Henry's Biography

After graduating in Electronics, Henry taught in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Essex. He then moved to the Further Education sector, first as Vice Principal of Harlow College then as Principal of Lewes Tertiary College in 1988. Here he was a member of the East Sussex Economic Partnership and of the Newhaven Economic Partnership (NEP) latterly as the Chair. Henry was appointed as Executive Director of the Sussex Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in 2001 and later became Regional Director for the South East region until his retirement in 2008. He was also a member of the LSC’s national management team. He was appointed by the Secretary of State to be a board member of the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) and was appointed as a member of the Board of the Specialist Schools Trust. From September 2008 until April 2012, Henry was a board member of Sussex Enterprise, the Chamber of Commerce for Sussex. He was Chair of Sussex Downs College from September 2013 until March 2018 when he led the College to merger with Sussex Coast College Hastings to form the East Sussex Colleges Group.

Tony's Biography

Tony Campbell MA. BEd. Dip.REd was the Principal of St Richard's Catholic College in Bexhill from 1988 -2008. During this time, he oversaw massive changes both in the expansion of the college’s facilities and in the results it achieved. During the last fifteen years as the Principal of the College the school was consistently the top maintained college in East Sussex and was placed among the top 5% of schools / colleges nationally. This resulted in the school being rated as "Outstanding" overall and "Outstanding" in every single category of its Ofsted report in November 2006. The report also highlighted Tony as being “…an outstanding and inspirational leader.”  However, Tony has always maintained that he took a straightforward and simplistic approach in his leadership style and he has been quoted as saying “…schooling is about getting good resources into the classroom; having the right teachers and having high expectations of students in terms of behaviour and work."

Tony has had prominent roles at County level, being a member of the East Sussex School Education Committee from 1992-1997, and the East Sussex County Council Scrutiny Committee for Children's Services from 1997-2008. He was also a member of the East Sussex Standards Panel from 1992-2008 and since 2008 has been the Chair of the Bexhill Consortium of Schools and Colleges. Tony was also Chair of the Bexhill Regeneration Partnership.  He is a Trustee of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

In recognition of Tony's outstanding contribution to education in East Sussex he was awarded an OBE in January 2007. Following this he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). His service to Catholic Education locally and nationally was recognised in 2008 by a Papal Knighthood (KSG); one of the highest and most prestigious distinctions which the Pope can bestow on an individual.

Clive's Bio
Clive began his career as a lecturer in two Birmingham colleges, teaching sociology and psychology. From this he moved to the private sector in the role of group director of training for a health and leisure company based in the Midlands and north west England.

Clive returned to FE to open a management development centre at Bournemouth & Poole College (BPC). He then moved into curriculum management, becoming a vice principal at BPC for 5 years. 

He took up his first principalship at South Kent College; his second at Guildford College; and his third at Sussex Coast College Hastings.
Clive is now chief executive officer of the East Sussex College Group. Clive has lived in many areas of the country throughout his career and really loves living in East Sussex

Debbie's Bio

Debbie Baldock-Apps, was elected as Staff (Support) Governor in September 2015.  Debbie has worked for the college for over 25 years.  Debbie’s current role is part of the Business Development Team with the main aim of increasing the college’s engagement with employers and income linked to apprenticeships and wider workforce development training and supporting the growth of work placements and other employer activities. 

Pat's Bio

Pat is a member of the Hastings and Rother Task Force and sits on the Vertical Education Partnership.   

Pat originates from Eastbourne and studied at Eastbourne Grammar School before going to Brighton Polytechnic (now Brighton University), where he trained to become an Engineer, obtaining a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He retains a strong passion for engineering, particularly in manufacturing industry where he has enjoyed a 40 year career. He worked for 23 years at Deutsch UK based in Hastings, a £30m UK Division of an International $600M US based company, as Manufacturing Director, Operations Director and finally Managing Director for the last seven years, before retiring in 2009.

Mark's Bio

Mark Fisher is a senior member of faculty in the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex Business School and a member of the Senate and Council of the University. His primary area of research covers the development of the University's widening participation programme, which seeks to reach young people who would not usually consider University.  He is currently leading the development of new Online Distance Learning business degrees.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant and also runs a consultancy service specialising in supporting not for profit organisations.

Diana's Bio

Diana’s academic background includes a degree in politics from the University of Leicester, and MA in War Studies from King's College London, and research and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth into the conduct of WW2 in the Far East.

