Meet the Governors





The new Chair of the Corporation is Mike Ashton who is the managing director of ABCG, a training and consulting company with clients in the UK Europe and Russia. ABCG specialise in MBA-level executive training with particular focus on business strategy, marketing and customer experience.

Mike’s commercial experience includes senior roles with Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Hilton International, where he was Senior Vice President, marketing & customer experience and a member of the board for nearly 10 years.

He is an experienced NED and business adviser. Recent appointments include 7 years as trustee of UK charity Revitalise, 5 years as chair of digital marketing agency LHM Media, and 2 years as strategic brand advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Originally from Birmingham, Mike and his family have lived in Buckinghamshire for more than 20 years. He’s a keen musician, playing drums with Beatles tribute band, the Dung Beatles. Mike has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Mike is delighted to be joining The Henley College Corporation Board and is looking forward to contributing to the exciting plans and continued development of the college.



Governor at The Henley College



Emma recently joined the Henley College Board as a Parent Governor , she lives locally and has had three children who have attended the College over a period of ten years.

In recent years, Emma has been involved in the setup and overseeing of a small specialist school, which provides an alternative education for children who have a specific learning or social/emotional difficulties. This came about as a result of the personal experience of her youngest son, who is currently a student at Henley College.

Having previously trained as a therapist working specifically with young people, Emma’s interest lie in fostering belief and bringing awareness of the idea that creating opportunities for achievement enables students to maximise their potential.

Rebecca Chandler-Wilde Governor of The Henley College



Rebecca Chandler-Wilds holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Henley Business School and a degree in Physics from Imperial College. Professionally she has widely varied relevant experience in education having been an academic and senior manager directing and teaching post-graduate qualification and executive programmes for over 20 years at Henley Business School and Buckinghamshire New University. A trustee and chair of the finance committee of the Clare Foundation which was founded to help other charities develop and become more efficient in what they do.

Rebecca believes passionately in the power of education to change lives for the better and am co-founder and Trustee of the Basotho Educational Trust which provides educational grants for vocational education to low-income students in Lesotho enabling students to earn a living.

SATWANT DEOL                            


Satwant Deol joined as the college Principal in 2016 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.





Brian has joined the Board coming from the retail sector where he has spent more of his working life. Brian was employed by Boots since 1988 and has held a wide range of positions involved in multi-site, regional and store based operations. Within these roles he has led a number of major projects including new store openings, management development programmes, education/business partnerships and city centre management schemes. Passionate about developing others, Brian has extensive experience in the recruitment and development of a wide range of people such as healthcare professionals, store managers, consultants, security personnel and field roles.

Outside of his working environment, Brian has enthusiastically involved himself in additional roles having been active in Town Centre Partnerships with local councils and landlords where he has held both Director and Chairman roles in these organizations.

Brian is the Chair of the Audit committee.




Dr Tim Lincoln brings a wealth of professional experience and personal skills to the board. His initial career was in information and communications technology in IBM where he worked as a senior consultant in business strategy and later as the European Consulting Principal. He then became Chair of Impact Management Research e-business development group before becoming an Independent Consultant specialising in Healthcare and IT strategy. Tim joined the board of the Royal Berks NHS Foundation Trust in 2000 as a Non-Executive and then Deputy Chair and in 2007 was appointed Chairman of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Latterly he has just finished two terms as an Independent Governor and Vice-Chair Abingdon and Witney College. He has vast experience of public and private sector governance together with extensive knowledge of public sector committees and the health and higher education sectors. He was invited to become a member of the court of Brunel University in 2010 and has been a Member of the Research Ethics committee of Reading University since 2012.

Tim holds first degrees in Physics and Philosophy and a PhD in Nuclear Physics plus a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. Tim lives locally with his wife and is very much involved with Henley life and welcomes the opportunity of getting involved in the College.

Tim is Chair of the Quality & Standards committee.

JAMES LINGARD                   


James Lingard is an accomplished strategic leader working for the UK’s leading food retailer, having previously lead one of the largest stores in Europe with a team of over 700 staff. James is now a Regional Manager in Central London leading over 35 stores with a team of over 3,000. He has considerable experience in building and engaging with strong teams, delivering cost control improvement and excellent quality standards across a diverse and varied retail environment. His role involves being a key transformation and change ambassador overseeing the change implementation strategy and plan as a key stakeholder through an ever changing business and service model.

