Meet Our


The Board of Governors is made up of people from the community who have business, management or education experience, alongside staff and parents.


The main responsibilities of the UTC Board of Governors are:

1. To act within the formal powers and rules as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

2. To determine the educational character and mission of the UTC and to exercise oversight of its activities.

3. To approve the quality improvement strategy for the institution.

4. To ensure the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the UTC and to safeguard its assets.

5. To act in the best interests of the UTC.

6. To be fully informed about the operation of the UTC.

7. To ensure decisions are always taken for the benefit of the UTC, its students, staff and other users and with a view of safeguarding public funds.

8. To act as individuals and not bound by mandates from other bodies.

9. To attend UTC events, such as student awards presentations and open days, in order to gain an appreciation of and support the work of the UTC.

The Board of Governors meets regularly to review the work of the UTC and discuss any future developments in line with the above powers and responsibilities.

UTC Plymouth Governor Training Record 2021 onwards

UTC Governor Meeting Attendance Record 2020-21

UTC Plymouth Governor Records 20-21

UTC Management Plan 2021-22

UTC Plymouth LGB Meeting Dates 2021 22

Governance Handbook

UTC Plymouth Governors Self Evaluation 2019-20

Meet Our Governors

Tony Bent - Employer Sponsor - Appointed by the Trust Board: Personal Development

Term: 21.09.20 - 20.09.24

Responsibility: Personal Development

Attendance 2021-22: 4/4

Registered Interests: None

Tony has an Engineering background and was Principle Mechanical Engineer for Toshiba Consumer products in Plymouth, where he worked for 17 years before joining Rittal CSM Ltd. as Senior Supply Chain Engineer and later Supply Chain Engineering Manager. He has worked for Rittal for 20 years now and is currently Supply Chain Director and one of the members of the Senior Management team at the Roborough based factory. During his time there, he has taken on wider responsibilities in the Supply Chain Department including: Sourcing and Procurement, Supplier Quality, Logistics and Warehousing. Tony started his working life with an Engineering Apprenticeship, which was a great launch pad for a successful career in manufacturing. He is therefore really keen to support the success of Plymouth UTC, in providing similar foundations and opportunities for STEM stars of the future.

Neil Bond: Parent Governor - Health & Safety

Term 29.09.20 - 28.09.24

Responsibility: Health & Safety

Attendance 2021-22: 2/4

Registered Interests: None

Neil is 55 years old and has worked in an engineering background all his life. He is currently employed with Fibre Glass Systems formerly Pipex, as a team leader and is responsible for the quality of work and ensuring jobs which are undertaken are completed on time and on budget.

Neil’s son attends UTC Plymouth and is currently in the 6th form.

Neil works often with young apprentices to help them achieve their goals and qualifications within an engineering background. He hopes to help pupils gain knowledge and understanding so they can further their career in engineering.

Nick Buckland OBE – Chair - Co-opted governor - Appointed by the Local Governing Body : Leadership and Management/Safeguarding

Term: 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Responsibility : Leadership and Management/Safeguarding

Attendance 2021-22: 4/4

Registered Interests:

Joint owner of Ditchen Farm, Chair of Parnall Group Trelonk Ltd / Parnall Aircraft Company / Riverford Organic Trust / Plymouth Waterfront Partnership / St Petroc’s School Trust / SA Certification, Director of Talklight Ltd / TWSW Ltd, Trustee of Theatre Royal Plymouth / PML / PMF, Chair of Governors of Millbay & High Street Improvement Board / Stoke Damerel Primary School, Fellow of IMA, RSA, IET, BCS, CMI and Member of IoD / RI. Spouse is a Quality Manager for Cornwall Adult Education.

Eur Ing Nick Buckland OBE has been the Chair of Governors at UTC Plymouth since 2016. Originally a mathematician he spent many years in the IT industry working on high performance computers, the early years of virtual reality and the internet. From the mid 1990’s he has had a portfolio career as a Chair and director of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has been a strong advocate of STEM and its importance for the UK economy and is passionate about ensuring young people are given the opportunities to gain a good education that will ensure they can take up exciting and well paid jobs and careers. He was appointed OBE for services to Innovation and Technology in the 2009 New Year Honours List and is a Chartered Engineer, Information Technology Practitioner and Manager. He is a Fellow of a number of professional bodies.

