Trustee Board

UTC South Durham was established by three Founding Members, the University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent.  These members appoint a Board of Trustees to oversee the strategic and operational running of the UTC.  There are 11 Trustees; 6 are appointed directly by the Members while the other 5 consist of two parents, one staff member, one education expert and the Principal.  This page contains information on the governance of UTC South Durham.

Our Trustees come from a variety of relevant backgrounds and are passionate about the ethos and purpose of the UTC.

Name

David Land

Type of Governor 

Chair - Employer Nominee – Gestamp Tallent

Appointed:

2015 (Founding Vice Chair of Trustees)

Job Role

Owner, Drive2Business

David has gained his experience by working with large organisations in the manufacturing and automotive industry. During his time at Tallent Engineering (now Gestamp Tallent) David held roles as Business Development Director, Plant Director of the Aycliffe site, before taking on the role as UK Engineering Director. David is now putting his extensive experience to use through his own consultancy as well as thought his involvement with many business groups to help promote and support the growth of manufacturing in the North East.

David is currently involved in the following voluntary roles:

  • NELEP - Business Board Member and Chair of the North East Investment Panel.
  • Governor at the University of Sunderland
  • Business Durham - Associate Board member
  • Chair of Trustees at the South Durham UTC
  • Chair of County Durham Manufacturing and Engineering Network (CDEMN)

David has been a driving force behind the establishment of the UTC and is fully committed to creating an outstanding education establishment which will provide a steady stream of young professionals for local and regional businesses.

Name

Professor Gary Holmes

Type of Governor 

Vice Chair - University Nominee

Appointed:

2015 (Founding Chair of Trustees)

Job Role

Emeritus Professor of University of Sunderland

Gary taught Modern Languages in Hertfordshire before becoming an academic. He worked in four different UK Universities teaching and writing on School Leadership & Management. He finally retired as Pro Vice-Chancellor at Sunderland in 2017. Along the way he was visiting Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada, a Foreign Office Know-How Fund and  British Council consultant in Eastern Europe and was active in the early development of the National Headteacher training programmes and accreditations.

He has been a school Governor since 1988 in, various Oxford City (Middle and High schools), Harrogate (CofE Primary), Ponteland (High School) and latterly UTC South Durham. He is on the Board of a second UTC to open in Newcastle in 2018. He is also a corporation board member of Tyne Coast College of FE and a Company Member of the Pele Multi Academy Trust. He is a fervent advocate of the UTC model as a successful and dynamic component of a healthy School landscape.

Gary sees good School Governance as a delicately balanced and finely tuned business where formal and moral accountabilities and responsibilities are in creative tension with professional ethics and best educational practices –all for the benefit of young peoples’ life-chances and well-being.

Name

Professor Ian Neal

Type of Governor 

University Nominee

Appointed:

2016

Job Role

Dean of University Faculty

Ian is Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society and Professor at the University of Sunderland. He has over 35 years' experience of teaching in schools and higher education.

After graduating from the University of Keele in 1979, Ian took a "gap year" during which he was a bus driver in Stoke on Trent. His academic career started as a research psychologist in Staffordshire and then he trained as a teacher and gained his PGCE. Ian began teaching in a large Merseyside comprehensive school, moving to a school in Cambridgeshire later. Initially, he taught biology and science to O-level and biology to A-level and he later taught maths, computing and IT, becoming Head of Computer Science in the mid-eighties. He rose to Senior Teacher, in charge of the Curriculum and Pastoral arrangements for Years 9-11. Later, Ian worked at the University of Cambridge, teaching on their PGCE and researching schemes of Achievement Recording. He developed the UK's first International Student Centred Review scheme which he launched around the world to operate in Europe, Asia and South America.

Ian moved to the School of Education at the University of Sunderland in 1993 as Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Principal Lecturer in Education. He later became Subject Area Leader for Education, before being promoted to Associate Director of the School of Education, to Associate Dean of the Faculty and then to Dean of Faculty.

In his professional life, Ian has travelled widely, providing educational consultancy in South America, Egypt and Saudi Arabia as well as most countries in Europe for governments and other agencies such as the United Nations and the British Council.

