External Members

Richard Ellison

Richard was born in Bristol in 1951.  A graduate of the University of Sussex he joined the National Farmers Union as a Graduate Trainee and remained with the organisation throughout his working life.  Richard was appointed North East Regional Director in 1990 covering Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland.  His role was to manage the work of the NFU in the region, to promote the interests of farmers and the rural communities through political representation and to maintain a high profile for the organisation and for the industry as a whole.

Susan Hamer

Susan’s varied career is in the fields of higher education, health services management and leadership. Susan has a clinical background in nursing and moved into education at the University of Hull. Following a period working in The National Health Service, Susan retuned to higher education at the University of Leeds where she worked for over 25 years, during that time Susan has held a number of senior roles which have given her deep experience of designing and leading large transformational programmes in the public sector.  Susan has also worked in the field of knowledge transfer and enterprise, directly supporting academic colleagues to enhance the impact of their activities. Susan is increasingly interested in accelerating the use of digital technologies to enhance access and empower individuals and communities. Susan has led a number of initiatives to support agile high-quality workplace learning in diverse locations. 

Susan’s first degree is in nursing, she has a master’s in Women’s Studies and a doctorate in Post Compulsory Education. Susan is a regular writer and the author of “Achieving Evidence-Based Practice” and “Leadership and Management: A Three-Dimensional Approach”. She was awarded the University of Leeds Women of Achievement Award in March 2016 and the IACRN Distinguished Clinical Research Nurse Award 2018. Susan has been a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute since 2004.

Susan is married to Ian and lives in Beverley. They have two children Callum and Holly. Susan has a keen interest in keeping fit and leads a weekly women’s walking group in Beverley. 

John Hurst

John graduated from Walford College in 1976 following two years in farm management in Shropshire.  For the last 30 years, until his retirement in July 2018, John worked for Farmcare, originally Booker Farming which then became part of the Co-ops farms and latterly the Wellcome Trust.  John was responsible for the management of 26,000 acres on five estates across the country.  He was also responsible for the company’s Management Trainees and Apprenticeship training schemes.

John attended the 40th Worshipful Company of Farmers - Advanced Farm Management Course in 1990 and he still meets up annually with his fellow colleagues.  He is a member of the Oolitics farmer discussion group whose 14 members meet monthly.  John is married to Gill, they have two children David and Emma. John lives at Saxby all Saints on the South Bank and is a keen cyclist and walker.  

Kevin Kendall (Vice Chair)

Kevin studied agriculture at Myerscough College in the 1970s followed by several years of working practically in farming on dairy, beef, sheep, pig and arable farms.  After gaining a teaching qualification, he taught agriculture for 10 years at Oaklands College in Hertfordshire.  In 1988 he went to Askham Bryan College as a lecturer in Agriculture and stayed for 20 years in a range of positions but finally as Assistant Director Food, Farming and Innovation and Farms Director.  At this time, he was also an Additional Inspector with Ofsted for Land-Based Colleges and started reviewing higher education on a part-time basis with the QAA.

In 2008 Kevin moved to Bishop Burton College as Deputy Principal Higher Education, where he stayed until he developed his own business in 2013 working as a Quality Manager with QAA and offering consultancy and project work to colleges. 

Kevin has three adult children and two aged 13 and 8, and lives in Walkington.

Alan Menzies (Chair)

Alan is currently Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration with East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The directorate combines economic development with planning and development management and sustainable community functions.

Kate Moore

Kate was born in Oxfordshire but the family moved back to Yorkshire when she was 6 years old.  Kate studied Agri Business Management and Marketing at Newcastle University and after graduating worked in Marketing for Grampian Foods and also Pindar Graphics.  It was, however, obvious that office work was not what Kate wanted to do, and after travelling the world and completing ski seasons, she ended up working on the family pig farm.  The farm currently has 1,700 breeding sows and finishes approximately 70,000 pigs a year.

