Meet the Governors





Peter le Conte has worked in and headed large marketing agencies for most of his career, providing sales promotion and direct marketing solutions to blue-chip corporates. Peter chaired one of the Advertising Standard Authority's committees and is a Fellow of and former Chair of the Institute of Sales Promotion. Peter has been running his own marketing services and graphic design business. Peter is married with 2 children.

Peter is Chair of The Henley College Corporation and is Chair of the Governance & Search, Remuneration and Quality, Standards and Planning committees and is the curriculum link governor for: ICT & Computing and Engineering.




Until retirement John was a Director in the Civil Service where he held policy, operational and corporate services roles in both the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Transport. He has worked at the World Bank in Washington DC as an advisor to developing countries on reforms required to support bank lending.  John's particular areas of expertise are change management and programme and project management. He has led the reform of large and complex public sector organisations. John is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. He was on the Board of the National Offender Management Service.

John is the Chair of the Estates Strategy committee and is the curriculum link governor for: Sport and Mathematics.




Simon White is an English-qualified solicitor with a wide range of legal and compliance experience who has worked on many mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and other corporate projects in both the public and private sector. Simon currently works for an international IT company (turnover of in excess of 10 billion GBP) leading on global governance and compliance, privacy, government affairs and corporate law; he speaks regularly around the world on privacy and establishing good governance and compliance programmes. Simon attends and contributes to many other committees and working groups; during the past year has led a team on the review of College’s Instruments & Articles.

Simon is the Vice Chair of The Henley College Corporation and Chair of the Employment Policy Committee and is the curriculum link governor for: Law, Philosophy and Religious Studies.


TONY BELLIS                      


Tony Bellis is experienced in education sector governance, having spent 11 years as a governor is the primary sector, including seven as chair before being elected as a parent governor at The Henley College.  He serves on the Management Board of the Industry & Parliament Trust and is an industry representative on the Bracknell Forest Economic & Skills Partnership. Tony works for an international diversified technology company and leads the company's engagement with central Government and all major external stakeholders.  He has spent most of his career in sales & marketing, strategic communications and government affairs and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.  He holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester.

Tony is the curriculum link governor for: Apprenticeships & Training Programmes.




Nikki Bulteel graduated from CEM (now UCEM) in 1996 having completed the external degree course. She qualified in 1998 following 5 years in general practice specialising in valuation work, urban estate management and rating. She became deputy head of the property department of a national retailer, responsible for acquisition and disposal work for the company, before joining UCEM in October 1999 as a Tutor in Valuation. Since then Nikki has progressed to Programme Leader followed by Associate Dean for Teaching Learning & Assessment Enhancement. Since 2014 she has been Head of the Management & Vocational Faculty responsible for the delivery of apprenticeships programmes, Foundation Degrees and our MBA programmes. Her prime focus is on education and e-learning.

Nikki is an associate governor on the Quality, Standards and Planning Committee.




Catharine Darnton is Head teacher of Gillotts School, Henley-on Thames, a mixed 11-16 years old comprehensive school with capacity for 900 students.  Gillotts, with the other 11-16 schools in SE Oxfordshire, works in partnership with The Henley College, its sixth form provider. In the Department for Education Performance Tables published In January 2017, Gillotts School was ranked 3rd in the whole of Oxfordshire and achieved a progress score of 0.4.  The progress made by the most able students at Gillotts puts the school in the top 10% of schools in the country.

Catharine has a degree in mathematics from the University of Oxford and a background as a mathematics teacher.  Prior to her current role, she was Assistant Head teacher at Wycombe High School. She has also worked as an assessment expert within the civil service.


SATWANT DEOL                            


Satwant Deol has recently joined the College as its new Principal from Highbury College in Portsmouth.  She is an innovative senior education professional with extensive experience of internal and external strategic relationship building in both the Further and Higher Education sectors. Her professional career began in software development and she went on to become both the first woman to lead an all male development team and the youngest Head of Department at Coventry University. From Higher Education, she moved to the FE sector in London where she developed a reputation for effective change management and for her inclusive, collaborative approach to leadership.

Whilst at Highbury College, Satwant pioneered new approaches to teaching and learning, involved employers closely in the design, development and delivery of curriculum and created opportunities for students to be closely involved in developments through a newly formed Student Forum and most recently set up the new Solent Marine Academy.




As a recently retired Air Commodore, fast-jet Pilot and senior operational Military Commander; Steve has extensive experience of multi-national high tempo problem solving, planning, leadership and consensus-building and a track record of cross discipline team building. Steve led complex large major change programmes while developing associated structures, strategy, processes and training requirements and currently leads a team that investigates all aircraft near-miss incidents for the UK CAA. Steve brings a broad range of leadership, strategy and analytical planning skills to the Henley College.

Steve is Chair of the Audit Committee and the curriculum link governor for the following: Creative Arts, Media Production: Art, Ceramics, Textiles and Science.




Currently working for the Bank of England, Sam has in the past worked at HM Treasury as a Professional Economist and as an independent consultant having studied PPE at Oxford. Subsequently Sam attended the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics where he gained an MSc in Economics of Public Policy. Sam currently works for the Money Advice Service. In May 2015 he was a Parliamentary Candidate for the Henley Constituency and has developed strong links with the local community. He previously served as a Governor for two schools in north-west London, one of which converted to an Academy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper.

Sam is Chair of the Finance Committee and the curriculum link governor for Business Studies, Economics, Politics and Travel and Tourism.




Has served as a Governor on five Secondary and on one Primary School board, he successfully completed the National Colleges Chair's Leadership Development Programme. Mohammed is a member of the USA State Dept. International Leadership Programme (IVLP) and has been a Guest Speaker at various Institutions including Arizona State University. Mohammed serves on the Scotland Yard Strategic IAG and advises the Police on Community and Muslim issues. He has served as a non-executive board director of a local Housing Association with over 12,000 properties and is currently a Director of a Property Management Company. He has recently been appointed to QPR football club Trust Board.

