Governance of iMET
iMET is a joint venture company owned by Cambridge Regional College and Peterborough Regional College.
A key aspiration of the company is to extend access to technical training across the whole of the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough region, and as such strong governance and support from the two key further education colleges is essential.
The iMET board is comprised of representatives of Cambridge Regional College, Peterborough Regional College, and members of industry representing the key sectors iMET seeks to support.
Managing Director, iMET
Jo Sainsbury is the Managing Director of iMET, a new advanced technical centre in Cambridgeshire, providing innovative training to the built environment, manufacturing and technology sectors.
Jo, who has extensive experience of the engineering industry and a passion for emerging technologies, is a former Associate Director at Arup, where she led multi-disciplinary engineering teams designing commercial, residential and sports projects. She has spent 16 years as a structural engineer in the building industry and has worked on many UK and international projects; including projects such as Eton Manor, the wheelchair tennis venue for London 2012, commercial development The Walbrook, City of London, and Kensington Oval Cricket Ground, Barbados.
Throughout her career, Jo has always been passionate about the coordination of all engineering disciplines with the architectural intent, to achieve successful buildings which are appropriate for those who will live, work and study in them.
Following completion of a post-graduate masters at University of Cambridge in Inter Disciplinary Design for the Built Environment, Jo then joined the industry advisory panel to help shape future development of the course. In recent years, Jo has been involved in the development of future talent through both graduate recruitment and development of an internal apprenticeship training programme at Arup.
In taking up the role of Managing Director at iMET, Jo is keen to bring her expertise from industry into the training arena and create an innovative training model which is responsive and agile, ensuring the needs of local businesses are met both now and in the future.
Kevin DohertyManaging Director, Codem Composites Ltd
Managing Director, Codem Composites Ltd
Kevin Doherty is the Managing Director of Codem Composites, an engineering firm firmly at the forefront of carbon fibre component manufacture, serving the motorsport, satellite communications industry as well as other commercial and bespoke applications.
Kevin has over 25 years of experience at Senior Management and Board level within the Composites Industry. His expertise lies in developing innovative manufacturing methodologies to the Composites industry and cross-pollination of materials and techniques across market sectors.
Kevin was previously a member of the Management Board of the Nottingham Technology Ventures whose function was to de-risk technology developed by Nottingham University in order to create revenue streams for the University through licencing, or organisation spin-offs.
Passionate about hiring and developing young talent, Kevin has been a keen supporter of iMET since its inception and has worked with both Peterborough Regional College and iMET to develop a bespoke Composite Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship. It was as a result of this close partnership, that Kevin was invited earlier this year to join the iMET board to continue to provide advice and guidance on the strategic direction of iMET.
In his spare time, Kevin is also an active member of the World Frog Racing Championships committee which is an annual fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Dr Mary KiernanExecutive Educational Consultant
Dr Mary Kiernan
Executive Educational Consultant
EUR ING DR MARY KIERNAN PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS
As an academic Mary has extensive experience of both HE and FE senior management in a wide variety of roles spanning lecturer, Programme Leader, Deputy Head of Department and Director of Quality. Her industry experience is as a consultant, working at an executive level to support organisations to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. In her capacity as an educational consultant she works with academic institutions to enable them to identify strategies to optimise retention and achievement by utilising innovative techniques and technologies.
Passionate about education, Mary is a trustee of a multi academy trust, secondary school governor and more recently Chair of the Curriculum Standards and Quality of Peterborough Regional College. As a member of the British Computer Society Academic Accreditation Committee she is part of a team that visits Universities and other Higher Education Institutions to review computing courses to support them and to enable them to meet the requirements for professional accreditation. Additionally, she has prior experience as an Assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency and external verifier for EdExcel qualifications.
Mary’s research interests cover digital learning and the use of gamification to contribute towards the creation of community of learners by encouraging specific behaviours, improved motivation and thereby increasing positive engagement.
Greg HanrahanManaging Director, Business Services, Peterborough Regional College
Joss AndersonLearning and Organisation Development Specialist
Learning and Organisation Development Specialist
Joss Anderson, BSc, FCIPD, ACC is a Learning and Organisation Development specialist, with experience of working at a senior level both in-house and as an external consultant to help organisations across public, private and non-profit sectors to develop their workforce and build a culture of learning and engagement.
