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Mr Paul Jagger MBE

External Governor







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Ms Melanie Allen

Staff Governor

​Paul became Chair of the Corporation in July 2013.  He has been Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bradford since April 2006, until summer 2015 and was Chair of the university Council from 1 August 2006.  Educated in Halifax and serving an apprenticeship as a plumber in Halifax in the early 1960s, Paul was a late entrant to higher education, having studied Contemporary History and Politics at Salford University in the 1980s.   He was Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress for Yorkshire and the Humber for 19 years until October 2005 and was also the President of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in its 150th year during 2006/07.


Paul has also served on the Committee of University Chairs, Chair of the Consultative Council of UCAS and a member of the national negotiating team at UCEA, for the University sectors pay and conditions. He is also currently President of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of commerce and chairs the employers' panel at NEST (National Employers Savings Trust).



Melanie has been the Learning Support Manager at Thomas Rotherham College for fifteen years. This involves responsibility for providing individual support packages for students with specific learning difficulties and developing literacy, numeracy and language across the college. Prior to her appointment at Thomas Rotherham College, Melanie enjoyed a wide and varied career in teaching across all sectors including: further education colleges, secure education, schools, community education, universities and 1-1 specialist support. Melanie was appointed as Staff Governor in October 2013.




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Mr Russell Gray

Staff Governor

Russell joined the staff at Thomas Rotherham College in June 2005 after 24 years in the British Army culminating for the last 15 years of that in a senior management position responsible for the training, career and welfare of military musicians.

He has a keen interest in music still and is involved in playing and conducting brass bands and orchestras when time permits and also enjoys sport mainly football and cricket.

Russell was appointed a staff governor in July 2015.



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Mr Tony Grice

Foundation Governor

Tony Grice was educated at Rotherham Grammar School, and, though not a former student of TRC himself, was in the Sixth Form in 1967 at the inception of TRC. He studied Modern History at Durham University and then trained to become a Chartered Accountant. He moved to Allotts, Chartered Accountants in Rotherham and Doncaster, becoming a partner in 1978 and spending his career as a business, taxation, and financial advisor.

He was a tutor in accountancy at Sheffield University for a while, and was President of the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants. He served on a number of advisory Committees at the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He has a keen interest in most sports, mainly hockey, cricket, and football. As a Feoffee of the Common Lands of Rotherham, he became a Foundation Governor in 2014, renewing his association with the College after a lapse of 46 years! His wife Jan, a retired teacher, was herself a student at TRC. They live in Wickersley and have 3 adult children.

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Mr Ricky Leith

Student Governor



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Mr Timothy Mulroy

Foundation Governor








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Ms Bryony Reynolds

Student Governor



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Cllr David Roche

External Governor




Ricky is studying Psychology, Sociology and Sociology, with the hopes of moving onto further education to study psychology at the University of Edinburgh, to ultimately become a clinical psychologist.


His interest in the college system began when he joined Student Crew, in which he has taken a leadership position so that Crew runs smoothly and events are organised properly. He hopes to continue aiding the college through his role as Student Governor.





Tim was educated at Oakwood Comprehensive School and TRC. He studied Telecommunications & Electronics at Salford University, and after graduating, he joined GEC Telecommunications in the North East of England as a Research and Development Engineer. After completing a Master's degree in Microelectronics at the University of Durham, he became a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. In addition to teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes in Sheffield, he teaches on SHU degree courses in London, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. He is the vice-chairman of the University Collaborative Standing Panel, which approves programmes of study with academic partners in the UK and overseas, and he has worked as a consultant at Staffordshire, Northumbria, Sunderland, Edge Hill and Liverpool John Moore's Universities.

He has a keen interest in sport, and he represented TRC in rugby, cricket and volleyball. He is a former Chairman of Rotherham Round Table and Rotherham Continuity Club. He and his wife Angela have four grown up children, who all attended Oakwood and TRC.



Bryony is a former student of Wath-Comprehensive School and is currently studying Geology, Geography, Spanish and Religious Studies. Her ambition is to study Geology MGEOL and BSc (Hons) Geography at Plymouth University.

Her interests in the college system began in "Crew" by organising Charity events as well as encouraging current secondary school students to attend Thomas Rotherham College after they have left their current school.




David was educated at Burford Grammar school and at Leeds. He then went on to take a Masters Degree at Bradford University. His professional background is in Education and he has been Head at two High schools and Interim/Executive Head of two others where he was asked to go into two failing schools. He moved on to becoming a National Challenge Adviser working in 4 different LA’s as well as undertaking private consultancy/training work in a large number of schools and involvement as Governor Advisor for Head teacher’s Performance Management. He then worked with the DfE as an Adviser to 12 northern Local Authorities which involved working in all phases of education including FE and Sixth-Form Colleges. This is David’s second stint as a TRC Governor, previously he served as a parent governor – three of his children had a successful time at TRC. Currently he is Chair of the Health and Well Being Board in Rotherham as well as being Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health. He sits on the TRC Board as an external member recommended by RMBC.



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Ms Alison Todd

External Governor



Alison is a qualified post-14 teacher who has worked in Further Education for nine years as an English specialist (among other teaching roles) teaching on Functional and GCSE courses. She currently teaches students between the ages of 16 and 116 (although the oldest so far was 92) within a vocational establishment and in the community.  Alison previously worked for Mencap as a Lead Coordinator in the Education and Employment Sector teaching English and employment skills to help them move into work.  Alison joined the Corporation in December 2012.

Within her current establishment, Alison is also an ATL and AMiE Union Learning Branch Representative, working with ATL, AMiE and the college to support all staff to access relevant and interesting Continued Professional Development. Outside of work, she has a keen interest in gym classes, cinema, shopping and holidays abroad.



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Mrs Sue Martin

Clerk to the Corporation


Sue joined the Corporation as Clerk in October 2014. Following her time at Nottingham Trent University Sue spent 12 years working for Sheffield City Council, four years with Housing Services before becoming an Internal Auditor for eight years. Opting for voluntary severance in 2012, an 18 month return to student life followed (to pursue a personal ambition to study photography), alongside working as the Clerk to Governors for two Rotherham primary schools. Sue is now enjoying her role as Clerk to the Corporation for TRC.