Ian Crews - Vice Chair - Employer Sponsor - Appointed by the Trust Board: Quality of Education

Term: 09.11.20 - 08.11.24

Responsibility : Quality of Education

Attendance 2021-22: 3/4

Registered Interests: Training Programme Manager for Babcock

Ian Crews is Training Programme Manager for Shore Support Engineering for Babcock International at Devonport Royal Dockyard. He has also worked at BAE Systems in Portsmouth as a Lead Training Solutions Engineer. Across these two roles his predominant responsibilities have been focussed around the scoping for and designing of training for the engineers who repair the complex systems used on the surface and sub-surface fleet in the Royal Navy.

Prior to joining BAE Systems Ian was the inaugural Principal of South Devon UTC. He took this from the build phase into its first 3 years. As a former Principal Ian brings a real understanding of the UTC movement and the importance of employer engagement to UTC Plymouth. Ian has also been a governor of UTC Portsmouth while he worked for BAE Systems. Prior to his career in education Ian served in the Royal Navy as an aircraft technician and engineer.

Gavin Douglas – University Sponsor – Appointed by the Trust Board

Term: 16.02.22 – 15.02.26

Responsibility: TBC

Attendance 2021-22: 1/1

Registered Interests : None

I’m a graduate of Durham University (German) and the Open University (MBA). I’ve worked in education for most of my career, initially as a teacher overseas and in the UK, then in management in further education, and for the last 20 years in higher education leadership including senior roles at Robert Gordon University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Edinburgh.

At the start of January 2022 I moved to take up the role of University Registrar and Secretary at the University of Plymouth. I am responsible as Registrar for a wide range of professional services within the University, and as Secretary for the effective operation of the University’s governance structures, including the Board of Governors.

My professional interests and experiences include leadership, change management, student services and support, and marketing and communications.

I am married with one (grown-up) daughter. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, playing the piano and trying (with varying degrees of success) to stay fit.

Lt Col (Retd) Craig Hampton-Stone MA CMgr MCMI – Co-opted governor - Appointed by Local Governing Body: Behaviour and Attitudes

Term: 11.11.19 - 10.11.23

Responsibility : Behaviour and Attitudes

Attendance 2021-22: 3/4

Registered Interests: Chairman of the Livewell Foundation and Vice-president of the Royal British Legion in Cornwall

Craig Hampton-Stone commissioned into the British Army in April 1996. He has enjoyed a variety of positions at Regimental Duty in the Royal Logistic Corps including serving in Close and General Support Regiments, culminating with Command of 165 Port and Maritime Regiment based in Plymouth. These positions, along with time on the staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters, have resulted in Craig deploying on operations to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Mali and Kenya. His other staff jobs have included being the Head of Recruiting for the Royal Logistics Corps, Strategic Programme Manager in Defence Support and teacher on the Major’s course at the Defence Academy.

Craig has also trained in bomb disposal as an Ammunition Technical Officer, which incorporated 72 exams in 18 months and resulted in him being awarded a Graduateship with the City & Guilds Institute in Military Technology. His academic credentials were further honed when whilst attending the Advanced Command and Staff Course, he read for a Masters in Defence Studies with King’s College London gaining a distinction.

Craig left the Army in Jul 2021 after nearly 27 years’ service and has taken up an appointment with Mace Construction as a Senior Project Manager, helping to deliver highways projects across Cornwall.

Craig is married to Joanna and they have settled into the ‘thankful village’ of Herodsfoot in Cornwall, where they enjoy a serene life in a 200 year old miner’s cottage. As well as being a governor at UTC Plymouth, Craig is the chairman of The Livewell Foundation and Vice-president of the Royal British Legion in Cornwall. The majority of his spare time is spent walking his hounds through Deerpark Forrest, tending the allotment and trying hard to improve his averages at Boconnoc Cricket Club.

Esther Knight – Staff Governor – Elected by Staff

Responsibility: Staff Governor

Attendance 2021-22: 2/3

Registered Interests: None

Working at the UTC has given me great pleasure and sense of achievement. It's wonderful to still feel like this after twenty years working in education across various Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK alongside some incredible opportunities working abroad. I am now a busy working mum and can very much relate to the importance of sending my son off to his school trusting that they will give him a good education and keep him safe. This has been the biggest gratification of working at the UTC knowing that the staff work hard to achieve this for our students every day. I like to keep fit by going to the gym, it's been an important part of my life for a long time alongside yoga and trying new healthy foods. I like to travel and I'm planning that with the pandemic being more under control that I will be able to visit new countries again. I hope that my experiences to date will benefit the Governing Body and support shaping the UTC further in this very exciting time of rapid expansion.

