Diana Fulbrook Chair of Governors
Diana Fulbrook OBE lives in Worcester and spent her career in the probation service, the final 11 years as Chief Executive of a Probation Trust. She has significant experience in strategy, leadership, change management and running an organisation and enjoys applying this to the field of education. Since retirement, she has chaired two safeguarding boards – one for children and one for vulnerable adults and currently also chairs the Worcestershire Association of Carers Trustee Board. After being a trustee at NCW, she became Chair of the Governing Body in 2015 and feels it a privilege to be involved in such a special place.
Sue Ayres Vice Chair
Sue is retired now after 40 years of working in education. She taught in secondary schools in various West Midlands authorities before joining Birmingham local authority as Head of Service taking the strategic lead for raising the educational attainment of children in care. This work provided experience of multi-agency partnership, residential settings and safeguarding as well as education across all age groups. Sue has always undertaken voluntary work and has been a trustee of the Baron Davenports charitable trust since 2006 and has recently become a trustee of Music Therapy Works, a charity which provides therapeutic interventions for children and adults, using music.
Iain Paul Governor
Iain’s career was spent in Herefordshire and Worcestershire as an Architect designing schools, libraries and a variety of other public buildings. He has retained a strong interest in design and very much enjoys working as a volunteer in NCW's Art department. Iain brings his extensive knowledge and experience of design, construction and project management to the work of the Governing Body. His outside interests include gardening, walking and sketching.
Philippa Simkiss Governor
Whilst working as an engineer, Philippa began supporting blind people to retrain, following redundancy due to the introduction of computer-controlled machinery. Since then, she has established award-winning employability programmes that operate internationally and has led research, policy and fundraising teams in national charities. She now works as an independent consultant, committed to enabling people to reach their potential. At NCW this means listening to students and helping them to follow their dreams.
Mary Russell Governor
Mary is pleased to be able to use her skills as a previous optometrist and rehabilitation worker for visually impaired people as a Trustee Governor at New College Worcester. Mary is no stranger to specialist VI provision, having taught ILS and Mobility for more than 8 years in a residential setting. Mary has at different stages been a parent governor and a staff governor in different fields, and feels very welcome in this vibrant community with its holistic approach.
Noel Duffy Governor
Noel was born in county Galway in Ireland and arrived in the UK in 1984 as a newly minted chartered accountant. He has lived in Worcester since January 1985. Noel set up and ran his own accountancy practice for several years, before joining one of his clients, Dolphin Computer Access Limited on a full time basis in 2008. Dolphin is one of the largest developers of assistive technology for people with sight loss in education, the work place and people’s homes. He is currently CEO of Dolphin and also takes a leading role in the industry worldwide, holding executive positions on national and international trade bodies. Because of his role, he has a special interest in sight loss and he also holds positions on governing bodies of other specialist schools.
Sandy Bannister Governor
Sandy lives and works in Worcester, and has three children. She has direct experience of the benefits of specialist education having been educated in a similar school to NCW. Sandy is the designated Local Authority Governor for the College. She passionately believes that vision impaired children and young people are entitled to an education which equips them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead an active and fulfilled life and she is proud to support NCW as one of the Trustee Governors
Jesus Fernandez Munoz Parent Governor
Jesus holds a dual Masters in Civil Engineering from leading Universities in Spain and France, a Diploma for Graduates in Banking from the London School of Economics, and a Masters in Leadership and Strategy from the London Business School. He works as an independent consultant in the financial and energy sectors. He has over 25 years of experience in operational and strategic work with financial and development institutions in London, New York, Washington and Europe. In addition, he has served on the Board of the Rotary Club of Wall Street in New York, and that of a Business School Alumni Chapter in Washington. As the Parent Governor, he wants to contribute his skills to the advancement of the College’s mission and the continuous improvement of the overall experience for its students and other stakeholders.
Steve Tyler Governor
Steve is Director of Assistive Technology at Leonard Cheshire and has led a range of service and product developments over many years in the sector – from the speech system that drives Amazon’s Alexa and Kindle products to accessible ATM’s and access to TV. He is married with two children and has many interests outside of work – fragrance and coffee roasting being two of them.
Grace Mayes Governor
Grace undertook an English degree at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge prior to being called to the Bar in 2016. She currently works as a barrister from a Birmingham-based chambers specialising in family law. Grace has a wealth of experience working with vulnerable parents and children where a child’s welfare is always the priority. After volunteering previously at the Talking Newspaper, she gained an interest in working with vision impaired individuals to maximise their potential. She is training as a guide runner through her local running club to assist vision impaired young people and adults increase their confidence participating in running events. Grace is delighted to be supporting NCW as one of the Trustee Governors. Outside of work she enjoys running, swimming and quail-keeping.
Linda Morris Governor
Having Graduated from Loughborough University, Linda Morris joined the NHS as a trainee Financial Manager in 1975. After qualifying, she spent a spell as assistant treasurer at Powys Heath Authority before relocating to the South East. Having worked in all sectors of the NHS, she was appointed as Director of Finance & Business Development for Royal Berkshire Ambulance Trust in 1992 and later moved into Health Commissioning roles in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Having spent more than 25 years at board level, she is particularly interested in corporate governance and risk. She is a Trustee and treasurer of a learning disability charity in Gloucestershire. There is a family history of blindness and vision impairment on both sides of the family, so she is delighted to be able to support the work of the college.
Helen Johnson Governor
NCW Staff Governors
Sue Lock Teacher Governor
Tracey Smith Staff Governor
Tracey has worked at NCW for 20 years. In her role as Liaison Co-ordinator she works closely with the Marketing team to show potential parents and students what life is like at NCW on a day to day basis. She works with prospective families to plan and organise an assessment for their child and is the point of contact for the families whilst they navigate the funding process. Tracey’s liaison role continues during the induction phase whilst the new student settles into NCW. Up until the end of the 2021 academic year ,Tracey was the Learning Support Coordinator, managing a team of 14 Learning Support Assistants who deliver planned support for new and existing students to develop their skills to become independent students and adults of the future.