Meet our Governors

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Mark was born in the East End of London, but grew up in West London. He studied Chemistry and graduated in 1975 at UMIST.

After graduating Mark worked in the chemical Industry and joined May & Baker (now part of the Sanofi group) in 1978. He transferred to the Dagenham site on Rainham Road South in 1986 and had a variety of roles within quality, manufacturing and supply chain.

Mark was latterly responsible for managing the Site Regeneration Program and after the site closure Mark worked closely within the company and with local stakeholders to find a solution that integrated redevelopment with regeneration. He worked to achieve a legacy of which Sanofi is proud, whilst he recognized the part the site plays in the local community.

Subsequently Mark ran his own consultancy business, and was active within the local community, was President of the Local Chamber of Commerce and latterly Site Leader at londoneast-uk. Mark retired in 2018, but still devotes time to Barking & Dagenham a place he worked for nearly 40 years.

Yvonne joined Barking & Dagenham College in March 2015 as Chief Operating Officer, with overall responsibility for this national award-winning College’s extensive curriculum offer which provides professional and technical training to 12,500 students annually.

In March 2016, following the departure of the Principal, Yvonne carried out the role of Acting Principal and was successfully appointed as Principal and CEO in December 2016. Yvonne takes an active role on various boards including the Executive Board at Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce, the Barking & Dagenham 14-19 partnership Board and is a Board Member for CITB.

Yvonne has been part of the education sector for many years; before joining the East London College, Yvonne held Director and Executive Director roles at Stoke on Trent College.

Evelyn is currently Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement, Councillor for Becontree Ward and Champion for Travellers and Gypsies in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

She has contributed to policy developments in inclusion and equalities, housing, health and children’s services. She Chairs the Technical Skills Academy Board, the Adult College Curriculum, Skill and Work Board, and is a governor at two local schools – Eastbrook School and ELUTEC.

Evelyn’s professional career started in the adult education service, then moving into senior management posts with Manchester City Council and three London Boroughs with responsibilities including further education and training.

Before becoming an elected councillor, Evelyn worked as a community education consultant with museum, galleries and cultural organisations to widen participation and their audiences.

Stuart started work with Costain as a trainee in 1964, remaining there until 1997, by which time he had spent ten years on the board of their construction division with operational responsibility for all their UK building activity, including the management and development of their Private Finance initiative programme.

In 1994 he led one of the first of these projects in the UK, an 800 place prison in Bridgend, South Wales followed by work at Kings College Hospital. After a short spell at Shepherd Construction, he reverted to leading the construction of major projects and has been responsible for a number of landmark buildings in London over the past 20 years including University College Hospital in North Central London, with Balfour Beatty, and the completion of Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

In 2008, he rejoined Balfour Beatty, and for eight years, led projects on the Olympic Park including the delivery of the London Aquatics Centre for London 2012, its legacy conversion and the transformation of the Olympic Stadium.

Stuart retired from full-time employment in 2016 and carried out consultancy work for another major UK contractor, as well as a specialist trade contractor for three years. Stuart played a major part in the regeneration of Stratford through his work on the Olympic Park and during his career he has also been a Director of Groundwork Kent and Medway, a social and economic development charity.

Stuart was Chair of a steering group helping to deliver an initiative sponsored by Lloyds Bank in Newham. He was also Deputy Chair and business representative on the Government’s Area Review of the FE sector in the East London sub-region.

Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Education and Society at the UCL Institute of Education, where he previously served as Interim Director, Pro-Director, Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Society and Dean of the Doctoral School. He was Pro-Vice-Provost (London) at UCL and is currently Chair of the Board of UCL Consultants.

Andrew has been Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, served as a Director of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency and worked as an international consultant on teacher education and research capacity building projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Romania, Singapore and South Africa.

Andrew has served as a governor of three primary schools and a secondary school in London. He is co-editor of the Springer International Lifelong Learning Series and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London.

Lisa Dee has worked for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham for 8 years and established the Film Office (Film LBBD) in 2012. Since then, Film LBBD has attracted the interest of major film productions from across the UK, Europe and the USA, such as Dr Strange, Avengers Assemble, Black Mirror and Humans. Film LBBD filming days have grown exponentially from 4 in 2012 to 296 in 2017.

Experienced financial expert, advisor and business consultant with over 30 years in the service sector with key skills in strategy, business planning, investment appraisal, financial control, performance analysis and procurement. Previous experience includes:

  • Multi-cultural experience across the Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • CFO in Kuwait and Sudan for mobile network operators
  • Former advisor/consultant to large German corporation to develop business plans and market entry strategies in the German telecommunications market
  • Advised chairman of mobile telecom operator on strategy to protect against further competition in the Yemen market
  • As an independent consultant has conducted various assignments for launch of new services in Ghana and South Africa.

Bal has an engineering background combined with an MBA and ACMA, which provides a strong tool box to solve many business problems, and wants to utilise this experience in non-executive management positions in private or public sector to enhance the performance of operations and to provide objective viewpoints.

