Meet the Governors

Neill Bucktin

Neill is Chair of the Corporation and Chair of the Governance & Search Committee

Neill was born in York. He was educated at Leicester Polytechnic, Sheffield Business School and Worcester College of Technology where he was awarded with a prize for best student on the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators course in 1984.

Neill has held a number of senior management roles in local government and the NHS. He currently works for Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group as Head of Commissioning.

Neill is an avid supporter of Worcester Warriors.

Sue Fowler

Sue is Vice Chair of the Corporation and a member of the Governance & Search and Remuneration Committees and Quality Group

She has been a Trustee of the Engineering Development Trust, and has also contributed to the national board of Young Enterprise. She has represented engineering and manufacturing interests on national (UK) employment working parties, served a term of office as President of the West Midlands EEF, and has contributed at European level on information and consultation issues.

Although recently retired, being a Governor at Heart of Worcestershire College, Chair of Governors at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form, and a Parish Councillor means that her diary is still crowded!

Steve Bolton

Steve is a member of the Audit Committee and the Business Governor Champion

Steve was born in Solihull and grew up in and attended schools in the Redditch borough.

Leaving school at 15 Steve worked for local manufacturing companies and attended, on day release, both Redditch and Bromsgrove Colleges studying mechanical and production engineering. The qualifications he gained laid the foundation to move into the world of computer maintenance working on contracts supporting IT infrastructures for companies including Rover Group and AT&T, rising through the ranks to become Managing Director of a leading pan European IT Service Company.

Steve is a strong advocate of lifelong learning, which FE colleges provide, and a supporter of the ethos of inclusivity for all, from people with learning disabilities through to mature students.

Having gained experience within companies across various sectors up to Chief Executive level, Steve has reached the stage in his career where he is keen to utilise his skills and expertise to assist other organisations to develop and succeed. Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Steve is married with three children and enjoys classic cars and motorcycles. 

Kevin Gaffney

Kevin is Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Estates Task and Finish Group and the Quality Group and the Equality and Diversity Governor Champion.

Kevin was born in Birmingham and studied geography and history at London University.

After graduation Kevin joined the NHS and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Public Finance. He has recently retired from the NHS after holding several posts as a finance director.

Kevin is a season ticket holder at Manchester United, follows Worcester Warriors and enjoys cycling, gardening and cooking. 


Louise Gresty

Louise is Vice Chair of the Audit Committee.

Louise is a Director at Deloitte who specialises in working with finance directors and their teams to help them adapt to the ever changing requirements placed upon them. Louise has a significant amount of experience in delivering external audits and financial reporting, including advising on investor relations, communicating with senior management and audit committees.

Louise trained as an external auditor and is a Chartered Accountant. Louise has experience across a range of industries in the public and private sector and with organisations of varying sizes ranging from owner managed to FTSE100 businesses.

Lucy Hodgson

Lucy is a member of the Audit and Governance & Search Committees and the Safeguarding Governor Champion.

Lucy was educated at Whitford Hall School in Bromsgrove and the Alice Ottley School in Worcester. After leaving school Lucy attended Clarendon College in Nottingham studying Hotel and Catering Management. Lucy spent many years in the catering industry and worked in contract catering at BBC Wood Norton, Pebble Mill and the University of Worcester and left the University in 2008.

Lucy has been a Worcester City Councillor since 2003 representing Warndon Villages and was Mayor of Worcester for 2008/09.

In 2009 Lucy was elected to Worcestershire County Council and currently represents the division of Malvern Chase and is the Cabinet Member responsible for Localism and Communities, which includes the Library Service and all the cultural services provided by the County Council.

Lucy is a governor of Lyppard Grange Primary School and an Honorary Vice President of St Paul's Hostel. In her spare time Lucy enjoys cooking and photography and is also a Worcester Warriors season ticket holder.

Stuart Laverick

Stuart became Principal and Chief Executive of Heart of Worcestershire College on 1 August 2014, on its creation as a result of the merger of Worcester College of Technology with North East Worcestershire College. He was previously Principal of Worcester College of Technology.

