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Governing Body


Mandeep Gill

Mandeep Gill

Principal and Chief Executive, Ex-Officio Member

Gail May


Gail May

Role: Chair (Independent Governor)
Committee: Governance and Search (Chair)

I am Head of Education and Community Partnerships at the University of East London and am Chair of Governors at NewVIc.

I am passionate about providing excellent education opportunities for post-16 year olds in East London an I am committed to ensuring that NewVIc continues to make a difference in its community.

Joanne Dean, MBA, FCIPD, FCMI

Role: Vice-Chair (Independent Governor)
Committee: Governance and Search

I am a Management Consultant and utilise my thirty years strategic management, Human Resource and Governance experience to assist the Governing Body to fulfil its legal duties and responsibilities. I became part of the governing body through my desire to channel my passions for the transformational powers of education and training through good governance to benefit our students, staff and community. 

I want NewVIc to continue to serve the interests of its students and community; achieve an Ofsted grade 1; retain the Education Skills Funding Agency's 'Outstanding' financial performance category and become a local employer of choice.

As somebody born, educated and resident in Newham, I am passionate about contributing to the improvement of the life chances of our students; being the best employer that we can be and making a real contribution to the economic performance of our community.

Martin Oakeshott

Martin Oakeshott

Role: Independent Governor
Committee: Audit and Scrutiny

I have enjoyed spending the major part of my working life in post-16 education. My roles included teaching English, trade union officer, careers advice and research and managing support services.

In the later part of my career I was an independent consultant and joined NewVIc for three periods as an interim manager. I experienced first-hand the impressive work that the College is doing with young people in Newham. I found that the College was indeed living up to its mission as a successful learning community, with skilful and dedicated staff who were a pleasure to work with and students who were vibrant, creative, sometimes challenging and always with lots of potential. I was therefore delighted to become a Governor when the opportunity arose.

As a Governor I aim to help the College to become recognised as Outstanding, to develop new facilities on the campus with a corresponding growth in student numbers and to enhance its reputation across East London, while maintaining the excellent inclusive ethos and values of the current learning community.

Katherine Young

Katharine Young

Role: Independent Governor
Committee: Audit and Scrutiny

I am an Assistant Head Teacher at Elmhurst Primary School and Assistant Director of Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance (ETSA); I am also a Teach First ambassador and have worked in Newham for a number of years.  I am delighted to be able to contribute to post-16 education in Newham, particularly now that the first Newham pupils that I taught in Year 5 are now of college age; I feel privileged to be able to continue to impact on the quality of their education.

Steven Kern


Steven Kern

Role: Support Staff Governor
Studied BA (Hons) History and Film and TV Studies at University of Derby/Grand Valley State University (In USA), MA at University of Sheffield and PhD at University of Nottingham

I have had the privilege of teaching History at University and secondary schools before entering the college sector to develop students’ employability and skills for life. I have been at NewVIc for almost seven years and I love my role and feel proud of working in such an incredibly dynamic and successful place of learning. We offer an exciting,  award winning  and fully inclusive development/enrichment/learner voice  programme that inspires and challenges our learners to thrive and realise their ambitions. Our college is so much more than curriculum, we truly value and invest in our learners personal journey of development. Why am I so passionate about NewVIc? It’s because I see new students come to NewVIc in the autumn and by the end of the year they are entrepreneurs running their own business, volunteers trekking the Himalayas on an expedition, published authors of incredible poetry, trained emergency life savers, professional singers or DJs and campaigners for positive social and environmental change.

Jay Nair

Role: Independent Governor
Committee: Audit and Scrutiny (Chair)

I am a qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) with over 22 years post qualification experience in local government finance at a senior position, managing and leading the departmental and corporate finance functions.  I have been a governor for several years now, and I am also the chair of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee at NewVic.

I grew up in Newham and attended both primary and secondary schools in the borough and I therefore have a natural affection for improving the quality of education in the community.

Strong and effective governance is an essential requirement for any successful organisation and I am therefore pleased and privileged that I am able to contribute my services to the governing body to ensure the use of college resources are effective and efficient and NewVic continues to improve, thrive and become a very successful college offering top quality education for the local community.




Miklos Sarosi

Role: Parent Governor
Committee: Audit and Scrutiny

I am impressed by the basic principles and the mission of NewVIc and am grateful how much my son is continuously inspired, challenged and enjoys his development at NewVIc. When I came across the parent governor vacancy, I immediately thought it was an opportunity for me to give back something to the community by my contribution. 

I am an experienced retail professional with a few years of B2B sales involvement. I have been member of the board of retail as well as commercial/service companies in continental Europe. I have long experience in adult learning, I am bringing in my 15+ years’ experience in leadership, coaching, developing and continuous learning as well as setting targets, budgets and execution. I have always approached my jobs placing them into perspective, thinking strategically for the longer term. 

I'd like NewVIc to continue to be the sixth form college of choice and improve its reputation even further and ultimately develop happy and successful young adults, being able to build on their knowledge gained at NewVIc. 

As a parent governor, I will always place high emphasis on safeguarding and protecting children, equal opportunities and supporting career path selection.

Shawab Iqbal

Role: Independent Governor
Committe: Audit and Scrutiny

I am Learning and Participation Producer at the award winning hip hop dance company, Boy Blue. Prior to this, I have worked at various arts organisations including Theatre Royal Stratford East and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. I am also a qualified A Level teacher and have taught in schools in East London, as well as being a trained ChildLine counsellor.

As a former NewVIc student and lifelong Newham resident, I am committed to ensuring that all young people in the borough and surrounding areas are able to realise their potential through an outstanding education. I have a particular interest and expertise in the experiences of ethnic minority students, and hope to use this to contribute to good governance at NewVIc.



Professor Julia Shelton

Role: Independent Governor
Committee: Governance and Search


I am a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London.  I have worked in East London for over 30 years and am committed to supporting the provision of the best education and opportunities for students in London.


I am currently Dean for Taught Programmes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and teach courses in the School of Engineering and Materials Science.  I believe that being part of the NewVICs governing body will help support the Post-16 education of students.  My particular interests lie in STEM subjects, although I am also keen to support raising the aspiration of all students into higher education.  NewVIC remains a very important part of the education profile in Newham allowing students to have access to a range of exciting opportunities.



Rayon Walters

Role: Teaching Staff Governor

I have been teaching maths and numeracy at NewVIc since 2008. I want NewVIc to be the first place parents and students think about for continuing their education when they leave school.

Paul Baglee

Role: Clerk
I have been Clerk to the NewVIc Governing body for a number of years. I am an Associate member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

I have been working for schools and colleges in the London Borough of Newham for a long time, and have over 25 years’ experience in supporting governors through a plethora of legal and regulatory changes.