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GPUTC’s governing body is drawn from our lead sponsors, academic and industry partners together with people who have experience of running successful high-achieving schools. This industry involvement will bring a valuable breadth and depth of experience to the provision of education and the efficient running of the Greater Peterborough UTC, combined with educational excellence.

Chair of Governors:

Robert Robson



Lee Mawby - Co-opted Governor


Rachel Nicholls, Governor - Principal of Peterborough College

Rachel Nicholls is the Deputy CEO of the Inspire Education Group and Principal of Peterborough College, one of the initial sponsors of the GPUTC. Rachel has worked in the Further Education sector for 20 years and has held a variety of positions in seven different FE colleges.  Rachel is herself a product of further education and is passionate about the importance of vocational and technical education both for individuals and the wider economy.  Rachel believes ensuring students have a breadth of high quality curriculum choice delivered in a supportive environment is critical to raising aspiration and improving life chances.

Rachel holds a BA Honours in Sport Management, Post Graduate Certificate in Education and an MSc in Leadership and Management. 


Mehrdad Asadi, Governor - Anglian Ruskin University

Professional industrial research and development program coordinator with several achievements in innovation, product design and industrial academia collaborations. With over ten years of industrial career background including Formula 1 and passenger vehicle design, experienced in managing industrial projects, meeting milestones to achieve positive results. Specialist in metal/carbon composite mechanics, applied Finite Element techniques in crashworthiness, pedestrian and passenger safety, nuclear energy dissipation systems and roadside safety equipments. Experienced in experiment design for material characteristic identification in simulations.

Patents / Physical designs

Dual Structural Energy Absorber (DSEA)

Design and verification of the Pedestrian Friendly Bonnet.

BikerMate (Structural design and optimisation)

Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA)

Active involvement in development of full series of FE models for crash test barriers (ARUP - LandRover/Jaguar – Cellbond )

Energy absorber system for nuclear carrier flask

Human dummy part development.


PhD Mechanical Engineering, ARU, UK

MSc Structural Engineering, Iranian University of Science and Technology

Beng  Civil Engineering, Tabriz University

Working Experience

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Anglia Ruskin University , 2012 - current

Structural Analyst, Force India Formula 1 team, 2011 – 2012

FEA Engineer and Project Coordinator,  Cellbond, 2005 – 2011

Research Interests

Applied dynamics and finite element implementation in crash analysis

High performance energy absorbers

Metal composites failure mechanisms

Connection failure models in carbon fibres under high frequency loading

Fatigue analysis in carbon fibre skins, Formula 1 applications

Optimum rubber material modelling under high frequency loading mechanisms

David Bisley, Governor - GPUTC Principal


Hou-Fung Yuen, Co-Opted Governor - Anglian Water

Hou-Fung Yuen is the Commercial Manager for one of Anglian Water’s Capital Delivery alliances; and is responsible for the contractual, procurement and financial functions of the alliance, ensuring it protects and delivers for all the alliance partners.  Hou-Fung is also a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has held positions in a range of industries including water, transport, electricity and infrastructure.  He is eager and passionate about realising the potential for youths and is engaged in volunteering with youth development outside of GPUTC.

David Hiorns, Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor - Caterpillar Perkins

David Hiorns is Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor at Perkins Engines in Peterborough with whom he has worked for 18 years. Perkins manufacture industrial diesel engines, having their headquarters in Peterborough with manufacturing sites worldwide. Currently, his main responsibility is managing the Manufacturing Engineering Team on the Peterborough site which includes leading the team who are responsible for the Perkins Technical Apprentice Scheme. David is a Chartered Engineer and has held many positions in Engineering & Manufacturing in the UK & France. He takes great satisfaction from developing Apprentices into the next generation of professional engineers and this has led to his involvement in the UTC for the last 17 months.   


Charlotte Kennedy, Staff Governor - Greater Peterborough UTC

Charlotte Kennedy is the Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of Science and Project Qualifications, at GPUTC and looks after the pastoral welfare of both year 12 and 13 students. Charlotte leads a team of mentors to manage the achievement, progress and pastoral provision for all KS5 students. She supports the students with academic, social/emotional support, whilst being responsible for coordinating appropriate intervention for students whose attendance, achievement or behaviour is a concern. 

Amanda Allport - GPUTC Parent Governor

I am the Director and owner of two businesses - Sawtry Beauty Clinic and Beauty Consulting Coaching.

I have taught, assessed, mentored and coached in local state colleges and both in a private teaching capacity and within my clinics over the last 20 years, both for adults and teenagers.

I always support school and college work experience placement schemes within my business and have a great link with beauty colleges and local schools.

I firmly believe that GPUTC is the perfect stepping stone from secondary school to employment giving the students a unique opportunity to learn, explore and receive hands-on experience that main stream schools do not offer.

I can bring a wide range of skills, expertise, business know-how and hopefully a life line for young children in seeking a new way towards obtaining a career. I am very much looking forward to working alongside the governing body and working as part of a team, bringing with me commitment, enthusiasm and a huge interest in education.


Gordon McNair – Parent Governor

I’m currently a serving as a Royal Air Force Engineer Officer and an active fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  In my career I’ve gained experience in aircraft maintenance and operations, managed a number of complex and safety-critical programmes and led large teams of engineering, logistics, finance and commercial specialists. Throughout this I have seen potential in young, inquisitive, determined people bring to the both the military and to our aviation industry and witnessed the successful futures they have made for themselves.  Therefore, as one of your Parent Governors at GPUTC I am passionate about the opportunities the UTC can offer our children.  My role, alongside your other Parent Governor, is to be your voice in overseeing and influencing how the UTC moves forward.  I therefore want to offer, not only my engineering experience, but my leadership and strategic planning skills in order to play my part in helping the UTC and, more importantly, its students grow to become the builders, engineers, architects, designers and citizens of the future.