Louise Fluker MA (Cantab), LLB, Barrister
Louise is a lawyer who was a senior legal adviser to the Civil Aviation Authority before joining De La Rue plc. As General Counsel and Company Secretary, until retiring in March 2009, she was responsible for the provision of legal services to the Group and advising the Board on legal and governance matters and ensuring that appropriate systems were in place. She chaired the Risk Committee of the Board. She developed a business code of conduct and training programmes for the Board and other levels of management on legal and regulatory matters, and introduced a process for appraising Board performance. She has been chairman of the Employed Barristers Committee of the Bar Council and vice chairman of the Training for the Bar Committee and is a master of the bench of Gray’s Inn. She is a Trustee of Farnham Castle. Louise lives in Richmond, and her interests include music, theatre and the arts generally, as well as politics and travel. She was appointed to the RACC Board in 2009.
Dr Tim Woolmer M.A. (Oxon), M.Ed and Ed.D.
Independent (Vice Chair)
After a spell in the City, Tim taught in secondary schools before teaching teachers at what is now Roehampton University. He has studied and worked in America and Pakistan, where he was principal of Edwardes College, Peshawar, from 1982 to 1987. He retired in 2002 after 11 years as Director of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. He is currently a non-executive director of an NHS Mental Health Trust. He is a long-term resident of Kew, married with 3 adult children. He has been a regular student at RACC since he retired.
Mr Alberto Esguevillas Lete
Alberto has a Masters in Industrial Engineering and an Executive MBA from the London Business School. After working initially in his native Spain, he moved to England in 2004 as a development manager of large retail and mixed use developments. After a period as a director of a leading London fund manager, in 2008 he was appointed director of an asset management company. He has several years’ experience of the formulation of business strategy, its approval and delivery gained while working in a number of European Countries as well as the UK, He and his wife have been Richmond residents for over five years, and share a personal interest in and commitment to further education. Alberto’s interests include diving, reading, languages and food, and he was appointed a Governor in September 2010.
Mr Kevin Finnigan
Kevin is currently working with the Prospects group to develop their services. He set up an education and training consultancy in January 2008 and has worked on Further education mergers, leading on governance and management. He has also delivered Governance and Management training for the further education sector. Kevin has been a London Principal for eight years. In his last role he achieved outstanding for leadership and management and gained Beacon status for his College. He began his employment as a quality manager in paper manufacturing. He then went onto youth work in East London before entering further education. He began as a lecturer at Bournville College in Birmingham then worked in Leeds and became Deputy Principal at Chelmsford College in Essex in 1995. He then became Principal of Orpington College in south London and then Ealing Hammersmith and West London College. He has worked with the Open University for ten years as a tutor counsellor on a variety of social sciences courses. Delivered management programmes to the West Yorkshire Police, and contributed to social policy courses at Birmingham University. Kevin has been a south London Learning and Skills council member for the last six years, and has served on the London review for supported learning. He is passionate about the place of the student voice in colleges and continues to work closely in this area. He recently visited Beijing and Mumbai in order to make links with vocational Colleges and develop learning opportunities. Kevin was appointed to the Board of RACC in 2008.
Ms Gabe Flint
Prof. Andrew George
Andrew is Vice Principal (Education and International) at
Brunel University London. He joined Brunel from
Imperial College London where he was Professor of Molecular Immunology and
Director of the Graduate School and the School of Professional Development.
His research focuses on understanding how to manipulate the immune system to
treat disease, in particular in relation to transplantation. In addition Andrew
has a strong interest in the ethics and regulation of research, and is the
Chair of the National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel and a Trustee of Action
Medical Research. He lives with his family in St Margarets, and was appointed
to the board in October 2011.
Amanda Rowlatt CBE
Amanda is Chief Economist and Director of Analysis at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Her previous job was as Chief Economist and Director for Children and Families at the Department for Work and Pensions. She has also been Chief Economist at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the Competition Commission, and has held senior posts with Oxera economic consultants, the Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission, and HM Treasury. Amanda was on the Council of the Royal Economic Society; has recently been Treasurer of two other charities and Vice Chair of a fourth; and was runner up “UK Trustee of the Year”. She has extensive board level experience, and a keen interest in education and training, as well as a desire to make a contribution to her local community. Amanda has three children at local schools, and was appointed a Governor in 2010.
Dr Michael Sevitt
Mike qualified in medicine in 1968 and specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry. He ran an inpatient psychiatric unit for adolescents in Epsom until 2003 and is currently working part-time in the SW London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust. He has had a lifelong interest in the work of voluntary organisations and has been a professional advisor to Cruse and Relate. He was also a Governor at his children’s primary school in Kingston, where he still lives. Mike is married with two married children and is an enthusiastic RACC student. He became a student Governor of RACC in 2008.
David Sidonio, MA (London)
David has almost thirty years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector, mainly in the health and social care sector. He was Director in a London Dial-a-Ride agency and has held principal posts in a number of organisations including Chelsea Social Council, and Age Concern in both Hackney and Wandsworth. David has been Chief Executive at Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (RCVS) since February 2007. David has worked as a trustee on a number of boards, was chair of a trade union branch for many years and chaired a housing association. As CEO at RCVS, David represents the voluntary sector on key planning structures including the Local Strategic Partnership, its Executive group, and performance management structures. David’s interests include Victorian literature and music. His main passion, however, is running - particularly long-distance - and he is a member of Worthing and District Harriers. He was appointed a Governor in September 2009.
Mark worked for Royal Dutch Shell plc until his retirement in 2011. Most of his career was spent in the International Oil Trading division where he held a number of operational and commercial management roles in London and overseas. In 1999 he was appointed London Contracts manager for Shell Trading, responsible for the administration of commercial oil supply, trading and storage contracts in Europe, Caribbean and Central America. He has considerable experience of business, staff and process management.
In 2013 he became a volunteer for Richmond Homes and Lifestyle Trust (a local charity supporting adults with learning disabilities) to assist with their fundraising and grant sourcing activities. In the same year he joined the RHLT trustee board. He has also been a member of the RACC Community Engagement Group. Mark was appointed a governor in January 2014. He is married with two adult children, lives in Hampton and has been an RACC music student for a number of years. He is a keen dingy sailor and jazz and folk guitarist.
Bill has over twenty-five years of experience working in the financial sector with a particular focus on debt capital markets. He worked for five years at Baring Brothers & Co., Limited on their Sterling bond desk before moving to Creditanstalt-Bankverein's London Branch. There, he was principally involved in bringing sovereign and corporate bond issues out of the newly emerging markets of eastern Europe to western investors. In 2000, Bill moved to Íslandsbanki hf, one of Iceland's largest banks, to develop their foreign currency funding programme. He has an abiding interest in Iceland and its culture, and is Chairman of the British Icelandic Chamber of Commerce - a body that seeks to promote closer business ties between the two countries.
Bill has attended courses at RACC since he was a teenager, and attends the Richmond Jazz School there currently. His main interests are playing jazz clarinet, saxophones and trombone, landscape photography and travel. He is married and lives in Twickenham. Bill joined the Governing Body in July 2013.