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Corporation Members

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 ,landed estates and food businesses in the Eastern Region. Ashley became the national lead for Agriculture and was part of the Food and Drink Panel for Grant Thornton assisting in advice to businesses across the UK.

Ashley recently started his own advisory practice in Northamptonshire focusing on farming, landed estates and SME entrepreneurial businesses especially in the rural economy.

Ashley joined the Board in September 2016 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. Ashley is also a member of the Search and Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

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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 is a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and the Audit Committee. Barry is also the Governor Champion for Safeguarding.

Barry Hansford
Corrie Harris

Principal and CEO

Corrie studied business and management at Coventry University. She joined Moulton College in July 2019 and prior to this she held a variety of senior management roles in Further Education institutions. Corrie is focused on meeting the needs of local communities and employers and giving students an exceptional learning experience. She comes with a wealth of experience in the teaching and learning environment and has a demonstrated history of highly successful leadership in Further Education.

Corrie Harris Principal and CEO
Pauline Hawkesford

Pauline graduated from Sheffield University with an English degree, and later gained an MA through the University of Leicester.

She was a teacher and manager in further education colleges for over 30 years, specialising in English, which she taught at all levels and teacher education. Management roles included initiating improvements in teaching and learning.

Following this, she joined the Adult Learning Inspectorate and then Ofsted, where she was an HMI for several years.

Currently she still works for Ofsted on a part-time basis, as well as being closely involved in her local community, including being a governor at her local primary school.

Pauline is Vice Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and is a link governor for Quality and also English and Maths.

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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 currently co-owner / director of the Marketing and distributor agency Max-TM Ltd

Ian joined the Moulton College Board in October 2017 and is Vice Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.

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Dr Peter Jones

Peter is the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology at the University of Northampton. He is also a board member of NSport and Northampton Leisure Trust.

Prior to reading for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and PhD in Cardiovascular Biochemistry at Liverpool John Moores University, Peter was a Euriconvetible bond market maker at County Natwest Securities in London. He has subsequently worked and held leadership roles in several educational establishments including the University of Hertfordshire, Moulton College and University of Derby and Staffordshire University. He has lead teams in a diverse range of disciplines including sport science, business, law and science

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Helen King

(Co-optee)

Helen is a graduate of Newcastle University having gained a Bsc (Hons) in Agriculture (Animal Production). She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 and having joined Ellacotts in 2002 as a Manager, has been a partner since 2016. Helen has extensive experience as an accountant having previously worked for a national firm of agricultural specialist accounts and as an accountant for a large mixed farming business.

Helen is a member of various farming and rural business organisations including the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA), Agricultural Law Association and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Helen joined the Moulton College Audit Committee as a co-opted member in November 2017.

Helen King Govenor
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 for them for 15 years 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.

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Suzzanne Ljewsky

Suzzanne studied for a Bachelor of Education Honours degree at the University of Brighton. After 11 years teaching and having responsibility in Secondary mainstream education, she moved into Special Education, initially with students with Social Emotional and Mental Health issues (SEMH) and then onto Friars Academy for students with learning difficulties and Autism, becoming Headteacher in 2012. She has now established Friars Multi Academy

Trust and is due to open a second school in September 2021.

She has moved Friars Academy from Ofsted rated good to outstanding and has maintained this for the most recent inspection. Partnerships and community involvement are a key focus for the development of the students. She has a drive to ensure that all students are thoroughly prepared for the next steps in their lives, whatever they may be.

Suzzanne joined the Board in November 2019 and is a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee.

Suzzanne Ljewsky Governor
Charles Matts

Vice Chair

After graduating from Reading University, Charles became a partner on his family farm, and in 2000 co-founded Brixworth Farming, a joint venture that delivers the arable farming for its stakeholder farms and others across 2500 ha.

He is a past NFU Chair at local, county and regional level and chaired the NFU Mutual’s Midlands Regional Advisory Board for 8 years. He is a founding trustee and now Chair of the National Land Based College, which was set up by the land based colleges to engage with industry to deliver qualifications and skills that employers need, and to champion the land based sector as a professional and progressive career.

Charles is also Vice Chair of the Farm Safety Foundation, member of the AHDB Recommended Lists Project Board and Chair of its Oilseeds Crop Committee.

Charles is Vice Chair of the Corporation, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Search and Governance Committee and the Finance and Resources Committee.

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David McVean

Chair

After almost 30 years in the Civil Service, working at the highest levels of Government, David now runs his own successful consultancy, focused on the financial management, educational performance and governance of Academies. He is a training practitioner, delivering training programmes to the next generation of civil servants, improving and enhancing their skills to advise government Ministers and has recently become SRMA (Schools Resource Management Advisor) accredited. David is Chair of Irthlingborough Junior School and Vice-Chair of Huxlow Science College. He has two grown up sons, a very patient wife, two grand-daughters and more recently, a grandson.

He is passionate about education and believes in the power of Further Education to unlock potential in young people and adults.

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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 over 50 years.

Terry joined the Board in 2011 and is the Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. He is also a member of the Search and Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

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Sophie O'Connor

Staff Governor

I am a full time Animal welfare lecturer at the College. I have been involved with the College for the last 12 years. I was a student at the College and studied on both the FE and HE courses. I have been a lecturer at the College for 2 years after completion of my Master’s degree. Within my degrees I sat on the board as a student governor, I now have the privilege of sitting on the board once again as a staff governor. I am a qualified Equine Rehabilitation and Sports Massage Therapist. I am very passionate about the welfare of animals.

I have joined the board this year and also sit on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee.

Sophie O Connor Staff Governor
Malcolm Pate

Staff Governor

Malcolm studied Agriculture at the Scottish Agricultural College Auchincruive Campus and graduated with a BSc from Glasgow University. Now a successful, forward thinking and pioneering Farm Manager, he is passing his many years of skills and experience on to the students who come to study at Moulton College. Malcolm is the College Farm Manager and joined the Board in December 2019 and is a member of the Audit Committee.

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Alastair Thomson

A graduate of Durham university, Alastair joined the Board in 2015 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. Alastair is also a member of the Search and Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

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Mark Wakeford MA, C.Eng, FICE

Mark is Joint Managing Director of Stepnell Ltd, part of the Stepnell Group, a £150 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 is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee and is the Governor Champion for Health and Safety.

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David Aarons

(Co-optee)

David is a retired IT consultant who has undertaken a variety of roles including software design & development, support, sales & marketing and IT management. After retiring he spent 6 years as a Northamptonshire magistrate and is now Chairman of Moulton Parish Council. David is a co-opted member of the Audit Committee.

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