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.
Ryan Grant – Student Governor
One of my aims is to work in the aviation industry, and hopefully achieving three A-Levels in Use of Maths, Computer Science and Geography as well as an AS in EPQ, I believe that will put me in a good position to obtain an Aerospace Engineering Degree. My other aim is to help students get the most from the college and performing the role of Student Executive, Ambassador and Governor has given me the opportunity to put my ideas forward on behalf of the students to improve the learning environment.
Mansoor Mahmood – Student Governor
I am studying Biology, Chemistry & Maths as my 3 A-levels which I believe should put me in good stead to fulfill my aspirations in studying Medicine at university. From being given the privilege to take up roles such as Student Ambassador, Executive and Governor by the college it has given me the ability to make an impact for the college in the best way I can. Initially, the drive to become a governor has been made possible so I can put the students best interest forward allowing everyone to make the most of what our college has to offer.
Harrison Quinn – Student Governor
My aim for the two years at OSFC was to get involved. I have become a Student Ambassador, I am part of the Executive and now I’m a Student Governor. I hope to make a difference, and I’m now in the best possible situation to make this happen.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.