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Meet Our Senior Team

The Sheffield College is a Further Education Corporation under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. Our Mission as a college is to transform lives through learning. Our Senior Team are the people who are ultimately responsible for making this happen.

Meet Our Senior Team

Executive Team

The Sheffield College Executive Team is made up of skilled industry professionals who have many years of experience of working within Further Education and other sectors and who are passionate about changing lives through education. You can meet them below.

  • Angela Foulkes

    Angela Foulkes

    Chief Executive and Principal

    Angela Foulkes is an experienced further and higher education practitioner with an authoritative und... Read More
  • Anita Straffon

    Anita Straffon

    Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Principal

    Anita Straffon joined the College’s Executive Leadership Team in 2018. Anita has been dedic... Read More
  • Andrew Hartley

    Andrew Hartley

    Executive Director, Commercial and Operations

    Andrew Hartley is responsible for the business development and marketing of the College, engagement... Read More
  • Paul Simpson

    Paul Simpson

    Executive Director, People

    Paul Simpson has more than 20 years’ human resources experience in the public and private sect... Read More
  • Mark Pearson

    Mark Pearson

    Executive Director of Strategy and Systems Improvement

    Mark Pearson has more than 16 years’ experience working in post-16 education and joined the Co... Read More
  • Martin Harrison

    Martin Harrison

    Executive Director of Finance

    Martin Harrison qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1996 and has a background of... Read More
  • Alison Shillito

    Alison Shillito

    Governance Advisor and Clerk to the Governing Body

    Alison Shillito joined the College in November 2016. She is a legally qualified (LLB honours degree)... Read More

Governing Body

Governors are volunteers who bring a wealth of skills and experience to serve on the boards and committees of colleges. Our Governing Body help to support the execution of the college strategy, as well as reviewing the direction of the college and offering challenge and feedback. Below you can find out more information about the people who make up our Governing Body, as well as the latest meeting minutes and other useful documents and information.

  • Holly Anderson

    Holly Anderson

    Holly joined the college in August 2015 and is currently Head of Marketing and Communications. She h... Read More
  • Gwyn Arnold

    Gwyn Arnold

    Following early career positions in local education authorities, Gwyn had a full-time career in High... Read More
  • Stephen Betts

    Stephen Betts

    Stephen is Chief Executive of Learn Sheffield, which is a not for profit company owned by Sheffield&... Read More
  • Peter Brooks

    Peter Brooks

    Peter has spent his working career in IT and Electronics, mainly in commercial roles but with signif... Read More
  • Richard Calvert

    Richard Calvert

    Richard Calvert is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Operations) at Sheffield Hallam University.... Read More
  • Ian Falconer

    Ian Falconer

    After a period as a co-opted member, the Governing Body appointed Ian as a governor and Chair of the... Read More
  • Dr Beri Hare (OBE)

    Dr Beri Hare (OBE)

    Beri was appointed as a governor in July 2017 and is a Vice-Chair of Governing Body. She is Chair of... Read More
  • Stephan Hollingshead

    Stephan Hollingshead

    Stephan Hollingshead is a Commercial Director with experience covering finance and operational manag... Read More
  • Novaya Bedward-Makanjuola

    Novaya Bedward-Makanjuola

    Novaya was elected as President of The Sheffield College Students’ Union in 2021, pr... Read More
  • Sol Miah

    Sol Miah

    Sol Miah works in human resources in Higher Education and is a committed supporter of Further Educat... Read More
  • John Mothersole

    John Mothersole

    John joined the Governing Body in February 2020. From 2008 until December 2019, John was Chief Execu... Read More
  • Saleem Rashid

    Saleem Rashid

    Saleem is a Main Grade Lecturer in Maths at Hillsborough Campus and teaches Computing at City Campus... Read More
  • Steven Spence

    Steven Spence

    Steven joined the College in October 2018 and commenced his role as the College’s Teaching and... Read More
  • John Timms

    John Timms

    John was appointed in September 2012, he is Vice Chair of the Governing Body; the link governor for... Read More
  • Angela Foulkes

    Angela Foulkes

    Angela is Chief Executive and Principal of The Sheffield College and was appointed as a governor in... Read More
  • Alison Shillito

    Alison Shillito

    Alison Shillito joined the College in November 2016. She is a legally qualified (LLB honours degree)... Read More

Becoming a Governor

If you are interested in becoming a college governor, please do get in touch with us about upcoming vacancies. You can find further details of the role here. We need people who demonstrate the core attributes of governorship and strongly encourage applications from people from diverse ethnic communities. If you would like to be considered or to discuss what being a governor involves, then please contact Alison Shillito, Governance Advisor and Clerk to the Governing Body, on 0114 260 2696 or by email at, to arrange a chat or a discussion with our chair or Chief Executive. If you would like to apply for our next recruitment then you can download this Expression of Interest form, complete it, and send it by email to All expressions of interest will be acknowledged.

The college policy explaining how we select and appoint governors is here.


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