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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, including those from our Trust, CMAT. 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 - Chair of Academy Council



Lee Mawby - Academy Council


Rachel Nicholls, Academy Council -
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. 


David Bisley, Academy Council -
GPUTC Principal


David Hiorns, Academy Council -
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.   


Amy Wright, Trust-appointed Member -
Trust Assistant Director of SEND


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.