Form College, Deputy Head Teacher at North Leamington School, and Head of Sixth Form at two other Birmingham colleges.
Sheila is an Associate Governor and attends the Education & Training Committee.