East Coast College welcomes four new governors


East Coast College is delighted to welcome four new governors, Dame Vicki Paterson, Graham Evans, Rachel Kirk and Joe Rahman.

Governors play an important role in supporting and challenging the college to succeed and in setting its strategic direction. It is important that the Board has a wide range of skills and experience on it and the college is always keen to hear from people that would be interested in being involved to support its campuses in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Rachel, Vicki and Graham will be joining the Quality and Standards Committee and Joe will sit on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Vicki is an experienced headteacher and executive headteacher having worked in South London schools for 40 years, providing support for national and local school improvement strategies. She now lives in Suffolk and is a magistrate in family and adult courts. She was awarded a Damehood (DBE) for Services to Education in 2013.

Graham worked in the energy industry for over 35 years as a specialist in oil and gas fluid control systems. Since March 2015, he has been involved with giving lectures and challenges in primary schools, academies and colleges to encourage more students to pursue a future career in engineering as a STEM ambassador.

Rachel has been involved with further and higher education since the age of 17.  Starting as a student, 10 years later returning as a teacher and progressing in management to now being a freelance educational consultant. During these 45 years while working, she continued to be a student, completing her teacher training, and first and second degrees all in the further education (FE) sector. She is proud to be able to continue to support the FE sector in the capacity of college governor. 

And Joe is an experienced corporate managing director, specialising in transforming manufacturing processes. His leadership style emphasises collaboration, continuous improvement, and sustainable growth and he thrives on creating agile, high-performing organisations.

East Coast College Board Chair, David Blake, said: “I am delighted that the Board has been strengthened with the addition of new governors who bring their skills and knowledge from industry and education to support East Coast College’s growth and development. It is important that the Board has the skills and experience needed to support the college and we always welcome those who are interested in joining us at this exciting time in the development of East Coast College.”

To find out more about becoming a governor, visit https://www.eastcoast.ac.uk/about-us/corporation-governors/ or email Wendy Stanger, Director of Governance, at w.stanger@eastcoast.ac.uk to arrange an informal chat.