Board of Governors

John Porter

John Porter – Chair of the LGB

John joined the board as a parent governor in November 2015. He is a partner at Wrigley Claydon Solicitors and has worked in Oldham for over 20 years, specialising in Business and Employment law. He was previously Chair of Governors at a large primary school in Rochdale as well as serving as an Independent Board member with First Choice Homes Oldham. These roles have given him a good understanding of the education sector and corporate governance.

John is married with 2 children and a golden retriever!

Irene Howard

Irene Howard – Vice-Chair of the Corporation – Independent Governor

Former Headteacher at a Primary School. Initially elected for a two-year term as a Parent Governor in November 1995, and subsequently invited to serve as a co-optee from October 2007 until a suitable vacancy arose. Re-elected from 1 September 2008 as an Independent Governor for a four-year term of office.

Chair of the Quality Committee and Member of the RRSO and Remuneration Committees.

Shoab Aktar

Councillor Shoab Akhtar – Independent Governor

Shoab joined the Board in September 2013. Shoab has lived in Oldham most of his life and is an elected member of Oldham Council. He represents Werneth ward on the Council. He is married with 3 children and is also employed by Onward Homes.

Tanvir Alam

Tanvir Alam – Independent Governor

Tanvir is a qualified Accountant with over 10 years’ experience of working at various public and private sector organisations including the Audit Commission and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He currently runs his own accountancy practice in Oldham.

In his spare time, Tanvir runs a not-for-profit weekend supplementary school in Oldham with the primary aim of improving pupils’ achievements and attainments in Oldham.

Jenny Arnold

Jenny Arnold – Independent Governor

Jenny joined the Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in January 2015. Jenny is a Family Solicitor and works at JMW Solicitors LLP in Manchester City Centre. Raised in Oldham, she is a former pupil of Oldham Sixth Form College and studied Law at Nottingham University. Jenny is the Chair of the Yres Committee (Manchester) and a member of the National Yres Committee. She advises clients in relation to all aspects of family law including divorce, financial settlements and issues in relation to the arrangements for children. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys running, yoga and salsa dancing.

Dave Benstead

Dave Benstead – Independent Governor

Dave has been an Independent Governor since 2011. He came to work in Oldham in 1996 joining Zetex plc originally as HR Director. Dave chairs the Oldham Enterprise Trust and Oldham Economy & Enterprise Board. He is a board member of Mahdlo (Youth Zone) and Maggie’s (cancer centre), a member of the Employment and Skills Policy Committee and Regional Advisory Board for the EEF (an organisation dedicated to the future of manufacturing having previously served as President) and a member of the Greater Manchester Business Advisory Panel.

Jane Bevan

Jane Bevan – Parent Governor

Jane is a Parent Governor at the College and is the Equality and Safeguarding Link.  She has extensive experience working in the voluntary and public sector in Greater Manchester, particularly in social welfare and equality law. Until November 2017 she was Head of Disability Programmes for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).  Previously she was Programme Head for International and European Policy at the Commission.

Jane is a Trustee for Breakthrough, a Disabled People’s Organisation. She is currently employed on a Body, Mind and Well-being project in Saddleworth. Jane has a particular interest in mental wellbeing and is training to be a Reiki practitioner.”

Jayne Clarke

Jayne Clarke – Principal

Initially appointed as a Vice-Principal in 2002, promoted to the post of Deputy Principal in August 2007 and subsequently appointed Principal in August 2010. Jayne is a member of the Resources, RRSO and Quality Committees.

Sujata Dey

Sujata Dey – Student Governor

I am the current President of the Student Executive and have also undertaken the role of Student Governor on the Local Governing Body. I am currently studying English Literature, History and Drama, all of which are challenging but very rewarding subjects. I take pride in being a voice for my peers and hope to utilise the responsibility I have been given to better the lives of my fellow pupils. With this same drive and passion, I hope to go on to do an English Literature and Drama degree at university.

Claire Wilcox

Claire Wilcox – Teaching Staff Governor

Claire is the Teaching Staff Governor and joined the Board in December 2012. Claire was appointed as a Sociology and Health and Social Care teacher in 2007. Throughout her time Claire has taken up many roles and is currently the Course Leader for Health and Social Care level 2. Claire has two daughters who attended the college, both have been successful University applicants.

Peter Dunlop

Peter Dunlop – Independent Governor

Peter joined the board in May 2013.   He studied Electronic Engineering at UMIST.  He is a Managing Director of Innovative Technology Ltd, where he is responsible for strategic direction and performance of the group.

Emily Moore

Emily Moore – Student Governor

I am a passionate student, keen to get involved in the work that Governors do to improve the college. I am studying English Literature, History and Politics and want to go on to study English at university and pursue a career in political Journalism.

Shuma Rahman-Chowdhury

Shuma Rahman-Chowdhury – Parent Governor

Shuma joined the Board as a Parent Governor in November 2016 and is a member of the Health and Safety Committee. Shuma is currently employed as a Pension Fund Accountant at Mercer Ltd and is working towards completing the ACCA qualification to become a qualified chartered accountant. She has worked in various roles across the public and private sector and has varied experience in Pensions, Education and Insurance. Shuma has two daughters and one son, one of whom is currently a student at the College.

David Read

David Read – Independent Governor

David is a Partner in Gatley Read, Chartered Accountants, elected onto the Governing Body in December 2007 when he joined the Finance & General Purposes Committee. David currently sits on the Finance and Resources committee of the MAT.

Jack Titley

Jack Titley – Student Governor

I am the vice president of the student executive and thoroughly enjoy the positive impact I can have through the role. At A-Level I currently take History, Geography and Biology, three subjects which I enjoy due to their exacting nature. Outside of college my passion extends to music, skateboarding and football. I hope to take History to university level, having enjoyed the freedom of the subject which allowed me to develop and apply my knowledge on a boundless amount of historical events.

Jan Jones

Jan Jones – Clerk to the Corporation

Jan was appointed as Clerk to the Corporation on 1st January 2012. Jan did her degree in Communications at Loughborough University, where she graduated with a First class honours in 1996. She then went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance at Nottingham Trent University, and worked as a Careers Adviser for 15 years. Jan has volunteered as a Governor for 17 years, and most recently with a Special School in Kirklees.

Donna Wright

Donna Wright – Support Staff Governor

I have worked at Oldham Sixth Form College for 14 years in the Student Services Department.  I have lived in Oldham all my life and am proud to be part of Oldham Sixth Form College.  I have had a number of roles in the Student Services team including change of courses, early leavers, referrals, administration for parents evening and progress monitoring.  My current role as Data Quality Officer has enabled me to get more involved in script writing and producing data reports for various members of staff.  I hope to use these skills and experiences to make a positive contribution to the governor’s team.

Multi-Academy Trust Status

Oldham Sixth Form College is now part of The Pinnacle Learning Trust along with The Hathershaw College. Governance information on the Trustees and Members of the Pinnacle Learning Trust can be found at



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