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Rod Edwards

Chair of Trustees

Rod is a Chartered Engineer who has had a wide range of experience in public, private and charity sectors.  He joined the Royal Navy after graduating in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London.  After 17 years ashore and afloat, including roles in officers training, project management and the MOD headquarters, he took advantage of a voluntary redundancy scheme to move into a commercial career.  After completing an MBA he worked in a number of global Vice President roles in large US technology-led corporates before becoming the Chief Executive of a number of UK-based technology outsourcing companies.  

On moving to the ‘third sector', he was appointed as Chief Executive of Young Engineers, a national charity that aimed to inspire young people about the potential of careers in engineering.  Living in Portsmouth and passionate about supporting young people in the city, he now has a broad portfolio of voluntary roles, including chairing a housing association for naval veterans and as a governor at Portsmouth College.  He was a member of the UTC Portsmouth Project Steering Group pre-opening, a Trustee since opening and was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in September 2018.


Captain Jim band
Royal Navy

Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

Jim Band joined the Royal Navy in 1982 as an Artificer Apprentice and was Commissioned in 1986, reading for his engineering degree at the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon.  Qualifying as an Air Engineer in 1992 his early career provided a variety of employment including Fixed Wing and Embarked operations, equipment support and engineering policy roles.  On promotion to Lt Cdr in 1998 he became the Support Sponsor (Maritime & Strike) 1 with a broad portfolio of responsibilities which included Future Organic Airborne Early Warning, the Future Carrier Borne Aircraft and Air to Ground Weapons.

Attendance at the Advanced Command and Staff Course was followed by his Charge Appointment as the Air Engineer Officer of 845 Naval Air Squadron which encompassed Operation TELIC in 2003.  Promoted to Commander in 2004 he was appointed as the Deputy Team Leader of the Sea King Integrated Project Team (IPT) with responsibility for airworthiness, support and the capability upgrades for the MoD’s Sea King helicopter Fleet.  

Taking his IPT experience into the Joint Helicopter Command in 2007, he headed the Support Helicopter Role Office with responsibility for the Sea King Mk 4, Chinook, Puma and Merlin Mk 3 operational fleets.  This was followed by his appointment to HMS ARK ROYAL as Cdr AE which encompassed the ship’s transition from the Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) role to Carrier Strike. An assignment to Air Command in 2010 marked his return to Fixed Wing aviation in the Harrier Role Office and this was followed by two years as the F-35C Weapons Systems Manager in the Lightning PT.

Prior to promotion to Captain in January 2015 and assignment as DACOS Branch Management he was the Air Engineering and Survival Equipment Branch Manager. His sojourn into Naval Personnel came to an end in Apr 2016 when he was appointed to JHC as Assistant Head Capability Management and Chief Air Engineer with responsibility to deliver and sustain operationally capable and effective battlefield helicopter, Unmanned Air Systems and air assault assets. He took up his latest assignment as Team Leader of the Royal Navy’s University College Team in January 2019.

He lives with his Wife, Karen, and three children Rebecca, Katie and Amy, in Ilchester, Somerset.  An avid sports spectator his hobbies, if time allows with three daughters, include DIY and reading.


Lynsey plockyn, uop

Lynsey has worked at the University of Portsmouth for twelve years, starting as a Senior Lecturer within the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering and progressing to work as Associate Dean for Students in the Faculty of Technology. In this role Lynsey had responsibility for implementing the strategic direction with respect to student experience in the four schools in the Faculty. Lynsey is currently Head of School, Mechanical and Design Engineering leading a team of academics who teach on a portfolio of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate mechanical engineering and product design courses. In addition staff conduct research in the engineering design, materials performance and bio-engineering within the School.

During her career Lynsey has run a number of projects associated with widening participation in Higher Education. She is passionate about the great potential of a STEM education and the many benefits it can bring.

Trying to encourage young people from non-traditional backgrounds to go to University remains a strong commitment through her outreach work and projects in the community. As does encouraging more young women into engineering and other STEM disciplines where they are under-represented. Lynsey holds a professional doctorate in education from Southampton University, where her thesis examined the transition of students from further to higher education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Dave Goodall

HR Trustee

Chair of Operations Committee

Dave was formally trained as a mechanical engineer before changing career early on for Human Resources and has worked for the last 35 years’ for a number of major engineering organisations including GEC, British Gas, Transco, EEF, Alenia-Marconi, BAE Systems and his current employer Babcock International. Dave has an MBA  as well as Chartered Membership of the Institute of Personnel & Development.

