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Governor membership

 Meet the NewVIc Governors ....



Gail May
Gail May


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.

Paul Baglee, 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.

Johnathan Birdwell

Biography to follow

Wendy Bower

Wendy Bower

I was born in Forest Gate and educated in Newham schools. I have been the Head Teacher at The Royal Docks Community School since 1 January 2014. My previous posts were Deputy Head Teacher at Rokeby School, leading on teaching and learning/curriculum/staffing. I have also been an AST (Advanced Skills teacher) in Essex and Subject Leader of English in a school in north east Essex SCITT. I was seconded to Education Action Zone for 2 years for English/maths transition and building partnership between KS2 and 3 and was a member of the Basic Skills Board working to develop numeracy and literacy across the Tendering peninsula. I am fully committed to delivering the very best life chances to the young people of Newham and am delighted to be joining the governing board at the NewVic.

Joanne Dean, MBA, FCIPD, FCMI

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.

Samira Islam Biography to follow
Alison Lock (staff governor - support)
Biography to follow
Jay Nair
Biography to follow
Cllr Terry Paul


I was born and raised in Newham, attending St Bonaventure’s School in Forest Gate. I am a Geography and MBA graduate. 

I believe that my work as a freelance business consultant and holding public office as a Newham Councillor mean that I am able to offer some unique insights to the Governing body. 

I am passionate about Newham children getting the best education and start in life.

Jessie Robinson


As an ex-NewVIc student, I was keen to return to the college in a supporting role as a governor. I share the values of the college and admire the passion of the staff and students here.

I am a lawyer, currently working for a trade union. My legal experience as well as my experience as an ex-student both offer benefits to the governing body

My ambition for NewVIc is that the College will continue to be a successful and supportive environment for students. I enjoyed my time at NewVIc and as a governor I have seen how the college has further developed since I studied here.


Miklos Sarosi



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.


Professor Julia Shelton


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 (staff governor - teaching)


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.