HELEN BIRCHENOUGH - CHAIR
Helen read English at universities in England and the USA and then joined JWT, a London Advertising Agency, where she developed an interest in brand strategy. She went on to head up a team at the Michael Peters Group working on a raft of international brands. After marrying Simon and having three children Helen left salaried employment to focus on family and to build her business as a brand planner. She joined the board of Salisbury Playhouse in 2002 and chaired a capital campaign to raise £1.4m needed for a new rehearsal room and community and education space; and was Chairman of the board from 2009 – 2012. She was a Governor of Chafyn Grove School for eleven years and now is proud to serve as a trustee of The Aegeas Salisbury International Arts Festival and also The Wiltshire Community Foundation. She became a Governor of Wiltshire College in 2010 and Chair in 2013. From early personal experience Helen discovered the difference that inspired teaching can make, so to be part of an organisation that is sincerely committed to realising the potential in every learner and that really can change lives is for her both important and exciting.
MARK LELLO - VICE CHAIR
Mark has been a governor of the college since 2012. He is currently the Managing Partner of Parker Bullen LLP, a firm of solicitors with offices in Salisbury, Wiltshire and Andover, Hampshire but which serves clients across the UK and internationally. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Sheffield, he later qualified as a Solicitor and Notary Public. He also gained a masters degree in law from the University of Bristol and postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Finance from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and in Trade Marks law from the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. He has enjoyed a continuous career in law since graduating, specialising in company, commercial and intellectual property law, gaining huge experience with top City and regional law firms before joining Parker Bullen in 1996. He is committed to the delivery of excellent professional services to clients both by Parker Bullen but also through InnovationsHub, a grouping of fellow professionals in allied areas with a similar service ethos which he set up in 2013. In addition to his work as a governor, Mark is a keen yachtsman, chairs a book club called Dissectors and plays keyboards for a rock band.
AMANDA BURNSIDE - EX OFFICIO (PRINCIPAL)
Carolyn became a governor of Wiltshire College in 2013. Carolyn began teaching in Nottingham after graduating from York University with a joint degree in History and Education and completing her teaching qualification at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University. She taught English, Mathematics and History and supported the inclusion of children in schools in Nottingham before moving to Dorset to lead the Special Educational Needs Advisory Team. She moved to the new Bournemouth Council in 1997 to become a school inspector with the particular lead for inclusion. In 2002 she became Head of Inclusion and Achievement with responsibilities including school standards, safeguarding in education, attendance, behaviour support, ethnic minority and traveller achievement, SEN/LDD and the Youth Service. As a joint commissioner for CAHMS, a member of the LSCB and Children’s Trust Board and the lead business unit for a joint authority Youth Offending Team she has had significant experience of partnership working to improve outcomes. She took up her post as Director for Children’s Services in Wiltshire in December 2006, and retired from this position in October 2017.
Jack Wills has over 35 years experience in the Learning and Development (L&D) sector. His experience covers being a practitioner, the founder of a successful group of L&D companies and developing business globally.Following a successful career as an Army officer, where he ended as an instructor at the Army Staff College, Jack started a group of companies producing training videos and software.
During 2005/6 Jack disposed of his main companies to concentrate on international consultancy activities. He is often to be seen as a speaker and chair at international L&D conferences. Jack is married to Shelagh, a Secondary Teacher.
VENETIA SUMMERS - STAFF GOVERNOR
Venetia has been staff governor of the college since 2015. She is the Curriculum Manager for Animal Care & Equine and is based at the Lackham campus. Venetia is qualified and experienced in both animal care and equine and worked outside of the FE sector prior to joining the college, including in the Mounted Police, as the owner of a Sport Horse Centre and roles at NEC, Xerox, IEE and Fiat Auto. Venetia is committed to strengthening the students learning experience with the support of local businesses and employer engagement.