Corporation Members

Stephen M Davies, Chief Executive and Principal

Stephen is responsible for all aspects of the operation of Moulton College including the commercial enterprises which support the development of employability skills of the students.

Following a 30 year career in the education sector including 10 years’ experience as an Ofsted additional inspector of learning and skills, Stephen has extensive experience in management, quality assurance and improvement, management information services, information technology, registry, human resources and budgetary management.  

Stephen is a Trustee for the national charity THRIVE, a committee member of the RHS Bursaries and Qualifications Advisory Committee, a Board member of the East Midlands Further Education Colleges group, a Board member of the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and Chair of the NEP Employment and Skills Strategy Board. 

Lee Howarth

A graduate of Loughborough University, Lee has managed Moulton College’s Injury Rehabilitation Centre since 2013.

A former professional footballer, he joined the college in 2000 as a Sports Studies Lecturer, and moved on to become the Sports Studies Subject Manager before becoming Director of Sport prior to moving to the injury rehabilitation centre.

Lee joined the Board in 2014 and sits on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Commitee.

Katie Delamain-Blunt

As a graduate from University College Northampton in Business and Marketing, Katie continued her education to gain her Chartered Marketer status (MCIM) with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Katie has specialised in her field in the Education and Financial services sectors since she graduated.

After several years of working in London, and after the birth of her children, Katie founded her own Marketing Consultancy and Print Management company based in Northamptonshire. Katie also has a keen interest in animals and equine as well as many areas of sport, which she combines with charity work. Recent challenges include the London Marathon, Three Peaks Challenge and the Ultra Isle of Wight Challenge.

Katie joined the board in 2017 and is a member of the Teaching, Leaning and Assessment committee and a Link Governor for Student Services and Sport.

Richard O’Driscoll

Richard's early career was as a Banker in Ireland and England before joining the Jordan Grand Prix F1 motor racing team in Silverstone in 1992 as Financial Controller. He left the Jordan F1 Team as COO/CFO in 2005. Since then he has run a UK Commercial Property Investment Company and currently is Managing Director of Collingtree Park Golf Course Limited. He is also a Director of a Northampton based ladies shoe Company; It’s Got Soul Limited.

He joined the Board in 2014 and is a member of the Finance Scrutiny Panel.

Richard Sadler

Having graduated from Nottingham University, Richard worked for Perkins Diesel Engine Company, Coventry Climax and Curtis Instruments from whom he retired as Global Sales and Marketing Vice President in 2015.

The son of a farmer, Richard lives locally and has a small farm which includes a herd of Aberdeen Angus suckler cows.

He joined the Board in 2006 and chairs the Remuneration Committee.

Lucille Knapp

Lucille studied French and Management Studies at University of Leeds.  She joined Shell in 1982 on the graduate trainee programme and had jobs in IT, Government Relations and Commercial Marketing and in 1989 went to study for her Masters in Business Administration at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

After graduating, she worked at the Kent Institute of Art & Design establishing a trading company and charity for them. In 1994 Lucille joined Northern Trust Bank in London and worked in Business Development establishing them across Europe. After qualifying as a Nutritional Therapist, Lucille returned to her home county of Northamptonshire in 2009 where she is in private practice.

Lucille joined the Board in July 2017 and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Robin Thompson (Chair of Corporation)

A graduate of Newcastle University, Robin is a local farmer with business interests in pig, poultry and arable production. 

He joined the Board in 2003 and has been Chair since December 2010.  Robin is also Chair of the Search and Governance Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Alastair Thomson

A graduate of Durham university, Alastair joined the Board in 2014 after a career advising on post-school education policy for a national educational charity and in central government. Prior to this he worked as a journalist and college teacher.

Alastair joined the Board in 2015 and is the Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee.

Mike Thomson

A graduate of University College London, Mike is a solicitor with a particular interest in the agricultural and landed sector.

Mike joined the Board in 2006. He is a member of the Audit Committee and serves also on the Search and Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Terry Neville OBE

Chief Operating Officer at The University of Northampton.

Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants.  Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire.  Terry has worked in Higher Education for 47 years.                   

Terry joined the Board in 2011 and is a member of the Finance Scrutiny Panel.

Ashley Clarkson

A graduate of Newcastle University where he studied Agriculture, Ashley then trained as a Chartered Accountant in Northampton  He joined Grant Thornton in 1995 to focus on farming and landed estates businesses in the Eastern Region

He is now an Associate Director and leads the Agricultural team for Grant Thornton advising a broad range of Rural and entrepreneur businesses.  Ashley is a member of the firms Food and Beverage National panel assisting the firm in advising businesses in this sector.

Ashley joined the Board in September 2016 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Steve Gordon, External Governor

A graduate of Worcester HE College, Steve is Headteacher of Huxlow Science College in Northamptonshire. Steve has a particular interest in Rugby, Cricket and travelling.

Steve joined the Board in September 2017. He is a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee. Steve is also a link governor for English and Mathematics.

Sam Spry (Student Govenor)

Sam is a mature student studying a foundation degree in Countryside and Wildlife Management, a course which involves time at both Moulton College and the University of Northampton. Before re-entering education, Sam had worked in the electrical wholesale industry.

Sam joined the Board as student governor in September 2017. He is also a Link Governor for the Student Representative Forums.

Ian James

Ian is a graduate of Southampton University, having studied Biochemistry and Physiology. He recently retired as Chief Executive of British Pepper & Spice Ltd, Northampton, having been made CEO in 1997.

He has significant senior board experience in the food industry having completed a successful management buyout, overseen a new factory build and completed the purchase and sale of two further businesses. Prior to that, Ian spent 12 years developing his managerial experience with the Kellogg Co of GB, culminating as General Manager Middle East.

He is the current Chairman of the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Sector Strategy Board.

Ian joined the Moulton College Board in October 2017 and sits on the Audit Committee.

Barry Hansford

Before entering education I worked in the Hospitality industry in hotels and latterly as In-Flight Catering manager at Stansted Airport. I then spent 30 years in Further Education initially teaching Hotel and Catering Management and latterly taking responsibility for the college’s student support services.

I retired from my position as Director of Student Services at a large Further Education College in November 2014.

I have been a governor at Loddington CE Primary School since 2012 and chair since September 2014.

Barry joined the Moulton College Board in November 2017 and sits on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee.

Karen Mackaness (Co-opted member of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee)

An Interior Designer, now retired.  Karen ran her own business having gained a Diploma in Interior Design whilst training in a local Architect's Practice. She joined the Board in 2001. 

Karen chaired the Audit Committee and Awards Committee and is now a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Commitee. Her interests include The Arts, Dressage, Skiing and many more!

Mark Wakeford  MA, C.Eng, FICE (Co-opted member of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee)

Mark is Joint Managing Director of Stepnell Ltd, part of the Stepnell Group, a

£100 million turnover building and civil engineering group headquartered in Rugby. Mark is a graduate of Cambridge University and has worked in the construction industry since 1989.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Mark joined the Board in 2015 and is Link Governor for Construction and Apprenticeships.