His teaching career started in an 11-19 comprehensive in Derby in the mid-1980s. From there Stuart progressed onto Derby College and then the University. During this time Stuart was involved in consultancy and research in the areas of Marketing/Strategic Management. Missing FE, he returned to the sector as Assistant Principal in Rotherham College of Technology, and then as Vice Principal at East Durham College, before moving to Sunderland College as Deputy Principal and Chief Executive.

Stuart was a co-opted member of Sunderland Local Authority's Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee. He has also been a school governor and an external advisor at Leeds Metropolitan University. He still contributes to Management Research and leads the 'Britain's Most Admired Companies' research for Management Today with Prof. Mike Brown. 



Paul McCunn

Paul is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Governance & Search Committee.

Originally from Shropshire, Paul was educated at Loughborough Grammar School before reading Economics at Cambridge.

Paul started his career with Lever Brothers, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. Since then, he has worked for Deloitte and KPMG as a management consultant, advising clients on improving their finance departments and the information they use to run their businesses. In 2007 he moved to Malvern, was appointed a governor of Worcester College of Technology and became a governor of Heart of Worcestershire College following WCT's merger with NEW College.  Also in 2007, he joined Hoare Lea, the award-winning firm of consulting engineers, as Director of Finance. More recently, he has had two Interim Finance Director roles:  the first at Javelin Group, Europe's leading firm of retail strategy consultants, and the second at MOLA, an archaeological charity, which was the only place he has ever worked where there were human skeletons on half the desks in the office.

In his spare time, Paul is trying to come to terms with an overgrown garden, which he has been battling for many years, spends far too much time walking up and down the Malvern Hills, and has supported AFC Telford United since he saw them beat Hinckley Athletic 1-0 in an FA Cup Qualifying match in 1976.


Denis Miles

Denis is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees and Estates Task and Finish Group and the Governor Insight Scheme Governor Champion.

Denis was born in London and went to university in Cardiff where he obtained a degree in Economics, was elected President of the Students’ Union and became the first ever student governor of the University.

He spent 17 years in the aluminium industry in London, Wales, Cumbria and Birmingham, the latter two as a Financial Director and Company Secretary. He then spent eight years as UK Finance Director of a UK-US group making industrial machinery. He has been a Chartered Management Accountant since 1980.

Denis moved from industry to government from 2000 to 2011, holding senior financial positions in the Learning & Skills Council and Skills Funding Agency, initially in the South West Region and then as National Director of Provider Financial Management. In both roles he worked closely with colleges and representative bodies and was heavily involved with all major capital project applications, financial aspects of merger proposals and working with colleges in financial difficulty.

Denis and his wife (a Solihull College lecturer for over 20 years) have lived in Redditch since 1987. Denis is a qualified tennis umpire and Wimbledon line judge; has run over 50 marathons and half marathons; finished climbing all 214 mountains in the Lake District in 2014; and is a lifelong Blackpool football supporter. He is also proud to say that, in his youth, he saw the Beatles in concert and was at the World Cup Final in 1966!

Robert Pearce

Robert is a member of the Remuneration Committee and Chair of the Estates Task and Finish Group.

Robert is a Chartered Surveyor who worked in Cambridge, London and Birmingham. He has lived Worcestershire since 1994.

Following his retirement in 2011, he has become involved in a number of voluntary activities including being a member of the English Severn & Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (part of the Environment Agency), Chair of the Diocese of Worcester Parsonages Committee and a member of Broadwas & Cotheridge Parish Council.

On the sporting front Robert actively supports both Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Kidderminster Harriers Football Club.

Karen Lowe

Karen is Chair of the Quality Group.

Karen has 35 years’ experience in Financial Services in Sales, Operations and, in particular, Group Learning and Development. For 25 years she successfully managed teams in all three business areas in both a ‘face to face’ environment and also across Europe where she worked extensively for the past 10 years.

She was previously Chair of Governors at a Stourbridge Primary school where she supported the school through recruiting a new Head Teacher, the building of a Nursery within school grounds and the attainment of an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade in all areas.

Karen has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and her strengths lie in Management and Leadership, particularly Performance Management and leading people through change.

Karen retired from Financial Services in 2014 and is now a self-employed Training Consultant. She is a huge sports fan and has only recently retired from playing Netball and is now a level two coach working with local schools.