Since being home, she has played an active role in the industry and has held the role of Northern Chairperson for the Young National Pig Association and is a member of the committee for Future Farmers of Yorkshire.  Kate was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2012, studying ‘High Welfare Systems within the Pig Industry’.  She was also an emerging leader at the Oxford Farming Conference in 2018.  Kate is frequently in the public eye and has featured on TV, radio and publications numerous times and is an ambassador of ‘Farmer Time’ - educating children about farming.

Kate is married to Giles Moore, a vet in Driffield, and they have two daughters.  In her spare time, she plays hockey and likes running and other outdoor activities.

Angela Moran

Angela was born in Hull and graduated from Edinburgh University before working for RHM Agriculture as a nutritionist for 4 years.  In 1984 she joined Page Feeds in Tadcaster, which eventually became part of AB Agri in 2001.  Angela has done a variety of roles including marketing, purchasing, supply chain management, transport, commercial account management, nutrition, quality assurance, food safety and business development.  She was recently Head of Alternative Proteins and moved to a new role as Director of Feed Safety in February 2016.

Externally, Angela is involved with the Agricultural Industry Confederation, the European Feed Manufacturer’s  Federation, the FEFAC Feed Safety Committee and the Food Standards Agency’s Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs.

Angela lives with her husband and son on a small grassland farm in North Yorkshire.  She enjoys riding her horse, seeing her extended family, doing as much amateur theatre as time allows and being part of that rural community.

Ian Sackree

Ian has lived in Lincoln for 40 years. He is an Accountant who trained in a local Accountancy practice and attended North Lincolnshire College (now Lincoln College) studying AAT. He applied his professional trade in other county-based accountancy practices, the NHS, where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant, and the Education sector. Between 2005 and 2014 Ian was a senior post holder at Lincoln College where he played a pivotal role in leading the college to an Ofsted Outstanding grade. Ian held responsibility for Finance, HR, IT, Learning Resources, Marketing, Partnerships and Estates. In his time at Lincoln College Ian gained direct experience of delivering further education in the East Midlands HM Prison(s) and also abroad in China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was part of a team that set up Lincoln UTC and was a member of a Multi Academy Trust, with two secondary schools. Since 2014 Ian has worked in private equity and recruitment, first as Chief Operating Officer and since 2014 as Chief Executive of Protocol, a national recruitment company focussed on Further Education.

Ian is a fellow of the Society of Leadership Fellows, St George’s House in recognition of his wide leadership experience. Ian is a keen volunteer and leads the Board of Trustees as the Chair of YMCA Lincolnshire, a large Housing and Youth Charity where he puts his governance knowledge into practice. A former Army Reserve officer and current senior Army Cadet Force Officer of 33 years (and counting) he is also Colonel Cadets of 16,000 cadets in 7 Infantry Brigade. Ian enjoys any sport and regularly runs, trains for occasional triathlons and plays golf.

Victoria Shannon

Victoria lives in a village just outside Hull, where she works as an accountant.  Victoria spent five years as a trainee in the Landed Estate and Agriculture department at PricewaterhouseCooper LLP’s Hull office, before that department moved to David Turner & Co in 2008.  In 2013 that practice was in turn purchased by Victoria’s current employer, independent local practice Smailes Goldie, who have offices in Hull and Lincolnshire.

Having started her career as a general practitioner, Victoria now specialises in looking after clients in the rural sector and in 2017 was appointed as Director of Agriculture and Landed Estates at Smailes Goldie.  Victoria is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys walking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Martyn Thomas

Martyn was born and brought up in Sheffield.  He studied Economic and Social History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and enjoyed eleven years in London, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross and Co.

On moving to Beverley, Martyn worked for Kingston Communications in various roles for eleven years before moving to TSYS International based in York, where he is currently Director, Finance & Accounting.  

Martyn has two children, both working in the UK, and two step-children, one about to go to university in London and one at school.  He recently moved to Brighton for work and fun.  He is trying to keep fit, is a dedicated supporter of Sheffield United, and sometime trumpet player.  

