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Members

Ian Pryce

Date of appointment:
31.05.2011

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Principal and Chief Executive The Bedford College Group
  • Member 157 group
  • Syndic, University of Cambridge
David Pridmore

Date of appointment:

01.04.2017

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Trustee of Luton and Bedfordshire Learning Partnership
  • Non Executive Director and Trustee of Brunel Centre of Bedford Ltd
Sherida Carter

Date of appointment:

01.11.2014

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Interim Director of Human Resources at Bedford College
Douglas Seward

Date of appointment:

11.07.2017

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Director and company secretary of Global Visibility Solutions Ltd
  • Director and company secretary of Global Visibility Business Solutions
  • Director and company secretary of Global Visibility Technology Limited
  • Financial interests in Cemex UK and AMG Super Alloys
The Bedford College Group

Date of appointment:

31.05.2011

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Corporate member

Directors

Anthony Abrahams (Chair)

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Chair of Bedford College Academies Trust Limited
Mark Kiteley

Date of appointment:

01.10.2015

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Director Garmar Services Limited
  • Director Zonata Limited
  • Non executive Director Bedford College Services Limited
Jasmin Masih

Date of appointment:

27.03.2017

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Joint Council for Qualifications CIC
Ian Pryce CBE

Date of appointment:

31.05.2011

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Principal and Chief Executive Bedford College
  • Member 157 group
  • Syndic, University of Cambridge
  • Director of BCPS Limited
Lesley Glover

Date of appointment:

01.11.2017

Christine O'Reilly

Date of appointment:

01.11.2017

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

  • Company Director of O’Reilly Consulting Limited
Gill Scoble

Date of appointment:

01.10.2015

1. ANTHONY ABRAHAMS(CHAIR)
Anthony joined the board of BCAT in June 2019. Having qualified as a solicitor and specialising in civil litigation, Anthony has considerable hands-on experience in Legal Practice Management and Strategic Leadership. He also sits as a District Judge.
Anthony has a keen interest in education having been involved in the development of Bedford School, acting as a governor from 1995 to 2005 and as Vice-Chair from 2002 to 2005. Anthony is involved with a number of military charities caring for the needs of service personnel and their families, as well as local and national charities.

2. SHERIDA CARTER (MEMBER)
A Human Resources Manager for a global logistics company. Influential participant in projects to promote apprenticeships and technical education locally.

3. LESLEY GLOVER (VICE CHAIR)
Recently retired head of a University Technical College with extensive teaching career in middle and secondary schools. Lesley has held senior management positions within schools as deputy head teacher and head teacher before taking on the role of Principal of the UTC.

4. MARK KITELEY (DIRECTOR)
An experienced SME Executive Director with expertise in Service Management, Reverse Logistics, Quality Management Systems, Internal Audit processes, and Business Development.

Mark is an experienced Non-Executive Director in a number of businesses, including the public sector and has over 10 years’ experience within Audit, Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning. Mark has been a Corporation Member at Bedford College since 1998 and was appointed Chair of Audit in December 2013. His term of office at Bedford College ended in July 2016.

5. JASMIN MASIH (DIRECTOR)

Jasmin is a highly motivated and professional employee of Joint Council for Qualifications CIC. She has extensive experience in data management, including analysis of complex data sets and work with secondary schools performance data. Jasmin has a passion for Schools Improvement and living in the Wixams Area is looking forward to using her skills to support the schools in the community.

6. DAVID PRIDMORE (MEMBER)
David Pridmore, retired Deputy Principal at Bedford College, first joined the education sector in 1983. David undertook a wide range of roles within Further education including those of Director of Academic Programmes and Services and Academic Director before being appointed Deputy Principal at Bedford College in 2003, retiring in 2016. Prior to joining the education sector David worked in the Aerospace industry.

He has a keen interest in education. He has chaired the Bedfordshire Community Learning Trust and the regional Open College Network. David is currently a non- executive director on the boards of The Learning partnership Bedfordshire and Luton Limited (since March 2016) and Central Bedfordshire UTC Limited (since October 2015).

7. IAN PRYCE (MEMBER AND DIRECTOR)
Ian has been Principal & Chief Executive of Bedford College since 1998, having joined the College in 1996 as Finance Director. He was previously a regional Finance Director at the Further Education Funding Council and has also worked as a Director or Senior Manager in retail, electricity generation and local government in Liverpool, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Northamptonshire. He is a fellow of the accountancy body CIPFA and a Syndic of the University of Cambridge. He was one of the founder members of the 157 Group, founding Chair of the Bedford Free School and was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In August 2017 the College merged with Tresham College to form The Bedford College Group.

8. CHRISTINE O’REILLY (DIRECTOR)
Christine brings over 20 years of experience in primary school education to the board. Her prior background in business is a valuable addition to the skill set of the trustees.

9. GILL SCOBIE (DIRECTOR)
Ofsted inspector with a good knowledge of the local area. She is not a governor or staff member of Bedford College. She was helpful to the project team when they developed the Bedford Free School.

10. DOUGLAS SEWARD (MEMBER)
Douglas is the Managing Director of GVBS, a Supply Chain Consultancy. He is an entrepreneurial General Manager with particular strengths in providing direction, optimising performance and defining and implementing change in business critical areas. He has a history of leadership and performance management in businesses for which change management and performance delivery have been critical success factors.