The documents below contains information about the UTC South Durham Governors Team and the structure that they follow.

Staff Profiles

UTC Governor David Land

David Land - Chair - Employer Nominee – Gestamp Tallent

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.
Gary Holmes - UTC Governor

Gary Holmes - Vice Chair - University Nominee

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.
UTC Governor Ian Neal

Ian Neal - University Nominee

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.
UTC Governor Nina Harding

Nina Harding - Employer Nominee

Nina is Communications Manager at Hitachi Rail – a co-founder of South Durham UTC. 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.
Louise Shepherd - Parent Governor

Louise Shepherd - Parent Governor

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.
UTC Governor Mike Reid

Mike Reid - Staff Governor

Mike 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.
Joanna Bailey

Joanna Bailey

Joanna grew up in Durham City and is passionate about the North East. She sees UTC South Durham as an innovative and important addition to the local educational landscape, providing a unique offer to support industry and commerce, promote regeneration and raise aspirations.

She sees governance as taking a strategic oversight of the work of an organisation, supporting and challenging senior leaders to ensure young people are enabled to fulfil their potential.
Tom Dower - UTC Principal

Tom Dower - Principal Governor

Tom has acted as a leadership consultant with other schools, presented at national conferences and developed materials for the National College of School Leadership. With a background as an engineer, business consultant and school leader, the opportunity to lead the UTC combines all of his professional interests and his passions for the development of young people and supporting businesses in the North East.

Governance information