Bedford College Board of Governors

Our governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and carry out their duties as governors mainly through Board meetings or Committee meetings. The membership details of each governor are given below and where the governor has provided more information you can follow a link to read about their background.

If you need to contact a governor please do so by emailing or calling Rachel Nicol, the Clerk to the Corporation on 01234 291003.

Chief Executive, Staff and Student Governors

The Chief Executive is automatically offered a position on the Board of Governors.

Staff governors are elected for two year terms by the College staff, staff from any site or any job role are eligible to stand. Student governors are chosen by the student body and are appointed for a one year term.

» Linda Hockey (Chair of the Corporation)

Chair of the Corporation

Trained as a mathematician, I have worked for over 35 years within post 16 education. In the 1990s, I was the CEO of the NTO for local government developing NVQs for the sector and running the awarding body.

In 2001 I became the Executive Director of the Bedfordshire and Luton LSC, working  with the colleges, schools, employers and local authorities to support the development of the learning and education infrastructure and address local skills needs. I also became a non-executive Director of both the local Connexions service and Economic Development Partnership.

In 2007 I joined Bedfordshire Police Authority concentrating on strategic planning, partnership development and Public Protection.

I have been a community governor at Bedford College since 2006 and am now the Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of The FES committee.

I am married with one son. I enjoy music and sing in a Rockchoir, performing recently at the O2, Wembley and Liverpool Arena.

» Roger Marriott (Vice-chair of the Corporation)


I joined the Corporation of Bedford College in March 2009. Vice-chair of the Finance and Estates, and Strategy committee, and the Quality Standards and Achievement committee.

I have a background in the management of further education, and as a system engineer with IBM UK.  Some 15 years as a lecturer and manager teaching mathematics and computing at all levels, from entry level to first degree, managing and leading the development of FE and HE curricula and contributing to national committees.

Sixteen years as an inspector, appointed HMI in 1988, with DfE, FEFC and as divisional manager with Ofsted: leading FE and HE inspections widely; including inspection of colleges, management and governance, and leading national surveys; responsible nationally for the initial round of Ofsted FE college inspections; instigated the college performance report; and nationally responsible for 14-19 inspections across local authority areas assessing collaborative strategies for educational provision between colleges, schools, local authorities and training providers.

Four years as National Director of Quality with the Learning and Skills Council:  worked closely with Government departments on the development of policy for the FE sector especially in, performance management, intervention and quality assessment; responsible for the development of performance measures including value added, Framework for Excellence and minimum levels of performance.

Chief Assessor for the AoC Beacon Awards and also a member of the panel for the Queen's Anniversary awards to FHE.

» Stewart Briggs (external Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Sarah Clough (external Governor)

Sarah Clough HR Director and shareholder at Axis Electronics in Bedford.

A local employer with 150 employees specialising in the assembly of PCB's for a wide range of customers and markets. Previous roles in Management and HR in the Retail sector.

I was interested in the role of Governor for a number of reasons. As a business we believe it is important to support the local community and especially that of Education. We are a customer of the college and we use it especially for Apprentices. From a personal perspective it was interesting as part of my own personal development. 

» Jane Dudeney (staff Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Julian Frost (external Governor)





» Noel Gray (external Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Elaine Johnson (external Governor)




» Mark Lawson (external Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Sol Miah (external Governor)

During my time as a student at Bedford College, I was amazed at the quality of education and fantastic tutor support the college had provided me with. This included subjects at A-Levels and a professional management course.

As a result, I am now part of a senior management team and applying those skills and knowledge gained as a student, to my current organisation. Bedford College has played an important role in my development, since I first enrolled as a 17 year old.

I became a Governor because I wanted to give back to the college, for everything they have done for me. Furthermore, in my present role, I feel it is my duty to ensure that the college continues to provide a high quality education to everyone, which leads to personal and professional growth. I have benefited from it and I would like others to benefit as well.

» Ian Pryce CBE (Chief Executive & Principal)

Chief Executive & Principal

Ian Pryce has been Principal & Chief Executive of Bedford College since 1998, having joined the College in 1996 as Finance Director.  He was previously a regional Finance Director at the Further Education Funding Council and has also worked as a Director or Senior Manager in retail, electricity generation and local government in Liverpool, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Northamptonshire.  He is a member of the accountancy body CIPFA, a Councillor of City & Guilds, a member of the Information Authority, and a member of the advisory board to the Skills Funding Agency.  He was one of the founder members of the 157 Group and was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

» Allan Scholfield (external Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Sheila Selwood (external Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Alasdair Simmons (external Governor)

Having grown up in Bedford from age 11, I went off to study Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University and returned eventually in 2006 as a qualified accountant and MBA from Warwick Business School.  My career started as an accountancy trainee in a large industrial manufacturer, progressed through various large and medium sized companies across a range of sectors, and has now allowed me to run my own consultancy company specialising in change projects / programmes involving finance and other business systems.

I applied for my role as a Governor at Bedford College as I believe that my skills and experience can add value to the development and execution of the Board’s strategy to develop a leading educational establishment for Bedford and the surrounding areas.

» Charlie Whewell (staff Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

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