Governance Biography

Governance Biography

Naraindra Maharaj

As a qualified Barrister, currently employed as a Senior Lawyer in the Legal Department of an International IT Company, with varied experience in many different organisations, I bring to the role of Governor my knowledge and experience gained, in order to assist KCC with its strategic thinking and planning. I enjoy being a Governor of KCC as I believe that my contribution assists the Board to enable the students and the teachers at KCC to fulfil their goals and ambitions.

Margaret Butler

Margaret has 42 years experience in the banking industry gained in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Australia. She retired from her role as Quality and Efficiency Director for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank in June 2011

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of AIB Group (UK) PLC and a member of their Remuneration and Audit Committees. She is a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Northern Ireland Hospice and a member of Mutual Energy the mutual company which manages energy assets in the long term interests of Northern Ireland’s energy consumers. 

She has lead teams across a wide range of disciplines including Human Resources, Finance and Planning, Strategy, Operations and Business Transformation.

She has strengths in leadership, communication, change management, managing risk, understanding and interpreting key financial indicators and effective governance.

She joined KCC Board as a Governor on 16/12/2009.  She believes that KCC is where individuals can develop and grow to their full potential.

Peter Hay

Peter Hay has a background in senior public sector management, including 10 years as a Director in a general hospital and mental health NHS Trust leading on strategic and annual planning, marketing and business development. He originally worked and qualified in HRM in manufacturing industry and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Before joining Kensington and Chelsea College, he was a Governor of the City Lit for eight years taking an active role in marketing, governance and audit. His first degree was in English Literature from Sussex University. 

‘I am  keen to support the strategic aims of the college, building on its foundation of excellent teaching and learning and further enhancing its business focus to develop its position within a competitive market.’ 

Colin Matheson

Colin Matheson is a long standing governor of Kensington and Chelsea College and is Vice Chair and Chair of the curriculum and Quality committee. His background is in Higher education having worked for the National Union of Students, The University of Westminster and The Coalition of Modern universities (now Million+). At the University of Westminster, Colin created the largest scholarship programme of any UK university with an annual value of £4.2 million. He took early retirement in June 2012 is now a part time consultant providing advice and assistance to Universities on all aspects of International education. ‘Education is a transformative force in society and it is vital that it remains accessible to all, regardless of their background or financial status’

David Adams

David Adams is a business and leadership coach and mentor. A chartered accountant, he has been a stockbroker and corporate financier and ultimately chief executive of a major firm. He has acted as a consultant to professional practices and The Stock Exchange, London and interim managed a medical technology company leading to its sale to a listed company. He has held a number of non-executive directorships inter alia in property, publishing, retail, recruitment and hedge funds.

David has spent the last decade providing executive and business coaching to both individuals and groups. He runs groups for Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive membership organisation.

He is an accredited member of the Association for Coaching and a director of the Hampstead Theatre, London. He is a governor of the Kensington & Chelsea College of Further Education and a former president of the London Society of Chartered Accountants. He is a trustee of the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association.

As an international performance poet he has brought poetry to coaching as a means of unlocking creativity and driving innovation in teams and individuals.

‘Being a governor enables me to bring my business skills and knowledge to help younger people advance in the world.’

Wendy Charles-martin

Most of my working career experience has been in HE and FE.   I have worked in a student services /student support capacity as a manager for 25 years. 

My relevant skills and experience is in Business Management. This includes, both operational and strategic aspects of my work history.  My main qualifications are, MBA, DMS and Diploma in Careers Advice & Guidance Practitioner.

Being a staff Governor has been a personal developmental journey and has allowed me to be a representative for my colleagues/students and be part of some very important College decisions, which will support a positive future for staff, both students and the community.

Alicia Holiday

I have been a governor of KCC for three years and have enjoyed the opportunity to see the college grow and change. The move to a new building in Chelsea has been very positive to provide better facilities for our learners.  It has also been a challenging  and exciting time to be involved in the planning for the organisation to change direction to became a ‘ niche’ college aiming to provide excellent education in selected areas.  

I came to live and work in London 45 years ago from Argentina. I have a medical background and was a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. I retired some years ago. I am interested in contributing to the local community and being a governor gives me the opportunity to do so. I have always been passionately interested in education as I believe is one of the best ways to help people to achieve their potential. In addition to having worked in a local hospital I also live in the local community and being a Governor is a way of contributing to it. Last but not least, I find it interesting and stimulating working with the governors who come from different backgrounds and contribute a range of expertise to the college.

Sheila Porritt

Sheila has extensive experience of both the public and private sectors. She is a consultant to media companies on their strategic positioning in the market and advises businesses wishing to enter the sector. She was Programme Manager at Channel 4 Television and also set up and ran the London radio station Melody FM. For a number of years she was a senior broadcasting regulator, supervising the content of TV and radio channels under the provisions of acts of parliament and other legal requirements. She has always been interested in promoting creativity and education through popular media, especially in regard to encouraging opportunities for women. “Kensington and Chelsea College has the potential to inspire and make a life-changing difference to all those it encourages in study.” 


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