Board of Governors

Irene Howard

Irene Howard – Chair of the LGB – Independent Governor

Irene is an experienced Primary Headteacher and has worked extensively as a School Improvement Advisor and Independent Consultant in Primary education. Irene joined the Board of Governors in 2005, initially as a Parent Governor, a position she held for 2 years during which time both her daughter and son attended the college, both moving on successfully to university.

Irene was invited to join OSFC Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in November 2007, and was elected Chair of the Quality Committee and Vice Chair of Governors. Further to the creation of the Pinnacle Learning Trust in 2018, Irene is Vice Chair of Governors of OSFC LGB, a Trustee of the Pinnacle Learning Trust and a governor at two primary schools, including Werneth Primary School a recent primary member of the Trust. Irene is committed to improving student’s life chances, and believes education provides positive opportunities for many young people to achieve their true potential.

Term of Office: 30/09/2020

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.

Term of Office: 01/09/2021

Tanvir Alam

Tanvir Alam – Co-opted 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.

Term of Office: 31/03/2023

Jenny Arnold

Jenny Arnold – Vice Chair of the LGB – Independent Governor

Jenny joined the Board as an Independent Governor.  She 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.

Term of Office: 31/03/2023

Dave Benstead

Dave Benstead – Co-opted 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 Make UK (formerly EEF an organisation dedicated to the future of manufacturing having previously served as President) and a member of the Greater Manchester Business Advisory Panel.

Term of Office: 30/11/2019

Peter Roberts

Peter Roberts – Acting Principal

Peter joined Oldham Sixth Form College in 1993. Before he joined the College’s Senior Leadership Team in 2003 he was firstly Head of History and then Head of Humanities. Peter became the Acting Principal of Oldham Sixth Form College in September 2019 having served as Assistant Principal, Vice Principal and Deputy Principal. He is also a member of Saddleworth School’s Governing Body and a member of the Sixth Form College Association’s Curriculum and Quality Committee.

Archie Duncan

Archie Duncan – Student Governor

I am currently undertaking roles, both as the President of the Student Executive and as a Student Governor on the Local Governing Body. At present, I study A-Levels in Mathematics, History and Government & Politics which all interest me greatly due to their challenging nature. I have a real passion for public service in my local community due to profound beliefs in giving back to the society that has given me so much, and in making the world a better place for all people. I hope to go to university to study a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Abdulrahman Mamman-Akaaba

Abdulrahman Mamman-Akaaba – Student Governor

As a hardworking and determined individual, I’m keen to work with the Governors to help improve the College. I have a passion for science and I currently study Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. I hope to go on to study medicine at university.

Ima Begum

Ima Begum – Student Governor

I am a very motivated and ambitious student with hopes to help improve student life here at Sixth Form. Currently I am taking Physics, Maths, and Electronics to progress into a science course 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.

Term of Office: 01/03/2019

Rosie McLaren

Rosie McLaren – Support Staff Governor

Rosie is the Support Staff Governor and joined the board in May 2019, is a former student and was appointed at college as the Essential Life Skills Coordinator in 2018. Rosie has achieved a First Class Honours degree in Primary Education (with QTS) at The University of Huddersfield. Since joining the college, Rosie has been involved in the development of many cross-college projects and events: the launch of a Debating Society, OSFC’s first Love is Love Festival, a number of debates and Q&A’s with politicians including Angela Rayner, Edwina Currie and Andy Burnham and the installation of a climbing wall, with many more new and ongoing projects developing this year. Rosie is also responsible for the guidance and direction of the Student Executive.

Term of Office: 01/03/2019

Peter Dunlop

Peter Dunlop – Co-opted 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.

Term of Office: 30/04/2021

Shuma Rahman-Chowdhury

Shuma Rahman-Chowdhury – Co-opted Governor

Shuma is currently a Parent Governor on the LGB, and is a member of the Health and Safety Committee. Shuma is 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.

Term of Office: 31/07/2019

David Read

David Read – Co-opted 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.

Term of Office: 31/12/2019

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.

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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