Board of Governors
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 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 Ward Hadaway Law Firm 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 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 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. Jayne is a member of the Resources, RRSO 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 RRSO Committee.
Peter Dunlop – Independent Governor
Peter joined the board in May 2013, and is a member of the RRSO 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 sits on the Quality Committee. Raised in Oldham, Mike first joined The University of Manchester as an administrator in 1991. As Director of Student Recruitment and International Development, his responsibilities now cover all UK and international student recruitment activity, Widening Participation and Outreach work, as well as the development and delivery of the University’s Internationalisation Strategy.
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 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.
Andrew Kilburn – Chair of the Corporation – Chair of Governors
Andrew started as a Parent Governor when he joined the Board in February 2012. He was then elected to be the Chair of the Corporation in July 2013. 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 who once attended OSFC.
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!
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
David is a Partner in Gatley Read, Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors, elected onto the Governing Body in December 2007 when he joined the Finance & General Purposes Committee. He is the Chair of the Resources Committee, and a member of the Quality and RRSO Committees.
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 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 11 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 – 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.