James would say that he has benefited from some of the great programmes offered through apprenticeships gaining his degree in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. His passion for trying to help and encourage young people in business has resulted in him working closely with the College resulting in a very successful and now annual “Dragon’s Den” event. He fervidly believes that contributions from external sources can add value and maximise the opportunities for those young people looking at going into business when they leave college.

James is the safeguarding governor.





Vince Maltese, Canadian born, is an independent Sales Consultant with almost 30 years of experience as a sales professional and executive for companies in the IT/Telecommunications industry. His professional career began with Nortel and encompassed not only engineering, design and operations but also project management, marketing, sales and senior management. In 2010 Vince joined the Miller Heiman Group as a Senior Consulting Partner, designing and delivering tailored sales performance consulting and sales training programs, courses and seminars to organizations who want to improve sales effectiveness.

Vince has a degree in Engineering/Computer Science from The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and holds both Canadian and UK citizenship and is fluent in both English and Italian.




Chris Murray, a qualified accountant is currently the Chief Financial Officer for OXIS Energy Ltd. located at the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire. Originally from Boston, USA, Chris has lived in the UK for the past 27 years where he became a UK citizen. He has held several international roles during his career including working with Siemens for over 17 years. In addition, during the last 20 years he has worked for technology SMEs in the UK, Sweden and the USA. Chris currently resides in Lightwater, Surrey with his wife and 13-year-old daughter.



Lizzie Watts Governor of The Henley College



Lizzie Watts is the Director of Accreditation and Standards at Pearson (Edexcel) and works across Vocational and Academic qualifications in the examination board part of the organisation. She runs a small division of experts looking after the design of assessments; the regulatory compliance of qualifications that have been developed; the standards set in Academic qualifications such as GCSEs and A levels, Vocational qualifications such as Apprenticeships, Functional Skills, BTECs and T- Levels as well as some English Language tests and international qualifications. Prior to this Lizzie ran large operational teams delivering assessments – whilst enjoying technical, detailed work Lizzie is a pragmatist at heart and as a senior leader often has had to deal with problems with some ingenuity as well as mobilising others to get the job done.

Lizzie has a passion for learning and believes that good education provides the foundation to enable individuals to reach their potential in life. She is specifically committed to the development of good vocational education policy and provides her with an opportunity to see first-hand how students engage with curriculum and assessments and to gain better insight into the challenges of running a large college.




Charles Wiggin 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 Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee.



Andrew Unsworth Teacher and Governor of The Henley College



With a BA in Marketing and a further degree qualification in Professional Studies - Rugby, Andrew Unsworth first taught at the nearby Langtree school, which was part of the Oxfordshire/ Bucks partnership in associating with Oxford University. He later joined the College as a teacher of Public Service and Social Studies. He has brought innovation into this area and is an enthusiastic participant in additional activities for students, often seeking new ways in which to promote the College, its students’ courses and programmes. He has taught football and is a qualified rugby coach with many years’ experience across a wide variety of state and independent schools. He was a county coach at the Oxfordshire/ London Wasps School of Rugby for the under 13s to under 16s elite and development groups. In his free time he still enjoys playing rugby at Henley and has now ventured into American Football playing for the Berkshire Renegades since 2018.




Robyn Vitty is a former student of the College, after which she progressed to the University of Winchester where she gained a BA(Hons) in English Literature with American Studies. Robyn worked in the Civil Service, Private Health and Telecommunications sectors before moving into education. Robyn joined the College in 2003 initially as VLE/Website Manager with a responsibility for the development of the website and e-learning, alongside leading staff training. Robyn then held the role of Marketing and Communications Manager before taking on her current position as joint Head of Marketing and Business Development, with the team recently winning two national awards for Marketing Excellence in the FE Sector.









Keith Heron gained his MBA at Henley 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.




Tony Sanderson, a graduate Chartered Accountant with a BA in Economics from the University of Newcastle, has had a very varied career in the accountancy profession to include working at the Path Group plc, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Volta Delta Europe Ltd. His broad financial and general management experience are highly relevant to most medium sized businesses with ambition. He set up his own company in 2012 as a consultant accountant working for a diverse range of clients including the Education and Employers Taskforce. Tony had had an affiliation with the College for well over a decade having been a part time lecturer in Accounting and Business Studies, before later serving as both an independent member of the Board and the Chair of the Finance committee.



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