Hendrik Koornhof - Employer Sponsor Appointed by the Trust: Quality of 6th Form Provision

Term: 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Responsibility : Quality of 6th Form Provision

Attendance 2021-22: 3/4

Registered Interests: None

Hendrik is the HR Director at Babcock’s Devonport facility, the biggest dockyard in Western Europe. He joined Babcock in 2018 after a varied career spanning director level HR and Operations roles across the world, with extensive experience in South Africa, the UK, Europe, India, China and the US, mostly in high hazard industries. The UK is experiencing a skills crisis which is set to deepen further. Engineering skills coupled with Nuclear capabilities are required to successfully deliver long term Naval programmes which are critical to national and international security. Hendrik is one of the governors representing the industry and the STEM agenda required to address the skills gap. His business experience adds to the governance and management rigour of the board.

Warren O'Riley – Staff Governor – Elected by Staff

Responsibility: Staff Governor

Attendance 2021-22: 3/3

Registered Interests: None

A teacher of mathematics who has made a positive impact on both the school and its pupils. I am currently taking a lead in understanding dyscalculia, how the UTC maths department can improve their teaching of these pupils, how other departments are affected by this condition, and to help develop a whole school strategy for teaching dyscalculic pupils.

I have extensive experience in school governance including 6 years as a parent governor of Prince Rock Primary where I was Chair of Finance, lead on mathematics, and pupil premium governor. I was also a founding director and trustee of The Learning Academy Trust where, during my 3-year tenure, I helped the trust grow from 1 primary school to 8. I have previous experience in leadership, management, and strategic planning, having gone through the S&N Plc management programme and then managed many businesses in the licensed leisure industry.

Currently studying for a masters degree in Educational Leadership where I am focussing on barriers and perceptions that prevent teachers from moving into leadership positions.

I see being a governor as the perfect opportunity to make a real contribution to the running and management of the school whilst always acting in the best interests of UTC, its staff, and most importantly the children. In particular, I am keen to ensure that all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are given every opportunity to succeed.'

Sam Smith-Co-opted governor - Appointed by the Local Governing Body: SEND/Pupil Premium/Equality Link Governor

Term: 01.07.19 - 30.06.23

Responsibility : SEND/Pupil Premium/Equality Link Governor

Attendance 2021-22: 3/4

Registered Interests: Head at Stoke Damerel Primary

Sam is delighted to be on the UTC Governing Board. She has been in the Education profession for 25 years, and has experience both in the UK and internationally. Her first experience of working in primary education was as a consultant for an NGO in Calcutta, India. From this point, Sam made a decision to develop her knowledge, skills and understanding of education so that she would be able to effectively support the provision of high-quality education for all. As Head Teacher of an inner London primary school for the past 10 years, Sam’s clear vision for ensuring the best possible education for every child, along with strong leadership and management skills, has delivered improved outcomes for all children regardless of their starting points. Sam has been the Head Teacher of Stoke Damerel Primary Academy in Plymouth since April 2019.

Jo Ware - Ex-Officio by virtue of position as headteacher

Term - 01.05.21

Attendance 2021-22: 4/4

Registered interests: None

Janice Jenner - Parent Governor

Term: 14.02.22 – 13.02.26

Responsibility: TBC

Attendance 2021-22: 1/1

Registered Interests: tbc

Governors of the previous 12 months

Professor Julian Chaudhuri - University Sponsor - Appointed by The Trust Board

Term: 19.02.21 - 21.09.21

Pete Bragg - Appointed by staff -Term: 02.10.18 – 08.11.21

Polly Lovell – Appointed by staff Term: 02.10.18 – 08.11.21

Emma Hill - 29.09.20 – 13.12.21

How to contact the Board of Governors

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If you wish to contact any member of the Board of Governors you will need to do so via the Clerk to the Board:

Lindsey Johnson
Clerk to the UTC Board of Governors

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