Appointment to the Corporation
The Search and Governance Committee is responsible for all membership issues and no independent member can be appointed to the Corporation without recommendation by the Committee.
Membership of the Corporation is broadly defined within the Instrument and Articles of Government and, within these parameters, currently comprises of independent members, staff and student members and the Principal. You can find profiles of each of our governors below.
List of members:
- Gordon Haines, MBE JP – Chair of the Corporation
- Phillip Lennon – Vice Chair of the Corporation
- Malcolm Bell
- Ian Hockey
- Ralph Henderson, MBE
- Roger Key
- Andy Williams
- Jacob Smith
- Tony Wenden
- Vikki Liogier
- Nicola Curtis
- Seán Cotter
- Dan Pearson – Principal & Chief Executive
- David O'Donovan - Staff Member
- Julie Snelling – Staff Member
- Mils Balcombe – Student Member
- Nicole Dragos - Student Member
Gordon Haines, MBE JP
Gordon is a retired Financial Services Consultant who worked for many years in the City as CEO/MD of leading insurance brokers. Until 2016, he was an Alderman in the City of London and has served/still serves as Chair or Executive Member on a number of charities including Bridewell, Samuel Wilson Loan Trust, Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer Research, the Bowel Disease Research Council & Wembley National Stadium Trust.
Before joining USP, he served as a governor for four schools: St Paul’s Cathedral School, Freeman’s School, King Edward’s School Witley and Christs Hospital. He is a member of a number of City Liveries, including Past Master Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, Past Master Worshipful Company of Horners: Hon. Liveryman Worshipful Company of Educators: Life Vice President of the Queenhithe Ward Club. He has served as a Magistrate (City Bench), on a number of Lord Mayors Appeal Committees, is a Church Warden in the City of London and a lifelong supporter of West Ham United.
Prior to his retirement in 2016, Phillip had been Director of Finance at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists for 15 years. He has a BSc (Hons) in Administrative Science from Aston University and has been an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1978.
Phillip has over 40 years of commercial experience working in a variety of industries and organisations. He has worked in the Not-For-Profit sector on a number of occasions and understands the importance of public benefit and how this has to work in a commercial environment. He has always been involved in providing good governance, strategic management and effective business operations.
Phillip lives in Essex and is a director and trustee of two other charities. He is a Council member, Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee at Newman University. He is Treasurer at a local Community Voluntary Service, which covers Basildon, Billericay and Wickford.
Malcolm has worked in further education for most of his working life and for the last fifteen years of his career was the Principal of a large general further education college in Kent. During that time he undertook several related roles, including being an A-Level Chief Examiner for a decade. For the past ten years he has worked as an educational consultant predominantly in and around the development of apprenticeships and has also assisted several organisations in managing cultural change. He continues to work on a voluntary basis in and around further education and is chair of an awarding body which is involved in offering qualifications to non-traditional learners.
Ian is the Head Teacher of Cornelius Vermuyden School, Canvey Island.
Ralph Henderson, MBE
Prior to his retirement, Ralph was Deputy Head & Operational Head of William Edwards School, Grays, where he taught for over 40 years during which time he was the Headteacher. He qualified as a teacher at Cardiff College of Education, University of Wales, and gained a First Class Honours and M.A. at Anglia Ruskin, completing his education at Cambridge University.
He was awarded a MBE in 2008 for services to education. Ralph has also had a long career in Rugby Football having played at the highest level representing three counties and was selected for Public School Wanderers and the England Under 23 squad. Ralph has a lifelong interest in Education and Sport and is a Director of Rugby at Thurrock and a member of the South West Essex Community Education Trust.
Prior to retirement, Roger worked in the City for 40 years working at National Westminster Bank, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, specialising In Loan Administration and Credit Risk Management.
Prior to his retirement, Andy was the Global Operations Director for the Manpower Group. He is currently Chairman of Ink House Trading Limited.
Jacob Is a Teaching Associate at Queen Mary, University of London with a PhD in History and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Tony is a chartered certified accountant. He is the Managing Director and owner of local accounting firm, Elliott Mortlock Busby & Co Ltd.
Vikki is the National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills with the Education and Training Foundation, whose role is to grow the strength and capacity of the FE profession in harnessing learning and teaching technologies, developing digital skills and redefining pedagogic approaches.
Nicole has worked in Pathology for 25 years and has gained a Biomedical Science degree and Cellular Pathology masters whilst working within Cytology. More recently she moved into a 'Training Manager' role which she thoroughly enjoys. Nicole is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science.
Seán is a Facilities Manager at the Port of Tilbury and has a background in Engineering and Construction. He has worked at the Port for the last 10 years and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Having worked in education for the past 20 years’ with the last decade of experience being in senior leadership roles. Dan gained a Strategic Leadership qualification from the University of Oxford, and prides himself on his creative and innovative approach to driving improvement in educational quality and outcomes. As well as being Principal & CEO at USP College he is also the Chairman of the Federation of Essex Colleges (FEDEC).
After working at the College for 5 years and David is interim Head of Teaching and Learning, prior to working at USP College he was a teacher of Sport Science in Further Education for a further 10 years. Within his role he organises and leads Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for teachers, measures the quality of teaching and learning across the College and works closely with Heads of Learning to support teacher development and improvement. He became a staff governor to gain a better understanding of the role of the governing board and to ensure the interests of students and teachers are represented.
To put it simply Davids favourite thing about the College is the students. Supporting them to develop and learn at a such a pivotal stage in their lives is challenging but full of rewards every single day.
Julie is Head of Additional Learning Support at the Seevic Campus