West Berkshire Training Consortium
Board of Directors
WBTC is fortunate to have a strong and active Board of Directors/Trustees made up of experienced individuals with a wide range of capabilities. This, combined with both their dedication and passion, is helping WBTC lead the way forwards in creating opportunities for local businesses looking to expand the capabilities of their workforce and helping individuals start and develop their careers.
Matt joined WBTC in 2000. Born and bred in Birmingham, he graduated from Southampton University and now lives in Basingstoke. Matt has over 17 years experience in further education and work-based learning.
Anthony is the Principal of Basingstoke College of Technology and his passion and vision are to provide an outstanding learning experience for all its learners to ensure they drive economic growth and prosperity in the region. He has initiated and overseen the college’s e-confidence journey, including introducing a state of the art IT infrastructure, the development of digital apprentices, introduced blended learning and integration of commercial and in-house resources. Prior to moving to Basingstoke, Anthony was Principal at Crossways Academy, Lewisham, which became a CISCO world reference site for use of ICT in education, as well as providing a template for integrated smart building technology. This is where his passion for the use of technology in learning started.
Anthony also serves as a Governor for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, representing North Hampshire and West Berkshire.
Chris joined the WBTC Board in 1985. A retired Chartered Surveyor he worked in the Berkshire area for 45 years, mainly in private practice. His last position was as consultant to Haslams Surveyors LLP of Reading.
Chris served as Chairman and then President of the Newbury Chamber of Commerce in the 1980’s. He lives in Newbury and enjoys gardening, dog walking and sport and interests include wildlife and the environment.
Ian joined the WBTC Board in May 2014. He worked for the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service for 35 years and became the Chief Fire Officer during the period 2003 to 2013. He is a Graduate of the University of Reading and the University of Central Lancashire with a BSc (Hons) and an MSc.
Iain currently chairs three national networks and councils covering fire and sprinkler issues and is a volunteer with the local Cats Protection branch and the RNLI.
Sally joined the WBTC Board in May 2014. Formerly she was employed as Human Resources Manager - Training with the West Berkshire Council, since April 1998. Prior to this, she worked as an Admin Support Manager at Berkshire County Council, giving Sally a total of 27 years Human Resources experience.
Sally Graduated as a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. She is an avid reader and writer of fiction, having published short stories and two novels.
Anne joined the WBTC Board as a Trustee on October 2017. Anne will be known to many in her previous role as HR Project Manager for James Cowper Kreston where she also led the highly successful Apprenticeship Programme with WBTC. Anne brings to the Board her extensive background in both private and public sector of over 40 years and is a positive addition to our Board of Trustees.
Steve joined the WBTC board in 2018. Prior to retirement he spent the last 32 years of his career working in various roles for AWE, managing sites and facilities and culminating in a position on the board of Directors as the Infrastructure Director. Steve enjoys music, walking and working as an occasional radio broadcaster, he is currently a Trustee Director of a large Pension Fund and a Trustee of The Loddon School for children with Autism. Additionally Steve is the Vice Chair of Governors at Basingstoke College of Technology.
Richard has nearly 40 years’ experience in the world of Nuclear Safety and Engineering in various roles including Main Board Director. He has travelled extensively working for UK and International Companies on Technical and Commercial solutions. He has always believed that individuals contributions and personal development are a prime factor to organisational success. Richard is a keen walker and sailor and has tackled some challenging mountains and oceans.
Nicola joined the WBTC board in October 2019 and works for Bayer Plc as Head of Business Services within the Healthcare sector and is responsible for the operational activities for UK and Ireland.
Nicola is also an Enterpriser Adviser for the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). She has worked closely with WBTC since 2013 and is the apprentice ambassador across the business championing early career opportunities in Business Administration and Customer Service. Nicola grew up and still lives in Newbury with her family.