Andrew Wolfe (Chair of Governors)

I left school having rather underachieved and was therefore  fortunate to get a place to study agriculture at Brooksby College on a three year course. Inspired by exceptional teachers I achieved distinctions in all my exams. I am now involved, in an executive and non-executive capacity in a number of Businesses within the Agricultural, Leisure and Childcare sectors.

Having personally experienced what FE can do for young people I hope to be able to help the college continue this very important work.

Andrew is a Member of the Development Committee, Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, a member of the Remuneration Committee and Director of BNR Ltd and BEL Ltd.


Suzanne Hall

I have lived in Melton Mowbray for 25 years, married and have one married daughter and two grandchildren.

I have been a Governor at Brooksby Melton College for 10 years, having previously worked in the civil service for 41 years where my roles included working with East Midlands Colleges and 6th forms assisting with their capital applications and finances.

I am a member of the College’s Audit, Quality and Standards, and Remuneration Committees, and I’m also currently Vice Chair of the Board.

In addition I’m a Trustee of the Bradgate Education Trust Academy group where I chair the Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee.

Eric Smethurst

My background is in industry with a broad experience in sales, marketing, event management and public relations. I am a qualified Parish Clerk (CILCA) and have several years experience in local government activities and town matters (previously Junior Town Warden in Melton Mowbray).

Eric is a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Search and Governance Committee.


Trevor Jones

40 years employed within the public utility sector having a primary focus on the project management of large scale construction. Currently operating as a consultant with an objective to transfer to others knowledge and skills gained through experience, with an understanding of the skills needed for those transferring from education to the workplace.

Trevor is a member of the Development Committee and the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and a Director of BNR Ltd and MLS Ltd.

Peter Jordan

My background is in education, starting as a teacher in secondary schools and Further Education Colleges in the North East of England. I have worked in various senior management posts in the majority of colleges in Nottingham.  Whilst working at the national office of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), I was responsible for setting the funding rates for all courses in all colleges.

Peter is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Jane Wilson (Vice Chair of Governors)

Having originally qualified as an engineer, I moved to Melton Mowbray to work at Mars where I gained experience in a number of different disciplines including operations management, finance and human resources. Latterly I have held non-executive roles in the public sector within health and criminal justice. I have a particular interest in supporting young people to realise their education and employment goals, which includes my volunteering as a mentor with The Prince’s Trust.

Neil Farish

I moved to Melton with my wife in 1994 after completing 20 years service in the Armed Forces. I have significant experience in marketing and sales in both public and commercial ‘business to business’ service industries and I am currently employed as the Head of Investors in People – Central England with an East Midlands service industry company which provides organisational development opportunities to businesses both regionally and nationally.

I am passionate about preparing our local future workforce to achieve their full potential.

Drew Richardson-Walsh (Co-opted member)

Drew leads the Education Leadership & Governance team at Peridot Partners, an executive search consultancy. Prior to working in recruitment he worked across HE and FE for ten years, most recently as Assistant Principal in a local FE college where he was responsible for student services, marketing, 14-16 and safeguarding. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Trustee of a local multi-academy trust and Vice Chair of a youth organisation based in Nottingham. Drew lives in Nether Broughton, having moved to the area six years ago.

Simon Ashworth

I have worked in the further education sector for my entire career which is fast approaching twenty years and am passionate about the difference that the sector can have on developing careers, changing lives and in some instance giving people a much needed second chance.

I have previously worked for a number of private training providers and a further education college. I now work for a further education national trade association which works closely with the different government agencies on designing and implementing skills policy. Simon is a member of the Quality and Standards Committee.

Matthew Humphrey

Matt is a senior civil servant who has held a number of leadership positions with public sector bodies in the Midlands region. A barrister by profession, Matt is currently Director of Enforcement for Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England

Miles Brown MBE

I served in the British Army for 28 years.  During this time I developed a great respect for the resilience, determination and achievements of the young people that I encountered in the Armed Forces and the conflict areas that I visited; many of whom had succeeded without the benefits that a strong, stable home life and good schooling can bring.  I believe that it is our duty to provide high quality, accessible education to all, allowing successive generations to achieve their full potential.

Having chosen to leave the Army in 2012 I worked for 3 years as an operations consultant, predominantly in the Health sector, before joining Grosvenor (the Duke of Westminster’s estate) as Head of Facilities Management.  I remain with Grosvenor and am currently Head of Small & Medium Project Management.

It is a privilege to be a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.