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Members of the Governing Body work as a team to determine the strategy and future direction of the College.

Please note that governors do not get involved in operational decisions and no individual governors have authority to enter into contracts for the procurement of goods and services. In accordance with agreed protocols, all correspondence to and from governors goes through Anne-Marie Nixon, Director of Governance, at

Geraldine Sloan

Chair of Governors

Geraldine is a Chartered Accountant, who runs her own business, having originally trained and qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Geraldine’s business specialises in the not-for-profit sectors, working with education, charity and pensions clients. More recently she has taken a qualification as a life coach and is keen to use this experience to support local people to meet their aspirations and develop confidence and resilience as well as the skills necessary to access and thrive in aspirational careers.

Geraldine has three grown up children and is looking forward to supporting the College achieve its vision of being the best college in the country..

Mark Robinson

Vice Chair of Governors

Mark has experience of working in many different industry sectors including; Retail Finance (Barclays Bank LC), Heavy Engineering (Network Rail) and Food Retail (Somerfield/The Co-operative Food). He is currently working as a HR Business Partner to three Regional Managers, with the prime focus being on Colleague Engagement, Customer Service and Leadership Development.

Andrew Gibbons

Vice Chair of Governors

Andrew is an experienced senior manager within the telecommunications sector with experience in strategy, planning and leading large operational units. Some of his key expertise includes: business planning, manpower planning, leadership of large organisations and contracts, management information and analysis. He went to school in Bootle and went on to achieve a BA(Hons) Degree in Business Management and an MBA.

Rachael Hennigan

Principal & Chief Executive

Rachael joined Hugh Baird College in February 2020 as Principal and Chief Executive. Rachael has over 15 years’ experience in the further education sector and is no stranger the Liverpool City Region, having grown up in Bootle and completing her A-levels at Hugh Baird College.

Rachael has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the College. She is passionate about ensuring students develop relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to progress in the future.

Pamela Brown


Pamela is chairman, director, trustee or committee member of many organisations, as well as being consulted frequently by many organisations across the country on maritime events. She was appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as a Member (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 1999 for services to the Friends of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Beverley Rice


Beverley is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Advisor and Statutory Auditor. She trained with an international firm of accountants and set up her own practice at the end of 2002 which now has three offices across Merseyside.

Judith Simmons


Judith studied at the Universities of Sheffield and Liverpool before teaching chemistry and physics at Litherland High School where she subsequently spent over 20 years as Deputy Headteacher. Judith is passionate about education and its role in the development of young people and the wider community. She is a proud member of Crosby Macmillan Cancer Support Committee for many years.

Ross Dawson


Ross Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in English at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) where he has worked as an academic since 1994. For many years he acted as a Link Tutor for LJMU validated degree programmes at two colleges. Before coming to Liverpool, he completed his postgraduate work and taught at Purdue University, Indiana, USA.

Lydia Redican


Lydia is an experienced Widening Participation and Outreach Practitioner for the University of Liverpool. She leads large access programmes designed to support young people to transition into higher education and gain access to the professions. Her experience is rooted in both higher and further education and her work has a strong emphasis on collaboration, working with multiple stakeholders across the sector. She leads local programmes as well as hosting national projects, and is currently Chair of the Programme Development Group for the Realising Opportunities Programme.

Keith Lockhart


Keith trained to become a computer programmer at college. He continued his college education, undertaking a range of courses from the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), with whom he is now a fellow member, to welding and learning to play the guitar. Keith has spent most of his working life in financial services and has worked for two globally systemic companies, working in Europe as well as across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Keith has worked in Internal Audit for over 20 years.

Louise Nixon

Staff Governor - Academic

Louise has been a member of staff at Hugh Baird College since 2005, starting her career at the College as a part time lecturer in the Hairdressing department whilst running a salon. Louise found her role as a lecturer extremely rewarding and the following academic year Louise started to study towards her Certificate in Further Education. In 2014 she secured the post of Study Programme Coordinator and was in that post for one year before the opportunity arose for the Study Programme Lead post. Louise held this post for three years and is now Student Engagement Lead. Louise has been the Academic Staff Governor since 2019.

Kevin Rice

Staff Governor - Business Support

Having graduated from university, Kevin began his career with HMRC before progressing to work in the Finance and Marketing departments of two US-based manufacturing companies, which involved extensive travel across Europe and North Africa. Kevin moved back to Merseyside and took on the role of Project Accountant at the College before progressing to his current role of Quality Assurance Officer for Higher Education.

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