CEO of the Capital City College Group
Roy is passionate about education, employment and skills, having worked in a variety of charities and voluntary sector organisations for all of his forty year career. Most recently, Roy was the Chief Executive of the Shaw Trust Group, a national charity dedicated to delivering employment, education, skills, health and wellbeing services to young people and adults across the UK. Prior to Shaw Trust, Roy was the Development Director at the St Christopher’s Fellowship, and was the Chief Executive of the Episcopal Charities for the Episcopal Diocese of California. Roy also works at an international level as the Vice-President of Rehabilitation International’s Europe branch, acting as the Chair of Yateley Industries, and locally, as a school governor and Parish Councillor.
Director of Governance
Graham started his career as an Economics and Business Studies teacher, and after working as an A level examiner for the University of London Board (now Pearson), he held a number of managerial roles within national awarding bodies, including the Chemical Industries Association, where he was the development manager for an NVQ awarding body across the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. In 2002, he joined the Open College Network (London) where he was Director of Quality and in 2005 he was appointed as the Clerk to the Governing Body at Newham College. In 2008 he took up a similar role at City and Islington College as the Assistant Principal, and is now the Director of Governance at the Capital City College Group.
Chief Operations Officer
As Chief Operating Officer for the Group, Nirmal is responsible for Corporate Services, Finance, Estates & Facilities, IT and Business Information & Registry. Nirmal has worked in the education sector for over 20 years, almost equally in FE and HE. As a senior executive he led on the merger of Hammersmith and West London College with Ealing Tertiary College forming the largest college in Greater London at the time. He engaged in bold and innovative capital projects at the University of East London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Bath Spa University, leading the UEL’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic project. He has also worked in the private sector and for a trade union.
Group Director of HR and Organisational Development
As Group Director HR and OD for Capital City College Group, Claire has responsibility for HR, Organisational Development, Learning and Development, Equality and Diversity and internal communications. Prior to this Claire led the HR & OD team at City and Islington College which supported the College to achieve IiP Gold and UKIED Gold. Claire is an experienced HR practitioner with an extensive background working in eduction.
Principal of Westminster Kingsway College
Kim has worked in education for over 30 years starting in secondary schools and then transferring into Further Education. She has held senior management positions in a number of central London colleges and most recently has taken the role of College Principal at Westminster Kingsway College. Her interest has been in 16-18 education and pedagogy. She has contributed to expert panel groups on study programmes and has led on Teaching and Learning, introducing coaches and a culture of continuous professional learning and development. Kim was also a senior examiner for A level for many years and sits on Pearson’s Advisory Board for Post 16. She is a trustee for Coram Life Education and also for OCN London. Kim has lectured for the Open University and has managed HE provision in further education in medical science.
Principal of City and Islington College
Andy Forbes is currently Principal of City and Islington College, having previously been Principal at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. Before he joined CONEL, he served for six years as Principal of Hertford Regional College. His extensive further education experience also includes Vice Principal at Blackpool and the Fylde College, and Director of Widening Participation at Oldham College. He began his career as a secondary school teacher of English and Drama, before making the transition to further education by joining Manchester College. He has served as a school governor, chair of a housing association, chair of Oldham Race Equality Partnership and specialist adviser to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Social Cohesion. His work with Oldham Housing Department won a National Training Award in 1996. He served for seven years as a member of the OCR Examinations Board Policy Committee and more recently has been a Trustee of UCAS. He is now Chair of the Board of UCAS Media. Andy has a Degree in English and an MA from Cambridge University and a PGCE and Diploma in Management Sciences from Manchester University.
Interim Principal of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
Kurt has worked in Further Education for over 20 years across two countries, formally serving as Director, Vice Principal and Deputy Principal at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. Kurt is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and begun his career in the New Zealand Army before moving into the private sector and then onto teaching in further education at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) in New Zealand. Kurt was Chief Examiner to NZQA’s Automotive Engineering National Examinations for 3 years and also a World Skills National Judge before moving to East Berkshire College in the UK in 2004. Here he managed the Engineering and Computing provision also achieving Centre of Vocational Excellence (COVE) status in Automotive Engineering. Kurt has a long history of vocational and apprenticeship training delivery both in New Zealand and the UK including running national training contracts for industry. Kurt has managed significant technical innovation and has led on many teaching and learning projects including, most recently, the ETF Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA), Flexible Learning project in Cyber Security and Industry Placement pilots in preparation for T-levels.
Operations Director of Capital City College Training
Jackie has extensive experience within the apprenticeships sector, having worked at a variety of providers for over 25 years. Her career started with private training providers, culminating in the role of London Regional Director for Protocol Skills. Jackie’s career in further education commenced as as Apprenticeships Director at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London for 5 years, before she became Operations Director for CCCT, with responsibility for Apprenticeships, Commercial Courses, Employability Programmes, ESF funding and International Provision.
Last year, she was the Chair of the Commercial Board for the COLLAB Group, focusing on how to support national employers via local colleges.