Peter Heath

Peter is a Staff Governor and a member of the Governance and Search Committee

Peter is a Lecturer in Higher Education in the Directorate of HE Standards and Professional and is the UCU Chair.

Debbie Morris

Debbie is a Staff Governor and a member of the Audit Committee

Debbie is originally from Wiltshire and has lived in Worcester for 18 years. She is a qualified nurse for disabled people and has managed many services in both the public and private sector. Debbie is the Curriculum, Resource and Quality Leader for Special Educational Needs.

Debbie has a Master's Degree in education and has also taught at the University of Worcester.

Debbie’s interests include badminton, politics and history.

Gary Woodman

Gary is a member of the Audit Committee.

Gary is the Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. He is tasked with driving forward Worcestershire LEP and leading an Executive Team to support the WLEP’s ambitions and delivery of the WLEP business plan.

From his former role as Head of Policy and Education at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, he has brought with him a wealth of business insight and networks as well as considerable experience of Government policy and delivery. Educated at the University of Wales, Cardiff, where he obtained his degree in Leisure and Recreation Management, and the University of Gloucestershire, where he studied for his postgraduate diploma in Business Administration, he previously worked for Gloucestershire County Council’s market towns and economic development arm, overseeing regeneration.


Fiona Hellowell

Fiona is a member of the Quality Group and is the Governor representative on the College Academic Board

Fiona started her career in education at the University of Hertfordshire and gained her MBA whilst managing the Business School student support services. She then moved on to become Head of Education & Professional Standards at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) maintaining the quality of professional qualification standards in the UK and internationally as well as building partnerships with universities and private education providers. More recently she worked at the Higher Education Academy in York developing a professional membership scheme for HE academics.

 Fiona was previously a Governor at Oaklands FE College in Hertfordshire and a member of the Independent Advisory Panel for the Worthy Down Defence School (Army). She is a member of the Conduct Panel for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the management committee of Professions Together with a particular interest in continuing professional development.

Fiona is a qualified teacher and a strong supporter of the lifelong benefits achieved by gaining professional qualifications alongside academic ones.


Vikki Greenfield

Vikki is a member of the Quality Group.

Vikki is an experienced Training & Development Leader and has led extensive training, learning and development functions in both private and public sector organisations for over 15 years. This includes national award winning Apprenticeship programmes and innovative entry to employment programmes. Vikki has an Executive MBA in Leadership and Management and her strengths resonate with performance management, continuous learning and leading people through change. Vikki is also Chair of the West Midlands Employer Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and is passionate about the benefits of apprenticeships in business.

As a Governor of HoW College Vikki's aspiration is to bring energy to the role inspiring HOW colleagues to lead and drive innovation in the FE sector. Vikki also looks forward to being able to take an active role in ensuring quality provision is accessible for the whole of our community during her term as a Governor.

In parallel Vikki's role will be pivotal to communicate the benefits of HoW College's curriculum throughout her business networks.


David Rowe

David is a Student Governor and a member of the Quality Group

David is a Student Governor, nominated and elected by students from the Worcester and Malvern campuses. David was born in Worcestershire and studied in Pershore High School's sixth year, in its first year! From there he went on to work in the Information Technology Sector (35+ years) with little thought to getting any further formal education. The need for a refresh was recognized and after a beauty parade of institutions around the world, Heart of Worcester College was chosen because of its education style and great fit for those wishing to work and study. Now in the second year of a Foundation Degree in Business, based at St Wulstan’s in Worcester, becoming a Student Governor is an opportunity to put something back in to a much appreciated system.


Amber Carrington

Amber is a Student Governor and a member of the Estates Task and Finish Group

Amber is a Student Governor, nominated and elected by students from the Bromsgrove and Redditch campuses. She was born in Selly Oak and studied at Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre.  Amber discovered HoW College in 2014 through friends who were studying here.    She is now in the third year of college doing the Level 3 Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Course. 

Amber was attracted to the Student Governor role because she enjoyed being a Student Ambassador and was involved in the Student Union with events such as open days/evenings and Freshers’ week. 

In her spare time Amber likes helping out at the Harley-Davidson University and looking after her siblings.  She would love to own a KTM RC or a Harley-Davidson Sportster one day!