Currently, Bal is providing guidance on careers for students at primary/secondary schools. In September 2018, Bal was appointed as a trustee of a multiple academy trust in London borough of Redbridge.

As Director for Bouygues Construction’s UK Legal Desk, Carole manages a team of expert lawyers for all Bouygues Construction companies in the UK. This encompasses the building division (Bouygues UK Limited), the energies and services division (Bouygues Energies and Services UK Limited), the property development division (Linkcity UK) as well as civil works projects in the UK, undertaken by Bouygues Travaux Publics.

The Legal Department provides advisory services for all stages of our projects, at bidding stage, project delivery, and post-completion. The Legal team also provides corporate services support (including governance and company secretarial functions) as well as compliance, claims and insurance support.

Carole joined the Bouygues Group in 2007, having worked previously in an international law firm based in London and Poland. Carole is experienced in construction law, with particular expertise in project finance deals for infrastructure and energy projects. She also acts as Bouygues UK's Company Secretary and its Compliance Officer. Carole was appointed as the Bouygues UK Legal Director in 2012 and assumed the wider Bouygues Construction UK Legal Director role in 2016.

Carole has a keen interest in helping to advance the careers of young women entering the construction industry and is regularly invited to speak at national events. She has also been a panel judge for the National Student Awards final - an event organised by Women in Property, for whom Bouygues are a sponsor.

In addition to her legal role, Carole is also the Board sponsor of Welink UK, a network of professional women across Bouygues Construction companies in the UK, who share and develop careers, ideas and attitudes in a positive manner. Carole is also the Board sponsor for the Corporate Social Responsibility function within Bouygues Construction in the UK and executive sponsor of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion network.

In 2018 Carole was awarded ‘Best Woman in Construction Law’ at the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards (WICE).

Nick originally grew up in the sea side town of Clacton-on-Sea and started his career in residential valuation working across Essex, this sparked his enthusiasm for the built environment which lead to him obtaining a RICS accredited degree in Building Surveying. He later joined a building consultancy working on various school projects along with Project Managing a multi-million pound schools capital improvement programme.

Currently Nick is working at LondonEast-UK a business and Science Park, formally home to Sanofi’s Dagenham operation which is at the heart of one of London’s biggest Regeneration programmes. He was initially tasked with managing the general up keep of the site whilst it was going through a transfer of ownership. In 2019 Nick was subsequently awarded the position of Site Operations Director.

Bim Osunsami is a visionary for change and learning who focuses on helping individuals and organisations to create the future they want while enjoying the process. This creates an environment of encouragement where people can look forward to work and thrive in their workplaces.  

Bim Osunsami is a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting studies from the prestigious London Guildhall University in London, UK, and Master's degree in Corporate Governance, with the hope of earning a Ph.D. in future. Her great and consistent passion for dissemination and the sharing of knowledge has taken her to Kingston University and Southbank University, London, where she is a Course Director and Lecturer within the School of Business. She has a total of eight years in academia and training.   She is a fellow with the Association of Chartered & Certified Accountants (ACCA), and an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Nigeria (ICAN). In addition, she is also an examiner for a professional organisation, an aspiring book writer and a mum of three.  

Bim has a sprawling 17 years of experience in the industry where she has worked in different fields, including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, construction, retail, telecommunications, and financial services. She also possesses a vast background in audit, accountancy, management, corporate governance, and financial controls and systems. She has facilitated study tours on Leadership, Project Management & International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) implementation for senior government officials in New York, Paris, Ghana, and Malaysia.   

Crowning her array of training and public speaking skills is her eloquence, the energy she emits, and the conviction with which she delivers her speeches. She abides by the philosophy that, "to be effective, technically sound accountants require other essential non-financial related skills." Balancing the needs of family, home & work means that Bim can offer an assorted selection of services to interested clients who share her belief of self-improvement through simplification.

Forhad has been working for Barking and Dagenham College for over 4 years as part of the MIS team, managing the College’s timetabling and course creation systems, as well as providing key statistical reports for management and senior staff.

Forhad is also an Employee Engagement Champion, helping build a bridge of communication between staff and the Senior Leadership Team to highlight opportunities for growth and propose solutions, acting as a voice for them.

He strongly believes in the College’s vision, ambition and ethos, and in having our learners at the heart of everything we do. Forhad’s previous background includes working as an employment coach for the DWP, recruitment consultant in education and admissions and marketing for a university.

Forhad lives in the Borough and is passionate about community and inclusion. He is a founding member of Leftley Sports Club; a non-profit volunteer organisation that runs a number of sports activities for all ages in and around Barking.

Doug is a Coordinator for Foundation Support.

He teaches Literacy and Numeracy and supports learners within Additional Learning Support (ALS). He also coordinates the work of ALS teachers and Learning Facilitators.

Doug arranges assessment of learning needs (particularly dyslexia).