Meet our Governors

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Chief Executive, AAT

Mark started his career in the Royal Navy before retraining as a Chartered Accountant.

Following senior roles in the Financial Service sector with Barclays Bank and Norwich Union, Mark moved into the public sector and joined Cefas, a Government-owned marine science and environmental research body, where as Chief Executive he restructured the business.

Mark was Chief Executive of the UK Construction Industry Training Board where he led the development of new, low-carbon skills initiatives and in recent years returned to accountancy and finance as Chief Executive of AAT (the Association of Accounting Technicians).

Mark has also been a Board Member of WISE (Women into Science & Engineering), a Trustee of BRE (the Building Research Establishment) and served on the board of the government’s Skills Funding Agency where he was Chairman of the audit committee and also acted as Chairman of the Board in recent years in advance of merger with the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

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.

Councillor for Becontree Ward, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Cabinet member for Education and Schools

Evelyn has lived in Barking and Dagenham for over 30 years. She was first elected a Labour councillor for Becontree Ward in May 2006, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

She takes a wide interest in strategic issues across the Council and its partnership, and has contributed to policy developments in cohesion and equalities, housing, health, and children’s services. With her ward councillors, Evelyn has worked hard to get to know Becontree constituents - there are regular email newsletters, and knocking on doors has been a useful way to identify people’s concerns about Council services.

In 2014, Evelyn joined Cllr Darren Rodwell’s Cabinet as portfolio holder for Education and Schools. She chairs the Technical Skills Academy Board and is chair of the Governing Body of the Adult College of Barking and Dagenham.

Before becoming a Councillor, Evelyn was self-employed working as a community education consultant in the cultural sector. Her specialisms were evaluation and audience development – helping arts organisations and museums to become more inclusive and to reach out to diverse communities.

Evelyn has been a Senior Education Officer in three London boroughs and with Manchester City Council: her responsibilities included further education and training. She began her career organising adult education services in Nottingham, Hackney and Cheshire where she found new ways to enable people (such as women living in isolated high-rise flats and estates, and disabled people) to benefit from lifelong learning.

She studied philosophy at Nottingham University and Girton College, Cambridge, and was awarded an MA in Museum and Gallery Management by the City University.

Evelyn enjoys mooching around art galleries and museums, pottering about in the garden, and tries to keep fit through water aerobics and occasional walks in her local park.

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).

Stuart Fraser has enjoyed a long career in the construction industry, having started work with Costain as a trainee in 1964. He remained there until 1997 and, by that time, 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, which was followed by work at Kings College Hospital.

After a short spell at Shepherd Construction, Stuart reverted to leading the construction of major projects and has been responsible for a number of landmark buildings in London over the past 17 years, including University College Hospital in north central London (with Balfour Beatty), and the completion of Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

In 2008 he re-joined Balfour Beatty and, for 8 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 early 2016 although he remains very active and is currently working with another major UK contractor as well as a leading specialist trade contractor.

Stuart takes a keen interest in regeneration and, as well as playing a major part in the re-development of Stratford through his work on the Olympic Park, has been a director of Groundwork Kent and Medway, a charitable trust involved with environmental and community regeneration. Some years ago he served a term on the national board of Groundwork UK.

Through his work with LB Newham on the Olympic Park, Stuart was invited to become involved in the development of programmes that encourage young people into construction, and he is chair of a steering group helping to deliver an initiative sponsored by Lloyds Bank in the borough. He was also Deputy Chair and business representative of the Government’s Area Review of the FE sector in the east London sub-region.

Stuart lives in east London and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Vice President, Deutsche Bank

Sarkis has more than 10 years of experience in Financial Services. He started his career in Banking, before moving to Ernst & Young as a Management Consultant where he advised and helped deliver projects for global banks such as RBS, Lloyds Bank, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Nomura, Nordea, SEB and SwedBank in the UK and abroad.

Sarkis joined Deutsche Bank in February 2016 as a Vice President in the Risk Chief Operating Office division focusing on Risk Strategy and Architecture. His expertise includes strong knowledge of Financial Risk (Credit, Market and Counterparty Credit Risk), Non-Financial Risk (Operational Risk) and Risk Regulations while he has strong experience in Innovation, Strategy and Architecture.

Sarkis studied Bachelors (BSc) in Computer Science and Masters (MSc) in Finance, both from the University of Leicester, and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) awarded by the CFA society of the UK. He has also attended executive education programmes such as the Fintech Innovative Banking programme at the Imperial College Business School.

In his spare time, Sarkis follows football. He is also a holder of the FA Level 1 Coaching Certificate and the FA Level 1 in Coaching Futsal.

Andrew Brown has dedicated most of his working life to education, and is driven by a commitment to education at all levels as a means of transforming lives. Having dropped out from a degree programme in Theoretical Physics, he worked as a kitchen porter and bingo caller before returning to university to study Education, Mathematics and Psychology.

On graduation, he taught in primary and secondary schools and adult education in London and studied part-time for a Masters degree in Sociology. Having served as a Mathematics Advisor and Deputy/Acting Headteacher of an Inner London school, he joined the Institute of Education (IOE, now UCL Institute of Education) as a Teacher Educator, and studied part-time for a PhD in the Sociology of Education.

At IOE he has subsequently served as Interim Director, Pro-Director, Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Society, and Dean of the Doctoral School. Over this period the IOE has been ranked number one in the world in the field of education (QS rankings) for four consecutive years, and has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Award for the quality and impact of its research.

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.

He has served as a governor of three primary schools and a secondary school in London. He is currently Professor of Education and Society and Pro-Vice-Provost (London) at UCL and Senior International Research Advisor at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Andrew has lived in east London for 40 years, and his son studied digital media at Barking & Dagenham College.

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. Lisa grew up in Hackney and moved to Barking & Dagenham 12 years ago and truly believes that the borough is on the cusp of accelerating the creative industry in London - her vision being “the shift is east”. Lisa plays a pivitol role in the project development of London’s newest studios for 25 years in Dagenham, and is passionate about putting Barking & Dagenham on the map. She is committed to supporting young people and local creatives get their break into the industry and believes this growth will benefit local businesses and the wider community to aspire to brighter futures.

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. 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 have conducted various assignments for launch of new services in Ghana and South Africa. Engineering background combined with an MBA and ACMA provides a strong tool box to solve many business problems. Want to utilise my experience in non-executive management positions in private or public sector to enhance the performance of operations and to provide objective viewpoints. Currently providing guidance on careers for students at primary/secondary schools. In September 2018, 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.

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

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.

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