We are delighted to have added four new Trustees to our Board, adding significant experience and expertise. All of our new Trustees will stand for election at the College’s AGM later in 2022. The new appointments are: 

  • Simon Thomson, a senior leader and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Education at the University of Liverpool, with over twenty years' experience in Higher education 
  • Dr Gregory Roberts, who holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Birmingham and is Co-Chair of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Network of the Co-operative Party 
  • Rosie Harvey, a qualified secondary school teacher who currently works as a Training and Behaviour Advisor for renowned UK charity Guide Dogs 
  • Chris Jardine, former Secretary of the Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative and experienced charity governance professional 

Looking to the future

The new Trustees join at a key time for us, with our new strategy launching later this year and our recent success of partnerships with Imperial College, London and the Lagos State Co-operative College, Nigeria.  

The next 12-18 months will be a very important time for us at the College and Trustees play a crucial role in both supporting and scrutinising the work of our leadership team, so we are delighted to have made such a strong set of appointments to the Board. Our new Trustees bring expertise from the co-operative movement, the charitable sector and all phases of the education system, and will complement the skills and experience of existing Trustees to allow the Board to operate even more effectively moving forward.

Neil Calvert, our CEO and Principal

The past two years have been a time of real change for the College and, as we enter the next phase, we are keen to ensure that our board of Trustees starts to reflect not only the existing co-operative movement, but all the co-operators in the communities we work with both here in the UK and internationally. I’m really pleased to welcome our new Trustees and look forward to working with and learning from them

Jon Nott, our Chair of Trustees

I’m really looking forward to being part of the College's Board, in what is my first Trustee role. The College's ambitions to put learners very much at the centre of what they do is what attracted me to this role, and it’s going to be really exciting journey.

Rosie Harvey, one of our new Trustees

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