Governor Profiles

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

Alex Lewsley

External Governor
Chairman 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.  

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.

Keith Norman

External Governor
Chair of Audit Committee

Experienced corporate banking professional.  Keith had a 37-year career with Lloyds Banking Group until April 2016.
Whilst at Lloyds Keith was, for the latest 13 years, the National Sector Specialist for the Higher and Further Education sector, responsible for the Bank’s strategy towards these sectors and £2.5bn of lending exposure.
Keith has proven skills in business management, negotiation and portfolio relationship management.
Keith is now a self-employed consultant, assisting universities, independent schools and charities raise debt funding.

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.

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.

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.

Abigail Birch

External Governor (Safeguarding Governor)

Abigail is the Executive Headteacher of The Cedar Federation, which includes Ifield Special School and King’s Farm Primary School.  The federation is steeped in collaboration with schools and alliances between mainstream and special educational needs provision as well as working in close partnership with the local authority.   Prior to her current post, she was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors.   Abigail is a trustee for the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust (KSENT) and a member of the strategic forum.  This is a collaboration of 23 special schools working to improve pupils’ outcomes and support sustainable leadership.  KSENT also has a Teaching School Alliance, known as CLASS.  Abigail represents special and mainstream education on the LIFT Executive which supports pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities in mainstream education.  She is a representative on the Kent Association of Headteacher’s (KAH) Board and part of the new School Improvement Advisory Group.  In addition, Abigail is part of the Kent and Medway Teaching School Network (KMTSN) which facilitates discussions about activities and impact, between Teaching Alliance lead schools.  Abigail has 24 years’ of experience in education, spanning across early years to secondary, mainstream and special education, holding a variety of leadership positions. I have been part of a leadership team, and ultimately the acting Headteacher of a Special School on its journey from satisfactory to becoming an outstanding provision, which it maintained on three consecutive occasions.  Abigail has led two underperforming primary schools to becoming good schools within approximately twelve months. 
Abigail has presented at KCCs ‘Prospective Executive Headteacher’s Programme’ to help ensure effective leadership across Kent.  

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.  

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


Anita Glover

External Governor

Anita is Head of Marketing for Locate in Kent, the inward investment agency for Kent and Medway and leads the strategy to attract new business investment to the region and promote the County's brand.  
With 15 years’ marketing experience in the technology, finance, publishing and not for profit sectors, Anita has worked for SMEs and blue chip organisations.  
Anita is North Kent College alumna, having completed her Professional Diploma in Marketing with the College in 2009.  

David Martin

External Governor

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.

Niamh McIerney

External Governor

Co-Opted Governor Audit 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.

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.