Governors / trustees

Governors / trustees

There are seven Trustees on the UTC Board, all registered with Companies House.
The Chair and Deputy Chair are both nominated by the University of Westminster, and together with the Employer Alliance nominees, they form the majority of Trustees.
The nominees of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation (SSMF), the UTC’s co-founder and charity partner, both have a Local Authority background with expertise in governance and children’s education.

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The UTC Trust operates in shadow governing body mode prior to September 2017 when the UTC opens. Elections will be held for parent governors and a staff governor in Autumn 2017.
Monthly Trust meetings are convened by a trained Academies Clerk from London’s Tri-Borough Education Services team.

Regular Project Steering Group meetings coordinate the work of the different work streams in the final year prior to opening. This group reports to the UTC Trust

Sir Simon Milton Foundation nominated UTC Trustees

  • Andrew Christie, Tri-Borough Executive Director for Children’s Services to May 2016; now Commissioner
  • Duncan Whitfield, Strategic Director of Finance and Governance, Southwark Council

UTC Employer Alliance nominated UTC Trustees

      • Bill Templeton, Apprenticeship Development Manager, Network Rail; Deputy Chair of UTC Trust to January 2016; lead Trustee for Marketing Group
      • Paul-Flexney-Briscoe, Director, London Portfolio, Land Securities; lead Trustee for our UTC’s Design Group