Joss specialises in building engagement through leadership development and the creation of high performing teams aligned to business priorities. She is an International Coach Federation accredited business coach, with over 15 years’ experience of working as a Coach with individuals and groups and developing in-house coaching and mentoring programmes within organisations. In previous roles, Joss has also established apprenticeship programmes for two local employers and has a good knowledge of post-16 vocational education from an employer’s perspective.
Martin Doel CBEGovernor and Chair Commercial Strategy Committee, Cambridge Regional College
Martin Doel CBE
Governor and Chair Commercial Strategy Committee, Cambridge Regional College
Martin Doel was appointed as the first Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at University College London (Institute of Education) in April 2016 after having previously been the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) from 2008. He is also a Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Post-14 Education and Work. Prior to this Martin served for 28 years in the Royal Air Force where his final appointment was as Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services, working in the Ministry of Defence, the largest employer of apprentices in the UK.
Martin’s particular research interests at UCL (IOE) are concerned with the distinctive contribution that further education can make to national prosperity and individual well-being, and the leadership challenges facing further education providers of all kinds. His inaugural professorial lecture in February 2018 was concerned with the need for individual further education providers to more clearly define the distinctive contribution that they might most effectively make locally and nationally. His most recent publication is entitled ‘Technical Education; A Defining Role for Further Education Colleges?’
Martin is a Trustee of the Royal Society for Blind Children and of The Challenge, a social integration charity delivering the National Citizen Service and a member of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ Audit and Risk Committee. As a Trustee of the Challenge, he acted as mentor to the Charity’s work in delivering the Work Placements pilot in 2017/18on behalf of the Department for Education.
Rebecca BrittonCommunities and Partnerships for Urban & Civic
Communities and Partnerships for Urban & Civic
Rebecca is leading the Economic Development and Partnerships work for the owner and developer of Alconbury Weald, Urban&Civic. As part of the 1425 acre development, Urban&Civic are working with the local authorities and key economic partners to develop nearly 3 million sq ft of commercial buildings, focussed on manufacturing, engineering, and digital technology. The Enterprise Campus is defining and building a new economic space between the global dynamism and innovation of Cambridge and the rich manufacturing history and cutting edge industries in Huntingdon and Peterborough.
Rebecca leads Urban&Civic’s Partnership and Communities teams, with a widespread remit of building business and residential communities across the company’s 3 Cambridgeshire development sites at Alconbury, St Neots, and Waterbeach, north of Cambridge. She coordinates the company’s approach to jobs and skills across their own construction and engineering supply chain and the local drive to upskill local people and inspire the next generation to benefit from the economic opportunities being created on their doorstep.
With a varied background which has taken in Duxford’s Imperial War Museum, the Forestry Commission, and working in regional and national Government, Rebecca has found her niche with Urban&Civic, transforming old airfields into stunning, sustainable places to live and work, make and grow. Urban&Civic gifted the land for IMET, as it recognises the vital role of investment in skills, and believes IMET is perfectly placed to form robust partnerships with businesses to bake in and deliver sustainable skills strategies which can transform the area and key industries to be an important part of the regional powerhouse. Rebecca will continue to play her role in supporting the Centre to achieve that vision.
John TurzynskiSenior Consultant, Arup
Senior Consultant, Arup
John Turzynski is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer having graduated from Imperial College in London.
He joined the firm in 1977 and has served as a Director for 20 years. He is now a Senior Consultant to Arup. He has worked in the UK, the USA, Zambia and Australia. He has held region Board positions in the US and UK and other senior leadership positions in the firm including the chair of the Corporate Services Board and a member of the Management Board.
He has led multidiscipline project teams on a variety of projects including Euston Station, HS2 Ltd; King’s Cross Station, Network Rail; King’s Cross St Pancras Underground Station, London Underground Ltd; Crossrail; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California; the Royal Opera House Development, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex; and Portcullis House, Westminster.
John is a past-Chair of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and served as a CBI London Councillor.
John was awarded the Major Projects Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering for Arup’s work at King’s Cross and won the ACE Ambassador of the Year Award 2018 for Exceptional Leadership.