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Governing Body

SERC's Governing Body is comprised of members who are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. The governors give freely of their time in support of a whole range of College activities and initiatives. You can view minutes of meetings and other associated content by clicking here.

The following persons are members of the SERC Governing Body:

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​Deep Sagar’s main background has been in business. He worked in senior management in multinational companies like Coca-Cola but also led smaller businesses like Engee Enterprises. More recently he has been involved in education, including as governor of a school, chair of the Information Standards Board for education, skills and children’s services, member of Learning and Skills Council East of England, and non-executive director of HM Inspectorate of Education. He has just finished terms as non-executive director of Northern Ireland Water and chair of the Councillors’ Remuneration Panel for Northern Ireland.​

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​Mr Hetherington is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He worked in economics and public policy for over 10 years as a management consul​tant.  More recently, Mr Hetherington took up the position of Associate Director in the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy, based in the Ulster Business School at the University of Ulster.  He brings to the Governing Body particular strengths in public accountability, analytical thinking and a detailed understanding of the role of further education in the economy. He does not hold any other public appointments.​

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Until 2012 Mr Jackson was FD/CS and part owner of a local construction company, with responsibilities for Finance, HR, IT and Company Law. Since then he has set up his own Accountancy company servicing SME’s and the self-employed in the Greater Belfast area. Mr Jackson does not hold any other public appointments.​
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​Ken has a wide and varied professional background, including working in Central Government, Local Government and the Private Sector.  His extensive roles have included leading and managing diverse areas from PPP/PFI projects, through na​​tional advertising campaigns to international sales in Agri-food industry and IT consultancy.  Ken is a former student of the FE College in Lisburn, a qualified teacher, and Chartered Accountant.  He holds a number of further qualifications from Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster and Warwick University Business School.​

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​Mrs Reid qualified as a teacher in 1984 and worked in a large urban secondary school. During a period of 9 years she held the position of Head of Year, Head of Department, Head of Junior School and Teacher Governor. In 1995 she was appointed Vice Principal of a rural comprehensive school. She was appointed Vice Principal of a Post Primary School from February 1998 – September 2004 and Principal of a Post Primary School from September 2004 – August 2009. She has also been a member of the South Belfast Area Learning Community and was appointed Chair in 2007. In this role she was involved in activities to encourage a more collaborative approach between schools and Further Education Colleges, to provide a more relevant curriculum and make better use of available resources. Mrs Reid lives in Jordanstown. She has carried out no political activity in the last five years and does not currently hold any other public appointments. ​

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Barbara Larkin joined SERC as a Member of the Governing Body in August 2013.  In her career to date Barbara worked in banking and financial services in the UK and Ireland since 1986.  A native of Newry, she began her career at Northern Bank working in Retail and Business Banking.  She studie​​d at the, University College, Dublin, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, graduating from there in 1995 with an Honours Degree in Financial Services. Moving to England to work within National Australia Group, Barbara gained further skills in business banking, managing and growing new business across sectors as diverse as manufacturing, retail, services, logistics, technology, property and export.  Her skill set then grew to incorporate business analysis and planning as well as supporting with HR issues. Moving back to Northern Ireland in 2003 she took up a role with Ulster Bank working wit​​h existing and new business and corporate clients  With her career in banking Barbara has gained widespread experience in a variety of industry sectors working with companies at varying stages in their development.​

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Christine has worked at senior management level in BT for over a decade and is currently employed in an Ireland-wide lead Strategic Resourcing role. She has a number of tertiary level and professional qualifications in marketing, human resources, finance, business improvement and project management. A full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), she previously served on the Northern Ireland Executive Committee as Treasurer and Secretary for the Strategy and Policy Sub Committee. She has also served as a director on the Lanyon Place Management Company and with the Beat Carnival, a local carnival company. Ms Goodwin holds one other public appointment.
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Steve Pollard is a Lecturer in Management Development with The Business Institute Ulster University Business School. An experienced Non-Executive Director and Business Adviser Steve has held senior roles in the public, private and third sectors. This includes experience in vocational education and training in the further education sector as well as running privately held training organisations. Steve has a long standing interest in community economic development  with a particular focus on enterprise and skills. Steve has recently joined the Board of Supporting Communities NI​. 

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​Mr Bodger is currently a Trustee Member of the Audit Committee and Member of the Capital Development Committee of National Museums, Northern Ireland. He does not receive any remuneration for this position. He is also Chair of the Audit Committee of Stranmillis University College, for which he also receives no remuneration. He is a member of the NI Social Care Council for which he receives £6242 per annum. He has held various Board positions during the last 10 years including Chair of the Appeals Tribunals for the Southern Education & Library Board. Mr Bodger is retired and lives outside Rathfriland. He has carried out no political activity in the last five years.​