Diana’s professional achievements include the establishment and development of two not-for-profit organisations (the Science Council and Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)). She joined the AMRC at its formation in 1987 as Executive Officer and was appointed the first Chief Executive in 2006. During her time as CEO, Diana successfully increased the AMRC’s number of member charities from 30 to over 100.

Diana spent 10 years as CEO of the Science Council which brings together 40 organisations across the breadth of science and its applications, and aims to advance science for public benefit through the professional practice of science. Whilst at the Science Council she established professional registration for scientists at Chartered, Registered and Technician levels and developed a pan-science and mathematics approach to the promotion of science as a career, developing an award winning website called FutureMorph and a tool for careers advisers called 10 types of scientist.  She has extensive experience as a board member, in diverse settings including the Joint Ministerial Committee on STEM, the UNESCO Natural Sciences Committee, and the Governing Council of the University of Nottingham and also chaired the government’s Science for Careers Expert Group.  Diana brings a huge range of skills to her role as Governor of SCCH, including:

  • Extensive public speaking and media experience;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UK science and skills sectors;
  • Knowledge of UK and European legislative and political decision-making process;
  • Developing consensus amongst member bodies and user groups to harness views and commitment;
  • Creative thinking able to develop new strategies, ideas and projects. 

She has led successful campaigns on UK legislation to secure funding from the National Lottery for medical research; for a government scheme to underpin charity funding for research in universities; and for legislation to regulate and enable research on human embryos.  Since leaving the Science Council at the end of 2015 she has developed a portfolio of interests including consultancy in the area of governance and UK technical skills. She is a trustee of Sense about Science and holds a public appointment as the independent board member on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Peggy's Bio

Peggy graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in English then did VSO for two years in Sulawesi, Indonesia before returning to the UK to do a PGCE at the University of Bath. She  followed this with a  first career in FE where she taught A level English while having responsibility for post-16 students with special needs.
Having requalified as a solicitor she started work in Norwich but spent 25 years working at MWB in the Private Client Department for many years as a Partner and Head of the team until retiring in 2017.

Geoff's Bio

Lucy's Bio

Lucy was elected into the role of student president after finishing her A-Levels last year. After two years of studying at the college she wished to stay on and continue the plans to build a quality students union and a stronger relationship between staff and students. This year, Lucy aims to work closely with the NUS to grow the union and engage with all students. After this year Lucy hopes to go onto university to study History utilising the skills and experience she has gained in her role as student president.

Russell's Bio

Russell Higginbotham is Chief Executive Officer of the UK branch of Swiss Re Europe S.A.
Russell joined Swiss Re UK in 1994. In 2000 he became head of new UK life business and in 2002 he was promoted to run Swiss Re’s Life & Health operation in Japan and later Korea. In 2006 he became the CEO of Swiss Re’s combined Australia & New Zealand L&H and P&C operation, based in Sydney.
In 2010 he was appointed as CEO for Swiss Re’s reinsurance business in the UK and Ireland.
Russell launched his career at Provident Mutual Insurance Co followed by three years at Munich Re.
He graduated in 1990 from the University of Hertfordshire with a first class honours degree in Business Studies, has an MBA in Business Finance and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Mark's Bio

Mark Hilder is currently a Service Desk Technician for Network Services, prior to joining Sussex Downs College just over 7 years ago he worked for a global IT provider for over 10 years. He started his working life as an Engineer, completing an apprenticeship with a local pump company. Having completed an HND in mechanical engineering, he rose to the level of Production Engineer with additional Health and safety responsibilities. This was followed by a spell in a technical sales role before moving to IT.
He has lived in the Eastbourne area all his life, enjoying the Sussex countryside with his wife and two grownup children.

Simon's Bio

Simon is one of the Corporate Directors of Hastings Borough Council and has direct responsibility for operational services.  This includes regeneration, housing, environmental services, planning, enforcement services and waste.  As a Corporate Director he has a high level of involvement with the Local Strategic Partnership, Community Safety partnership and with the South East Economic Partnership including its Coastal Group.
Prior to that, Simon held a number of senior local government positions, including Head of Community Services for Hastings BC, and Area Regeneration Manager for Birmingham CC in the Sparkbrook area and a number of statutory and voluntary sector posts in Lewisham and Greenwich.

Simon lives in St Leonards and has had 3 children pass through the local school and FE sector including Sussex Coast College.  He is highly committed to the potential FE and HE have in growing the economy and developing greater economic inclusion. He strongly believes colleges should be at the centre of developing the future of the communities they serve.  He is also a Trustee of the Education Futures Trust.
The creation of the new college group offers significant challenges and the organisation must be able to “multi task”.  His experience should enable him to contribute to the very significant tasks involved in the dual tasks of the organisation’s development and sustained delivery of services which must be done without detriment to the other.

