Councillor John Holdich OBE
John is Chairman of the Board of Governors and has been a Governor of the college for over 37 years. John has been a member of Peterborough City Council since 1979 and is the Cabinet Member for Skills, Education and University. John received his OBE in the 1996/1997 New Years Honours List and was Mayor of Peterborough in 1995/96.
Claire was born and raised in Stockport. After graduating from Southampton University she moved to Hackney in London. Claire secured her first job as a development officer for Newlon Housing Trust, working on a number of new build and rehabilitation projects, as well as managing special needs accommodation. Before joining Cross Keys Homes in September 2004, Claire spent seven years as executive regional director for Housing 21 – a large national specialist housing and care provider for older people, where she was responsible for all housing and care related operations in a region that encompassed 33 counties across central England. Claire has worked at Cross Keys Homes for 10 years and has recently been appointed as Chief Executive. Claire is responsible for the overall running and performance of the organisation by leading the development and implementation of both operational and strategic goals and financial plans to meet the needs of Cross Keys Homes and its customers.
Claire is also heavily involved outside Cross Keys Homes as a member of the GCGP LEP board representing the voluntary and social enterprise sector, a member of the ‘Prevent’ strategic board, chair of the children and families commissioning board for Peterborough and also chairs the statutory community safety partnership for the city, the Safer Peterborough Partnership.
Andy taught P.E., geography and maths for 5 years, having gained his PGCE in physical education at Loughborough University in 1981, before making a career change to accountancy. Having qualified with an International firm of accountants he was a partner for 20 years at Rawlinsons Chartered Accountants, before retiring in 2016. A governor of the College since September 2008 he has served on the main board and also the finance and employment committee. Andy’s first experience of the college was in 1987 when he undertook an introduction to Microsoft Windows Saturday course. Since then neither he, nor Bill Gates, have looked back!
Andy is married and has lived in Peterborough since 1991.
Sue retired from Arthur Mellows Village College (AMVC) after twenty-seven years; fourteen of those on the Governing Board. Sue helped AMVC grow, achieve academy status and assisted in two Outstanding Ofsted inspections. During her time at AMVC she worked as a Librarian, taught students with special educational needs (SEN) and enjoyed promotion to the sixth form leadership team for pastoral, intervention and raising standards. Sue worked with the sixth formers regularly allowing them to discuss their strengths and weaknesses, setting targets for improvement and empowering them to become independent learners. Many of the students who Sue worked with through the school’s intervention programme achieved good grades and went on to University.
Sue is retired but keeps herself busy by doing voluntary work for Age UK Friendship clubs, reading to the elderly, assisting the visually impaired to help fill in forms or describe things happening around them and also belongs to several clubs including the U3A.
Sandie has over 25years experience of managing a range of different charities. Her main focus is with disability Peterborough to gain equality for disabled people and to tackle injustice. Sandie sits on a number of different boards including GPP, SCOPE, Disability Action Alliance and is also a director at the Cresset and Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services, attending regular meetings with the government Office of Disability Issues. She originally trained as a drama teacher and has recently joined a local amateur dramatic group and has played a number of different roles in plays and pantomimes. Sandie’s first job when coming to Peterborough was carrying out educational research for Cambridge County Council and then trained in counselling with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and specialised in Youth Counselling
Kevin originally qualified as an engineer, working in the manufacturing sector before entering further
education as a teacher. He has over 36 years of experience in the further and higher education sector, having held positions in educational management for more than 20 years. He was the Executive Director for a large general further education college before leaving to establish his own training company, delivering apprenticeships and bespoke training courses to several large blue chip companies across England. He also operates a further and higher education management consultancy. He has provided curriculum and quality support to several awarding bodies and the Quality Assurance Agency.
Kevin holds an executive MBA from Cranfield University. He is a trustee of a local charity and in his spare time, enjoys learning to play the guitar, walking and watching motor sport.
Henry was born and educated in North London, before marrying and moving to Peterborough in 1988. Starting as an apprentice at the age of 16, he progressed through a number of roles in fixed and mobile telecommunication engineering and management, being employed for nearly 45 years and gaining a degree in science & technology. By the end of this career he had been a senior project manager for over 17 years. He is passionate about wildlife, conservation and education, and alongside work he has volunteered with the Dragonfly Project since 1985, regularly running identification courses and giving illustrated talks for the charity. Since 2006 he has been a trustee and honorary secretary of another charity, the British Dragonfly Society.
After retiring from Nokia in 2015 he began to take an interest in arts and crafts and has taken eight courses at City College to date, including Forensics, Classical Music, Pottery, Bricklaying and Creative Writing. In late 2016 he assumed the role as chair of College Voice. His other hobbies include computing, technology, photography, walking, and attempting to play golf.
Jonathan has worked in the Voluntary Sector for over 25 years; most of that time has been spent at YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. Having worked for two Government Departments, Jonathan joined the YMCA in a Housing Role. This specialised in accommodating 16-25 year olds with medium to high needs. It also involved a role on the YMCA’s National Housing Committee. Following this, he took roles covering Youth Programmes, Health & Fitness, Operations and Development. In 2005 he became CEO at YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. He gained a Certificate & a Diploma in Management Studies from Anglia Ruskin University.
Currently, Jonathan serves on the County’s Health & Wellbeing Board and the Safeguarding Board as a Voluntary Sector representative. He also acts as a Trustee to a small local Community Development Charity. He was asked to be part of the UK’s Department for Education Task Force on School Exclusions representing the whole Voluntary Sector. He is currently Chair of the YMCA’s Chief Executives Network and on the YMCA’s World Urban Network Executive Council.
Jonathan remains passionate about Children and Young People & about the role the VCS can play in supporting, enabling & inspiring them to reach their full potential. Away from work he enjoys walking and is an avid reader.
Tony worked for a large Financial Services Organisation where he had a focus on HR and Industrial Relations matters. He and his wife are parent carers and as such have a special interest in Adult Day Care and the support and development it provides. He has had a long and supportive association with the Kingfisher Centre spanning some 20 years.Since 2014, when major changes were being proposed to daycare, he has been actively involved in the development of Adult Day Care Services in Peterborough.In 2016, he was appointed to the Chair of Day Opportunities Advisory Board and subsequently a Governor on the City College main board. He also serves as a governor on the Day Opportunities sub-committee.
Tony is married and has lived in Peterborough since 1988.
Adrian’s career has involved working in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors, including developing and leading an organisation in South Yorkshire that created opportunities for people to take up employment and training, and the taking up post as Director of the Academy for Community Leadership, an EU-funded neighbourhood renewal programme that delivered substantial social and economic regeneration across South Yorkshire. Adrian has also been a company director for a social enterprise that supported vulnerable people who were struggling to pay their household bills.
Employed by Peterborough City Council in 2006 as Neighbourhood Director for a Government-funded neighbourhood management programme, Adrian has held a number of senior posts in the council since then, and is now the Service Director for Adults and Communities with responsibility for Adults Social Care, Housing, Community Safety, Youth Offending and Youth Service, Social Policy, Community Development and Community Cohesion.