Meet our Governors
David Griffin: Chair of Corporation
David Griffin, the Chair of Corporation, 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.
John Abbott: Chief Executive Officer of Richard Huish Education Group
Chief Executive Officer of Richard Huish Education Group, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Victoria Harrison, is a Human Resources Business Partner working for one of the national NHS property and facilities management companies. Victoria has a background of working in an HR generalist capacity for not-for-profit companies and has also worked as an HR Consultant. Victoria is a Level 7 qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is aiming to achieve chartered membership. Victoria was previously a student of the College and very much enjoyed her time here.
Daniel Maycock is a Big-4 trained Accountant who specialises in supporting corporate and not for profit organisations with their governance, risk management and internal control frameworks. Daniel is currently Director of Risk and Assurance at Pennon Group and prior to this has spent the majority of his career working for large professional firms, most recently as a Director at RSM.
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.
Matt Morgan was appointed as a Staff Governor in December 2019 and has worked at the College since April 2005. Originally employed in an administrative role co-ordinating the sport enrichment provision, he has since taught A Level PE and is currently the Course Manager of Vocational Sport. Matt is passionate about the holistic experience the College offers young people and values the impact that this can have. Matt was previously Vice-Chair of Governors at a local primary school and is a founder member of Quantock Quickriders Cycling Club, regularly coaching young people on mountain bikes.
Caitlyn Shortland and Yuqi Cao are current students of the College and help ensure student voices are heard and their interests are represented.