Governor Bios

Elaine Oddie - Chair

Elaine Oddie , Chair of the Corporation Board and Chair of the Personnel, Finance and General Purposes Committee, 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.

Andrew Sparks - Principal

Andy joined the College in September 2014 with 19yrs 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 before moving to Otley College where he took up the post of Curriculum Manager 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 Systems and Software Engineering of a large company in Basildon and is a Chartered Engineer. He has functional responsibility for over 100 engineers plus day to day leadership of engineering matters at the Basildon site. He has led the introduction of new tools and technologies into his company and ensured a sustained return on those investments. He has 25 years' experience in his specialist field and has specific budget responsibilities in his company. Steve is also a keen supporter of apprenticeships and education activities within his company. 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 Committee.

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 and continues to teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 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 has 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 Operations Director for a private training provider TCHC where she is responsible for developing and implementing employment and skills programmes across the East of England and the Home Counties.

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

I have worked for many years in freelance design and teaching in the area of Art and Design, specialising in Printed Textiles. My teaching and Head of Faculty management roles have been in a range of Further and Higher colleges in Central London and South Essex. During this time I have also worked as BTEC Standards Verifier and in Quality Review for schools and colleges in the South East of England. Since taking semi retirement, I am now in part time employment with the Pearson Organisation as a Quality Assurance Reviewer. I have lived in the Chelmsford area for over twenty years. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a National Trust Volunteer.

Barbara Vohmann

Barbara Vohmann has lived with her family in Essex for over 30 years and is a co-opted member of the board. Barbara has taught in secondary schools both in the London Borough of Havering and in Essex. Currently a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, she has undertaken various roles there, most of which concerned provision of support for the student learning experience and environment. She has also acted as examiner at other institutions. Her current research interests focus on the provision of feedback to enhance learning. She attends Chelmsford Cathedral and 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.

William Dean

William is the Student Governor at Chelmsford College. Will is currently studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services; this is his second and final year. Will is delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the Governing Body and comments "Chelmsford College has helped me realise what I want to accomplish after education thanks to their wide range of help and support. I've found my time spent at Chelmsford College very worthwhile and fun and have made a lot of great memories and friends".

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