Kingston Maurward College Corporation Membership
Jim Tirrell – Chair of the Corporation
Retired in 2011 from post as Principal Inspector 14-19 in Dorset Children’s Services after working in education for 40 years.
Qualified with a Cert.Ed in 1971 and began career teaching agriculture and environmental science after completing a B.Ed at Bristol University. In 1986 moved into HE to work at Homerton College, Cambridge supporting the development of quality vocational education across East Anglia and completing a research M.Ed focused on agricultural education.
Moved to Dorset in 1988 to work on teacher inservice training, which included the development on Masters programmes in association with local HE providers. Progressed to the posts of Senior Secondary and then Principal Inspector, which alongside development and support in Dorset, involved working with OfSTED and HMI on school, college and area wide post 16 inspections. From 2007 to 2010 was seconded to work for the Department of Children, Schools and Families to advise on issues of access to 14-19 learning in rural areas.
Interests: motor cycles, gardening, walking, folk music and birdwatching
Robert Lasseter – Vice Chair of the Corporation & Chair of Finance & Resources Committee
Farms at Corton Farm, (160 hectares.) This is an arable unit. All the grain is now used to feed our own pigs. We have recently built additional grain storage to do this. We have a 4 year rotation of Winter Wheat, Spring Barley, Winter Barley and use Oil Seed Rape as a break.
We now have 200 productive sows, with home reared maiden gilts on site, indoors at Corton, with all progeny, which are reared to 110kgs and sold on a contract through Thames Valley Cambac to Freedom Food standards. We mill our own grain.
I have been a non-executive director at Wessex Grain since 2009 and Genesis Farmers since 2006.
I am Dorset’s NFU County chairman for 2011 to 2012, and Regional board Chairman for the NFUSW. I am elected to NFU’s Governance board. I hold a nominated position on the NFU’s national combinable crops board.
Dorset LEP, rural board. Dorset AONB partnership board.
Luke Rake – Principal
Luke Rake BA(Oxon) PGCE FLS joined Kingston Maurward as Principal and Chief Executive in the summer of 2016, following nearly 10 years at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, most of which as Vice Principal with executive responsibility for all Further Education provision.
An Oxford-educated zoologist from the dark recesses of Devon, Luke is qualified Secondary range teacher with a specialism in Biology alongside Outdoor Education, and during his career has held roles in both schools and colleges including Head of Biology and Head of Sixth Form, roles which resulted in him being awarded Fellowship of the Linnean Society in recognition for work in promoting biological understanding.
Luke is full board member of the Dorset LEP, chairs the Rural Enterprise Group and is the LEP representative on the Local Nature Partnership. For the LEP he also is a member of the following Skills Advisory Board, and Performance and Investment Committee. Luke is the current Chair of the pan-Dorset Careers and Enterprise Steering group, working with LEP, schools and businesses across the county. More widely he sits on the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Headteachers’ Advisory Panel and is the SW representative on the national Landex Board, representing land-based and environmental education across the UK.
In his limited spare time Luke is a gigging musician in a heavy metal band, and is frequently found outside walking a long distance with his dog, his children, or all three. This allows him time to provide enthusiasm and excessive detail to their understanding of biology and physical geography, for which their gratitude is endless…
A retail professional with extensive senior management experience in sales, marketing and change management.
Richard has been a director of Waterstone’s Booksellers, Managing Director of Blackwell Retail Ltd and General Manager of the Post Office Network.
Other posts held include Chairman of Book Tokens Ltd, and Chair of Governors at Stanchester Academy.
Richard is now owner and Managing Director of Dorset Retail Ltd, with shops in Bridport, Beaminster and Sherborne, and a growing wholesale business covering Dorset and Somerset.
Richard is a season ticket holder at Exeter Chiefs, and fanatical about English cricket.
Hanna Baxter – FE Student Governor
Richard Bourne retired in 2017 having had two full careers; firstly in the Royal Navy serving predominantly at RNAS Portland prior to its closure and secondly in a leading Dorset engineering company. He is currently a member of the Resources Committee. Richard has a particular interest in the transition of young people from education into the work place and is also a Dorset secondary school governor. Additionally he has a role recruiting magistrates and also leads health walks. He enjoys walking his dogs but does not join his wife riding horses. They have two adult sons.
