City Lit's governing body has up to 21 members, with skills and expertise in a wide range of professions. Governors are responsible for determining the educational character and mission of City Lit and for monitoring quality and performance. They oversee the college's activities, including the effective and efficient use of resources, and ensure the safeguarding of its assets. Governors also act as trustees and company directors.
Please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Katrina O'Sullivan, for any governance related queries: email@example.com
Please read our City Lit Governors Code of Conduct which is a guide to indicate the standards of conduct and accountability which are expected of Governors.
Areas of expertise: Quality and Standards in post 16 Education
Penny is a teacher by profession. She began her career teaching English to refugees and asylum seekers in the Further Education Sector. She moved into inspection in the late 1990’s, working for the Training Standards Council, mainly inspecting organisations providing apprenticeships, entry to employment programmes and courses in literacy, numeracy and for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. She progressed to inspect learning and skills across the prison estate for the Adult Learning Inspectorate and Ofsted. After leaving Ofsted she worked in the London Learning and Skills Council as Quality Director. She has recently left the Department for Education where she was responsible for contracts with Independent Specialist Colleges and the providers of education at HMP Youth Offending Institutions in London and the South East. She has been a Trustee on the pact (Prisoner Advice and Care Trust) Board since 2001. Currently, she is a consultant in the post-16 education sector supporting colleges in continuous quality improvement.
Course choice would be: creative poetry writing.
Edward teaches music history and music theory at City lit where he is Head of Programme for Advanced Studies in the School of Performing Arts. His specialism is early music (medieval, renaissance and baroque periods) and he holds a PhD at King's College London (2013) on the performance of medieval music. Previously Edward has taught music at Morley College and English for Itaú bank in São Paulo, Brazil. Outside of teaching, Edward is a regular contributor to Gramophone magazine and has also worked for the BBC Proms. His most recent essays are published in: The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Historical Performance in Music, and The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism.
Course choice would be: Portuguese Level 4.
Deputy Chair of Governors
Jane is currently juggling communications consultancy assignments, Non-Exec activity and further research into early Italian Renaissance art. She is a former Director of Communications and Brand at UNICEF, having left Whitehall at the end of 2010 where she spent five, very enjoyable years as Director of Communications in two government departments. Before government, Jane worked in PR and Public Affairs consulting in the private sector with clients such as Nissan, Roche and the Bar Council. Her first job was in Parliament and then as a lobbyist for Amnesty International. Jane is currently a trustee of BRAC UK, an international charity that tackles poverty, and ShareAction, a campaigning organisation for responsible investment. Most importantly, Jane is an avid learner and has spent many happy years as a student at City Lit on courses ranging from Stage Management to Marxism.
Course choice would be: Reading Medieval Latin.
Clancy Gebler Davies
Jon Gamble MBE
Area of Expertise: Adult Learning Policy
As Director of Adult Learning at the former Skills Funding Agency, Jon led and advised on the design, development and implementation of many high profile, national adult learning funding policies.
He has written numerous policy papers for the relevant government departments including a government commission to produce a suite of learning and funding policy proposals entitled ‘What Should Government Support?’ Many of the recommendations were subsequently adopted into national funding policy. He made regular speaking appearances at national conferences, on radio and TV and contributed to other debates on different aspects of public funding policy for adult learning in England.
He was awarded the MBE in 2008 for services to further education. He retired in 2014 having spent 42 years working in the further education sector.
My course choice would be: Focus on: the art of the poster – print, pop and propaganda.
Dame Moira Gibb DBE
Chair of Governors
Moira was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Camden (which includes Keeley Street), for eight years until 2012. Prior to that she managed housing and social services in another London borough and worked in a number of local authority social services departments. She has also been a lecturer in social work and a teacher.
As well as chairing City Lit, Moira is chair of Skills for Care the workforce development agency for adult social care and of the National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee. She is a member of NESTA’s Health Advisory Committee.
She was a non-executive director of NHS England for six years and of the UK Statistics Authority for nine years as well as being a member of Council of the University of Reading until 2016. She was a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012-15 and a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11.
She is a graduate of Glasgow University, was made a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute in 2011, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of East Anglia in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Kingston University in 2013.
Colin Jones was Finance Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, where he worked in leadership roles for 22 years before retiring in June 2018. During his time at Euromoney, Colin’s responsibilities included oversight of the group’s public training activities across sectors including banking and finance, legal, audit and information security; buying, selling and investing in training businesses; management of the group’s internal training programme, and even writing and delivering training courses himself. Prior to joining Euromoney, Colin was a Director at Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a chartered accountant. Colin is also a non-executive director of Centaur Media Plc.
Course of choice: starting next year, I plan to learn German, and where better than City Lit. Before that I will try a course in linguistics, and might even dabble in Welsh.
Christine is the Founder & CEO of With Insight Education C.I.C., a not-for-profit organisation that she set up in 2018 to increase the number of black-heritage pupils progressing to top ranked universities as a gateway to a more prosperous future. Her background is as a social marketing practitioner with 18 years’ experience of strategic marketing, programme management and driving organisational change in not-for-profit organisations.
Previously Chair of Governors of a primary school, Christine now sits on several other educational and diversity boards including Causeway Education and the AccessHE BAME forum.
Course of Choice would be: debating.
Mark Malcomson CBE
Principal and Governor
Mark joined City Lit as Principal having been Director of Executive Education at London Business School. Previously, he was President of the New York Institute of Finance, part of Pearson plc, the world's largest education publishing company.
Michael is the co-Chief Executive of Yonder, a strategic insight and business consultancy. A graduate of the University of Leeds, Michael had a background in politics (as a special adviser to three cabinet ministers and in various senior roles for the Conservative Party and at the BBC’s Political Research Unit) before co-founding Populus (now Yonder) in 2003. His passion and interests have moved away from politics to how businesses run and how brand and reputation management can power business performance.
My course choices would be photography or, if I was feeling really brave, learning to sing with confidence.
Jill Westerman CBE
Jill has worked in adult education for over 40 years, beginning her career as a literacy tutor with gypsy and travelling families in the Midlands, going on to teach in London and Yorkshire. She spent 25 years working at the Northern College in Barnsley, with 11 years as principal before she retired in 2018. She worked for the Adult Learning Inspectorate and Ofsted as an additional inspector.
Jill is also Vice Chair of FETL, the Further Education Trust for Leadership. She was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to adult education and received the TES FE lifetime achievement award in 2018. She is a fellow of the City and Guilds institute.
Choice of course: Classics, Literature and Spanish.
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