Keighley College Board
David Yates – Chair and Governor
David is a retired Senior Manager with extensive skills and knowledge acquired from working in both the public and private education sectors. He has strong but flexible leadership skills which he has used throughout his career from head of an organisation to politically sensitive roles in local government.
He is committed to developing collaborative working through active and meaningful partnerships. David is passionate and committed to disability rights and especially access issues. He was Policy Leader for 16-19 education in a large metropolitan district, responsible for ensuring the local authority met its statutory responsibilities. This involved working with funding agencies to determine provision needed and advising schools and colleges on curriculum offer.
He was the lead officer dealing with reduction of those Not in Education Training or Employment. Has developed and implemented innovative ways of working e.g. Industrial Centres of Excellence and worked with partners on the development of skills strategy within the district and further afield.
David originally trained as a careers adviser and was Chief Executive of the company that delivered Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) throughout Cambridgeshire plus other education services such as learning centres, education business partnerships including the provision of work experience and placements. He advised ministers and senior civil servants on national policy issues relating to CEIAG.
David has been a Board and trust member of various organisations and undertaken consultancy activity with other educational and public sector organisations.
Colin Booth - Chief Executive & Principal
Prior to joining Leeds City College, Colin was Principal of Barnsley College for seven years where he steered the college to an Ofsted rating of outstanding.
He has worked in the further education sector for over 30 years; his background is as a teacher and manager in Skills for Life and provision for students with disabilities or learning difficulties. He has also worked as a part-time inspector for Ofsted and the Adult Learning Inspectorate.
Colin was awarded an OBE for services to further education in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list.
Steven Burles – Co-optee
Steven is the CEO and Founder of Puddle. A graphic designer by trade, Steven started his career with renowned design agency Attik working on campaigns for Nike, Sony and MTV.
After several years working for other Leeds based design agencies, in 2010, Steven formed Puddle, offering on and offline marketing services to businesses in the UK and the US. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Keighley & Airedale Business Awards and a member of the Business Advisory Committee for Project Search in Bradford whose aim is to help young adults with learning difficulties gain employment.
Steven is also an Enterprise Advisor for the LEP and is working with schools to bring local businesses and students closer together.
Rob Emmerson – Staff Member
Rob has worked in industry for 38 years before starting his employment with the college nine years ago. He has worked at all the main campuses in that time and has a broad knowledge of the college's staff and students. Rob’s current role is Student Relations Officer at Keighley College.
Matt Findull – Co-optee
Matt is an experienced public sector manager with extensive experience of working in the education and skills sector. Formerly with the Learning and Skills Council, Matt is now with Bradford Council. He has considerable experience as a governor in secondary and primary schools in Bradford.
Naz Kazmi - Co-optee
Naz has lived in Keighley for most of her life and has 30 years’ experience of working with BME women and children, particularly from a south Asian background.
Naz has worked closely with communities and organisations designing, developing and delivering innovative programmes and research projects. These projects have focused on addressing social inequalities, which overlap with health, environmental behaviours, education and employment. Her hobbies are travelling, poetry and fine arts.
Andrew Taylor – Co-optee
Andy is an experienced senior leader and has worked in challenging schools within the Bradford Local Authority throughout his career. As Acting Head Teacher at Carlton Bolling College, he oversaw the 'good' Ofsted judgement achieved in January 2013 and in his current role as the Head Teacher at Parkside School in Cullingworth, led the school to its first ever 'good' Ofsted judgement, achieved in November 2016.
Andy is fully committed to positively impacting on the lives of students within Bradford and is currently on the LA ICE board for Health & Social Care and has previously been Chair of the LA Education Safeguarding sub group as well as sitting on several boards within the Local Authority, such as the Full Safeguarding Board, Early Intervention and Prevention Board and the Business Planning sub group.
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