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)

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)


Joined the Corporation of Bedford College in March 2009; Currently Vice-chair of the Corporation, and Chair of the Quality, Standards and Achievements Committee.

A background in the management of further education, and as a system engineer with IBM UK. Some 15 years as a lecturer and manager in F&HE, with experience of teaching mathematics and computing at all levels, from entry level to first degree, as head of department 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. On retirement from the LSC in 2008 took up the role as Chief Assessor for the AoC Beacon Awards and membership of the panel for the Queen’s Anniversary Awards to FHE until 2016.

» Stewart Briggs (external Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Sarah Clough (external Governor)

Sarah Clough Governer for Bedford College 2017

I joined Axis Electronics in 2009 as HR Director. Axis are a contract electronics business based in Bedford and employ 170 people. We specialize in high technology and high reliability products supporting customers that are in Aerospace, Defence and Formula One. Axis are customers of Bedford College for both HE provision and support of our Apprenticeship Programme. I am also a member of the Bedford Apprentice Ambassador Programme.

After graduating from London University I started my career at Selfridges in London as a graduate trainee. I have held a number of roles in both Management and HR in the retail sector.

I have been a Governor at Bedford College since 2013, I have been Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and I am joint Chair of The Resources Committee. I am on the Search and Governance Committee and have been a member of Audit.

I am married with a son and daughter. I enjoy cycling, skiing, walking and horse riding.

» Jane Dudeney (staff Governor)

Jane Governor 2017 of Bedford College Bio coming shortly.

» Julian Frost (external Governor)





» Noel Gray (external Governor)

Bio coming shortly.

» Elaine Johnson (external Governor)




» Mark Lawson (external Governor)

Mark Lawson Bedford College 2017 Governor

Completed an Engineering Apprenticeship in the early 1990s with Hunting Engineering and educated in Mechanical Manufacture at Bedford College. I started my career as an Environmental Test Engineer later moving into Test Facility Management in 2001, I am now a Functional Leader with focus on Employee Development and Engagement.

Under my guidance the department has successfully grown to support the strategic aims of the business now including Environmental Test, Materials Laboratory, Prototype Manufacture and Assembly and Test. In 2013 my responsibility as Head of Engineering Technical Facilities at Lockheed Martin was increased to oversee the development of the apprenticeship scheme. We now employ 20 apprentices and I am responsible for their in-company training and education currently delivered at Bedford College.

I am very proud to be the winner of the 2016 Lockheed Martin UK Excellence Award in Full Spectrum Leadership, this award is in recognition of my commitment and work in improving employee engagement.

Through supporting outreach activities with local schools and colleges I became a Governor at Central Beds UTC then applied to make the move to the Bedford College Board in 2016. I am driven by helping Bedford College ensure that students receive the best experience possible while at Bedford College.

I am married with a step-daughter, my interests are Rugby, Darts, MotoGP, live music and playing the guitar.

» Sol Miah (external Governor)

Sol Bedford College 2017 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 have been part of senior management teams in the retail sector. I am 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 in 2011 because I wanted to give back to the College, for all the support and encouragement they gave me as a student. I have been the Vice-Chair of the HR, Audit and Quality, Standards & Achievements Committees. I am currently a member of the Resources and the Search & Governance Committees.

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 benefitted from it and I would like others to benefit as well. Apart from work and study, I have a keen interest in rugby, writing, cinema and filmmaking.

» Ian Pryce CBE (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)

Allan Schofield has been a governor of Bedford College since 2015 and is also a member of its Audit Committee and its Quality and Standards Committee.

Professionally many years ago he was a university academic and manager for a short while before setting up the Higher Education Consultancy Group in 1986.  As a consultant he has worked on assignments for more than 80 universities and colleges, as well as on projects for all the main stakeholder bodies in UK higher education.  He has also worked overseas for a number of international bodies. 

Major previous projects most relevant to being a governor of Bedford College include: substantial work on enhancing the quality of governance in post-16 education, including writing a major national report on: 'What is an Effective and High Performing Governing Body in Higher Education?'; leading numerous governor development and support activities in higher education; undertaking substantial policy review work for HEFCE (the body which regulates English higher education); and in 2009 being commissioned by the Government and the Association of Colleges to lead a review of the governance of the whole of the FE sector in England, which eventually lead to the production of the FE Code of Governance.

» Sheila Selwood (external Governor)

From a background of training and management in the newspaper and computer industries, I moved into education nearly 30 years ago, spending 6 years as a primary school Finance Secretary and 12 years as a secondary school Business Manager, also clerking both respective Governing Bodies. In 2004 I joined West Herts College as Director of Governance. It had just received poor inspection and audit outcomes. During a two year recovery period, the college and its governance went from unsatisfactory to good, and five years later to outstanding, and this was sustained. 

During this time, I also worked as a national and regional associate, delivering governance workshops, inductions, one to one support and qualification programmes, aimed at improving the effectiveness of college clerks and governors. This work continues to this day in my new roles as an independent governance advisor and regional associate for ACER and AOSEC. 

In recent years I have also been Vice Chair of the National Clerks Network, Chair of the ACER Clerks Regional Network, and a member of the AoC Governor Council In 2015 I was honoured to be awarded an MBE for services to Further Education. 

I joined the board of Bedford College in August 2015 and am currently a member of the Quality and Standards Committee and Vice Chair of the Audit Committee. 

I am married with two sons and three grandsons. My free time activities include swimming, walking, and rock music, and travelling whenever I can, particularly to the national parks in the USA.

» 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)

Charlie Board of Governors Bedford College 2017Bio coming shortly.

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