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Steve Webb

Chair of the Board

Date of Appointment – 11/07/2017 – 10/07/2021 2nd term with two extensions, now to 08/07/2025

Committee Membership – Search and Governance Committee & Remuneration Committee and Finance & Resources Committee

Steve Webb is semi-retired. He has a degree in Applied Science and a Diploma in Management. He joined the Weymouth College Board in 2012 and has recently given support to Outreach International, a business placing gap/career break individuals throughout the world. Steve’s hobbies include music, theatre, rugby and walking, as well as renovating old properties.

Ian Bates

Vice Chair of the Board

Date of Appointment – 11/02/2020 – 12/02/2024

Committee Membership – Chair of Finance & Resources Committee

Ian joined the Board in February 2020. He is a retired chartered Accountant and chairs the Audit Committee, bringing substantial experience in audit, internal control and risk management, corporate governance and the regulated environment. He has been a governor of a large 6th Form College and through supporting his wife (a teacher and SENCo) in her recent studies for a doctorate in educational psychology he has a keen interest in education.


Geoff Channon

Date of Appointment – 13/12/2022 – 12/12/2026

Committee Membership – Curriculum & Quality Committee

Geoff brings extensive senior leadership experience in a large UK university. He has worked on or led higher education projects in the UK and abroad, including those for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). He also has experience as a vice-chair of a city further education college. Geoff has published books and articles on nineteenth UK and US economic and business history.



Rod Davis

Date of Appointment – 06/11/2021 – 05/11/2025 2nd term

Committee Memberships – Curriculum & Quality and Finance & Resources Committees

Joining the Board in 2017, Rod brings experience in Apprenticeships and he is Chair of the local Training Providers’ Network.




Karen Dyke

Date of Appointment – 09/11/2021 – 08/11/2025

Committee Memberships – Chair of Curriculum and Quality Committee and Remuneration Committee Member

After a career in finance – with a strong Involvement in staff training – Karen transitioned into Further Education. For the last 30 years, Karen has worked in a number of roles from teaching to senior management and consultancy. Karen has experience in and can support many areas within FE, as well as HE, Local Authorities and Independent Training Providers across the UK.



Christopher Evans

Date of Appointment – 12/07/2022 – 11/07/2026

Committee Membership – Chair of Audit Committee

Chris’s last 10 years in Financial Services were spent developing and providing retirement income services for people with health conditions. Before moving to Dorset – Chaired a regional charity supporting young people with learning difficulties.



Jacqui Gerrard

Date of Appointment – 11/07/2017 – 10/07/2021 &  8/10/2022 – 7/10/2026 2nd term

Committee Membership – Member of Remuneration Committee

Jacqui was appointed in 2018 as an Associate Member after moving to live in Weymouth, and took up full membership in March 2019. Jacqui has extensive organisational development and strategic HR experience working in executive director and consultancy roles in commercial technology and telecommunications companies and in central government organisations and NHS Trusts. She has previously been a Governor and Chair of a Sixth Form College in Surrey. During her time as Chair, the college merged with an FE college to increase the range of study pathways available to local students.

Ian Girling

Date of Appointment – 13/07/2021 – 12/07/2025

Committee Membership – Audit Committee Member

Ian Girling is the Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber, the county chamber accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce. Ian has a very strong focus delivering high-quality support with the development of new services and benefits for members and leads a modern and vibrant Chamber.

Tracy Goralczyh

Student Member

Date of Appointment – November 7th 2023



Dawn HarveyDawn Harvey

Date of Appointment – 26/02/24

Dawn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a graduate of the University of Kent.

She has enjoyed a 30-year career spanning the private and public sector and held senior leadership positions in sales and operations as well as HR and Learning and Organisation Development and is an executive coach and mentor.

She joined the NHS in 2011 and since then has led a range of award-winning staff experience improvements as well as major change and transformation.