Name

Peter Gallone

Type of Governor 

Employer Nominee – Gestamp Tallent

Appointed:

2016

Job Role

UK Managing Director, Gestamp Tallent

 

Name

Nina Harding

Type of Governor 

Employer - Hitachi

Appointed:

2017

Job Role

Communications Manager

Nina is Communications Manager at Hitachi Rail – a co-founder of UTC South Durham. She has been involved in supporting the marketing and communications for the college since before it was built.

As a graduate in European Marketing, Nina has held various Marketing and Communications roles and spent ten years at Tata Steel before joining Hitachi in 2015.

With a keen focus on the importance of open and honest internal and external communication and simple messaging, Nina will bring ideas and experience to the Board of Trustees. 

Nina speaks fluent French and has two children.

Name

Dr Robert Trimble

Type of Governor 

University Nominee

Appointed:

2017

Job Role

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunderland

Dr Robert Trimble is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) at the University of Sunderland where is has overall responsibility for academic programme quality assurance and enhancement, Registry operations and student experience and outcomes. Prior to his current role, he held various academic positions at the University of Sunderland, latterly as Dean of the Faculty of Business & Law. During his time at the University he has developed a significant record in academic leadership, a wealth of experience in strategic and operational planning, and has played a major role in shaping the University’s position as a leading institution in advanced manufacturing practice.

Robert graduated from the University of Sunderland in 1993 with a degree in Engineering and was awarded a PhD from Lancaster University in 2003.  He is a Chartered Engineer with the IET and his research area is operations management and productivity improvement.  Prior to joining the University of Sunderland, he held various engineering and manufacturing related roles, in particular with Rolls Royce plc where he started his career in engineering as an apprentice in 1983.

Name

Louise Shepherd

Type of Governor 

Parent

Appointed:

2017

Job Role

 

Louise graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 1989 with a degree in Home Economics and Textiles, then started working at an interior design shop in Newcastle.  In 1991 she returned to student life at Northumbria University to successfully complete a PGCE in Technology: Food and Textiles.  Following this she ran her own soft furnishings business until she became a mother of two.

Before returning to work in 2006 Louise co-founded Once Upon a Time mother and toddler support group in Spennymoor; acted as Parent Governor at her sons’ nursery, eventually becoming Chair; acted as Treasurer and helped organise fundraising for the PTA at her sons’ primary school; and was a leader with 1st Byers Green Scout Group.

Once both her sons were at school she returned to work as Extended Services Development Officer for the Spennymoor Schools Cluster, where she coordinated the auditing and development of a range of services and activities across 17 schools.  She then became Family Support Assistant at Ox Close Primary School where her role was to work with families to ensure good outcomes for all children.  This involved monitoring attendance, safeguarding and health and putting in direct intervention where necessary.

Louise has a passion for the outdoors and, since leaving her post at Ox Close in 2015, has completed her Forest Schools qualification.  She is still committed to ensure good outcomes for children and became a Trustee at UTC to support the school developing high quality engineering opportunities for young people.

Name

 

Type of Governor 

Parent Trustee - Position currently vacant

Appointed:

 

Job Role

 

If you are interested in joing the board of trustees at UTC South Durham please call us on: 01325 430 250 for more information or email us on: office@utcsouthdurham.org 

Name

Mike Reid

Type of Governor 

Staff Governor

Appointed:

2016

Job Role

Engineering Teacher at UTC South Durham

Mike completed a two-year national diploma BTEC course in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and went onto study Science and Engineering at Hull University and the University of Huddersfield. After his degree, he spent seven years working in industry before going onto teacher training.

He has worked in a variety of schools in the Teesside area and has held positions including Head of Outdoor Education (Thornaby Academy), Assistant Faculty Leader of Science (Hummersknott Academy) and School Governor at both Ingleby Mill Primary School and now at the UTC.

Mike runs electronics and coding clubs for our students, developing robotics, electronics and design projects.  He is excited about using new equipment such as 3D printers, virtual welders and laser cutting equipment and has designed our new Post-16 Mechatronics course, ready for students to start courses in September 2018.

He specialises in the teaching of electronics and physics, but also enjoy opportunities involving the outdoors.  He holds the summer mountain leader and Level 4 kayak coach qualifications and has used these to qualify as a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition Assessor. 

Mike is also heavily involved in the Scouts, has recently joined a local Mountain rescue team and enjoys developing his own engineering projects.  He is also a qualified foster carer.