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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.


Terry Jones, Principal and CEO - Peterborough Regional College

Terry Jones became the Principal of Peterborough Regional College in July 2015. Originally a Royal Air Force officer, he spent much of his military career as a Tornado pilot and instructor with operational experience in Iraq, Oman and Afghanistan. In his last military appointment, Terry delivered all aviation training for the armed forces and was responsible for the Red Arrows. A passionate advocate for education in all its forms, Terry is committed to serving Peterborough Regional College and delivering its mission to raise aspirations, realise potential and inspire success.



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.  


Emma Ward - Executive Principal - Eyrescroft and Highlees Primary School

Emma Ward is the Executive Principal of Eyrescroft and Highlees Primary School. Emma has been in the teaching profession for 21 years and has overseen the transition to Academy status and partnered with the Elliot Foundation. She is passionate about every child is given opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential. Emma values the bond between student and staff and works hard to strengthen the bond between colleagues so that they may support and enhance each other’s teaching practises. 

GPUTC Staff Governor - Vacant


GPUTC Parent Governor - Vacant