Vet, Managing Director of Synergy Farm Health
Fifth generation farming at Bookham Farm a 650 acre beef and arable farm in central Dorset.
Converted traditional farm buildings into holiday cottages
Passion with rugby and a keen supporter of Puddletown Rugby Club, having been Secretary and Chairman
Buckland Newton Parish Councillor
Alex Jackson – Support Staff Governor
Jim Kenderdine – Academic Staff Governor
Dan joined Evolution ABS in 2019 having previously worked for a Old Mill culminating as Head of Rural Tax.
Having grown up on a dairy farm on the Dorset/Somerset border, Dan spent a number of years working in agriculture before becoming a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. Harnessing both his practical and professional experience, Dan has spent the last decade advising farming businesses across the region on a wide range of issues.
Passionate about his work, Dan specialises in succession planning and restructuring, helping farming families to implement change, accomplish their ambition and enhance the legacy for future generations.
Dan is a keen shot in the field or facing the trap and thoroughly enjoys supporting his young son on the football field.
Graham Ledden – Chair of Audit & Assurance Committee
A retired Chartered Accountant who spent the last ten years of his career in education, nine of which were as Vice Principal Business and Finance and Deputy CEO at Hartpury College.
Graham qualified in the City with what is now Ernst and Young and then spent a major part of his career in the Nat West Group. After 6 years as a Finance Director in the care sector, Graham moved into education in 2008.
Graham and his wife moved to Shaftesbury in 2018. He enjoys rugby, walking, fly fishing and the countryside in general. He is also Treasurer of England Colleges RFU.
Principal of the Dorset Studio School
Ben is a Chartered Surveyor and Estate Director for the Duchy of Cornwall, based in Poundbury, Dorchester for 3 days per week. Ben recently joined the Corporation and brings a broad experience of estate management and development, including several years as Development Manager of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Ben lives with his wife in Falmouth when he is not lodging in the Old Manor House on the Kingston Maurward Estate.
Vicky Prior – Chair of Quality & Standards Committee
Vicky is a serving Headteacher who currently chairs the soft federation of schools in Weymouth and Portland known as the Chesil Partnership.
She lives locally with her husband and daughter.
A rural Chartered Surveyor, having worked in Dorset on behalf of the farming community for over 35 years. Currently Senior Partner of Symonds with overall responsibility for the firm.
I taught physics and maths for several years before taking a p/t masters in Science Education and Psychology at Chelsea and moving into education research. At the NFER, I led projects in pupil testing and profiling, transfer between sectors, parental choice of school and finally, the management of LEA advisory services. The testing and profiling work led to a PhD from Reading.
I joined Dorset in 1988 as its Science Adviser – a very enjoyable role which slowly grew into science and environmental education (advice and inspection), and Ofsted (primary and secondary), and the management of Dorset’s Outdoor Education Service, and Service CPD. Eventually, I concentrated on building Dorset’s in-school teacher training department which ran successfully until austerity closed it.
With retirement came renovating houses, growing trees, green-woodworking and bee-keeping. I am a Parish Councillor, a Director of Dorchester Area Community Land Trust and the Chair the DWBKA.
Bethany Thompson – HE Student Governor
Linda has worked in education for the past 40 years, many of which were leading on vocational education: C & G 365, CPVE, Diploma of Vocational Education, GNVQ, and Applied A levels. To support these programmes I obtained NVQ Assessor and Verifier qualifications. I used vocational education as the focus for my B.Ed degree which I obtained in 1992 whilst working full time.
For the past 12 years I have worked for Dorset County Council on 14-19 with a focus on work related learning and vocational education. I led the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Work Experience database and associated promotion and work books until funding ceased in 2010. I also developed Diplomas across Dorset working with schools and colleges and consortia, which included Environment and Land Based on which KMC led. My role as Senior Advisor included the production of a number of strategic documents on the post 16 offer and improvements required as well as the skill development for young people in Dorset and have been an active participant in the Dorset Young People Forum a sub group of the Dorset LEP/Employment and Skills Board.
I retired from my post of Senior Advisor Post 16 at the end of May 2017 to enjoy my interest in gardening, reading, cooking and baking, cycling, and genealogy.