Governor Profiles

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

Alex Lewsley

Chairman of Corporation

Alex is a commercial property lawyer with over 15 years post-qualified experience.  Having previously trained, qualified and worked at City law firm Speechly Bircham LLP (now Charles Russell Speechlys LLP), Alex now works at Kent law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP, based in its Thames Gateway office just outside Dartford, where he is a Partner.  Alex specialises in commercial property investment, asset management, financing and regeneration transactions, advising investor, lender, owner-occupier or occupier clients who tend to be either located in London and the South East or are located further afield but with business interests in that region.  

David Gleed 



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.

Keith Norman

Chair of Audit Committee

Retired experienced corporate banking professional (ACIB qualified).  Keith had a 37 year career with Lloyds Banking Group until April 2016.  Whilst working for Lloyds Banking Group, Keith had a number of diverse roles but the last 13 years of his career focused on leading the Bank's national team dedicated to supporting the Higher and Further Education sector.  Keith's responsibilities included direct management of a portfolio of College and University clients, liaison with sector regulators, informing the Bank's strategy and risk appetite towards the sector and, at the time, its £2.5bn of sector lending exposure.
In April 2016, Keith established a Company to provide consultancy services to Colleges, Universities and Charities, principally to support the raising of corporate funding.  Now fully retired, Keith puts his skills in business management, negotiations and relationship management to help support the North Kent College Board.

Dr Richard Longman 

Vice Chair of Corporation

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.

Jonathan Gurney

Chair of Search, Governance and Remuneration 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.

Nikki Franks

Staff Governor (Academic)

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 is committed to the opportunities Further Education can provide for people to change their lives.

Phil Hatton

Lead Safeguarding 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.  

Daliah Halpern-Matthews


Dalia Halpern-Matthews is an astute community and business leader.  She is the Chief Executive of Nucleus Arts, a dynamic and proactive arts organisation which she set up in 2002.  Now 15, Nucleus Arts hosts over 50 artists in studios across three of their four sites, 100 artists exhibiting at any one time, arts facilities, festivals and events, and education programmes. Dalia also runs her own consultancy, providing services to a number of organisations across local authorities, private and third sectors in the fields of corporate social responsibility, tackling social isolation; regeneration; innovation; creativity; culture; health and wellbeing; property; change management; new routes around historical roadblocks; and governance. She is passionate about building sustainable communities, visual arts and music.

Teja Birring


David Martin


Until his recent retirement, David was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors.  He is a veteran of the further education sector, inspectorates and successive inspection cycles.  After a successful teaching and senior management career, he was a full-time education and skills inspector for over 20 years, originally with the Further Education Funding Council, from its inception, the Adult Learning Inspectorate and then with Ofsted. 
He inspected all aspects of general further education and sixth-form colleges, workplace learning and adult and community learning.  He has particular expertise in leadership and management, the quality of education and training and in the business and management curriculum.
Prior to inspecting, David was a full-time teacher of business and management studies and social sciences in further and higher education for over 24 years, latterly holding leadership roles, including deputy principal.  He also held directorships of workplace learning companies.
David graduated in the social sciences.  He also has post-graduate and professional qualifications in management, marketing and export and tourism. 
David was born in Kent.  After working in other parts of the country he returned “home” for work and remains there after his recent retirement.  He shares a love of food and travel with his wife, who is a longstanding chef-proprietor.


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.