Lambeth College - Members
  • Monica Box

    Monica Box

    Principal and Chief Executive (Interim)

    Principal and Chief Executive of Lambeth College (Interim)

    Monica has been a manager in further education for many years including as Principal of colleges in West Yorkshire, Kent, Sussex and London. Her early career as a teacher in a comprehensive school in inner city Manchester fuelled her passion for providing excellent education and training opportunities for young people and adults. Throughout her career, both in teaching and in management, Monica has maintained her belief that the best can be drawn out of all individuals when the people around them encourage and support them to aim high.

    Latterly Monica has specialised in supporting colleges through programmes of recovery. Her approach aims to bring a clear focus to the way in which staff at all levels in the organisation can impact on improving the economic life chances of local people.

  • Mary McCormack

    Mary McCormack

    Chair of Governors

    Senior Post 16 Teaching and Learning Consultant

    Mary McCormack began teaching in an FE College in Hertfordshire in the 1970s teaching A Level English Literature and English for the world of work to adults and young people. After some years out she returned to post 16 education in Harrow in a variety of roles, Senior Tutor, Staff Development and Quality Manager, Head of Sixth Form, and Head of Student Services. During this time Weald Tertiary College gained a grade 1 for Quality and Support for Students.

    After 10 years as a Senior Manager in a large tertiary college, she moved to the Learning Trust in Hackney in 2007 as their senior post 16 teaching and learning consultant. During this time at Hackney she worked closely with schools and colleges to improve the quality of provision for young people. Over the last 5 years Hackney has been the most improved borough nationally for post 16 education.

    Committee membership
    Chair Governing Body, Chair Remuneration Committee, Search Committee

    Lambeth College, 45 Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 9BL

  • Michael Smith

    Michael Smith

    Vice Chair of Governors, Chair Search Committee

    Michael has over 30 years experience of working in education, health and personal social care in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. A trained Social Worker, Educator, Family Mediator and NLP Practitioner he has extensive experience working in education, health and the personal social care fields. His work as a social worker, counselor, coach, mentor and senior manager has taken him across the statutory sectors (NHS, Local Authority Social Services Departments and Education) as well as into the non-governmental (voluntary) sector. Working with vulnerable groups including adults and children and people with disabilities, Michael has amassed experience working on safeguarding and child protection issues as well as also working with parents/carers and volunteers.

    A Company Director providing individual and family services (Family Mediation, Independent Social Services) Michael lives in and works from the London Borough of Lambeth area. He volunteers as a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) for England and Wales and for other local Lambeth activities.

    He has specific interest is in supporting staff and individuals and in particular individuals from Black and Minority Ethnic communities using his mediation, social work, coaching, mentoring and leadership skills and experiences. He brings to Lambeth College his established links with local professional and community networks as well as his professional skills and experiences.

    Committee Membership
    Vice Chair Governing Body, Chair of Search Committee

  • Guy Ware

    Guy Ware

    Governor & Chair of Finance Committee

    Interim Director of Finance, Performance & Procurement, London Councils

    Guy leads on finance policy for London Councils, a membership body that represents and lobbies for all 32 Boroughs and the City of London.

    He was previously the Strategic Director of Enabling at the London Borough of Lambeth, and has worked for a number of other London boroughs, including Lewisham, Southwark and Enfield, where he was Director of Finance and IT.

    He spent five years working for central government as the London Regional Director of Local Government Practice, and has run his own coaching and consultancy business.

    Governing Body, Chair of Finance Committee

  • Fred Knipe

    Fred Knipe

    Governor and Chair of Audit Committee

    Director of Finance, Covent Garden Market Authority

    Committee Membership
    Chair of Audit Committee

  • Jennifer Bufton

    Jennifer Bufton


    Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

    Jennifer is a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and has over five years of professional experience. Since February 2014, she has worked in corporate finance at Ernst & Young, providing transaction-related advice for financial services companies. She specialises in valuations and business modelling and also has experience in financial due diligence. Prior to this, she worked in Ernst & Young's assurance department for three and a half years, primarily auditing global investment banks.

    She has acted as a business host for work experience students under the Smart Futures scheme, which aims to inspire and engage young people across the UK who are disadvantaged in the labour market and help them to fulfil their work potential. She has also previously mentored sixth-form students and university students.

    She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from University College London.

  • Kirsty Wadsley

    Kirsty Wadsley


    Kirsty has been working in higher education for over a decade and is currently Head of Widening Participation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In her career to date Kirsty has been involved in developing award winning student recruitment and widening participation initiatives, alongside two years leading a Student Information Service Project, to develop further experience and understanding of HE systems, on-course student administration and university registry services. Throughout her work Kirsty has had an active interest in work supporting care leavers, and was a founding member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) and part a successful bid to secure the network as part of the HEFCE National Networks for Collaborative Outreach.

