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Meet the Governors



Andy Salmon Headshot

Joined: April 2021

Andy Salmon

- External Governor and Chair of the Corporation


Chair of the Governance & Search Committee, member of the Senior Staff Performance & Remuneration Committee.
Andy is Pro Vice Chancellor (External) at Bath Spa University and has a Professorship in Creative and Social Enterprise.


Specialist Areas of Knowledge

Adult Education, Strategy, Innovation, Partnerships and Enterprise



Neil Wilson Headshot

Joined: January 2016

Neil Wilson

- External Governor and Joint Vice Chair


Neil is The Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance & Search Committee and Senior Staff Performance and Remuneration Committee. He is Director of Risk & Investment at Wessex Water.


Member of Institute of Risk Management, Member of Institute of Asset Management.


Specialist Areas of Knowledge

Strategy, investment planning, change management & assurance, risk management, asset management.




Joined: November 2020

Victoria Downing-Burn

- External Governor and Joint Vice Chair


Victoria is Chair of the Senior Staff Performance & Remuneration Committee and the People Working Group , and a member of the Governance & Search Committee. She is Director of Workforce Strategy at the Somerset Intergrated Care Board.


Specialist Areas of Knowledge

HR and OD strategy and policy, strategic workforce planning; inclusion and culture, staff engagement, and health and wellbeing



Jayne Davis Headshot

Joined: September 2021

Jayne Davis

- Principal and Chief Executive




Specialist Areas of Knowledge

Education, quality, assessment, strategy, leadership, change management.



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Joined: January 2016

Erica Draisey

- External Governor


Erica is Chair of the Curriculum & Quality Working Group and  a member of the Governance & Search Committee. She is an Educational Consultant with recent experience in secondary education at Headship and Executive Principal level.


Specialist Areas of Knowledge

Strategic Planning, Education Leadership, Quality Assurance in Schools, Curriculum Development, School Improvement.



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Joined: July 2022

Adam Gould

- External Governor


Adam is a qualified accountant and a member of the Finance & Estates Working Group.  He is senior internal auditor at the University of Bath.

Specialist Areas of Knowledge

Audit & Finance



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Joined: August 2022

Robert Rashley

- Staff Governor


Bob is the Course Coordinator for Part-Time and Distance Learning. He is a member of the Staff Wellbeing and Somer Valley Working Groups.



Jenny Williams Headshot

Joined: July 2018

Jenny Williams

- External Governor


Member of the Curriculum & Quality and the People Working Group.


Chief Executive of ASDAN, a Bristol-based education charity and awarding organisation, specialising in personal, social and work-related learning. ASDAN works across the UK and in over 30 countries overseas.


Previously led the national Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning and was director of VET at the Education and Training Foundation.


Specialist Areas of Knowledge

Policy and strategy in post-16 and lifelong learning; technical and vocational teaching and learning; evidence-informed CPD; organisational development and change management.



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Joined: July 2018

Mike Oram

- External Governor


Mike is the Digital Link Governor. He is the Director of the iO Academy, a programming training company in Bath. 

Specialist areas of knowledge

Technology and education.




Vacancy 1

- Student Governor





Vacancy 2

- Student Governor





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Joined: February 2020

Ian Tavener

- External Governor


Ian is a member of the Finance & Estates Working Group and a Director at Burohappold Engineering. He is a Chartered member of the Engineering Council and a Fellow of the Chartered institution of Building Services Engineer.
His specialism is building services in buildings, working mainly in the Education sector.



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Joined: October 2020

Lisa Ford

- External Governor


Lisa is Chair of the Finance & Estates Working Group. She is a qualified accountant working for Bath & North East Somerset Council.


Specialist Areas of Knowledge






Vacancy 3

- External Governor



Specialist Areas of Knowledge




Ian Stevenson Headshot

Joined: March 2022

Ian Stevenson

- External Governor


Ian is a member of the Audit Committee. He is a consultant at Strategic Regulatory Management Limited and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.


Specialist Areas of Knowledge

Regulatory and Risk Management



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Joined: March 2019

Emma Roberts

- Head of Governance


Emma supports and advises the Governing Body (the Corporation Board).  She has a background in higher education and public sector governance and is an Affiliate of the Chartered Governance Institute.