New College Governors
Chair of Governors
Charlotte Mannion is a director of Quick Learn Limited, a Swindon-based communications consultancy. She designs and delivers communication skills events covering leadership, coaching, assessment, performance management and customer service. She also delivers effective meetings and presentation skills for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and for teams within national and international companies. Charlotte has lived in the Swindon area for the past 23 years and previously set up and ran the Centre for Professional Development for Great Western Enterprise for 11 years.
Charlotte is a CIPD Council member and the Chair of the CIPD Swindon and North Wiltshire branch. She is also Chair of the Self Employed Network for HR professionals, a member of Rotary and hosts a monthly Business Women’s club. Charlotte has written several Useful Guides covering Mentoring, Public Speaking, Report Writing and Communicating Effectively (all published by Pansophix) as well as being author of the popular ‘How to Give the Perfect Wedding Speech’.
Vice-Chair of Governors
Jim has lived in the Swindon area since graduating from Leeds University in 1972 and has lived in Highworth since 1980 with his wife and family. He served as a Governor of Highworth Warneford School for eight years and is presently Chairman of the Highworth Festival.
Jim recently retired from Spectris plc, the London Stock Exchange listed instrumentation and controls company where he was a main board director for 21 years. He was responsible for six of the largest companies in the Spectris Group as well as the Asia Pacific and Latin America corporate teams. Prior to joining Spectris, Jim held a number of senior management positions in the Electronics Division of Raychem Corporation, the California-based materials science company whose European HQ was in Swindon. During his career, Jim has been responsible for the functions of international sales and marketing, product management, manufacturing operations, finance and general management.
Principal and Chief Executive
Carole is a highly experienced senior leader in Further and Higher education and has been a Principal for over ten years. A graduate of St Andrew’s University, she initially trained as an English and Drama teacher before teaching in Greece for ten years where she set up and ran her own English language school. She is passionate about the opportunities colleges offer both young people and adults. She is also committed to ensuring that the college works in partnership with employers and other local stakeholders to meet skills gaps and be a force for driving social mobility. Carole was appointed to New College in July 2018.
Dennis has lived in Swindon for 12 years. Prior to retiring he worked in the health service for nearly 40 years, managing Estates and Facilities functions for both commissioning and provider organisations during his career. After retiring he formed a limited company providing consultancy and interim management to the NHS and affiliated organisations.working in Cornwall,Wiltshire and North Somerset.
Simon is married with a grown-up daughter and has lived in Highworth since 1984, when he moved from Kent to work at what was then Raychem.
Since then, he has had a varied work experience, spending time in most supply chain functions before moving into IT in the late 1990’s. He is an experienced SAP Project implementation consultant, Business Analyst and operational supply chain manager with expertise gained in major US, European and UK businesses. He has acquired management experience in procurement, warehousing and distribution functions.
Simon is currently working at Patheon in Swindon, helping them go through a global SAP upgrade. This is now part-time as he plans to move into the next phase of his life.
He joined New College last year as a Governor and hopes to use some of his commercial background to move the College forward.
John has lived in North Wiltshire for 12 years with his wife and three children. A graduate of Bristol University, he works as a Finance Director for small and medium businesses. He has many years of financial management experience, gathered from small, medium and large businesses. These include major international blue chip companies Whitbread and Sony Music, where he held a variety of roles over a ten year period, including European Finance Director. This was followed by CFO roles at two early stage technology businesses. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Les has worked in the fields of town and country planning and development since 1967. In April 1985, he established Development Planning and Design Services, a multi-disciplinary planning and development consultancy that now forms part of the DPDS Consulting Group with offices throughout the UK. Les is the Group Chairman and Managing Director, retaining an active day-to-day interest in all aspects of the Consulting Group's work, which includes planning, development, architectural, urban design, environmental and landscape consultancy.
Les is actively involved in the local business community in the Swindon area and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and a contributor to professional journals.
Alexey is Chair of the Audit Committee. He received his Master's degree in Information Technology from a leading Russian university and his MBA from the University of Bath School of Management, graduating with Merit in 2012. Throughout his career Alexey has held many varying positions, primarily in Procurement and Internal Audit. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (CIA, CRMA).
His current position is Senior Auditor at Intel Corporation, based in its Swindon office. He is married and has a teenage daughter. In his spare time, he likes running, listening to classical music and reading.
Tim Thurston has lived in Wanborough for 10 years, having moved from Norwich to Oxfordshire in 2000. Married with four children, two of whom attended the college, Tim had a 30 year career in publishing, where he has been managing director of five different business. These have included magazines, newspapers, radio and local TV stations. His most recent role was managing Archant’s county magazines, that included Cotswold Life.
During Tim’s career he has led and developed teams to achieve consistent success. He established a reputation for developing people and successfully managed several change programmes.
He has attended the Henley School of Management and Cranfield Business School.
Tim now runs a leadership and team development company, Team-i, whose programmes use the success of elite sport as its narrative, helping companies to embed the key elements of success into their business.
Tim plays tennis for Wanborough and is also a qualified football and cricket coach.
Keeran is the Managing Director of JERES, a management consultancy based in Swindon. JERES offers services in Business Excellence, Digital Transformation, Organisational Effectiveness and Agile Solutions to clients around the world.
He has more than 20 years of experience working in Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 MNCs, effectively driving end-to-end Transformation through People, Process and Technology in various Business functions and industries within global Matrix Organisations. He is the proud owner of management models and methodologies such as SuccessScore (Agile performance management system), ACIM (Agile continuous improvement management methodology), 7C Strategy (Step-by-step business excellence structure), JERES (Behavioural change management strategy), ADAPT (Agile product development framework), VBE (Top-down bottom-up hybrid business improvement plan) and ‘3x3x3 Digital Strategy’ (Holistic approach to drive Digital Transformation across organisations).
Keeran is also a board member at the Swindon-Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) and one of the Directors of Neitiv ltd., a Swindon based beverage company currently in the process of innovating beverages from coconut and palm nectar.
Mark graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2011 and went on to study at The University of the West of England in order to complete his Further Education PGCE. Immediately after his PGCE, he was appointed at New College as a Sociology lecturer.
He is currently working within the Humanities Department teaching Sociology, World Development and the Higher Project Qualification. He has taught at a broad range of different levels; working with GCSE, A Level and adult learners on the Access to University Diploma. Mark finds teaching an incredibly rewarding job and enjoys the diversity of experiences that his role brings.
He currently lives in Swindon and in his spare time enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.
Monica moved to Swindon in 2003 after graduating from the University of Glamorgan. She completed her PGCE while working as a Key Skills Lecturer. She completed her PGCE while working at New College.
She is presently teaching English across GCSE and Functional Skills to a broad range of students, from Pre 16 to adults. Monica also has a background of delivering Teacher Training.
Monica is obsessed with Stephen King and only reads other books while waiting for a new book to be published. She has a reputation throughout the college for being the ‘Cupcake Queen’. She also enjoys sewing and travelling.
This year I'm glad that I have become a Student Governor, here at New College Swindon. It's my third and final year of college and I hope to make a positive impact before I leave. My first aim is to help make New College more environmentally friendly. I would also like to create more opportunities for College students, such as starting up a student blog and also continue to make New College more LGBT+ inclusive.
I am very pleased to be Student Governor and I will not let this opportunity go to waste. I hope to strengthen the communication between the Senior Leadership Team and students in the College. It is important that students know they are being listened to whether it's a change they would like to see or feedback that they give.