Vic's Bio

Vic spent over 30 years working in the NHS in a wide range of organisations in a variety of senior posts and six years as an independent consultant working for NHS trusts and other healthcare organisations.
He has extensive experience of governance in education having been a governor and board chair in primary and secondary schools and more recently a governor in the further education sector. He is a former member of the Association of Colleges’ Governance Portfolio Group.
Over a period of some 20 years he has been involved in the maintenance of professional standards for a national institute and for local government authorities. He is an independent panel member on hearings of misconduct against police officers.

Ian's Bio

Ian Jungius started his career as a history teacher in 1978. He became Deputy Head teacher at Seaford Head School in 1989 and then Head teacher of Willingdon Community School from 1993 to 2016, when he retired. In 2013 he became a Consultant Head teacher working for East Sussex to support other secondary schools. He has continued this work since retiring. He is a trustee of the Southover Manor Educational Trust, chairing their bids application sub-committee.

Caroline's Bio

Caroline works within the Children’s Services department at East Sussex County Council, overseeing Skills, Education, Employment & Training to ensure that young people make a successful transition to post16 learning when they finish school, in accordance with the County’s statutory responsibility for participation. As well as overseeing the effective implementation of employability & skills priorities and associated strategies across the county in partnership with the Economic Development department. Caroline also commissions and contract manages the Youth Employability Service and overseeing the work of the Enterprise Advisor Network/Career Enterprise Company funded projects, CEIAG Network, ESCC Work Experience Team and Skills East Sussex. Caroline has a background in working (predominantly within the third sector) with vulnerable groups, particularly those who have been in local authority care, homeless/at risk of and those with mental health support needs.

Joanne's Bio

Joanne is an experienced business professional with extensive board level consultancy experience, having advised a diverse range of organisations in the public and private sectors worldwide.  She has worked with national and regional government departments, global international trade and investment agencies, major corporations, professional services firms, universities, FE colleges, small businesses and entrepreneurs.  

Joanne has a strong track-record of driving integrated communications programmes that deliver business success and shareholder value. From raising a profile to reputation management and stakeholder management, Joanne helps clients enhance their competitiveness and achieve objectives using effective stakeholder engagement strategies.

During the past year, Joanne has been a member of a transition team for the merger of two FE Colleges.  As part of this work, she led regional labour market and education studies; helped to write a Commercial Plan for the merged operation; undertook student focus groups and a public consultation.

Joanne is Managing Director and Co-Owner of Prowse & Company Limited - an award-winning boutique PR and marketing consultancy, which operates across a wide range of industry sectors and markets.  

In the UK and internationally, she has advised a wide variety of public/private partnerships; education establishments and businesses across many industry sectors. 

Joanne was appointed a ‘European Beachheads Advisor’ by the New Zealand Government in 2010, providing advice to New Zealand companies seeking to expand their companies into European markets.  She continues this work today and is currently a member of its Core Operating Group for Europe.  As part of this role, she has undertaken mentoring of the Italian Embassy team.

More locally, in 2015 Joanne was a finalist in the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards, Business Person of the Year category.  Joanne has been a Board Advisor to the Manor Royal Business Improvement District for the past five years and has been a member of the PROMOTE Group of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative for the past seven years.

Gill's Bio

Gill has always worked in the public sector firstly in the NHS as a nurse and health visitor and then in Further Education. Over a career of 38 years, she started as a part-time tutor and ended as a senior manager responsible for adult and higher education, employer-led provision and International work. Since 2009, she worked as an education consultant undertaking a range of projects for local Colleges and as an AOC Beacon Assessor. She recently retired.

Derek's Bio

Derek retired as Chief Executive of Rother District Council in 2013 having held the role since 2001.  Prior to that he was the Council’s Treasurer for 8 years. 

He has lived in East Sussex all his life, attended both the former Hastings and Lewes Technical Colleges(in addition to the West London Institute of Higher Education now Brunel University and Middlesex University) and his experience in finance and corporate management will contribute to the aspirations of the newly formed college as it looks to the future.    

Married to Lesley, he has two daughters and one granddaughter. He represented Great Britain as an international marathon runner and still holds the Sussex record of 2hours 12 minutes and 41 seconds which he set in 1984.   

In December 2014 he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex. He joins other Deputies in assisting the Lord-Lieutenant in the execution of his duties on behalf of her Majesty The Queen and Derek has a particular interest in the voluntary sector as part of his Lieutenancy duties.