Mohammed is the PREVENT and Information Security Governor at The Henley College.




Proudly Swedish, she moved to England in 1987 where she worked in the Telecommunications Industry. Eva and her husband run their own business, mainly in Project Management. Eva has an interest in the education of young adults with special needs and believes in an education system which equips every young person with confidence and the tools to continue into adult life within education or into the work place. Eva is a Parent Governor.

Eva is the curriculum link governor for:  Careers; Health Studies, Early Years and Public Service.




Mia Tritton has spent her career within Human Resources management working as a senior manager for major international high tech companies. This has given her extensive experience of the challenges of rapid organizational growth and change in the UK and Europe. She has also been involved in consultancy work for both international organizations and start-ups. She has an M.A. in Industrial Relations.  During 2 years living in Brussels she organized fund raising for a European Charity and on returning to Henley became a Trustee of Henley Citizen's Advice Bureau, joining the Corporation in 2012. Both her children attended The Henley College.

Mia is the curriculum link governor for: Foundation & Pathways; History, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation.




Trevor Watkins is Director of Education at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, responsible for the qualification process. He is an economist by training with a PhD in Industrial Economics from Manchester University after a first class honours (CNAA) degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Marketing Management. He has worked at a number of Universities including Nottingham and Oxford Brookes, and was a Fellow of, and Chief Examiner for, the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He was Consultant Editor of the International Journal of Bank Marketing and on the Editorial Board of a number of journals in the UK and US.  He is a Fellow of, and was a member, of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Professor Watkins has written and edited a number of books on marketing and economics, and published widely on the marketing of financial services.  He has been a consultant on projects for a number of blue chip companies including BAT, Abbey Life, Del Monte, Munich Reinsurance and Banco Continental (Peru).  He has recently completed a consultancy assignment for the Commonwealth Secretariat to advise the University of Technology, Jamaica on marketing strategies.  He has also recently written a report commissioned by IBM Europe on Marketing Strategies for Hybrid Financial Services in Europe.

He has extensive teaching and examining experience at the MBA and executive education level in the UK and overseas including Trinidad, Jamaica, Denmark, Oman, Dubai, Ghana, Peru, Singapore and Hong Kong.



David Welch spent the first 14 years of his career working in IT (from analyst/programmer to computer department manager to business/systems consultant). For the following 26 years he was a management consultant, starting with a focus on IT-related business issues but then broadening into general management consulting.

Having co-founded Challenge Consulting Ltd., a successful niche consultancy firm working at the highest level in some of the largest companies in the UK, he sold his stake in the business in 2010 but continues to work for the company as a Consulting Director.  He sees the key skills of a good management consultant as being the ability to quickly analyse the underlying issues within an organisation, to formulate the steps necessary to address these issues and to put in place the plan of action to achieve the desired results.

During 2016 David started training as a Gateway Assessor at Citizens Advice and in parallel with carrying out this role continued training to become a ‘full’ adviser.  Training was completed in January 2017 and he has already adopted this role.



Former Mayor of Henley, Town and District Councillor.  Town Councillor (2007-15) during which time she sat on all the major committees and chaired quite a few – she introduced the idea of the Neighbourhood plan to the Council.  District Councillor (2011-15) where her main focus was on Planning. Jeni has been a professional Bookkeeper with her own business for over 30 years within which time she also managed Rented Properties for a local Estate Agent and for a Country Estate. She sits on many Committees in the Henley Community including Friends of Townlands Hospital, Henley Drama Festival, is a Trustee of Henley Municipal Charities and a Rotarian.

Jeni is the curriculum link governor for: English, Modern Languages and English as a Foreign Language.






ROBYN VITTY:                           SUPPORT STAFF GOVERNOR






(not on the Corporation Board and with no voting rights)




Tom grew up and went to school in Surrey before leaving the family home to study Natural Sciences at Durham University. At Hatfield College apart from studying he played rugby and rowed before progressing to the Uni rowing squad and was also the college treasurer in 2001.

Tom then went on to take a graduate placement at a boutique Forensic Accounting in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has been a forensic accountant principally working in the insurance industry since 2003. Tom spent 3 years working in Sydney before returning to the UK in 2011 which is when he got married.

Tom is an associate governor on the Finance Committee.



Keith gained his MBA at Henley Business School after 17 years of commercial and start-up experience. He is Programme Director for the MSc Entrepreneurship Programme at Henley Business School, UK. Keith has integrated his business and academic knowledge to create and deliver entrepreneurial development programmes for the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland (HE), the Peter Jones National Enterprise Academy (FE/16-19)-UK, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship (HE), Cotrugli Business School – Croatia (Executive Education). Keith's areas of expertise are educational strategic design and curriculum planning, programme direction involving chair of internal quality committees, cross cultural facilitation, consultancy, and initiation and project management of new ventures.

Keith has stepped down from the main board and is now an associate governor on the Quality, Standards and Planning Committee.  




Charles is a highly experienced chartered accountant and business adviser.  He qualified with KPMG and worked in a variety of audit and financial management assignments before moving to Europe with Price Waterhouse Coopers where he was responsible for due diligence and M&A work across a number of industries and territories.  After working in industry for 10 years he set up his own practice and now specialises in providing financial solutions to growing and challenged businesses including cash, profitability and financing issues.  In 2003 he developed the award winning Accounting Services Online especially for the SME market. Charles' passion is to help businesses achieve their targets - he is a former rowing Olympic Medallist.

Charles is an associate governor on the Audit Committee.