    Kirsty has achieved a BA (hons) Business Studies and Certificate in Industrial Studies (recognised one year sandwich degree work placement as a Finance Analyst at Vauxhall Motors) from Nottingham Trent University; MA Social Justice and Education from the Institute of Education, (UCL); and Diploma in Early Childhood at the Montessori Centre International. Kirsty is MSP accredited at Practioner level.

  • Nigel Duckers

    Nigel Duckers

    Teaching Staff Governor

    Nigel Duckers is Programme Leader in Creative Media Production; he teaches students how to make film and television programmes, as well how to read and interpret media. Nigel has been responsible for Executive Producing over 50 student films – from documentaries, to dramas and music videos. As Course Leader he encourages student involvement in the community; recent projects, for example, have included promotional videos for Tooting Market and the Brixton Therapy Centre, and films for the Brixton Design Week. Nigel has also developed internships with Cactus Television on Saturday Kitchen and regularly taken groups to Sky Television. He is a strong advocate of e-learning, pioneering the use of virtual classrooms within the curriculum and has recently shaped a capital bid to acquire a multi-camera production facility for the college.

    Nigel’s ‘first career’ was in film and television, where he graduated from a Researcher to a Director, making films for ITV, C4 and BBC. He also regularly wrote feature articles for The Guardian, is the author of a book on social change in the English countryside, and he often broadcast for The Food Programme on R4. Nigel has taught at a number of FE colleges for around 15 years. His degree is in English from Cambridge University and he took First Class Honours in the Higher Diploma in Education at Trinity College, Dublin.

    Nigel lives in Brixton; he has been a Board Member of The Brix and is currently Secretary of the Friends of Hillside Gardens, a local park. He regularly travels to Ireland, where his son lives. His interests are: film and television, food and cooking, and gardening and growing; in which capacity he is happy to offload surplus potatoes in season.

  • Rob Flinter

    Rob Flinter


    General Manager, Park Plaza Victoria London

  • Cllr Mohammed Seedat

    Cllr Mohammed Seedat


    Councillor for Streatham Wells, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs and Housing

    Committee membership
    Governing Body

  • Teum Teklehaimanot

    Teum Teklehaimanot

    Support Staff Governor

    Advance Learning Offer, Lambeth College

    Teum graduated in BSc Combined Studies (Computing and Mathematics) in 1997. He is currently studying MSc Information Security and Digital Forensics at The Open University. Teum joined Lambeth College in 1999 as an IT Trainer, and has 16 years experience in supporting and coaching learners to improve their IT skills, Mathematics, research and referencing skills at Lambeth College to progress in their academic careers. Teum is an eLearning/web developer and passionate Mathematics guru.

    In 2009, Teum was nominated by Lambeth College for “STAR Awards” which are run by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) annually to recognise and reward the unsung heroes of the Further Education sector. Teum was awarded “Highly Commended” for the educational search engine/directory he developed for Lambeth College learners and staff. His achievement in gaining the STAR Awards contributed to raising the profile of Lambeth College enabling it to stand at the forefront of the FE Colleges at that time.

    Teum’s commitments in raising the College’s academic standards have been continual by volunteering to train teachers to use Turnitin (plagiarism detection software) in 2014-15. Teum also facilitates learners with high-quality resources to build learners’ self-confidence and independent learning in order to achieve their full potential.

    Teum was a Trustee for TDA UK, a UK registered charity. TDA UK raises funds to provide educational materials for schools in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. Teum is a fluent speaker of three languages and has a working knowledge of other three languages. As a keen gardener, Teum produces organic vegetables and fruit.

  • Leslie Bortey

    Leslie Bortey

    Student Govenor and Student Union President

    Leslie Bortey, is studying on a L2 BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care and has met all the College’s Career Ready Standards. He ran a strong election campaign in 2016/17 and successfully became Student Union President. He is committed to leading a team that represents learners in improving their experience in the college.He has engaged the Student Union to deliver events and activities relating to diversity themes such as Black History Month and LGBT Month. The highlight of his Presidency to date has been to support the Lord Mayor’s Knife Crime initiative and organise an Anti-Knife Crime Conference where he gave an opening speech encouraging everyone to adopt a zero tolerance to knife crime. Guest speakers include CHOZE, a local rapper and victim of knife crime whose performances inspire and motivate young people to make the right choices to reach their goals. Trident Police Gangs Unit delivered a presentation on statistics and consequences and a mother whose son was murdered as a result of knife crime talked about the impact of her loss. A representative from Where are u going – talked about charities and community groups supporting young people to exit gang/knife crime and participate in positive activities. This was a thought provoking and inspiring event to get learners thinking about how they can all work together to tackle the rising problem of knife crime and keep young people safe on the streets.

    At the request of Leslie and the Student Union local grime artist Choze returned to the college on Wednesday 7th March and performed live to over 170 learners in the Theatre.

    Following feedback from learners, Leslie and his team delivered a college wide survey on the Canteen offer and with these responses and analysis, Leslie has been successfully working with senior management and governors to effect changes in the offer and pricing. Leslie will be attending the National Union of Student Annual Conference in Glasgow in March to represent Lambeth College.

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