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College Governor Profiles

In this section you will find a profile on the College Governors.


Andrew Iveson -  Chair

Group Managing Director – Elite Group

I started on site as a YTS Trainee heating engineer with Fred Watsons, I then moved into the office to continue my training as a Building Services Engineer, studying at LCB and then Leeds Polytechnic.

 On completion of my apprenticeship with Fred Watsons I joined SIAS Building Services as a contracts manager and quickly gained a directorship, eventually gaining control of the Group as MD. The company worked throughout the UK in most building sectors on contracts from maintenance & minor works to design and build contracts in excess of £6 million, with a turnover approaching £35 million. In 2009 I established Elite Building Services Engineering alongside long term colleagues at SIAS, Mel Connolly and Daniel Bowman.

 For many years, I have been heavily involved in training for the industry and was the Chairman for the B & SE (formally HVCA) Yorkshire Region & Training Committee, then National Chair of the Training Committee, I was nominated by LCB & BEST & received the National AOC Gold Award for my passion foreducation & Training.

Ian Billyard - Principal

I started my working life as a mining and topographic surveyor with English China Clays, in the South West. I also worked for a Local Authority and a number of contractors before training as a teacher in Bolton. My teaching career started in Darlington and I moved to Head of Department at Bolton College, Head of Faculty at Boston College and Deputy Principal at Leeds College of Building. I took over the position as Principal and Chief Executive when the former Principal, David Roberts, retired in 2003.


Ivan Nip - Governor

I had my vocational education after graduation from my secondary school. I enjoyed engineering and science subjects as most teenagers do. I started staying in the library until the closing hour and realising reading books could be as fun as playing football. I studied my degrees and kept on working in different Universities. Staying in research was fun. Design and construction are equally fun. I have been employed as a structural engineer in a Local authority. I design schools, council houses, public buildings etc. The works are fantastic, fun and challenging. The commitment and responsibility are high. Other team members making a mistake may have financial implications. Structural problems can be health and safety related.

 I welcome everyone who likes to join us in the construction industry and to take up your challenge. I trust in vocational education and also trust in volunteering. I work as vice-chair of Advocate Support and a director of Advonet. I believe that “Everyone should have a voice” and that Leeds College of Building should listen to you.



Geoff Driver - Governor 

Since leaving university in the 1960s, my career has been a mixture of the academic and the political. After six years living, working and studying abroad in the 1960s - firstly in Bolivia and then in the U.S, my academic career since then has been in research and teaching in colleges and universities here in the U.K. Alongside that, I have been active in city politics since the 1970s here in Leeds, serving as a City Councillor from 1978 until 2012. My main interests were in Education, Scrutiny and most recently in Corporate Governance and Audit – and at various times I served as Committee Chair in each of those areas.


I became a governor of the College about five years ago whilst still a City Councillor so as to provide a link between the Council’s policymakers and the College. The role also interested me because skilled jobs in the construction industry were keenly sought by many young people who lived in the area I represented. Since retiring from the Council, I have remained a College governor and exercise a continuing interest in high quality education, the promotion of skills and training opportunities and the exercise of good governance.



Mike Berry – Governor

I served an apprenticeship in construction and achieved a range of trade and technician qualifications. I worked for a number of construction employers as a trades person supervisor and engineer. Most of my working career has been spent as an educator of the construction workforce as teacher, head of department, assistant principal and director of learning in several colleges in the north. I moved on to inspection becoming an HMI with Ofsted where I led college inspections, large national work-based training providers and inspected many construction departments. After retiring from Ofsted I became a free-lance consultant working in the Further Education and Skills sector. I still carry out inspections and a wide range of consultancy responding to specific needs identified by colleges and training providers including support and advice, reviews of leadership and management, governance and quality assurance.

 I became a governor of Leeds College of Building because it is the only specialised college of construction nationally, an industry in which I have spent all of my working life. I want to see the college go from strength to strength and become a recognised outstanding college and feel together with staff and other governors we have the skills and knowledge to help it achieve these goals.



Philip Williams - Vice Chair

Born and bred in Leeds, I worked as a plumber's mate before going to university and switching to law. From there I practised as an employment and charities solicitor for 10 years in Leeds and London. The lure of self-employment led me to establish and work in my own small construction business and gain City & Guilds plumbing and electrical qualifications along the way. I enjoyed the business side most and now help to run a firm of solicitors in Leeds and Sheffield.

 I became a governor at Leeds College of Building because I have benefitted from a fantastic education that has allowed me to do lots of varied and exciting things, meet lots of people and created lots of opportunities and choices for me. As a college governor I can help ensure that top quality education is available for anybody who wants to learn…and what better place to be a governor than LCB – the only specialist construction college in the UK and so uniquely placed to inspire people interested in construction to build a career and keep the industry moving forwards.


Mark Roper - Governor

Member since September 2015.  Executive Director at Civil Engineering Contractors Assocation. My interest in joining the Governing Body at Leeds College of Building comes from a lifetime of promoting and encouraging training & development in the construction industry. I am a Civil Engineer by profession & entered the industry from school in 1980. During this time, I have worked predominantly in the Water & Tunnelling sectors for both client & contracting organisations. Whilst working in industry, I have acted as a Supervising Civil Engineer for the ICE, and have been a mentor for both graduates & apprentices with most of my former employers. 

