Board of Governors

Shoab Aktar


Shoab Aktar – Independent Governor

Shoab joined the Board in September 2013 and sits on the Audit Committee. Shoab has lived in Oldham most of his life and is the Deputy Leader of Oldham Council. He is the cabinet member for Business and Town Centres. He is married with 3 children and is also employed by Great Places Housing Group.



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 ArnoldJenny Arnold – Independent Governor

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



dave_bensteadDave Benstead – Independent Governor

Dave became a Governor of the College in 2011. He came to work in Oldham in 1996 joining Zetex plc originally as HR Director. The Company was acquired in 2008 and he is currently Director of IT, Quality and HR at Diodes Zetex Semiconductors Limited. Dave Chairs the Oldham Business Leadership Group, the Oldham Economy & Enterprise Board, is HR Director of Mahdlo Youth Zone and a Board member of Young Enterprise, Greater Manchester. He is 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. He attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2011 where he was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion by the Queen.




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. Member of the Finance & General Purposes, Personnel, Search and Quality Committees.





Claire Louise Corrigan – 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 also became part of the Teaching and Learning Mentoring team. Claire has two daughters, one of whom was a student at the college, and is now study Criminology at Leeds Metropolitan University.  Claire sits on the Quality and Personnel Committees.





Howard Dixon – Independent Governor

Business Manager of Boulting Group Ltd and Chairman of JSMS Holdings Ltd, appointed to the Board in July 2011 to serve a four year term of office.
Member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.



Peter Dunlop


Peter Dunlop – Independent Governor

Peter joined the board in May 2013, and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.  Peter studied Electronic Engineering at UMIST.  He is a director of Innovative Technology Ltd, where he is responsible for engineering and the development, and introduction of new products.





Mike Gibbons – Independent Governor

Mike joined the Board in September 2013, and currently sits on the Resources Committee. Originally from Oldham, Mike spent over 20 years in a variety of roles at both UMIST and The University of Manchester, becoming Director of Student Recruitment and International Development there in 2011. Five years later he took up his current position as Director of External Relations and Deputy Registrar at Manchester Metropolitan.  His responsibilities now cover the University’s Marketing and Communications delivery, as well as all UK and international student admissions and recruitment activity.





Afsar Hussain – Independent Governor

Afsar, a former Student of OSFC went on to graduate from the University of Manchester. Having worked in London City for Lloyds TSB he gained a scholarship to study an MSc at Manchester Business School. Afsar has had an exciting career in Corporate Banking and currently holds a role at Santander Bank as a Relationship Director for South and East Manchester.

Afsar hopes to use his skills and experiences to make difference and give back to the students of OSFC.


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

Irene is a former primary headteacher and works part time as a school improvement advisor. She joined the board in 1995, Chairs the Quality Committee and is a member of the Search and Remuneration Committee.

Irene has two children who both attended OSFC and progressed on to university.




Andrew Kilburn – Chair of the Corporation – Chair of Governors

Andrew is a Parent Governor and joined the Board in February 2012. Andrew was employed in local government for thirty five years prior to his retirement in 2010. Between 1999 and 2008 he was Chief Executive of Oldham MBC. Since his retirement from full time employment he works as a consultant and as a trustee of Emmaus, a local charity. Andrew has two sons and a daughter, one of whom is currently a student at  the college.





John Porter – Parent Governor

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!



Shuma Rahman-Chowdhury – Parent Governor

Shuma joined the Board as a Parent Governor in November 2016 and is a member of the Audit Committee.  Shuma is currently employed as a Pension Fund Assistant Accountant at Bupa and is working towards completing the CIMA qualification to become a qualified management 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.


Tameem Rahman


Tameem Rahman – Student Governor

Hi, my name is Tameem Rahman. I currently study Chemistry, Biology and Maths. I aspire to study medicine but also help facilitate voluntary placements and work experience for aspiring health care professionals who are in year 12. I became a governor because I am passionate about education and believe every student deserves to have the best experience in college.





David Read – Independent Governor

Partner in Gatley Read, Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors, elected onto the Governing Body in December 2007 when he joined the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
Elected Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee in June 2008 and member of the Search Committee.





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 10 years, and most recently with a Special School in Kirklees.



Dominic WallDominic Wall – Independent Governor

“I studied Archaeology and Ancient History at Manchester University and worked there as a postgrad for a couple of year before I went into teaching. My work in schools has been in the special education sector, and I was proud to open Kingfisher Special School as headteacher in 2000 when I worked for OMBC. From 2004 I have worked in Bradford, first as a School Improvement Officer and Adviser, and then back in school for the last seven years, as  headteacher of a secondary special school that is co-located with a large mainstream school in a brand new BSF building.

My personal interests include supporting Saddleworth Rangers where I coached a junior team for the last ten years, and researching local history; at the weekend you might well find me digging mesolithic flints out of the peat up on Saddleworth Moor.”


Donna Wright – Support Staff Governor

I have worked at Oldham Sixth Form College for 13 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.  Recently I received a promotion to Data Quality Officer and completed a course at Oldham College in Leadership & Management and hope to use these skills and experiences to make a positive contribution to the governors team.



Nazia Yusuf

Nazia Yusuf – Student Governor

My name is Nazia Yusuf and I am a student at Oldham Sixth Form College. I am studying Psychology,Sociology and English Language. I was delighted to take up the role of a Student Governor, Student Executive, and also a member of the Resources Commitee. These roles will not only boost my confidence but will allow me to understand the College environment better. I am grateful for these opportunities. I spent a good half of my childhood in a small town called Batley in West Yorkshire where i was born, and then moved to Oldham. In my spare time I like to travel and explore new places, read books and work at my parents store.



Corporation Minutes

Audit Committee Minutes

Corporation Standing Orders

Governors’ Code of Conduct