Corporation Members

Ann Turner, Principal FCMA

After graduating from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Ann was employed by the University as a Lecturer and Computer Programming adviser. A family relocation to the south coast meant a change of career, away from education into the commercial world, initially converting ledger book based accounting systems to the computer, before progressing to finance management.

A move to the north west, meant securing new employment, this time in the construction industry initially as an office manager and finally as Company Secretary and Company Accountant following the completion of professional examinations. A decision not to relocate with this business meant a review of career and the decision to return to education as Director of Finance at Myerscough College near Preston.

The belief in the power of FE to change lives and the opportunities available led to further promotion to Chief Executive and Principal at Myerscough in 2006. After 12 happy and successful years, Ann retired and relocated to Cheshire. The opportunity to return to the sector and Moulton College after two weeks' retirement was too big an opportunity to miss and Ann is currently employed as interim principal and member of the college board.

Lee Howarth (Staff Governor)

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.

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.

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. Alastair is also a member of 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. Ashley is also a member of the Search and Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

David McVean, External Governor (Chair)

David has made education his life’s goal. Following almost 30 years in the Civil Service, working at the highest levels of Government, David now runs his own successful business. He holds an Honours Degree in Mathematics from the Open University and a Diploma in Business Administration from Henley Management College.

David held many roles in the Civil Service, including  Head of 14-19 Funding as well as Director of Curriculum Development at the QCDA. His final role was as Regional Director for the Education Funding Agency, ensuring compliance for Academies in the Midlands and South West of England.

He now focuses his consultancy on improving the financial management, educational performance and governance of Academies. He continues to work on Technical Levels as the Senior Policy Adviser to Baker-Dearing Educational Trust. He is a member of the Department for Education’s T-level 2020 Implementation Group. He also delivers training programmes to the next generation of civil servants, improving and enhancing their skills to advise government Ministers.

He is also an Executive Mentor for the Royal Opera House Leadership Programme, working with head teachers on their personal and professional development. David is Chair of Irthlingborough Junior School and Vice-Chair of Huxlow Science College. He has two grown up sons, a very patient wife and two grand-daughters.

David is also the Chair of the Search and Governance Committee; a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

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 sits on the Finance and Resources Committee. 

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

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 current Vice 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 Audit Committee.

Andrew Eastland (Student Governor)

Andrew is currently an apprentice working for one of the top 10 landlords whilst studying a Level 5 NVQ and HND in Construction Management. His key role is contributing to the Development and Sales team by representing client Registered Housing Providers on new development sites ensuring their requirements are met in full.

Prior to working in the Development of Affordable Housing Andrew was part of the Asset Management team assisting in the management of housing stock.

Andrew is a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee.

Mark Wakeford  MA, C.Eng, FICE (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 is a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and is the Governor Champion for Health and Safety.

Pauline Hawesford (Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee)

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. 

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Helen King

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.