Elizabeth Philips, OBE
Chair Designate, University of Westminster
Elizabeth was nominated as the Chair Designate by the UTC’s three founding members, the University of Westminster, Network Rail, and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. This nomination was confirmed in the formal application to the DfE in October 2013 for the establishment of the UTC, and re-affirmed at a meeting of the Members in October 2014. As a National Leader of Education Elizabeth is widely recognised as an influential advocate of excellence in both the maintained and independent education sectors. Prior to her appointment as Head of St Marylebone CE School Elizabeth was Deputy Head at Feltham Community School and she is the DfE representative on the Trust Board of Capital City, the first independent academy in London. These roles have provided valuable perspectives on the needs of diverse learners in central and west London. Elizabeth continues in her role as Trustee at Capital City Academy in Brent, and is also a Trustee of Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. Under Elizabeth’s direction St Marylebone CE School achieved high performing secondary school recognition; it was awarded specialist school status as a Performing Arts College in 1998, with the addition of further specialisms in Maths and Computing in 2006 and Special Educational Needs Communication and Interaction in 2009. It shares its experience with others through its leadership of the St Marylebone Teaching School Alliance of which the UTC is a member. St Marylebone has sustained its Ofsted Outstanding status in 2011 and 2014. Two new free schools have benefitted from Elizabeth’s leadership: the St Marylebone Bridge School for pupils with speech, language and communication needs, and the St Marylebone Boys School, which opened in 2014. Elizabeth was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Westminster in 2003 in recognition of her leadership of St Marylebone CE School, a multifaith comprehensive school for girls, and a long-standing partner of the University.
Evelyne Rugg
University of Westminster
Evelyne is Director of Education Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the University of Westminster. This role encompasses responsibility for access and outreach partnerships with London schools and colleges and the University’s formal Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, Evelyne also holds lead responsibility for the University’s European Engagement Strategy. Prior to this she held the post of Academic Registrar, 1998-2008, and then Director of Academic Services with responsibility for student services, 2008-11. Following completion of the Leadership Foundation Top Management Programme (TMP) Evelyne jointly directed the foundation of Westminster International University in Tashkent which opened in 2002 as an autonomous institution delivering University of Westminster degrees in the medium of English. She remains the lead for Research and Projects between the two universities. Evelyne has been a long-standing contributor to education in the Trinity group, as a member of Trinity College of Music’s Academic Board, and subsequently a Governor of Trinity College London (TCL) 2010-13, in recognition of which she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship. She is currently a non-Executive Director of TCL Enterprises, supporting the development of the English Language and Performing Arts awarding body. Other relevant governance experience includes membership of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, chairing sub-committees and contributing to merger negotiations 1996-2003, and since 2015 as a Trustee of the University of Westminster Students’ Union. Evelyne has been the designated University lead for the development of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC since September 2012.
Richard Lane
University of Westminster
Richard is a partner at law firm, Farrer & Co LLP. Amongst his specialisms he advises companies and individuals on all elements of corporate governance. From 2003 to 2012 he was a member of the Court of Governors of the University of Westminster during which period (2010-12) he was Chairman of the Finance and Property Committee. Richard has three secondary school-age children and has direct experience of London’s current educational environment.
Bill Templeton
Network Rail
Bill Templeton has over 25 years’ experience as a manager of education and development programmes. During the last decade he has focused on developing the strategy for Further and Higher Education at Network Rail, leading the organisation’s support for University Technical Colleges (UTCs) at a national level. Bill’s major contributions are in the field of education and lifelong learning, developing relationships between employers and educational organisations. His influencing skills and capacity for leadership of cross-disciplinary teams is widely noted. Bill’s core expertise is in change management and project management, contributing skills of analysis and planning, and leading organisational development. He has been the designated Network Rail lead for the development of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College since September 2012. In 2016 he was seconded to the role of National Apprentice Development Manager, overseeing the adaptation of the national Apprenticeships programme. Prior to this he was Education Programmes Manager for Network Rail. Other relevant governance experience at school level includes that of Trustee-Director of the Farndon Fields Academy in Market Harborough 2012-2014.
Paul Flexney-Briscoe
Network Rail
Paul has over 30 years’ experience of all major construction sectors. In his current role, as Associate and Project Director for Land Securities plc, he is the lead, directing and managing the development of NOVA Victoria since 2013, a major mixed use development of commercial offices, luxury apartments and retail units forming a new restaurant quarter in Victoria, with MACE as construction and project management partner. Prior to this Paul held the role of Project Director on the BUPA Cromwell Hospital, and as Senior Associate and Head of Construction at EC Harris, managed the Chelsea Barracks residential scheme. He was also the lead Project Manager for Quintain’s development of offices and hotels in Wembley Park. Paul has extensive professional experience in the Middle East. He also has direct experience of school development through a large secondary school in Kent.
Duncan Whitfield
Sir Simon Milton Foundation
Duncan is the Strategic Director of Finance and Governance at the London Borough of Southwark. He is a qualified CIPFA accountant who has worked in local government in London since 1980 following a short spell in the private sector. He has previously been President of the Society of London Treasurers and is currently the President of the Society of Municipal Treasurers (SMT) and the Association of Local Authorities Treasurers Society (ALATS). He has extensive experience of managing the finances of large London authorities. He has worked with the private sector on procurement, contracting and insourcing. He has also played key roles in delivering service and regeneration agreements, including waste management and social care and development agreements for major housing and regeneration projects and Building Schools for the Future programmes. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the London Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) and is the Section151 representative on the LGPS Advisory Board. Duncan has been a Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation charity since 2014.
Andrew Christie
Sir Simon Milton Foundation
Since 2015 Andrew has been Commissioner for Children’s Services, and the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Board for Lambeth’s Local Children’s Safeguarding Board. Prior to this he held the post of TriBorough Executive Director of Children’s Services 2011-2016 with responsibility for social care, children’s’ services and educational attainment, as defined in the 2004 Children’s Act and subsequent legislation and regulations. The service was rated Good by Ofsted with Outstanding features in 2011. Andrew’s previous governance experience includes the role of Corporation Member for Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College of Further Education, and Board member of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.
Matthew Sykes, CVO
Sir Simon Milton Foundation
Matthew is the Chief Executive of a Westminster based charity, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, helping young and older people in the City, across London and nationally. Prior to this role he was Chief Executive of a large national charity 2010-2014 that gives grants to people in poverty, helps thousands more through digital services and owns a business running 20 care homes and almshouses. Prior to this Matthew had a 35 year career in the Army, rising to the rank of Major General, and culminating in an Assistant Chief of Defence Staff post in the Ministry of Defence. He was also the Defence Services Secretary to Her Majesty in the Royal Household, a role to which he returned in 2016 as a Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty. He is an experienced Trustee of charitable trusts, including the Armed Forces Memorial Trust, 2007 -2016.