Andrew George MBE

Chair

Andrew George is an executive coach and consultant in education, healthcare and research ethics. He is Chair of Imperial College Health Partners, a non-executive Director of Health Education England and the Health Research Authority and a Trustee of the Epilepsy Society. Prior to this he was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Brunel University London, and Professor of Molecular Immunology at Imperial College London (where he was Director of the Graduate School and School of Professional Development). He was awarded an MBE for his work in research ethics. He lives in St Margarets and was appointed to the Board in October 2011.

"I work with ambitious leaders, using coaching to help them identify and surpass their goals".

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Dave is a Chartered Management Accountant and has held senior management positions in Royal Mail, Metropolitan Police Service and Macmillan Cancer Support. As well as being experienced in finance, Dave has run large logistical operations, led Royal Mail operational teams and managed technology support during significant organisational change as well as high profile, sensitive policing operations and investigations. Dave is a firm believer that people are the key to successful outcomes and has significant experience in engaging with and managing key stakeholders. He also has a keen interest in learning and development with experience of introducing learning systems within organisations.

Dave is married and has five children – he has lived in the Borough of Richmond for over 40 years.

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David is a Chartered Surveyor and has spent his entire career in the property sector. From 2001 to 2016 he held senior management positions in two of the top global property consultancies, Cushman & Wakefield (EMEA and Central Asia) and Colliers (EMEA). He now holds a number of Non-Executive Director and Consultancy roles in the sector. David is Chair of the Planning Committee of The Richmond Society. 

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Dr Kate Clarke was formerly at The Open University where she was Director of Validation Partnerships, including many FE/HE partners and, at one time, Hillcroft College. She is passionate about supporting diversity and quality in the UK's education provision and a champion for widening participation, with a particular interest in women's education. Kate's academic interests are in Literature and Drama and in the past she taught on Access courses, FE and was an OU Shakespeare tutor for 14 years. She is now a self-employed consultant in higher education, offering specialist help in matters of partnership, QA and Governance. She is excited to have joined the RHACC Board and looking forward to learning more about the College and its learners.

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LLB, Solicitor

Farah is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience in the field of corporate law. She is a partner at a leading international law firm in London, where she is responsible for the development of trainee lawyers. She has a strong interest in education and was a governor (and vice chair) of a school in Ham for many years. She is currently a trustee of Citizens Advice Richmond. Farah was brought up in Kew and following a few years in London and Australia returned to live in Richmond with her family 25 years ago. Her interests include literature, theatre, walking, current affairs and travel. She was appointed to the Hillcroft board in 2016, and the RHACC Board in October 2017.

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Staff Governor

Graham is Head of Women’s Education and Hillcroft Centre and is currently focusing on the development and expansion of the Women’s Education curriculum based at our site in Surbiton. Having studied health and psychology related subjects to post-graduate level and undergone teacher training, Graham has many years experience of delivering a wide range of teaching and training programmes to a broad spectrum of adult learners. Prior to the merger, Graham was Staff Governor on the Hillcroft College Board from 2016 and was appointed to the RHACC Board in 2017.

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Helen has spent her career working in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently she was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the trade association representing the UK consumer healthcare industry. In her role she was responsible for corporate governance and led discussions between the industry and external stakeholders including government and regulators on regulatory and policy issues. She was also responsible for the industry Codes of Advertising Practice and the provision of pre-publication copy clearance services for marketing materials. Helen was formerly the Head of Ethics and Professional Standards at The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. She is passionate about lifelong learning; its role in personal development and impact on health and well-being. Helen was appointed to the RACC Board in December 2016.

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Jane O'Shea

Independent (Vice Chair)

Jane O'Shea has spent her career working in publishing. Most recently she was Publishing Director of an independent start-up company which was successfully sold after 20 years of continuous growth. As part of her responsibility for the publishing, she was closely involved in marketing and publicity strategy. She has always been interested in education and means of achieving potential. She became a governor in 2014 and welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the local community.

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Mark Albrow

Independent

Mark worked for Royal Dutch Shell plc until his retirement in 2011. Most of his career was spent in the International Oil Trading division where he held a number of operational and commercial management roles in London and overseas. In 1999 he was appointed London Contracts manager for Shell Trading, responsible for the administration of commercial oil supply, trading and storage contracts in Europe, Caribbean and Central America. He has considerable experience of business, staff and process management.

In 2013 he became a volunteer for RHLT (a local charity supporting adults with learning disabilities) to assist with their fundraising and grant sourcing activities. In the same year he joined the RHLT trustee board. He has also been a member of the RACC Community Engagement Group. Mark was appointed a governor in January 2014. He is married with two adult children, lives in Hampton and has been a RHACC music student for a number of years. He is a keen jazz and folk guitarist.

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Nick has lived in the Borough of Richmond for over 30 years. He has a long standing interest in education and training and was previously a Chair of Governors for a school in Twickenham. During his career, he has worked with organisations on a wide range of growth, organisational and public service reform issues. For ten years he led PwC's Public Centre Research Centre, using his skills in policy, research and economics to author and edit a range of publications. He concluded his career at PwC as a member of their UK Government & Public Sector Leadership Team and Social Mobility Advisory Group. He now runs his own business, is a Fellow of the RSA and was appointed as an Independent Governor in March 2021. 

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