Meet the Governors





The new Chair of the Corporation is Dr Trevor Watkins who, until December 2016, was the Director of Education at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, responsible for the qualification process and was previously Deputy Vice Chancellor at South Bank University in London. He is an economist by training with a PhD in Industrial Economics from Manchester University. 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.
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.
Trevor was previously the Vice Chair of the Corporation. He is also the Chair of the Governance & Search committee and the link governor for Business and Tourism (including Law, Economics and Politics).





Mohammed Khaliel has served as a Governor on the Boards of five Secondary schools and one Primary School. 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 is on the QPR football club Trust Board.
Mohammed is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee, the specialist PREVENT, SEN and GDPR governor and the link governor for Humanities and Social Sciences and Pathways.


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.





Brian has recently joined the Board coming from the retail sector where he has spent most 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.





Ruth Hubbard spent the first ten years of her career as a solicitor, specialising in Family Law, where she built up a busy and well-regarded practice. She particularly enjoyed undertaking Legal Aid work and representing vulnerable clients, for whom she felt she made the most difference.

Having had children who have and still attend the College, she then took on various voluntary roles including a business manager for the local pre-school, setting-up an organic gardening and cooking playgroup, working as a volunteer at an outdoor centre and a leader with the local Scouts.

In 2011 Ruth set-up her own outdoor education business, Bear Dog Outdoor which offers survival and bush craft coaching to older children in addition to providing fun and slightly eccentric bespoke woodland adventures for younger children and local schools.

Ruth would say that because of her varied career, she has many years of experience in business management, budgeting and marketing and compliance, but that probably her most useful attributes are dogged determination, creative flare and an ardent admiration for The Henley College.

Ruth is the link governor for sport, health and public service.



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 at 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.



JAMES LINGARD                   


James Lingard is an accomplished strategic general manager for one of the UK’s leading food retailers, his store is one of the largest in Europe with a team of over 700 staff. 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.





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 programmes, courses and seminars to organisations 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.




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.






Robyn Vitty is a former student of The Henley College who went on to graduate with a BA (Hons) in English with American Studies from the University of Winchester. After working in the private healthcare and telecommunications sectors, Robyn later joined the College in 2003, employed initially as the VLE and Website Manager, then as the Marketing and Communications Manager before taking on her current role as Head of Marketing and Business Development.



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.




Emily Foster                         

Bethany Hayes





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 has 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.



Jeni Wood 


Former Mayor of Henley, Town and District Councillor; Town Councillor (2007-15) during which time she sat on all the major committees and chaired many (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 rental 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.

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