Governor Bios

Elaine Oddie OBE - Chair

Elaine Oddie OBE, Chair of the Corporation Board, is a Chartered Accountant who has been a partner in Essex accountancy firms since 1984. She is currently a partner in NSO Associates LLP, a firm in Springfield Road, Chelmsford. She is the Honorary Treasurer of several local and national organisations, and a Trustee of a Chelmsford-based Charity. She received the OBE in 2003 for services to the East of England Development Board.

Andrew Sparks - Principal

Andy joined the College in September 2014 with 19 years’ experience working in Further and Higher Education across a number of vocational sectors. After starting as a new blood lecturer at Suffolk College in 1995 he progressed through the ranks, becoming a Senior Teaching Practitioner. Andy’s managerial career began at Otley College where he took up the post of Curriculum Manager of Technology and latterly Director of Business Services before joining Writtle College as Head of Further Education. He originally trained as an Auto Electrician in Ipswich and is still active within the sector through his ongoing involvement with the Institute of the Motor Industry. Andy's wider interests include walking, canoeing and surfing.

Rob Millea - Clerk to the Board of the Corporation

Robert Millea is the Clerk to the Corporation and also the clerk to South Essex College. He has twice been President of the East Anglian Society of Chartered Accountants. He is a Member of the Audit Committee of the University of Suffolk and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk. He was a Governor of West Suffolk College for eighteen years until 2014 and a Member of the General Teaching Council from 2005 to 2009. He is an experienced Tribunal disciplinary Member. He practised in Sudbury, Suffolk from 1983 until 2000. He is an examination marker for the ICAEW, BPP University and FT Kaplan and carries out practice reviews for the UK200 Group of accounting firms. He is a National Subject Specialist for the Association of Colleges.

Stuart Hodges

Stuart is the College's Support Staff Governor. Stuart joined the College in February 2012, first as a volunteer and then as a paid staff member. In his previous career, he served 32 years in the Armed Services which culminated in him leading a team charged with providing social and welfare support, as a quasi local authority, to Service personnel and their families based throughout Europe. He is currently employed as the Information Services Project Officer and, amongst other things, supports the analysis of employee related data and contributes to the development of online management and information processes. Stuart's spare time interests include the art of campanology.

Steve Houghton

Steve is the Head of Engineering of a defence electronics company and is a Chartered Engineer. He has responsibility for the leadership of engineering activities at the Basildon and Southampton sites, comprising of approximately 300 engineers. He has led the introduction of new tools and technologies into his company and ensured a sustained return on those investments. He has over 30 years' experience in his specialist field and has full responsibility for performance and strategic development of engineering within his company. Steve is also a keen supporter of apprenticeships and education liaison activities. Back in the '80s Steve attended the Moulsham Street site of Chelmsford College and is delighted to return in a governor role, where he hopes to make a real contribution to the College's desire for improvement. He is a Member of the Quality & Learners and Audit Committees.

Susan Hughes

Susan started her career in Personnel Management, initially in local government and then for two multinational companies. She then entered the world of academia, teaching in higher education and ultimately becoming Head of Department of Human Resource Management and Marketing in the Lord Ashcroft International Business School within Anglia Ruskin University. Latterly she has had a portfolio of work activities including management and education consultancy, professional development and assessment activities with a range of professional organisations and some part time teaching. Now semi-retired she still works closely with one professional body. Her experience of voluntary activities includes seven years as a school governor and five years as an independent member of the Essex Police Authority.

Michael Lager

Michael Lager has lived in Witham with his family since 1969. After reading maths and law at Clare College, Cambridge, he trained with Arthur Andersen as a chartered accountant and held a number of accounting and finance posts in industry before setting up as a financial consultant locally. He retired from active business in 2002. He served on Braintree District Council for over 25 years. He is also a member of the Witham Town Council and also served as a County Councillor until 2013. Michael's other interests include playing bridge, watching opera and drama, and walking.

Janet Maynard

My career in Special Educational Needs began twenty three years ago teaching adults with severe learning difficulties. I came to Chelmsford College in 2003 to teach basic English and mathematics to students with learning difficulties in the Engineering and Construction department. In 2004 I became the Additional Learning Support manager with a small team of twenty staff. The department continued to grow as a consequence of student needs and the small team of twenty became a bigger team of fifty staff. All Ofsted inspections since 2003 have noted Additional Learning Support as "Highly Effective" and as "Having Impact". In 2009 I became the Head of Department for Extended Learning. A new department created to combine the curriculum area for Special Educational Needs with Additional Learning Support and after our last inspection, under the new Common Inspection Framework, the provision for learners with high educational needs was graded Good.

Amanda Montague

Amanda is a freelance consultant using her skills and experience to support organisations developing and implementing apprenticeships, employment and skills programmes. Amanda previously worked for the Skills Funding Agency and its' predecessor bodies for 20 plus years. She has a good working knowledge of skills policy and having worked in Essex for the last 10 years has developed a good understanding of the local skills issues and challenges. Amanda lives locally and her interests include the family pets, DIY and cars!

Sarah Noble

Sarah has worked for many years in colleges of Further and Higher Education in London and the South East. She has taught in a variety of areas in the field of Art and Design and held a number of management roles, including Heads of Department and Head of Faculty. She has also worked extensively for Pearson Education on BTEC qualifications as a Standards Verifier and Centre Quality Reviewer. She is now employed part time by Pearson as a Quality Management Reviewer for schools and colleges in the South East and Kent. She has lived on Chelmsford for over twenty years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a National Trust Volunteer.

Seen Shah

Seena graduated with a BSc in International Relations with Spanish from the University of Plymouth where she served on the student parliament and was elected as Student Union President, taking office upon graduation. Seena started her career in IT recruitment before transitioning into a marketing and communications role in a social enterprise which connected young people with the world of work. She has since worked in digital marketing and communications, focusing on the youth and female consumer market as well as recruitment and education sectors. Seena was listed as one of the top 50 women under 30 in digital by The Drum, and founded Splash Creative London.

Barbara Vohmann

Currently a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, Barbara has undertaken a number of university roles, including department senior pastoral tutor, assessment officer, and admissions tutor. Barbara's current research interests are around undergraduate assessment, enhancing support for the undergraduate learning experience, the learning environment, the provision of feedback to enhance learning, and the professional practice dimension of the built environment undergraduate learning experience. Previously, her research explored relationships between pedagogic practice and primary school buildings. She has also been examiner at other institutions. Barbara enjoys gardening in her spare time.

Doug Zeeman

Doug is a highly experienced contracts officer with a long career with BAE Systems and formerly with GEC Marconi, focusing on engineering and electronics. He has wide knowledge of commercial contracts and general project management. He is a professionally qualified manager and a vast technical exposure to negotiating techniques, contract law, exporting, research & development and employment law and practice. In his work, he has had to deal on complicated and sensitive contracts with Governments and the European Union He is a member of the Audit Committee.

Jack Pendleton

Jack is 17 and currently studying a level 3 Extended Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Chelmsford College. This is Jack's second year at the college and he looks forward to being part of the Corporation as student governor. Jack has said that he is thankful for the opportunity's Chelmsford College has given him and hopes to use the knowledge and experience he has learnt to start his own business.

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