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  • Governance at
    Luminate Education Group

    Find out more about our group’s governing body and structure, as well as details about how to become a governor.

  • Governance at
    Luminate Education Group

    Find out more about our group’s governing body and structure, as well as details about how to become a governor.

About Luminate Education Group

Luminate Education Group FE Corporation (formerly known as Leeds City College FE Corporation) was incorporated on 1 April 2009 when Leeds Thomas Danby College, Leeds College of Technology and Park Lane College Leeds and Keighley simultaneously dissolved, and the new corporation was created.

The corporation (referred to as the Group Board or the Board of Governors) is an independent further education (FE) corporation, established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (the Act). It is administered under Instrument and Articles of Government, which are statutory instruments made under the Act that set out the rules for the constitution and operation of the corporation, and the machinery for decision-making.

The wider group consists of Harrogate College, Keighley College, Leeds City College, Leeds Conservatoire and the White Rose Academies Trust.

Our Members

The Board of Governors

Luminate Education Group’s Board of Governors support the leadership and management of the organisation, and are collectively responsible for the long-term success of the group. A scheme of delegation provides clear dissemination between the work of the Group Board (Board of Governors) and the group’s other boards and committees, ensuring that each one fulfils its responsibilities and commitments for the success of the group. It provides clear parameters for decision-making on statutory, financial, quality and curriculum matters.

Board members

Our Group Board is made up of members from a range of different backgrounds, who each bring individual experiences and skillsets that are crucial to the effectiveness and success of the group.

Colin
Booth

Colin was appointed as principal and chief executive officer of Leeds City College in 2015, before it became a member of Luminate Education Group and he took on the role of Group chief executive officer.

Prior to that, Colin spent seven years as principal of Barnsley College, where he steered the College to an Ofsted rating of outstanding.

He has worked in the further education sector for over 35 years, as both a teacher and manager in Skills for Life and provision for students with disabilities or learning difficulties.

Colin has also worked as a part-time inspector for Ofsted and the Adult Learning Inspectorate. He was awarded an OBE for services to further education in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list.

As group chief executive officer, Colin is a governor of Luminate Education Group and sits on each board within the group’s governance structure. He is also a member of the Finance Committee, Governance & Nominations Committee and Property Strategy Committee.

Dr Shaid
Mahmood

Shaid is the Chair of the Board of the Luminate Education Group and has worked in a diverse range of senior roles in science and industry, in local government and in further and higher education. Committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others, he is hugely passionate about the power of education and skills to transform the lives of individuals and families least advantaged in society.

Shaid is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Durham University and the Chair of the National Association of Colleges.

As a governor and Chair of the Luminate Education Group, Shaid is also Chair of the Group’s Governance & Nominations Committee, a member of the Group Finance Committee and Group Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Leeds Conservatoire Board of Directors.

Queenie Mark
Hor Kit

Queenie moved from Malaysia to the UK in 2017. Moving from Newcastle to Leeds in 2019, Queenie studied A Levels at Leeds Sixth Form College where she was also one of the course representatives. During her time studying A Levels, Queenie participated in the NextGenLeaders programme with the aim of helping adult students that speak English as their second language to pass their GCSE English. During the pandemic, Queenie and other student union officers started a social action project working alongside Holbeck Community Centre to help reduce loneliness among the elderly caused by the restrictions at the time.

Queenie was elected to the EDI officer role in Leeds City College Student Union. As an EDI officer, Queenie managed to raise the awareness of sexual health and the importance of gender-neutral toilets. Queenie is the elected President of Leeds City College Student Union for 2021/22. Queenie is also a Student Governor, representing students in governors’ meetings for Luminate Education Group.

Ian
Watling

Ian is a retired finance director with 35 years’ experience working in a range of industries in the private sector, and has initiated and driven change to increase the effectiveness of the organisations he has worked for.

