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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:  

Phil Brown - Head of People Development, Anglian Water

Phil Brown is Head of People Development at Anglian Water, whom he joined in 2005. Phil is responsible for all employee training (technical and management/leadership) and employee performance & engagement. He also leads the team which owns graduate & apprentice development and further education. His career, developing people, has so far spanned 32 years and been conducted across a range of industries and in a number of countries, including the UK, the USA and The Netherlands. He has been involved in GPUTC project from the start and is proud to lead the governing body of this new and exciting project.




Karl Hicks, Chairman and CEO - Larkfleet Group

Karl Hick is Chief Executive of Larkfleet Group where is responsible for the strategic direction of the group in its housebuilding, energy, building materials, and waste interests. Karl has a passion for Peterborough and is proud of his work in helping bring the GPUTC project to the city.


Peter Walker, Acting Principal - Peterborough Regional College


Jane Murton, Co-Opted Governor - Murtrade

Jane Murton, mother of five, spent 20 years within The Department of Work and Pensions, her final post being Business Manager for Jobcentre Plus in Surrey prior to moving to Cambridgeshire 12 years ago with her family.  She has experience in both the public and private sectors, with liaison between the two.  She has previously been a parent Governor both at secondary and primary levels. Her expertise is in employment law, recruitment and business enterprise. She currently offers business support to sole traders and is passionate about improving the employment prospects of young people.  She also owns a small building business with her husband Peter.

Dr Anne Devlin, Co-Opted Governor - Anglia Ruskin

As a Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor with a 28-year career in Higher Education (HE), Anne has progressed through being a committed practitioner to becoming a student focussed Deputy Dean of one of the largest health and social care faculties within the UK.  Providing excellent professional education has formed the central tenet of her educational ethos as a clinician and educator and she is committed to preparing students for the complex multi-linear roles and life goals to which they aspire. 

As a midwife and health visitor Anne has worked in various parts of the UK and retains her clinical interest in community public health and wellbeing.  She entered education in 1990 and has held various senior roles developing and managing curricula, managing partnerships and contracts and developing new approaches to teaching and learning including degree apprenticeships.  In the last decade her management portfolio has involved quality assurance linked with enhancing the student experience, and she remains passionate about engaging students and the wider community with inclusive higher education.

She works closely with a range of national and international external networks including Health Education England, the Council of Deans of Health and has Board membership with several Health and Education providers. She recently led funded projects focused on implementing integrated health and social care and strategies for generating compassionate cultures within professional practice.

Her research interests include studies of effective learning within the workplace as a mechanism for providing higher education focused on developing work-ready graduates with the skills employees are seeking.  She is also engaged research and innovation development linked with flexible methods of learning and teaching that support off-campus learning as well as campus-based education.

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.   

Lisa Russell, Director - Russell Education Consultancy

Lisa Russell is the director of an educational consultancy that has a focus on University Technical Colleges (UTCs).  Her work in this area builds on the experience she gained at the JCB Academy prior to, and during, its first year of opening.  Lisa has been working with GPUTC team on employer engagement and curriculum development.  Her experience as both a qualified teacher and engineer has helped guide partner organisations to create exciting real-world challenges for students to work on. As a practising engineer, she understands the needs of industry and can see the benefits of an industry focused curriculum to help contextualise and deliver the learning material for students pursuing this pathway.  She firmly believes that UTCs will help to deliver skills to the talent pipeline of tomorrows technical workforce which is so desperately needed by industry to keep UK front of its competitors and compete in the global marketplace. To this end, she is delighted to able to continue to work with GPUTC as a governor.  


Charlotte Maybank, Staff Governor - Greater Peterborough UTC

Charlotte Maybank is the Key Stage 5 Student Manager 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. Charlotte also teaches GCSE Sports Science, Physical Education and Science at the college.

GPUTC Parent Governor - Vacant


GPUTC Parent Governor - Vacant