Governor profiles

Ian Valvona – Chair of Corporation

Ian Valvona is a civil servant at the Department for Education with experience of qualifications and curriculum policy and delivery, 14-19 education reform, youth engagement and participation and – most recently – children’s social care where he has led interventions for the Government in several Local Authorities judged by Ofsted to be inadequate for children’s social care services.

He led on establishing independent children’s social care Trusts in Doncaster – the first of its kind in England – Slough and Sunderland and until mid – 2018 was Chief of Staff at the Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Ian is a trained broadcast journalist‎.


Lizzie Cho – Vice Chair of Corporation

Lizzie has worked for 20+ years in adult education and in North Kensington since 2006. Lizzie is passionate about the transformative power of education, lifelong learning and equal access and has consistently dedicated her skills and abilities to developing equity of opportunity – through employment and a range of voluntary roles.

Since 2006, Lizzie has been working at local organisation, Nova New Opportunities – for the last 5 years as Director. Previously, Lizzie spent 15 years teaching English to adults, living and working overseas including roles in Italy, Turkey, South Korea and New Zealand. Lizzie gained an honours degree (Goldsmiths), CELTA (International House), PGCE (University of Wales), MA (UCL) and is currently undertaking an MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience with the IoPPN at Kings College, London.

Andy Cole – Principal & CEO

Andy is an experienced Principal with significant experience of building and leading colleges, including establishing shared cultures based on ethical values. He has held senior leadership roles in several London colleges over a number of years.  Most recently as Principal of the College of North West London, Andy led a major financial recovery and secured significant investment in its buildings and specialist equipment, whilst raising standards for students which placed the College in the top 15% nationally in 2015.

As Vice Principal at City of Westminster College, Andy led on the curriculum and planning, helping to make its vocational programmes the best in central London and, as lead inspection nominee, helping to secure an excellent Ofsted report. Before that, as Assistant Principal at Newham Sixth Form College, Andy led on curriculum, quality and the student experience, again securing a strong Ofsted report.

Peter Flew – Governor

Peter Flew is Director of the School of Education at the University of Roehampton. Responsible for over 2000 students who are either training to teach, who currently work in Education or who aim to, Peter has extensive experience in overseeing quality in learning and teaching.
Peter started his working life in retail banking at Midland Bank before becoming an IT Business Analyst, first in insurance and then investment banking.

In 2002, retrained as a primary school teacher. His career developed into leadership and he ended up as Headteacher of one of the highest-performing primary schools in Surrey. His family have close links to West London, with his great, great grandfather being a partner in Gibbs & Flew, builders. They built a number of Victorian developments, including Queens Club and the West Kensington estate and they even persuaded the authorities to rename North End tube station, West Kensington. In his spare time Peter is active in amateur dramatics and is a trustee of the Royal Academy of Dance.

John Anderson – Governor

John started his career in the Borough over 25 years having started out at the National Heart and Lung Institute in the early 90s.
Following a merger with Imperial College, John developed a novel Management Training Scheme and then moved into the College’s Finance function setting up its Endowment, the White City Campus Development and growing the ‘Related Venture’ portfolio.

As Director of Financial Strategy at Imperial College London he advises the leadership team on building diverse sources of income for the College’s charitable purpose and academic mission, with a particular focus on creating a sustainable Innovation District.
John is on the Board of the College’s EdTech partnership with the publisher DC Thompson:Twig Education; is a Member of the College’s ‘Scale Space’ joint venture with Blenheim Chalcot; and sits on the Investment Advisory Committee of the Imperial Health Charity.
John joined the Board at KCC on 1st April 18 and currently chairs the Audit Committee.

Mary Prince – Governor

Mary Prince is an experienced senior leader in further education.
An ex Lecturer, she has held Senior roles as Director, Vice Principal and interim Principal across London’s post 16 sector, with a particular steer on Business Development, Employer Engagement, Community Partnerships, Marketing and Recruitment and Student Support. She currently works as Group Director of Apprenticeships and Business Development across four east London FE Colleges.

Her previous roles have included working with the local authority, local businesses and community organisations across the borough – she passionately believes in providing the best education and training opportunities for local residents. A resident of the borough for over 30 years, Mary can often be spotted on Portobello Road trying to grab a bargain! She also undertakes voluntary work with a local homeless charity and supports local conservation initiatives.

David Squire – Governor

After a degree in physics from Oxford University, David qualified as a chartered accountant and was for many years an audit and business advisory partner in Price Waterhouse / PwC based in their London office. He served clients in a wide range of sectors including banking and insurance, oil and gas, scientific and technical, publishing and tertiary education.

More recently he has been involved in the development of early stage technology companies, has been deputy chair of the board and chair of the audit committee of an NHS hospital trust and a school governor. He is married with three adult daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys sailing. He believes passionately in the power of education to transform and enrich lives.

James Harris – Staff Governor (Non-Teaching)

James understands the importance of Further Education and the second chances that it offers; He is a product of it. After completing an access course in 2006 and his degree in 2009, he started working within the education system. Having filled a number of roles within the education system over the last ten years, initially teaching and supporting students in class, he has worked for Kensington and Chelsea College for the last five years in a support role in MIS/Exams.

Michael Doolan – Staff Governor (Teaching)

Michael is Section Head in the College, as well as staff union representative for UCU.


Marcus Warry – co-opted Governor

Marcus is a recent KCC student and his main role on the board is to make sure the student voice is heard at board level, and he’s set up drop in sessions with students, to make sure he gets to know what all the issues are.
He’s also a chartered accountant, and trustee of interim spaces (a meanwhile use charity), with a passion for boxing, boats and debates, as well as art, and of course his little dog (Arty).