Following his retirement in 2016, Ian held an active role as a governor at a large further education college, where he focused on finance, before joining Luminate Education Group in June 2019. He believes that through education, individuals can enhance their life chances and experiences for the better, making a positive and significant contribution to society.

As a governor of Luminate Education Group, Ian serves on the Group Board, Harrogate College Board, Group Audit Committee and Chair of the Group Finance Committee.

John
Toon

John is a partner with international legal services business, DWF Law LLP. He has lived and worked in and around Leeds for over 30 years, and first became involved with further and higher education governance in 2006 at Doncaster College.

A passionate believer in the transformative power of education, John has also been a lay trustee of Leeds Beckett Students' Union.

As a governor of Luminate Education Group John sits on the Group Board and is chair of the Harrogate College Board and chair of the Group Audit Committee.

Richard
Shaw

Richard is a director at Gen North, an advisory company that focuses on workplace consultancy and programme and project management in the property and construction industry.

Prior to that, Richard was operations director at Mace Group, a leading construction company, where he led the consultancy business in Yorkshire and the North East, supporting clients in the planning and delivery of property and construction projects.

He is a chartered civil engineer and qualified project manager (PRINCE2 and APM), and has a passion for developing others through mentoring, coaching and engagement across the wider skills agenda.

As chair of the Luminate Group’s Property Strategy Committee, Richard brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the strategic planning of real estate portfolios, and in the planning, management and delivery of construction projects.

Richard is also a trustee of the Hunslet Club in Leeds.

Richard is a governor of Luminate Education Group, sitting on the Group Board, Group Finance Committee and is Chair of the Group Property Strategy Committee.

David
Yates

David is a retired senior manager with extensive skills and knowledge acquired from working in both public and private education sectors.

He has been a Board and trust member of various organisations, and undertaken consultancy activity with other educational and public sector organisations.

David originally trained as a careers adviser and was chief executive of a company that delivered Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) throughout Cambridgeshire. He also held the position of policy leader for 16-19 education in a large metropolitan district, where he was responsible for ensuring the local authority met its statutory responsibilities.

David is committed to developing collaborative working through active and meaningful partnerships, and is passionate and committed to disability rights, particularly access issues.

As a governor of Luminate Education Group, David is vice chair of the Group Board, chair of the Keighley College Board and a member of the Group Audit Committee

Andrew
Chang

In addition to his governance roles within Luminate Education Group, Andrew is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at both Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. He is also a Trustee and the Honorary Treasurer of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Previous senior positions held by Andrew include; Chief Internal Auditor, Yorkshire Water/Kelda Group (13 years), Audit Committee Chairman and Governor, Bradford College (10 years), Chairman, Training for Bradford Ltd (2.5 years), Trustee of Bradford Grammar School (3 years) and Governor, Hookstone Chase Community Primary School (5 years).

Andrew is Interim Chair of Leeds City College Board and Group Audit Committee; Andrew is Vice Chair of the Group Audit Committee and a governor of Luminate Education Group (Group Board)

Dr Jane
Pither

As a chartered accountant, Jane’s experience has included senior management positions in three further education colleges, as well as finance and operations roles in several private and public sector organisations.

She is currently undertaking a PhD in the field of comparative vocational education and training policy at the University of Huddersfield, and is developing a portfolio career as a researcher.

Jane has lived in Leeds for over 20 years and is passionate about improving educational opportunities for young people and adults across the city.

Jane is a governor of Luminate Education Group, sitting on both the Group Board and the Group Finance Committee.

Carolyn
Lord

Carolyn, a solicitor, has spent all of her life in Leeds and Yorkshire. In a career spanning over 30 years, she has advised on some of the most significant development schemes in Leeds, as well as projects across the UK, and has been appointed to external roles to deal with areas of governance of local authorities in West Yorkshire. She is also a trustee of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

With nine years as a governor at Leeds Trinity University and further two years as a member of the Board at Leeds Conservatoire, Carolyn is passionate about opening up opportunities of Higher Education (HE) to the widest diversity of students and helping to ensure the long-term success of the specialist HE institutions that to the region’s cultural richness.

