Russ Murch, Chair
I have worked in the print trade for the last 22 years starting as a school leaver at 16. I have worked in all areas of the industry culminating in me setting up my own company 12 years ago. I have been fortunate enough to grow and expand my companies over the years and am now the Managing Director of Pure Point of Sale Ltd who service a number of Blue Chip Retailers in the UK and Europe and we have experienced great success and growth over the last few years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and gardening.
Charlie Styles has been vicar of Lutterworth since 2013. He plays a role in the governance of Sherrier Primary School, St Mary’s School Bitteswell and the Lutterworth Academies Trust. Charlie has a heart for all the people of Lutterworth, whether or not they share his faith in Jesus Christ. He has been a significant part of starting the Lutterworth and Villages food bank and plays a number of different roles in the wider community.
I have been a school governor for 8 years. My two children attended Lutterworth College. I am a qualified teacher and have taught in 11-19, 14-19, schools and an FE college. I have also worked for the Premier League, as a Chief Examiner at GCSE and A level and as an External Verifier for NOCN, as a consultant for Edexcel, and as an NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier in the workplace. In my spare time I enjoy making and decorating celebration cakes, floral art, reading and looking after my grandchildren.
I have been a Governor of Lutterworth College for 21 years, starting as an elected parent and currently as a Community Governor and Chairman for the last 10 years. I work in the voluntary sector as Manager of the Volunteer Centre, Lutterworth – a volunteering development agency and provider of direct services with volunteers in the local community. Chairman of the One Stop Shop which is the home of the Voluntary Sector in the area – a co-operative where voluntary community sector organisations share resources and work collaboratively. Past Trustee Director of Homestart
Leicestershire. Past Chairman of the Leicestershire County COMPACT Implementation Group.
A track record of being successful in a variety of funding bids for specific projects. Before entering the Voluntary Sector I was Sales and Marketing Manager for a small company in management Education in partnership with Leicester University which involved regular trips to South Asia. Prior to that I worked for Mr. Kipling Cakes for 14 years in various positions. My final post being Supply Liaison Manager responsible for Forecasting and Customer Services for the company. Other interests 6 Grandchildren all living locally, keeping fit, walking and swimming.
Helen Christie, Vice Chair
I started as Foundation Governor for the College in September 2016 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2017. Previous to this I was Chair of Governors at Gilmorton Chandler Primary school for four years and served another five years there before that. I am a trained Primary School teacher and have worked in London, Italy, Nottingham and Leicestershire. I took time out to have my children who are both in secondary education now, one of whom attends the College. I currently work part time at Lifeplan Products, Lutterworth, in the finance department. My hobbies/interests are running, skiing, reading and supporting my husband and daughters at canoeing events.
Nina Woodcock, Vice Chair
I retired in 2016 from the Education Funding Agency of the DfE where I provided support and advice on ICT procurement to proposer groups for Free Schools, University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools. I was previously Head of Capital Programmes at Becta (government education and technology agency which was closed in 2011). Originally a science teacher, I taught in Kenya in the 1980s and then in Derbyshire and Leicester before changing career to work in ICT in education: initially as the technical manager and project director of an ICT training provider before moving to Becta to work on the Academies programme. I believe my wide ranging experience in the education world and up to date knowledge of current government capital programmes for schools is of great benefit to the governing body.
I’m married with two children. We moved to Lutterworth twelve years ago from Lancashire. My eldest is a pupil at Lutterworth College and my youngest attends Lutterworth High School. Prior to joining the governing body at the College I was a governor at John Wycliffe Primary School for eight years and the Chair of Governors there for the final three years. I’m a qualified accountant and the finance director of a Coventry based national charity that develops and operates retirement villages. Prior to that, I worked in the regional press for twenty years. In my spare time I try and run (badly) and enjoy family time.