David Waxman

David is now retired after over 40 years of work in education.  This comprised three distinct phases – firstly secondary school teaching in Hull, then working as an Education Officer for Sheffield Local Education Authority (including a year as Acting Director of Education in 1996) and finally carrying out a wide variety of independent consultancy work across the UK.  The independent work included a regular commitment to developing policy advice for a small education trade union.

David has been a governor of schools in Tameside and Sheffield and was Chair of two interim Executive Boards supporting schools subject to special measures in the former.  He served for eight years on the governing body of Sheffield College and was Chair of the Corporation for the final two years.

Having attended school and worked in Hull, David then spent over thirty three years living in Sheffield before moving to Beverley in 2018.  He is married with one stepson and his main hobby interests are playing Bridge and following Hull City.

Co-Opted External Members

Jonathon Wells - Audit Committee

Jonathon was born in Hull and grew up in Willerby. Following a degree at Hull University he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Leeds. After moving back to Hull Jonathon worked in various industries including newspapers and media, telecomms, food and law.  

Jonathon is married to Fiona and lives in Walkington. Jonathon enjoys living in the lovely countryside, farmlands and nature of East Yorkshire and is a member of the RSPB, BTO and Yorkshire Wildlife. A long walk with the dog whilst carrying binoculars anywhere around Bishop Burton and surrounding areas is always enjoyable.

Staff Members

Matt Lucid

Matt graduated from The University of Hull in 2010 having studied a BSc Hons Degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Upon graduating, Matt worked as a teacher within the East Riding of Yorkshire for six years, with experience of teaching Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.

In 2016, Matt joined Bishop Burton College as a Course Manager within the Sports Department, and is currently Curriculum Area Manager of Sports, Public Services, Applied Science and Business. As part of his current role, Matt aims to further develop the curriculum offer within the Department, in addition to developing wider links between college departments and the local community.  Matt is also an experienced BTEC Standards Verifier for Pearson within the Sport sector.  Matt is a keen Footballer and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Andrew Silvester

Andrew has been a member of Riseholme College Services to Business and Engineering teams for the past two years.  He has recently been recognised for all his hard work with the College “Striving for Excellence” Award.  Andrew started his working career in 1980, studying his apprenticeship at Riseholme College through local Massey Ferguson dealer Peacock & Binnington (Louth) on a day release basis and once qualified continued to work in the local agricultural machinery industry.   Prior to joining the College he was the Service Manager for 12 years at a very large John Deere, and latterly Case dealership, in Lincolnshire.  Andrew is a member of the Engineering Council (EngTech) and the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (AMIAgrE) and completed his Level 5 Certificate in Education and Training in 2017, graduating at Beverley Minster.

Andrew previously was a Parent Governor for eight years at a local junior school responsible for Health and Safety and Information Technology.

College Principal

Bill Meredith

Bill was born in Lincolnshire and studied Agriculture and Crop Protection at Harper Adams. He has spent his career to date in specialist land-based education, primarily with Bishop Burton College.

Following various teaching and management roles, Bill became the College's Employer Partnership Director and oversaw the College's achievement of the Training Quality Standard - a notable first among land-based colleges. Then followed a four-year period with the University of Lincoln as Head of Agriculture and Land-based Studies at Riseholme College.

In 2012, Riseholme's Further Education contract was awarded to Bishop Burton College following competitive tendering and Bill was appointed Vice Principal of the merged institution. He was subsequently heavily involved in the development of the College’s new campus on the Lincolnshire Showground. Bill was appointed Chief Executive and Principal in 2018.

Bill is passionate about sustainable farming and skills development. He has 3 adult children and lives in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

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Financial Reports and Corporation Meeting Minutes

2015 Financial Accounts

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2016 Financial Accounts

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2017 Financial Accounts

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2018 Financial Accounts

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2019 Financial Accounts

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Annual Report 2016 / 17

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Annual Report 2017 / 18

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