In addition, Carolyn has a life-long love of music which she has passed on to her three sons. She has sung in many choirs and was a founder member of St Peter’s Singers in Leeds in her teenage years. She has also sung in or been associated with Leeds Cathedral Choir since the 1980s.

Carolyn is a governor of the Luminate Education Group (Group Board), Chair of the Leeds Conservatoire Board of Directors, a member of the Group Remuneration Committee and a member of the Group Property Strategy Committee.

Ken
Morton

Ken worked for Leeds City Council for more than 30 years in Education and Children Services, latterly as head of Service for Young People and Skills.

Since retiring, Ken has also built up a portfolio of volunteer governance roles. In addition to his roles within Luminate Education Group, he is also director of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership (a six-school multi-academy trust), governor of Springwell Leeds (an SEMH Special School), and primary school governor at Kippax Ash Tree and Hunslet St Mary’s. He is also trustee and chair of YAMSEN (a small musical charity providing inclusive opportunities for people with additional needs), and a trustee of GIPSIL which provides housing and wellbeing support services for young people and families in Leeds.

Ken is a governor of Luminate Education Group, serving as vice chair of the Group Board, chair of the Leeds City College Board and member of the Group Finance Committee.

Louise
Rook

Louise is the head of department for Health Science and Social Care at Leeds City College, and has worked within the college group for more than 20 years.

She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a Master’s Degree in Dementia Care.

Louise is a Leeds City Council equality, diversity & inclusion champion, and a member of the Luminate Wellbeing Strategic Group, the Leeds City Council STEM Strategy Group, and the Leeds City Council Adult Strategy Group.

She firmly believes that education can transform lives and reduce inequalities, and enjoys collaborative work that assists Leeds in its vision to be the best place to learn and work, and the best city for health and care.

Louise is the staff governor.

  • Colin
    Booth

    Colin was appointed as principal and chief executive officer of Leeds City College in 2015, before it became a member of Luminate Education Group and he took on the role of Group chief executive officer.

    Prior to that, Colin spent seven years as principal of Barnsley College, where he steered the College to an Ofsted rating of outstanding.

    He has worked in the further education sector for over 35 years, as both a teacher and manager in Skills for Life and provision for students with disabilities or learning difficulties.

    Colin has also worked as a part-time inspector for Ofsted and the Adult Learning Inspectorate. He was awarded an OBE for services to further education in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list.

    As group chief executive officer, Colin is a governor of Luminate Education Group and sits on each board within the group’s governance structure. He is also a member of the Finance Committee, Governance & Nominations Committee and Property Strategy Committee.

  • Dr Shaid
    Mahmood

    Prior to joining Luminate Education Group, Shaid held a diverse range of senior roles within the private and public sector.

    As a former governor at local primary and high schools, he has more than 20 years’ governance experience in education.

    Shaid is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others and is hugely passionate about further education and what it can achieve.

    Shaid is also the chair of the National Association of Colleges, an associate trustee of Leeds United Football Club Foundation, and a chief officer at Leeds City Council, where he designs and leads transformation programmes.

    As a governor and chair of Luminate Education Group, Shaid is also chair of the group’s Governance & Nominations Committee, a member of the Group Finance Committee and Group Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Leeds Conservatoire Board of Directors.

  • Queenie Mark
    Hor Kit

    Queenie moved from Malaysia to the UK in 2017. Moving from Newcastle to Leeds in 2019, Queenie studied A Levels at Leeds Sixth Form College where she was also one of the course representatives. During her time studying A Levels, Queenie participated in the NextGenLeaders programme with the aim of helping adult students that speak English as their second language to pass their GCSE English. During the pandemic, Queenie and other student union officers started a social action project working alongside Holbeck Community Centre to help reduce loneliness among the elderly caused by the restrictions at the time.