 In my current role as Executive Director at CECA, I engage regularly with CITB, The Treasury, BIS, Unions & other trade associations on skills issues. I also support the College in promoting apprenticeships to our members, and have sponsored awards for Advanced Apprentices for the last two years. In addition to the roles & duties I have listed above, I sit on the Industry Advisory body at the University of Leeds & lecture occasionally there on Civil Engineering procedures. I also sit on the Leadership Group at Leeds Chamber of Commerce. Over the last five years I have collected a lot of experience carrying out governance work with an LEA school & also with the Gorse Academies Trust, and I think that I have developed skills that could be useful to the College, particularly as it goes through a phase of growth & development.



Julia Evans - Governor

I am the Chief Executive at the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) following eight years as the CEO of the National Federation of Builders (NFB). Prior to this I worked in a wide range of organisations mainly in the public sector in areas such as the railways, mental health and criminal justice. All these businesses know that training and education are key to their growth and health. Within construction the investment of employers and students in skills and education are the things that will help the industry not only recover from the recession but provide those essential building blocks that will lead to economic recovery as well as individual achievement.   


Further education is the key to the growth of skills and competencies. Leeds College of Building as the sole FE college specialising in the construction sector has a key role to play not only in delivering training within Leeds but in representing the interests of the educational construction agenda at senior levels of government and education both local and national. I have been a governor at LCB since 2010 and am honoured to be a governor at this college because it enables me to see training happening at the ‘sharp end’ of things and make a contribution to the great work of the College.


Shane Dickinson - Governor

I am a Governor at Leeds College of Building, primarily because I have a personal passion for Further Education and Business. My day job means I am constantly making and influencing decisions on behalf of customers, stakeholders and the business. It is my focus on ensuring the best outcome possible for my customers and the business that makes my primary objective to do the same here at LCB.

 I come to Governance mindful that there are decisions that require an objective point of view, a holistic understanding of the issues and a consensus that makes the best decisions for students and the College. Having been the only male in my high school graduating year to achieve all my GCSE's at grade C or above, I feel that there must be an opportunity to ensure that all students are aware of what Further Education can offer in supporting them to realise their potential.


I am an experienced business consultant, mentor and coach, having worked in the financial services industry for over 12 years, I feel I bring a good deal of value to the College. My work experience covers a broad range of areas: Operations, Brands & Marketing, Risk, Change, Strategy, HR and Diversity & Inclusion to name a few. I look forward to working with, and supporting, Board members and Management to enable students to succeed.

Rachel Smalley - Governor

I am from Leeds, and attended the University of Leeds studying Human Geography with Transport Planning at Undergraduate level, and Human Geography and Disability Studies at Masters level. Since then I have worked for Leeds City Council Building Control as Assistant Access Officer, then Access Officer, advising on access and facilities for disabled people in Leeds. l have also worked for the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London- again, advising on inclusive design and access.


I am also on the national President of the Access Association, sit on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (Department of Communities and Local Government) and sit on British Standards committees (British Standards Institution) responsible for drafting British Standards documents on accessible and inclusive design. I have an interest in, and strongly believe that all learners should enjoy barrier free access to the education Leeds College of Building has to offer.


Emma Caven - Governor

Originally from Richmond, North Yorkshire, I went to University in Leeds where I studied Psychology and Philosophy. After some travelling, volunteering and career deliberation I am now a qualified chartered accountant, based in Leeds working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. My experience working in our Audit practice has enabled me to meet lots of new people and learn about a wide range of businesses whilst gaining my qualification. I have recently taken up a new role in Forensic Services where I hope my learning curve will continue as I gain more experience.


I had an interest in becoming a governor as I am a strong believer in the value of a good education to give young people opportunities, ensuring they are well equipped on their path to a successful career. Having landed in my profession through not the most straightforward route I particularly support vocational education and courses which can lead straight into valuable employment opportunities. Leeds College of Building offers high quality education and genuine life-long skills to all in a fantastic learning environment, making it a very rewarding place to be a Governor. I am keen to use the skills and experience I have gained in my line of work and apply these in my role as a Governor, whilst learning from others and gaining new skills and experience.





Marc Townsend - Staff Governor (Support Staff)



Robert Crowe – Staff Governor (Teaching Staff)

After finishing school I qualified in mechanical and aeronautical engineering through an apprenticeship. From there I moved into teaching in secondary schools throughout Leeds, whilst in post I accidentally fell into teacher training, which I loved and still do. In 2008 an opportunity arose here at Leeds College of Building to join the teacher education team.

 I am passionate about my job and fascinated by the different ways people learn. I enjoy working with a wide range of people from the construction industry and this combined with my love of buildings has become my ideal job.


Peter Norris - Governor

"Originally from Liverpool, I have lived in Leeds since 1993 and gained a degree in Economics at Leeds University. I have over 30 years experience in Financial Services, working in both an employed and self employed capacity. My career has involved exposure to both global and local financial service businesses and I have been fortunate to work successfully across a number of disciplines. This has included Senior Leadership roles with responsibilities across People Development, Risk Management, Change Management, Operational delivery and Sales Management. I am an Associate of the Institute of Banking and Finance. 

I believe this background will allow me to offer Leeds College of Building value as a Governor and a member of the College's Audit Committee. 

I sought the opportunity to become a Governor as throughout my career I have the seen the power that a positive education experience can provide. In particular I believe that good and strong education is an opportunity which should be available to all young people. Leeds College of Building is an institution which offers opportunities for a high standard of further education and life skills for many students in a supportive learning environment. In addition, I am interested in the ongoing crucial role construction plays in the economy and changing construction techniques which the College seeks to be at the forefront of. 

I look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the great work of Leeds College of Building.  "