Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence


Vernice Key

Chair of Corporation, Finance & Resources Committee member, Learning & Quality Committee member, Search & Governance Committee member

CRC’s Chair, Vernice Key was formerly the Head of Finance and Performance at Cambridgeshire County Council. Her experience includes extensive public sector finance work at a senior level, including managing finance and procurement functions at the Cambridgeshire County Council. She has substantial experience of managing change and partnership working. Vernice is CIPFA qualified.

Heather Du Quesnay CBE

Deputy Chair of Corporation, Chair Remuneration Committee, Chair Learning & Quality Committee

Heather Du Quesnay CBE, is the former CEO of the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. In this role, she worked closely with the Hong Kong Government and the ESF Board to transform ESF into an educational business with a long-term financial strategy. Prior to this, Heather was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership and Executive Director of Education at the London Borough of Lambeth and Hertfordshire County Council.


Mark Robertson

Principal and Chief Executive

Mark Robertson joined CRC as an interim Principal in June 2016 and as acting Principal for HRC from November 2016, before being appointed as permanent Principal for the merged College from August 2017. Prior to that, he was Principal and CEO of Barking and Dagenham College and City of Wolverhampton College. He has a BA (Hons) in Education Studies and has completed the LSIS Aspiring Principals programme.

Nichola Harrison

Chair Search & Governance Committee, Commercial Strategy Committee member

Nichola Harrison is an elected County Councillor for Cambridge City. Her background is in commercial property development, and she has a strong interest in environmental and planning issues in the region.

Prior to joining CRC, she was a governor of the Parkside Federation of Schools and a member of the East of England Regional Assembly’s Regional Planning Panel.


Tim Arthur

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee

Tim is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has more than 25 years’ experience in senior international executive financial roles, including several as a main board director of public companies. Tim has extensive experience of IPO’s, fund raising, integrating international acquisitions, restructuring, outsourcing and implementing systems. He spent his first seven years of his career with Price Waterhouse, including three years in Chicago.


Martin Clapson

Finance & Resources Committee member

Martin Clapson is Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Price Bailey LLP, a top 30 accountancy and business advisory firm serving private clients and regional, national and international businesses. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA).

Martin is also a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of CamSight, a registered charity working with blind and partially sighted people in Cambridgeshire.

Dr Raj Kumar

Learning & Quality Committee member, Audit & Risk Committee member

Dr Rajinder Kumar is the CEO and Chairman of MeRaD Pharmaceutical Ltd. He teaches a number of modules at the Institute of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge and has previously held posts as a Committee member for the Welcome Trust for R&D Fund for India. He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Institute of Directors.


Martin Doel CBE

Chair Commercial Strategy Committee

Recently appointed as the first Professor of Further Education and Skills at University College London (Institute of Education), Martin Doel was previously Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges. AoC is the representative body for England’s 330 Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges, who provide almost 10% of all higher education in England. Prior to joining AoC he served for 28 years in the Royal Air Force.


Andy Jennings

Chair Audit & Risk Committee

Andy Jennings qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick. He has predominantly worked in the media industry, having been Finance Director of an international conference and training provider, a brand licensing agency, and now the Director of Finance and HR for a theatrical producer and concert promoter based in west London.

He was previously a governor of three primary schools (chair of one for nearly 10 years) and an elected member of Greenwich Borough, Huntingdonshire District and St Neots Town Councils.


Barry Fyfield

Learning & Quality Committee member, Audit & Risk Committee member

Barry has 23 years experience as a FE practitioner with nine as senior manager. He was Principal and Chief Executive of Dunstable College 1997/98, and has since been employed as a consultant in the sector.

He is experienced in strategic management, project management, quality improvement, coaching, interim management, and research. He has contributed to a number of publications and co-authored two DfES commissioned research reports.

MBA, BSc Metallurgy, BA Social Sciences, PGCE


Jo Lancaster

Commercial Strategy Committee member

As Managing Director Huntingdonshire District Council, Jo Lancaster has over 25 year’s experience in public service in local government in District and Unitary Councils, in both urban and rural contexts. She previously held senior management positions at Wolverhampton District Council, Lichfield District Council and at North Shropshire District Council.

She holds the ILM level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring and an MSc Public Service Management.


Judith Coplowe

Audit & Risk Committee member

Judith Coplowe is a partner at PEM, Cambridge, a professional accountancy practice. She is an auditor and heads the charities and not for profit team there. PEM has nearly 200 clients in the not for profit and charity sector.

Judith is a regular speaker at seminars on charity accounting and developments in the sector. In the past, she has acted as chief accountant to a shipping group as well as an audit manager.

BA (Hons) Social Science and Administration, Goldsmiths College, London University, FCA, DChA


Paul Gaudin

Commercial Strategy Committee member

Paul Gaudin grew up locally and attended HRC College, then known as Huntingdon Technical College to study mechanical engineering.

Paul has been immersed in the business, design and manufacturing world throughout his working life, picking up design and enterprise awards from an early age. He founded the New York Bagel Company, today an exceptionally well-known brand.

His many innovations include the development of the Q score used to assess health risks and promote healthier lifestyles. He took this business global and has extensive international business experience and networks. He is currently an Advisor and Mentor on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Scheme, an NIA Assessor as well as chairing two health company boards. One of his more recent projects assists networking of families and friends when a member is ill or in hospital.

Mike Cole

Learning and Quality Committee member

Mike Cole has over 25 years experience in Higher Education and is currently a Deputy Dean and Professor of Forensic Science at Anglia Ruskin University. Mike has developed courses and taught forensic science all over the world from foundation through to doctoral level. In addition to working with other universities Mike has also worked for the UNODC, AAFS, ENFSI and the British Council. He is currently an assessor for the Dutch Register of Forensic Experts (NRGD). At Anglia Ruskin he has a proven track record of leading the development of forensic science, income generation and growth in research in Science and Technology.


Abigail Trencher

Co-opted Finance & Resources Committee member

Abigail Trencher is the head of Birketts’ employment team in Cambridge and also heads up Birketts’ Education Sector group. She has expertise in advising education clients on a range of employment issues including equal pay issues arising from the implementation of new pay scales, discrimination claims and TUPE. She also acts for clients within the private sector advising on collective redundancy, board level 

disputes, making changes to defined benefit, final salary pension schemes, changing terms and conditions of employment and TUPE.


Tery Butcher

Learning & Quality Committee member (staff governor)
Terry Butcher is a Teaching Assistant in the Engineering Department at Huntingdon Campus. 

Lewis Beddow

(Staff Governor)
Lewis Beddow is a caretaker in the facilities department and has worked at the college since August 2017.

Theresa van Ruth

Staff Governor – Theresa is a lecturer for Professional Cookery in the Faculty of Service Industries.

Emily Baldwin

Head of Governance, Cambridge Regional College

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