    Queenie was elected to the EDI officer role in Leeds City College Student Union. As an EDI officer, Queenie managed to raise the awareness of sexual health and the importance of gender-neutral toilets. Queenie is the elected President of Leeds City College Student Union for 2021/22. Queenie is also a Student Governor, representing students in governors’ meetings for Luminate Education Group.

  • Ian
    Watling

    Ian is a retired finance director with 35 years’ experience working in a range of industries in the private sector, and has initiated and driven change to increase the effectiveness of the organisations he has worked for.

    Following his retirement in 2016, Ian held an active role as a governor at a large further education college, where he focused on finance, before joining Luminate Education Group in June 2019. He believes that through education, individuals can enhance their life chances and experiences for the better, making a positive and significant contribution to society.

    As a governor of Luminate Education Group, Ian serves on the Group Board, Harrogate College Board, Group Audit Committee and Chair of the Group Finance Committee.

  • John
    Toon

    John is a partner with international legal services business, DWF Law LLP. He has lived and worked in and around Leeds for over 30 years, and first became involved with further and higher education governance in 2006 at Doncaster College.

    A passionate believer in the transformative power of education, John has also been a lay trustee of Leeds Beckett Students’ Union.

    As a governor of Luminate Education Group John sits on the Group Board and is chair of the Harrogate College Board and chair of the Group Audit Committee.

  • Richard
    Shaw

    Richard is a director at Gen North, an advisory company that focuses on workplace consultancy and programme and project management in the property and construction industry.

    Prior to that, Richard was operations director at Mace Group, a leading construction company, where he led the consultancy business in Yorkshire and the North East, supporting clients in the planning and delivery of property and construction projects.

    He is a chartered civil engineer and qualified project manager (PRINCE2 and APM), and has a passion for developing others through mentoring, coaching and engagement across the wider skills agenda.

    As chair of the Luminate Group’s Property Strategy Committee, Richard brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the strategic planning of real estate portfolios, and in the planning, management and delivery of construction projects.

    Richard is also a trustee of the Hunslet Club in Leeds.

    Richard is a governor of Luminate Education Group, sitting on the Group Board, Group Finance Committee and is Chair of the Group Property Strategy Committee.

  • David
    Yates

    David is a retired senior manager with extensive skills and knowledge acquired from working in both public and private education sectors.

    He has been a Board and trust member of various organisations, and undertaken consultancy activity with other educational and public sector organisations.

    David originally trained as a careers adviser and was chief executive of a company that delivered Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) throughout Cambridgeshire. He also held the position of policy leader for 16-19 education in a large metropolitan district, where he was responsible for ensuring the local authority met its statutory responsibilities.

    David is committed to developing collaborative working through active and meaningful partnerships, and is passionate and committed to disability rights, particularly access issues.

    As a governor of Luminate Education Group, David is vice chair of the Group Board, chair of the Keighley College Board and a member of the Group Audit Committee

  • Andrew
    Chang

    In addition to his governance roles within Luminate Education Group, Andrew is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at both Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. He is also a Trustee and the Honorary Treasurer of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

    Previous senior positions held by Andrew include; Chief Internal Auditor, Yorkshire Water/Kelda Group (13 years), Audit Committee Chairman and Governor, Bradford College (10 years), Chairman, Training for Bradford Ltd (2.5 years), Trustee of Bradford Grammar School (3 years) and Governor, Hookstone Chase Community Primary School (5 years).

    Andrew is Interim Chair of Leeds City College Board and Group Audit Committee; Andrew is Vice Chair of the Group Audit Committee and a governor of Luminate Education Group (Group Board)

  • Dr Jane
    Pither

    As a chartered accountant, Jane’s experience has included senior management positions in three further education colleges, as well as finance and operations roles in several private and public sector organisations.

    She is currently undertaking a PhD in the field of comparative vocational education and training policy at the University of Huddersfield, and is developing a portfolio career as a researcher.

    Jane has lived in Leeds for over 20 years and is passionate about improving educational opportunities for young people and adults across the city.

