Meet our Governors
Duncan Alexander: Chair of Corporation
Duncan Alexander, the Chair of Corporation, has significant HR experience and is now MD of a business information service which collects and analyses NHS data at local and national level for the pharmaceutical industry.
John Abbott: Principal
Principal John Abbott is a member of the Corporation. Within the membership of the Corporation, there is provision for two each of Student, Staff and Parent Governors.
Guy Adams, the former Chair of Corporation, is a Solicitor Advocate, who specialises in crime and regulatory work. Guy is a partner in a local firm of solicitors which employs around 125 people and has offices in Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Poundbury. Guy is a Director of two local companies and also manages a property development and letting business. A former student of Huish, Guy has been associated with the Corporation for a number of years, first chairing the Corporation in 2006.
Lee Ballard was appointed in December 2016 as a Staff Governor for a four-year term. Lee is currently in his fourth year at the College as a Teacher of Physical Education on both our Vocational and Degree programmes. He is currently studying for a doctorate degree in Education (Ed.D) at UWE for the next three to four years. Lee is ambitious and always striving for opportunities to learn and is keen to develop his understanding and experience in new areas, such as strategic decision making.
Barbara Barratt was a teacher at the College for some 17 years and has a wide range of teaching and managerial experience, including the development of curriculum and student support. As a parent of former students, Barbara understands the challenges facing both students and staff in a rapidly changing educational and workplace environment.
Sasha Burns currently holds the position of Hospital Director of Nuffield Health, Taunton Hospital; which is part of Nuffield Health, a non-profit organisation and the UK’s largest health charity which operates a range of health and wellbeing facilities. Taunton Hospital employs around 150 staff with an additional 100 doctors authorised to work at the hospital. Sasha is a qualified radiographer with significant expertise in health and safety and governance. Sasha is also a parent of a student at the College.
Pat Flaherty is Chief Executive at Somerset County Council and has been a resident of Somerset for the last nine years. His background is in transport planning and engineering and much of his career experience has been associated with major transport schemes and regeneration programmes. Pat is currently the Chair of the Corporation’s Audit Committee.
David Griffin has for the last 26 years been Managing Partner of a West Country firm of Chartered Accountants employing around 250 people, having spent his entire working life with the firm. In recent years, David’s work has been mostly on the strategic and advisory side working with SMEs but also certain charitable and not for profit organisations and has always had a keen interest in the training and development of youth.
Stephen Haydock is currently a Consultant Physician and the Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency care at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. He obtained his BA from Cambridge in 1983 in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) and his primary medical degree in 1985. Stephen then undertook a number of clinical training posts in Leicester before returning to Cambridge where he gained his PhD in 1990. Prior to his appointment at Musgrove Park, Stephen was a Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Biochemistry at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He has an extensive publication record in the biosynthesis of medicinally important natural products. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Both his sons were educated at Richard Huish College.
Ann Helsby manages an HR consultancy business, providing comprehensive advisory and consultancy services to managers, directors, principals and governors on a wide range of HR issues. Ann works extensively within the sixth form and FE sector, has considerable experience of working as an interim HR director at senior management level, as well as hands-on experience of restructuring and managing change.
Jonathan Langdon co-founded a local firm of chartered accountants and is now Chairman of the firm which employs around 170 people and has offices in Taunton, Yeovil, Bristol and Bath. Jonathan is actively involved in the business, advising a large number of clients across a range of business sectors.
Nikki Lewis was appointed as a Staff Governor in December 2018 and has worked at the College since September 2002. She has had a variety of roles during her time here including teacher, course manager and enrichment co-ordinator; she is currently the course manager of Geography. Nikki believes strongly in providing the best possible academic and pastoral experience for all students who come to Huish and wants to help ensure that we continue to do this as a College. Nikki is heavily involved in her local community via a range of community groups, runs the College litter picking group and contributes to the Earth Science Society.
Nicki Reid was appointed in March 2017. Prior to moving to the West Country, Nicki worked in Business Development for a number of London advertising agencies. She has subsequently worked as a freelance marketing consultant with clients in Bath, Bristol and London. In addition, she is currently the Marketing Co-ordinator for a firm of local accountants with offices in Somerset and Devon.
Moira Reynolds, a parent governor, was appointed in December 2017. Moira is an Associate Solicitor with a local firm and her practice area is Family Law. Moira supports and enables her clients to move through challenging times. As a parent of a former and current Huish student, Moira appreciates the need to develop strategies that will enable young people moving into the workplace.
Karuna Tharmananthar, recently retired from local government as Deputy Director for Development with a focus on developing partnerships and maximising investment in the local area. He has considerable experience in the delivery of major programmes and projects in support of economic development and urban regeneration. His experience includes bringing together organisations and people to benefit local communities.
Mary Tighe has recently retired as an Associate Specialist in Haematology and Oncology, working for a large NHS Trust. With considerable research experience and a range of publications, Mary is also actively involved in the formulation and dissemination of medical protocols across the Trust and was an appraiser for senior medical staff. As a parent of former students, Mary was inspired to contribute to the work of the College.
Dave Tomaney, a parent governor, was appointed in March 2016. He is a Senior Manager at the UK Hydrographic Office responsible for product safety and chart production amongst other things. Prior to arriving at the UKHO in 2009 he had a 25 year career as an air traffic controller in the RAF. Dave has experience in managing safety systems, strategic planning and international working. Both his children went to Richard Huish College.
Anthony Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He started an accountancy firm in Weston-super-Mare in 2009. The firm now has offices in Taunton, Nailsea and Weston-super-Mare. Prior to becoming an accountant, Anthony spent some years in the catering trade, including owning a restaurant and food manufacturing business. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys flying gliders and light aircraft and is a Director, Treasurer and Company Secretary at the British Gliding Association.