Information about City College’s current governors will be appearing here soon. In the meantime you might like to find out more about us or have a look at our meet the team page.


Councillor John Holdich OBE

John joined the Governing Board in 1977, becoming Chair of the Governing Board in 1980.  John was a member of Peterborough City Council from 1979 until he retired in March 2021. He held many roles within the council including Leader of the Council and Deputy Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. John received his OBE in the 1996/1997 New Years Honours List and was Mayor of Peterborough in 1995/96.

Claire Higgins MBE

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 the Vice Chair of the Board of PlaceShapers, holds the Chair of Homes for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and is a member of the board of Evera. Locally, Claire is involved with a number of partner organisations. She is Vice Chair of City College Peterborough, Chair of City Culture in Peterborough, the Chair of Peterborough Keys Academy Trust, and the Chair of Safer Peterborough Partnership , the city’s multi agency crime and disorder reduction partnership.

In 2021, Claire was awarded an MBE for services to housing in recognition of a career dedicated to bringing affordable homes and support to the communities who need them.


Sandie Burns

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 Taylor

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.

Jonathan Martin

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.

Adrian Chapman

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.

Clare Gurbutt

Clare has over 40 years’ Local Authority experience of working with children, young people and families in a variety of different roles in Early Years, Children’s Social Care, CAMHS,  Education, and Special Education Needs.

She is a registered social worker with Social Work England SW07654.

Clare recently returned to city to live in the village she grew up in after living and working in a racially diverse inner city area for over 40 years.

She recognises that oppression and discrimination that features in many people’s lives that can prevent and exclude children, young people and their families from achieving and reaching successful education, work and life opportunities.  She is passionate about ensuring that all children and young people have the best possible education and social opportunities to support good employment and lifestyle outcomes for their future.