Dawn relocated to Dorset in April 2021 and loves to run, walk, cycle and swim, making the most of the fabulous coast and countryside.

Dan Hayward

Student Member

Date of Appointment – November 7th 2023



Julia Howe

Chief Executive

Date of Appointment – From 2020

Committee Membership – Search and Governance Committee


Tim Hulme

Date of Appointment – 07/11/23 – 07/1127

Tim’s career includes senior leadership roles in the private, public and charity sectors within the pharmaceutical, education and licensed retail sectors.

Tim has been a senior post-holder in 3 large multi-site Colleges across London and the South-East specialising in the delivery of large capital projects and, as a former adviser to the Learning & Skills Council, Tim’s track record includes the delivery of post-merger College transformation.

Tim’s current role is Head of Assets at Dorset Council leading a large multi-disciplinary team responsible for the management of £400m of assets. Tim divides his time between his home in Kent and his role for Dorset Council and spends his relaxation time as a landscape painter. 

Mark Lewis

Associate Member

Date of Appointment – November 7th 2023 for one year term

Mark Lewis is a founder member of Uncle Pauls Chilli Charity as well as being a successful property developer, investor, and businessman.

The charity helps those who have experienced disadvantage and barriers to learning and/or employing gain experience and qualifications needed for employment.

​Mark has expertise in commercial business and property and has an eye for evaluating business opportunities to ensure operating models are effective.

Andy Matthews

Date of Appointment – 1/11/2015 – 31/10/2019, 01/11/2019 – 31/10/2023, one year extension to 31/10/24

Committee Membership – Audit Committee Member

Andy was appointed in November 2015. Andy is Chair of the Portland Partnership, having worked at one time for the College in a financial capacity; Andy brings much local knowledge and financial expertise to the Board.



Anne Munro

Date of Appointment – February 2023

Anne is a  Learning Facilitator in the School of Construction.  She joined the College in September after many years working with HE Students, mostly teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at a university in southwest France and 13 years in Italy as an EFL teacher and including 15 years as an EFL Lecturer & Programme Manager at the University of Plymouth.

Anne was recently elected as the second staff Board Member.



Angela Neuberger

Date of Appointment – 01/04/2021 – 31/03/2025

Committee Membership – Finance and Resources Committee Member

Angela’s professional life was in television – working for many years for the BBC, first in current affairs and later documentaries. Angela ran the BBC’s Crimewatch UK. Angela left the BBC to become an independent executive producer and has produced 75 video biographies of trailblazing women to mark the 100th anniversary of the moment women were first allowed to become lawyers. Angela has edited several books and written a history of women in the 20th century.


Jenny Stiling

Associate/Co-opted Member

Date of Appointment – July 2023 (annual review)

Committee Membership – Search and Governance Committee

Jenny has been associated with Weymouth College for nearly twenty years; her area of expertise is in project funding and development. She has been a member of the College Board for a number of years then, moving to an Associate role.


Peter Vowles

Date of Appointment – 15/05/2018 – 16/06/2022 and 16/06/22 – 15/05/2026  2nd term

Committee Membership – Search and Governance & Audit Committees

Peter has worked in further education for over forty years – in Fiji, Birmingham and Luton before coming to Weymouth. His roles at Weymouth College, as Schools Officer and Student Liaison Officer, bring him into contact with staff and students across the college and with local schools and organisations. He organises Primary College and Careers College for over 3,000 children each year.



Alison Lydon

Director of Governance

Date of Appointment – 01/07/2023

Alison moved down from the Midlands having worked as Director of Governance  at Queen Alexandra College for a number of years and as Company Secretary at SEMTA and Toyota UK prior to that.  She is Chartered Company Secretary and has completed both FE Governance and school governance qualifications in addition to this, as well as spending a time as a governor of her local college.

A Register of Interests covering all board members and key staff is maintained by the Clerk in accordance with the Instrument of Government and is available for inspection on request to

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