    Jane is a governor of Luminate Education Group, sitting on both the Group Board and the Group Finance Committee.

  • Carolyn
    Lord

    Carolyn, a solicitor, has spent all of her life in Leeds and Yorkshire. In a career spanning over 30 years, she has advised on some of the most significant development schemes in Leeds, as well as projects across the UK, and has been appointed to external roles to deal with areas of governance of local authorities in West Yorkshire. She is also a trustee of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

    With nine years as a governor at Leeds Trinity University and further two years as a member of the Board at Leeds Conservatoire, Carolyn is passionate about opening up opportunities of Higher Education (HE) to the widest diversity of students and helping to ensure the long-term success of the specialist HE institutions that to the region’s cultural richness.

    In addition, Carolyn has a life-long love of music which she has passed on to her three sons. She has sung in many choirs and was a founder member of St Peter’s Singers in Leeds in her teenage years. She has also sung in or been associated with Leeds Cathedral Choir since the 1980s.

    Carolyn is a governor of the Luminate Education Group (Group Board), Chair of the Leeds Conservatoire Board of Directors, a member of the Group Remuneration Committee and a member of the Group Property Strategy Committee.

  • Jenny
    Hoy

    Jenny has extensive teaching and senior academic leadership experience, most recently as head of the Centre for Open Learning within the University of Edinburgh.

    Jenny’s academic background is in music, and she began her teaching career at 18 whilst she was a student at Leeds Conservatoire, leaving in 2015 to take up her post in Edinburgh.

    During her almost 20-year period of involvement with Leeds Conservatoire, Jenny’s influence included the early development of the Junior Conservatoire programme, which continues to offer innovative provision for young musicians.

    Committed to inclusion and a firm believer in the transformative power of education, Jenny continues to perform and record as a percussionist whenever she can.

    Jenny is chair of the Leeds Conservatoire Board of Directors and, as a governor of Luminate Education Group, sits on the Group Board and Group Remuneration Committee.

  • Ken
    Morton

    Ken worked for Leeds City Council for more than 30 years in Education and Children Services, latterly as head of Service for Young People and Skills.

    Since retiring, Ken has also built up a portfolio of volunteer governance roles. In addition to his roles within Luminate Education Group, he is also director of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership (a six-school multi-academy trust), governor of Springwell Leeds (an SEMH Special School), and primary school governor at Kippax Ash Tree and Hunslet St Mary’s. He is also trustee and chair of YAMSEN (a small musical charity providing inclusive opportunities for people with additional needs), and a trustee of GIPSIL which provides housing and wellbeing support services for young people and families in Leeds.

    Ken is a governor of Luminate Education Group, serving as vice chair of the Group Board, chair of the Leeds City College Board and member of the Group Finance Committee.

  • Louise
    Rook

    Louise is the head of department for Health Science and Social Care at Leeds City College, and has worked within the college group for more than 20 years.

    She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a Master’s Degree in Dementia Care.

    Louise is a Leeds City Council equality, diversity & inclusion champion, and a member of the Luminate Wellbeing Strategic Group, the Leeds City Council STEM Strategy Group, and the Leeds City Council Adult Strategy Group.

    She firmly believes that education can transform lives and reduce inequalities, and enjoys collaborative work that assists Leeds in its vision to be the best place to learn and work, and the best city for health and care.

    Louise is the staff governor.

Board recruitment

Taking on a governance role is a hugely rewarding experience, allowing you to use your personal expertise and skills to help shape the future of our region and improve the prospects of our young people.

Governors are recruited from all sections of the community and applications are always welcomed from people of all cultural backgrounds.

If you are proud of your community, passionate about the future of the region, and want to utilise your valuable experience by contributing in a governance role, please get in touch. Email Melanie Halstead, director of governance.

Get in Touch

Want to know more?

To find out more about governance at the Luminate Education Group, or to express your interest in a governance role, please contact Melanie Halstead, director of governance, by email at melanie.halstead@luminate.ac.uk

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