Board of Governors

Introduction to Governance

Board of Governors


Shaid Mahmood

Dr Shaid Mahmood - Chair of Governors

A former governor at local primary and high schools and with over 15 years' of governance experience in further education in Leeds, more recently as Chair of the Board since October 2014, Dr Shaid Mahmood has worked in a diverse range of senior roles in the business and public sectors. Committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others, he has worked nationally and regionally, led the integration of public services and worked closely with the commercial and third sectors and with local Politicians. Shaid is also a serving board member of a housing association and a senior officer at Leeds City Council.



Tina Turnbull - Vice Chair

With a background in Human Resource Development as well as further and higher education, Tina is the Chief Executive of People Matters. This is a Leeds SME and social enterprise working across the education, health and social care sectors whose members have learning and other disabilities. Tina previously worked nationally in FE, managing strategy and development work within workforce development. She is also the chair of the Leeds Citizens' Advice Bureau which leads the consortium providing advice for the people of Leeds.



Colin Booth - Chief Executive & Principal

Prior to joining Leeds City College, Colin was Principal of Barnsley College for seven years where he steered the college to an Ofsted rating of outstanding.

He has worked in the further education sector for over 30 years; his background is as a teacher and manager in Skills for Life and provision for students with disabilities or learning difficulties. He has also worked as a part-time inspector for Ofsted and the Adult Learning Inspectorate.

Colin was awarded an OBE for services to further education in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list.



Professor Adam Beaumont - Governor

Adam is the founder and CEO of aql, the specialist communications "enabler" which has been instrumental in catalysing the digital journey of the region and of the north. He's a co-founder of the first internet exchange outside of London (IXLeeds). Adam has played a key role in the establishment of the Northern Powerhouse and continues to support northern growth and collaboration. He's the founder of Northinvest, a not-for-profit company matching start-ups and mentors. He is a patron of the Leeds Community Foundation and also a trustee of the Eden Project. He is a visiting professor in Cyber Security at the University of Leeds, where he spent the earlier part of his career as a lecturer before moving to an agency of the MOD working in internet security.


Cherry Fricker

Cherry Fricker - Governor

Cherry is Director of Finance and Operations at the National Centre for Early Music. After graduating with a music degree she qualified as a Chartered Accountant, training in the Leeds office of a national accountancy firm.


Gerald Jennings

Gerald Jennings - Governor

Gerald is a Fellow of the RICS and has worked in the property sector for over 30 years and was a Portfolio Director with Land Securities heading up the company’s northern retail portfolio in the Leeds office before forming his own property company and consultancy in April 2015.

Gerald became Chairman of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce in September 2017, having joined the board of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber in 2014 and being President of the Leeds Chamber. He was instrumental in setting up the Leeds Business Improvement District and is actively involved in several social enterprises and charities. He is a longstanding advocate for community investment believing that business should play its role in bridging the economic divide that exists in our towns and cities.

Gerald is a Non-Executive on the Board of Henry Boot PLC and has a number of other non-executive roles including:

• Chair of Trustees at The Tetley

• Director at The Ahead Partnership

• Director at the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Most recently, Gerald has taken on the role of Chairman of Social Communications Leeds, a business already established in Manchester and London, providing PR, public affairs and marketing expertise to the property sector. 



Ken Morton - Governor

Ken worked for over 30 years with Leeds City Council in Education and Children Services – latterly as Head of Service for Young People and Skills with responsibilities for youth services, information, advice and guidance service, and the school arts and music services. Since leaving the council, Ken has advised a partnership of 50+ schools in East Leeds with responsibilities for shaping social, emotional and mental health support services and preventing exclusion. He has also built up a portfolio of volunteer ‘governance’ roles including – Director and Chair of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership (a 6 school multi-academy trust), Governor and Chair of Springwell Leeds, Trustee and Chair of YAMSEN and as a trustee of GIPSIL.


Salman Daji

Salman Daji - Student Governor

Salman is the Student Governor and Students’ Union President for 2017/18.

In 2016 Salman studied IT and became a course representative. During this time Salman gained a passion for making a difference in FE and was subsequently elected Students’ Union President for 2017/18. He has since been elected as a Further Education Zones Committee member for the National Union of Students and is dedicated to making a positive difference for students and is also part of the Leeds Youth Council. 


John Toon - Governor

John is a Partner with international legal services business DWF LLP. He has lived and worked in and around Leeds for over 40 years and first became involved with FE and HE governance in 2006 with Doncaster College. A passionate believer in the transformative power of education, John is also a lay trustee of Leeds Beckett Students' Union.


David Yates - Governor

David is a retired Senior Manager with extensive skills and knowledge acquired from working in both the public and private education sectors. He has strong but flexible leadership skills which he has used throughout his career from head of an organisation to politically sensitive roles in local government.

He is committed to developing collaborative working through active and meaningful partnerships. David is passionate and committed to disability rights and especially access issues. He was Policy Leader for 16-19 education in a large metropolitan district, responsible for ensuring the local authority met its statutory responsibilities. This involved working with funding agencies to determine provision needed and advising schools and colleges on curriculum offer.

He was the lead officer dealing with reduction of those Not in Education Training or Employment. Has developed and implemented innovative ways of working e.g. Industrial Centres of Excellence and worked with partners on the development of skills strategy within the district and further afield.

David originally trained as a careers adviser and was Chief Executive of the company that delivered Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) throughout Cambridgeshire plus other education services such as learning centres, education business partnerships including the provision of work experience and placements. He advised ministers and senior civil servants on national policy issues relating to CEIAG.

David has been a Board and trust member of various organisations and undertaken consultancy activity with other educational and public sector organisations.

The Board benefits from a range of perspectives which is enriched by drawing members from a diverse range of backgrounds. If you are interested in becoming a governor of Leeds City College please contact Melanie Halstead, Clerk to the Board, on 0113 386 1808 or by email at for more information.


Board of Governor Minutes

15 April 2019

17 December 2018

22 October 2018

16 July 2018

16 April 2018

18 December 2017 

30 October 2017

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19 December 2016

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19 September 2016