The Governors are responsible for the overall functioning of the College. In general terms, it is responsible for the quality of service that the College offers to students and the local community, as well as the College's financial health and strategic direction.

Report and Financial Statements 2016 (DOCX)
Report and Financial Statements 2015 (PDF)
Hadlow Group Governors Handbook 2016-17
Minutes of Meetings

Paul Dubrow

paul dubrow

Chair of Governors

Paul lives in Hadlow Village with his family. Paul owns and manages a small group of independent companies that are involved in land management, leisure (golf course and driving range), as well as golf driving range design and construction. Paul also has interests in a commercial spring water bottling business locally, as well as a company involved in Listed building conversion and restoration.

Theresa Bruton


Vice Chair of Governors

Theresa has over 20 years experience in regeneration and economic development at the local, regional, national and European level as well as managing in large and changing public sector organisations.  She has also worked with businesses across many sectors in Kent and beyond and has served at Board and steering group level on a number of private / public sector companies and ventures.  Theresa has been a Hadlow College Governor for over seven years.

Cedric Porter


Cedric lives in Royal Tunbridge Wells and is an independent agricultural supply chain consultant. He provides agricultural information and support to a range of clients including Marks & Spencer, Massey Ferguson and the RSPB. He also produces a weekly market briefing for the international potato industry. He has edited a number of agricultural magazines in the UK and the Netherlands. In 2012 he was the Chairman of the Oxford Farming Conference and since then he has been appointed a trustee of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and a non-executive director of a Norfolk farming company. He is also a governor of his local primary school.

Harvey Guntrip


Harvey has been a Governor at Hadlow College since 1998. Chair 2003/2013. Hadlow Group Board Member. Chair of Curriculum Committee, Hadlow College. Vice Chair Audit Committee. Founder Governor Hadlow Rural Community School. Chair of Finance HRCS. Member of Strategy Group HRCS. Chair of the Betteshanger Parks Group. Advisor to Betteshanger Parks Ltd. Governor West Kent and Ashford. Safeguarding Lead Governor Hadlow and West Kent and Ashford Colleges. Safeguarding lead Governor HRCS.

Non Executive Director Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS) Chair of Integrated Governance Committee. Vice Chair Audit. Member of Quality Assurance Committee.Chair of Exceptional Treatments Committee. Chair of London Borough of Bromley Health and Wellbeing Committee Mental Health Sub Group. Member of Bromley Integrated Health and Social Care Executive Committee.

Vice Chair Primary Care Joint Committee (Bromley) South East London. Member Committee in Common SEL

Sue Hart


Sue has a BA degree in Law from Durham University. She worked as a solicitor for 35 years and was a senior partner with the Maidstone based legal firm, Brachers LLP. She was head of the agricultural team and a member of its management board. Sue specialised in advice to the agricultural community and wrote regular articles for the magazine, South East Farmer. Sue was a governor of Maidstone Girls Grammar School, OFSTED graded as outstanding, for 10 years. Sue now undertakes historical research, including transcribing documents and writing articles.

Paul Hannan


Group Principal and CEO

Paul began lecturing in further and higher education in 1985 after completing his degree and PGCE in Business Studies. After working in positions at several South Eastern Colleges, he was appointed as Associate Principal of Hadlow College in 2000.

Paul became Principal of Hadlow College in 2005 and successfully managed the College though a period of significant change, culminating in a successful Ofsted Skills Inspection in 2005, which resulted in a ‘good’ grade follow by a further inspection in 2010 when the College was awarded ‘outstanding’ for all its provision. The College has also received ‘outstanding’ grades in 2009 and 2012 for its Ofsted Care Standards Inspection grades.

Over the last two years Paul has worked with the College Executive Team to take over the further education provision at West Kent and Ashford College (formally K College). The Hadlow Group was formed in 2014, which also includes Betteshanger Sustainable Parks and Hadlow Rural Community School.

Paul has been the elected Chair of Landex (Land Based College Aspiring to Excellence) and is still a Board Member. He is also a Board Member of AOSEC and Produced in Kent, and represents the College on numerous other committees including the University of Greenwich Principals’ Strategic Group, KAFEC Principals’ Group and Ofsted South East FE & Skills Stakeholders Board. He is also a Kent Ambassador, as well as a Governor of Hadlow Rural Community School.

