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David Blagbrouh  

David Blagbrough, Chair of the BSix corporation

Why did you want to become a Governor of BSix?
My interest in becoming a BSix governor was stimulated by three factors

  • Admiration for Ken Warman both as an individual and Principal.
  • The importance of B6 in the education landscape for Hackney and the opportunity of learning about and understand the operation of a 6th form college and contributing to its development
  • The opportunity of being involved in an institution which prioritised student wellbeing and high expectations and encouraged creative and imaginative interventions such as BSeven and the BSix Baccalaureate

What do you regard as your key role and/or responsibility as a Governor of BSix?
Since taking office my primary function, as a critical friend, has been to offer the Principal and his senior management team as much support as possible in negotiating the many difficult issues that they have had to address. This has involved, inter alia

  • Challenging some of the claims made by the internal auditors and others as a member of the Audit Committee
  • As Chair of the Standards Committee, supporting efforts by the SMT to effect much needed change and to highlight their many successes
  • Acting as an ambassador of the college within the borough and elsewhere
    Ensuring effective and smooth running governance in my capacity as Vice Chair


 
Michael Desmond

  Michael Desmond

Michael is a councillor for Hackney Downs ward in which BSix is located. As such, he is keen to ensure that the College is performing to a high standard , making good use of its facilities and engaging with the local community.

Michael regards his key role as"primarily being a conduit between the College, Council and local community and encouraging students to participate in the civic, social and political life of the Borough."
 
Ralph is a well-qualified senior partner and the FE specialist with Market Place Educational, a company providing support services to educational establishments nationwide. Before jointly founding the company 20 years ago he spent many years flying with the RAF. He has wide experience of clerking and particularly enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with B6.   Ralph Devereux, Clerk to the Corporation

Ralph is a well-qualified senior partner and the FE specialist with Market Place Educational, a company providing support services to educational establishments nationwide. Before jointly founding the company 20 years ago he spent many years flying with the RAF. He has wide experience of clerking and particularly enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with BSix.

 


 

James Cross


 
Stephen Blackshaw

 

Stephen Blackshaw

Stephen is a solicitor and a partner in the international law firm, Sidley Austin LLP, in the City of London. Stephen heads the Corporate Group in London and works on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other general corporate work across Europe and other parts of the world. He has lived and worked in a number places, including New York and Amsterdam.

As a BSix governor, Stephen is committed to supporting Ken and his team as they continue to raise the teaching standards at BSix and increase the opportunities and aspirations of the students. With 25 years of legal and commercial experience, Stephen is able to bring a different perspective to the governing body.

 


 

Susie McKenna,
Member of Creative Industries Advisory Board
Creative Director, Hackney Empire

More than 20 years’ experience as actress, producer and writer. Champion of young and local talent


 
Sally Townsend   Sally Townsend

Sally is a chartered accountant with experience of both financial and corporate planning. Her career has spanned the private and public sectors.

Background
After graduating with a BA in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester, Sally trained with Deloitte before working in senior financial roles in the private sector including the European newspaper, M&C Saatchi both in London and New York, and at Burson-Marsteller. Shifting to the public sector she worked for the Cabinet Office and then became Director of Resources for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sally has an interest in coaching and recently completed a BSc in Psychology. Outside of work her interests include yoga, walking and literature.

I became a governor to support and challenge the executive team so that the College achieves the best it can, to provide financial and organisational oversight and to ensure that the highest teaching standards remain priority

 
   

Alex Gancz
Member of Audit Committee
Head of UK Research Société Générale

MA (Law), MA (Business Administration), MA (International Management), CFA. Experienced  Internal Auditor

 
   

Shabaz Khan
Customer Service Officer, RBS: Chief Policy Officer for Charity, My Life My Say, dedicated to getting young people involved in politic

BA (Politics) MA (Public Policy and Practice. Former student at BSix

 
   

Sabrina Poma
Member of Standards Committee
Senior Lecturer, Higher Education Teaching and Learning,  Kingston University

EdD, PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, MA Education, BA, and Diplome Universitaire d’Etudes Générales. Specialist in Teacher professional development in Higher and Further Education.

 
   

Lajaune Lincoln
Young People’s Service Manager, Peabody Trust

BA (Film and Video), Diploma in Personal Advising, PGDip Solution Focused Brief Therapy. 15 years’ experience of working with vulnerable young people and providing counselling services