Board of Directors and Trustees Members
Governing Executive Ordinary Members - April 2018
Doug Nicholls (Chair)
I was elected General Secretary of the Community and Youth Workers Union in in 1987 a position that I held until 2012 when I was elected to be General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions.
I have written widely on youth and community work theory and practice, trade unionism and working class history and culture. My experience of industrial relations and workplace representation is extensive and in 2001 I became a wing member in the Employment Tribunals and have also produced specialist publications on employment practice & procedures, health & safety and management of violence at work.
In representative roles I have been a governor of many national organisations and was centrally involved in the validation of youth & community work training courses for many years. As the leader of the trade union I have experience of organisational development and public promotion and communications. In my current role I am responsible for trade union, charitable, pension fund and charity accounts as the chief accounting officer.
Kevin Flanagan (Vice-Chair)
As a mature student in the mid-70s, I have retained a passion for promoting education and learning for adults and young people especially in the world of work. I returned to establish St Antony's Centre in Manchester promoting economic development, social justice and wider community development across the North West.
I am the current Director of the Charity of St Antony's Centre, and have retained a strong involvement in my Trade Union as a Branch Secretary and a National President of the GMB Union Commercial Services Section.
As Director of the Charity I have responsibility for 18 staff working across four regional centres and in Northern Ireland.
I work with our European partners through the Centre for workers Questions (EZA) having organised two European Conferences in recent years on Digital Work and Social Welfare issues.
I am a widower with three children and four grandchildren.
I am an Assistant General Secretary with various responsibilities including Union Representatives training and development. Previously to working for Aegis the Union I worked for Lloyds Bank as a Business Banker and Business Financial Advisor. I then moved to an Independent Financial Advisory firm (Origen) as a Corporate team leader specialising in Corporate Pension schemes. During my employment at Origen I became involved with the recognised Trade Union culminating in me becoming the Assistant General Secretary for the Union.
I am director of a company which offers specialist services in ballot and election management with experience of over 6500 ballots. Prior to setting up the company to provide this service I worked as ITV Organiser for British Actors Equity Association and as Admin and Education Officer for the National Union of Agricultural and allied workers. I am the current Chair of the Finance Committee.
I have enjoyed a successful and varied 30 year career in adult education, starting as a part time tutor, progressing through management in a large Further Education College and culminating in the role of Deputy Principal, directing curriculum and student experience at Working Men's College. My career highlight has to have been leading my team there to achieve the grade of outstanding in our OFSTED inspection. Now retired from paid work, I am relishing the opportunity to maintain involvement in my chosen field throughvoluntary work and in particular as a governor at Ruskin College.
I am Pro vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University. I have served as a member of the University's senior management team since 2011 leading on the portfolio of international student recruitment, having previously overseen the University's civic and community engagement.
I hold and have held several Directorships and Trusteeships in Cornwall and Oxfordshire including at University Technical College Swindon and Photography Oxford . Prior to moving to Oxford I was Director of the School of Media at Falmouth University and achieved national recognition for the university as a Skillset Media Academy. I also helped develop a new campus in Cornwall in partnership with the University of Exeter and helped negotiate a successful merger with Dartington College of Art s.
I have had a parallel career as a filmmaker and television producer, and have produced cinema commercial, films and education videos for leading mental health charities amongst others. I was also the founding director of Source FM community radio station.
Having been CEO of an organisation of over 1000 staff with an annual turnover of £100m, my problem solving and analysis skills are second to none. I also have strong communication skills having been both a Communications Director and Marketing Manager during my career. I also have experience of public speaking and of radio and TV. I beli eve that my greatest achievement was getting the Tyne and Wear Metro extended to Sunderland and beyond.
I have 25 years' experience in Adult and Community Learning, in roles from sessional tutor through to senior educational manager. I have in depth knowledge of quality standards in post 16 education and clear understanding of the issues faced by those who are most marginalised in our society. I currently manage membership and volunteering for the WEA (Workers Educational Association) giving me insight into third sector priorities and marketing. I am deeply committed to enabling access to education for all and am proud to be a Board member of Ruskin College.
Governing Executive Staff Members as at April 2018
Paul Di Felice
Paul has a wealth of experience in teaching, leadership and management across FE and HE sectors. For over 20 years Paul taught history in both higher and further education contexts and has focused particularly on making history accessible and meaningful to all. Paul has a very strong background in post 16 adult education and the widening participation curriculum and has led the ‘inclusive’ provision for adults and young people in three Colleges. Leadership and management are Paul’s key strengths, he has served at every level within a College structure and held the position of Vice Principal in three institutions. Paul has been an Open University Associate Lecturer in Arts and Humanities for the past decade, he holds a PGCE in Further Education and studied History and Politics at the University of Salford. Paul completed his MPhil on his Italian working class roots, looking at Italian migration into Manchester in his grandparents’ day.
I teach a range of modules on the Applied Social Sciences and the International Labour and Trade Union Studies degrees and I also jointly teach on the MA in Global Labour and Social Change . After I finished my PhD ( ' The Trails and Tribulations of Making History: The South African Liberation Struggle and Beyond'), I undertook a one year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Civil Society in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. I then worked for several years as a Researcher and then the Head of Education and Campaigns at a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Cape Town. I have worked with a wide variety of labour, social movements and NGOs in Southern Africa and I have presented at World Social Forums in Brazil, Mali and Kenya. I am on the editorial board of The Review of African Political Economy and I am also the journals book reviews editor. I have long standing links with a variety of organisations in Southern Africa and I am a Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg.
I've been with Ruskin college since the 90's (in fact I'm the longest serving member of staff) during which time , I've seen many changes to both the workforce and the structure, but I think that the core values of decency and upholding individual rights are as relevant now as they always have been.
As a governor, I think that it is vital that we bring our values of integrity, good judgement, and objectivity to bear, in order to ensure that Ruskin's future is assured.
My role of Unison rep means I've been an integral part of the fundamental restructuring that has happened recently at Ruskin and I feel that although some difficult decisions have been made, the end result has made a college fit for the 21st century and beyond. This process has given me valuable insight into the way that management works, and has equipped me with many new skills.
Governing Executive Student Member as at April 2018
I am the current student Board member.