Governor Profiles

If you are interested in finding out more please email our Clerk to the Corporation Yolanda Hughes


Julian Parkes

Julian Parkes
External Governor
Chair of Corporation
Member of Search, Governance & Remuneration Committee

A qualified Master Mariner, with over 25 years operational and regulatory experience in the UK ports’ industry.  Julian is an effective interlocutor at all levels, with the ability to focus on the real issues and get things done.  He is experienced at strategic level; with the intellect to tackle complex problems; and the energy and vision to deal with multiple stakeholders.  He has significant experience within the ports industry and Government nationally, having involved in a wide range of consultative and working groups.    


Alex Lewsley

External Governor
Vice Chair of Corporation and
Chair of Search, Governance & Remuneration Committee

Alex Lewsley was appointed to the Board in December 2013 and serves on the Search, Governance and Remuneration Committee. He is a qualified Solicitor, specialising in commercial property matters and is employed by Thomson Snell & Passmore as a Senior Associate.

Arron Bardoe 

External Governor
Chair of the Audit Committee 

Arron was elected as a Dartford Borough Councillor in 2007 and is currently Lead Member for Waste, Recycling & Household Services and Chairman of the Licensing Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Audit Board.  Professionally, he was a bank manager for 15 years and now works as a self-employed finance broker.  His expertise is in finance, business management and charitable trusts.

David Gleed 


Member of the Search, Governance Committee

David is a qualified chartered accountant who has worked for a number of leading international financial organisations. He joined the College as Principal in 2010, having previously occupied the same role at Bexley College for two years prior to joining North Kent College.  He joined Bexley College as Director of Finance in 2001 and then became Deputy Principal in 2003 before becoming Principal in 2008. David was born in Dartford and educated at local schools before gaining an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University.

Dr Richard Longman 

External Governor

Richard Longman is Head of Policy at the Thames Gateway Kent Partnership (“TGKP”), where he is responsible for the Partnership’s policy and strategy development, economic analysis, project delivery and facilitation of collaborative work on a range of topics including housing, planning, transport and skills.  He is also Interim Programme Manager for the North Kent Innovation Zone.  Richard trained as a classical musician and musicologist and has also worked in central Government in a wide range of national and international policy and programme roles.

Elizabeth Birchenough

External Governor

Member of Audit Committee

Elizabeth Birchenough is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, currently employed by one of the largest engineering consultancies in Europe, based in Surrey.  She lives locally and was herself a student at an FE college before studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at university as a sponsored apprentice.  She has been a member of the Corporate Board since 1997.  She was actively involved in the steering committee responsible for the move from the old Miskin Road site to Oakfield Lane and subsequently the re development projects at the Dartford and Gravesend campuses. 

Jonathan Gurney

External Governor 

Member of the Audit Committee

Jonathan is a Corporate Banking manager with over 30 years’ experience in the Retail and Corporate Banking environment.  Employed by Svenska Handelsbanken based in Dartford, having previously worked for Barclays Bank for 30 years. He is a Relationship Banker for the SME business sector, providing a full range of funding and general banking services to support local businesses.


Niamh McInerney

External Governor
Chair of Special Purposes Committee

Niamh was appointed to the Board in July 2014 and is currently employed as the European Head of Capital Management for Morgan Stanley. Her expertise are in strategy and financial risk management and she was previously employed in treasury consulting for the social housing industry.

Nikki Franks

Staff Governor (Academic)
Member of the Audit Committee

Nikki Franks has worked as a lecturer and manager at North Kent College since 2005 and is currently the Curriculum Manager for Public Services in the Department of Sport and Leisure.  She was appointed a Staff Governor in July 2016 and serves on the Audit Committee. She is committed to the opportunities Further Education can provide for people to change their lives.

Pam Jones

External Governor (Safeguarding Governor)

Pam has worked in Kent for over 30 years and is the Head Teacher of a Kent special school.  She is a National Leader of Education and Chair’s the Kent Association of Special Schools. She also represents special schools on the Kent Association of Head teachers. Pam is also a Member of Gravesham Education Management Board; Member of Gravesham Local Children’s Services Partnership Board (“LCSP”); and Member of Kent Secondary Forum. Her skills and experience in the Education sector has been extremely beneficial to the College.

Phil Hatton

External Governor

Phil is currently senior improvement adviser with the Learning Improvement Service, having worked until 2013 as an Ofsted HMI and National Adviser for Further Education.  He has a long history of work as an inspector (part-time with the FEFC and full-time with the Training Standards Council, the Adult Learning Inspectorate and Ofsted) and FE manager.
Phil is a medical physiology graduate with postgraduate qualifications and two fellowships, originally working as a lecturer and manager for over 20 years in three large FE colleges.  Senior management roles included: delivery faculties; college marketing; learner support; and curriculum and quality improvement.  He obtained “outstanding” grades from the FEFC on both occasions his areas of responsibility were inspected.  Phil developed the first NVQ in 1987; wrote six best-selling textbooks; and was chief examiner and chair of the education committee of the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene.  He has been a journalist on education matters and an expert witness in the High Court and speaker at numerous conferences including in Canada for Ontario college principals.  He project managed and set up the original ALI “Good Practice Database”; led on quality assurance for TSC and the ALI; and had a year-long secondment to LSIS to develop their Ofsted quality improvement area including Building Better Practice.  He contributed sections to eight Chief Inspector Reports.  He led several surveys for Ofsted including “Ensuring Quality in Apprenticeships” in October 2012.  Phil also led HMI training on subcontracting and apprenticeships and wrote HMCI briefings for senior government figures.  His current improvement work is mainly with colleges and includes all aspects of support that will positively impact on learners. 

Yolanda Hughes

Clerk to the Corporation

Yolanda joined North Kent College in 2011.  She has over 15 years’ experience working in the FE & HE sector as Clerk to the Corporation and is qualified in FE & HE Corporate Governance.  Prior to joining North Kent, she worked for Farnborough College of Technology and The Henley College.  Her background before joining the FE sector was working with Hampshire Local Education Authority, Governor Services Department contracted to both primary and secondary schools.  Yolanda was born and educated in Zimbabwe, Africa.

Chloe Honess

Student Governor

I started at North Kent College in 2014 and became a qualified Level 2 Beautician, I am currently studying my second year of Business Level 3. I decided to become a Student Governor for the College because I wanted to offer my views and opinions as a student when applicable and, furthermore, ensure that the College resources are being efficiently managed. Additionally, I am also the Vice President of the Students' Union at North Kent College and attend the Learner Council meetings to help the voice of students be heard.