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.
jon tim

Jon Timmis - Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Jon is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Commercial) at the University of Sunderland. Jon is responsible for University recruitment, marketing and communications, knowledge transfer and exchange, regional development, work-based learning, partnerships, philanthropy and alumni relations, and international activity. He is Professor of Intelligent and Adaptive Systems, and maintains an active research group in the area of swarm and evolutionary robotics, and computational biology.

After a career in catering, Jon studied Computer Science as a mature student at Aberystwyth University, staying on to study for a PhD in the area of artificial intelligence. In 2000 Jon moved to the University of Kent, becoming Senior Lecturer at the School of Computing. In 2005 he joined York, initially as Reader between the Computer Science and Electronic Engineering departments. He became a professor in 2008, then moved full-time to the Department of Electronic Engineering. He served as Head of the Electronic Engineering Department and then Pro Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange.
Jon is a previous recipient of a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship. Jon co-founded Simomics Ltd in 2015 to commercialise his research.
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.
Celia Mullen

Celia Mullen - AAT Assessor

Celia has worked for many years in manufacturing firstly in Farnell manufacturing within the company as a manufacturing supervisor and latterly in the role of manufacturing systems implementation. Gaining a Postgraduate diploma in Manufacturing and Technology through the Open university during her time with Farnells. When Farnell closed down the manufacturing arm Celia became involved in IT manufacture and worked for several years in the Telecoms industry. After the birth of her son Luis, Celia returned to work within the electronics sector and took up a position of manufacturing manager at Mowden controls. Once Luis was at school it became increasing stressful to continue in the role eventually reaching a decision to become more involved with school life securing a position in a data and finance role at Polam hall school. Once qualified as an accountant Celia now Assesses accountancy apprentices in the workplace working for Darlington College.
Stephen Brain

Stephen Brain - Head of Science

Stephen completed a BSC (Hons) in Chemistry in 1999 from Nottingham Trent University and worked as a retail manager for a variety of companies including WHSmith and Borders and Books Etc. where he learned valuable management and leadership skills. He undertook a PGCE in Secondary Science in 2006 at Kingston University and worked in Quintin Kynaston Community School in inner London.

In 2012 he moved to Dubai to work in a school overseas and became Head of Chemistry, overseeing management and leadership of the Chemistry department. During this time he completed an MA in Educational Leadership and Management at Warwick University.

On returning to the UK in 2016, he has worked at Outwood Acklam and Dene Community School before becoming Head of Science at the UTC.

Since joining the UTC Stephen has been hugely impressed with the direction and ethos of the school and is keen to be a part of the wider strategic planning of its next steps. Giving the students links into apprenticeships and employment is a vital part of education and something that a lot of schools are missing and is key to the success of the UTC.

Governance information

Governance Org Chart

Trustee Attendance

Register of Disclosure 2020-21