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 Kevin Finnigan
Kevin set up an education and training consultancy in January 2008 and has worked on Further education mergers, leading on governance, management and quality improvement. Kevin was 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 has worked with the Open University for ten years as a tutor counsellor on social sciences courses. He has delivered management programmes to the West Yorkshire Police, and contributed to social policy courses at Birmingham University and he is passionate about the place of the student voice in colleges and continues to work closely in this area. Kevin was appointed to the Board of RACC in 2008.
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.
Gavin works for Lloyds Banking Group in their Group Corporate Treasury, where he is responsible for the modelling and management of Group-wide market risk. He has over 20 years banking experience, having previously worked in Australia and New Zealand.
Now living in Richmond, married with a young daughter, he is keen to contribute to the local community and is passionate about the role of education in broadening opportunities. His interests include cycling in Richmond park, travel, and politics. He was appointed a Governor in 2015.
Jane O’Shea has spent her career working in publishing. Most recently she was Publishing Director of an independent start-up company which was successfully sold after 20 years of continuous growth. As part of her responsibility for the publishing, she was closely involved in marketing and publicity strategy. She has always been interested in education and means of achieving potential. She became a governor in 2014 and welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the local community.
Richard Brewster FCA
Richard gained a professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant before taking a job as an accountant in industry in the 70s.In the 1980s he moved into general management and pursued a career in the paper, print and packaging industry. He has served on the boards of FTSE 350 Companies for over 30 years and concluded his career in 2014 as non executive chairman of two listed Investment Trusts. He is currently involved in honorary work as a Past Master and Treasurer of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, as a Trustee of The Printing Charity and as Vice President of the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB). He has lived in Richmond for over 40 years during which time he and his wife have brought up four children. In addition he has been a member of many local sports clubs, a student at RACC and continues to mentor local entrepreneurs as part of a scheme organised by Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to the RACC Board in 2015.
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.