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Miss Claire Meharg worked as a member of staff in the Police Service of Northern Ireland from late 2000 to early 2016.  Much of her career was as a Crime Scene Investigator and Major Crime Forensic Advisor and her final 2 years were spent identify how to widen access to the organisation through schemes such as structured work experience, apprenticeships, work placements and a youth volunteer scheme. Miss Meharg is currently an independent Forensic Advisor and Trainer, working with Northern Ireland based, not-for-profit organisations who deliver international training across Europe and the Middle East. She has experience in stakeholder management and partnership working across the public, private and voluntary sectors including working with European partners on EU funded projects.  Miss Meharg is currently studying for a Certificate in Business Accounting with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.​

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Professor Alan Woodside serves as Emeritus Professor in Highway Engineering at the University of Ulster. He has a background in civil engineering and higher education and is the current chair of the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum for Northern Ireland and a public director on the Board of the Lagan Canal Trust. Professor Woodside is an elected member of council of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and acts as the national vice-chair of its Education and Membership Committee. He is actively involved in the promotion of STEM in schools as an Ambassador for Sentinus and W5 and serves on the Board of Governors of both a local primary and grammar school. He is credited with more than 200 technical publications and holds an OBE for services to highway engineering and higher education.

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​Kim Scott is an Assistant Senior Education Officer with the South Eastern Education and Library Board, a post which she took up in March 2012.  She leads the Curriculum Advisory and Support Service which oversees all aspects of school improvement from early years to post-primary education ​​and she is instrumental in supporting school leaders and Governors in the implementation of the Department of Education School Improvement Policy “Every School a Good School”.
Kim graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1990 and taught in a large urban secondary school before taking up post with the Curriculum Advisory and Support Service in the SEELB.  Kim also chairs a number of work-streams with responsibility for the implementation of DE policy and p​​rocedures including representatives from the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.  She has previously served on a school Board of Governors for four years.​

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Mrs Fraser has 14 years’ experience working in pedagogic research and educational development. She started academic life as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Computing & Mathematics at the University of Ulster & is currently an Educational Developer at Queen’s University in Belfast.

Mrs Fraser has a research background in student engagement and student retention and has extensive experience designing, developing and delivering academic enhancement projects & workshops in employability, assessment & feedback, students as partners, MOOCs and getting started in pedagogic research.  She also manages research projects and has a particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. 

Mrs Fraser is a Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a professional member of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a professional member of SIGCSE (Special Group Computer Science Education), a member of the JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group (Curriculum Design) and a Member of Computing Science Graduate Employment Steering Group (HEFCE & BIS).​
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​​Mr John Mackell graduated in law from the Queens University of Belfast in 2001 and went on to complete his legal studies prior to admission to the rolls of Solicitor for Northern Ireland in 2004 and the roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 2008.  While at QUB he was President of Queen's Student Union and latterly a member of the University Senate as well as an Officer Board Member for the Union of Students' in Ireland.  Mr Mackell has been the lead solicitor on a number of high profile complex criminal cases.  He is currently employed as a solicitor in the public sector.  Prior to this Mr Mackell worked for 10 years in private practice, specialising in Criminal, Litigation and Public Law.  An experience Court Advocate, Mr Mackell is also an accredited mediator. 

He was appointed by the Minister for Justice as Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Civil Legal Services Appeals Panel for the period 1st April 2015 until 31st March 2020, with remuneration of £350 per sitting to include preparation required and attendance at each sitting of the Appeal Panel.  He is also an appointed Legal Chairman of the Health and Social Care Board's Disciplinary Committee.​
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Carolyn King is the Corporate Services Staff representative on the Governing Body.  She worked in various roles in the private and public sectors in the UK and Europe and joined the college in 2001, moving into her current role as Work Placement Officer in 2008.  Carolyn actively promotes a more collaborative approach to placements in FE and conceived, developed and implemented the Business Engagement & Student Tracking System (BEST) across HE, FE and the Training Organisation.  Her continued personal and professional development has led to her co-authoring two work placement papers and presenting at HE Work Placement Conferences in the Universities of Leicester and Greenwich.  Her exploration of work placements continues through participation in a two-year funded project in collaboration with European partners.  Carolyn is a former student of the FE College in Bangor and is a Chartered Manager with CMI. 
 


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Andrew studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh before returning to take up a position with a Design Consultancy in Belfast. He established his own consultancy soon afterwards and combined this work with part time lecturing. He was appointed an Associate Lecturer and subsequently became a full time lecturer with SERC. He is currently a Deputy Head of School in the School of Performing and Creative Arts and represents the Lecturing Staff on the Governing Body.​
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Marie is a 2nd year student in SERC, studying Access Diploma in Foundation Studies. Marie was class rep within the Students Union for the 15/16 academic year. Marie aspires to duel train as both a Adult General nurse and a Mental Health nurse.
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Any correspondence to the Governing Body should be sent to the Secretary to the Governing Body, Claire Williamson governingbodysecretary@serc.ac.uk

The Secretary can also be contacted via the Directorate on Tel: 028 9262 6751​ or, write to the address below

 

Secretary to the Governing Body

South Eastern Regional College
Lisburn Campus
Castle Street, Lisburn
County Antrim, BT27 4SU​