George Jessel


George has lived in Kent most of his life and is a ‘Man of Kent’. He farms just over 1,000 acres on the North Downs just outside Ashford. The farm comprises 200 acres of mixed woodland, a restaurant and an office hub of converted farm buildings. The arable enterprise consists of wheat and oilseed rape together with a beef and sheep enterprise. George is a Kent Ambassador and a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and is passionate about all rural issues. He is an Honorary Life Governor of KCAS having served 6 years as Chairman. He is a Patron of Hadlow College, Governor of Hadlow Rural Community School and Chairman of the Wye Agricultural Museum. He is a Court Member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, and Honorary Treasurer of the Farmers Club.  His interests include game conservancy, skiing, photography and travel.

Karen Richardson


Staff Governor

Karen first began her career at West Kent College in 1990 working within the department of Students Services. In her current role Karen is Group Head of Additional Learning Support (ALS). She’s responsible for the strategic planning, organisation and deployment of learning support across the Hadlow Group; West Kent and Ashford College and Hadlow. The Service provides a range of specialist support to students who have a learning difficulty, disability or barrier to learning studying across all curriculum areas from Foundation through to Higher Education.

Karen grew up in the Tonbridge area and studied at Bennett Memorial School in Tunbridge Wells. Her professional qualifications and interests are in the fields of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Deborah Washer


Staff Governor

the College in 2004, when it was part of South Kent College, as the Professional Development Centre project administrator. Since then she has worked as an administrator in many different departments and, for the last four years, has been based at the Ashford campus.

Deborah moved from Lincolnshire to Ashford in 1992. She studied at Haywards Heath Grammar School in Sussex before progressing on to Lewes Technical College, Lincoln Technical College and finally in 1993/4 studied AAT Level 4 at South Kent College in Ashford. 

Outside her college role, Deborah is Hon. Treasurer to two charitable organisations and a respite foster carer for the National Fostering Agency. 

Jon Allen


Independent Clerk to the Governors

Jonathan Allen is the Independent Clerk appointed by the Board of Governors. He's worked in Further Education as a lecturer and progressed to senior lecturer and team leader. After 10 years in further education, Jonathan became a member of the senior management team at a higher education institution where part of his duties involved being the Clerk to the Corporation. Jonathan is now self-employed and undertakes Clerk duties at a number of further education colleges.

Eleanor Crook


Student Governor

Eleanor was born in Ashford Kent and Studies Art and Design Level 3 and is Student Governor at the Ashford Campus, also she is The President of The Student Union as well and Class Rep. She attended  The Towers School and Sixth Form from 2006 to 2013. She is a Member of Ashford Sings Community Choir, which she is strongly committed too and loves very much. She is extremely excited for the New Ashford College Campus being built on Elwick Road. She loves getting involved in raising money for Children with Cancer.

Ellie is a photographer and has her own company called EAC Photography. She also loves Singing and Conducting to Music. She is trained as a cyber-mentor and a peer mentor for radicalisation.

Bob McNicoll


Bob is an investor in cleantech businesses based in the UK and US.  He is primarily involved in private equity funding for SME companies providing electric vehicle technologies including lithium ion battery systems, power electronics, vehicle to grid energy management, and software for control systems and telematics.

He was born into a farming family in Angus, Scotland, being exposed from an early age to the challenges and rewards of mixed arable, livestock and dairy farming.

Bob started his career as a computer science graduate with IBM in London, before working in the field of management consulting, primarily for PricewaterhouseCoopers where he became a partner in 1990 specialising in the retail and distribution industries.

After 28 years in IT and consulting, and having retired from PwC, Bob could pursue his personal interests in renewable energy, emerging technologies and M&A. During the last 12 years, Bob has acquired and built several businesses focused on delivering sustainable solutions through the deployment of emerging technologies, particularly in the fields of intelligent software and low-emission motive power.

Alexia Bohacek

Student Governor

Alexia is a first year A’ level student studying History, English Literature and Film Studies having taken her GCSEs at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Tunbridge Wells. She enjoys debating and holding those in authority to account and has captained the debating society and participated in the national MUNGA Model United Nations programme for schools. Alexia has enjoyed sporting success at both regional and national levels where she captained both the Air Training Corp hockey and netball teams.

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