Dave is responsible for the HR Function for Babcock’s Maritime Training business who have since 1998 been the training services provider of choice to the Royal Navy as well as 15 other nations. Operating from 17 sites in the UK, Babcock’s Maritime Training business delivers a full spectrum of training services, from initial career, continuation and collective training across a wide range of naval warfare and engineering disciplines.

Dave has a real passion for promoting careers in engineering to young people and was directly involved in the original UTC bid process which he continues to play an active part in today.  


Dr Tim Madden, QinetiQ

Premises, Health and Safety Trustee

Dr Tim Madden has over 20 years’ experience delivering maritime science and technology, following studies in mathematics at the University of Southampton. He is a Chartered Mathematician and a Member of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications.

In addition to leading technical work, he has been responsible for business development and programme delivery of novel research, underpinning the next generation of complex maritime systems that will be used by the Royal Navy.

Since 2014, Tim has been the Head of Business at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park leading a team of 150 engineers and scientists. As part of the business delivery, Tim holds a duty of care for his team and the workplace which includes a shore integration facility for de-risking the introduction of new equipment into service.


Steven Labedz
Salterns Academy Trust

Chair of Education Committee

Steven is currently Executive Headteacher and CEO of Salterns Academy Trust, a small multi-academy trust based in Portsmouth.

At this moment, Salterns Trust runs two secondary schools, one of which, Admiral Lord Nelson School, where Steven was headteacher for 12 years, sponsors the other one, Trafalgar. Salterns Trust is also the “educational provider” for the exciting UTC Portsmouth project: writing the bid for and designing the curriculum and facilities requirements for this state of the art engineering 14-19 facility.

Steven is also the senior lead for the Solent Maths Hub, sits on the boards of the Portsmouth Education Partnership, the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance and “Shaping Portsmouth”, an alliance of businesses wishing to make a difference in Portsmouth. He also represents all Portsmouth schools on the Children’s Trust Board of the City Council. He is an accredited trainer for the Institute of Education and has worked as a coach and mentor for the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

His passion, after 35 years in education and as a 11-16 phase headteacher, remains  encouraging as many youngsters as possible to fulfil their potential.


Vaughan Meir
BAE Systems

Chair of Audit Committee

Vaughan has over 30 years’ experience working in engineering within the defence industry, having started his career as an engineering apprentice straight from school in 1984. Vaughan has a BEng (hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in a variety of Engineering, Project Management and Operations roles.  His career has included a 3 year secondment with a Joint Venture company in France where he helped develop a revolutionary technology in medium calibre weapon systems. He has also led and managed two large Manufacturing businesses in BAE Systems former Royal Ordnance and Integrated System Technologies businesses.


Vaughan is currently Head of the Engineering function at BAE Systems Maritime Services where he is responsible for the development of engineering early careers capability and talent. He is passionate about attracting the next generation of school children to careers in STEM, and is actively involved in working with organisations focussed on reducing the gender imbalance across engineering.


Ciaran O’Dowda

Ciaran is an experienced leader, advisor, inspector and trainer in education and school leadership. Over the past three decades he has led in a variety of school and college settings.

Ciaran studied at universities in Portsmouth and Bath. His time in industry before teaching took him all over Europe, working as a consultant geologist in the oil industry and as an engineering geologist working on road, bridge and tunnel construction projects.

Ciaran’s priority in education has always been to try and enable students to be excited about the connections between the STEM subjects studied at school or college and the relevance they have to our lives, as well as the wonderful choice of career opportunities available.

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andrew gueterbock

Employer Engagement Trustee

Co-Opted Trustee

After graduating in 1992 from Cambridge with a Master’s in Manufacturing Engineering, Andrew started his career with Proctor & Gamble before moving to consultancy, working on factory start-ups and supply chain projects.

Following a career break as watch-leader in the Clipper '96 Round-the-World Yacht Race Andrew returned to consultancy before embarking on his first eCommerce venture with in 1999. Andrew moved to Eli Lilly in 2001 to set up the UK web and call centre channels before taking various regional and global leadership roles.

For the past few years Andrew has returned to the small business sector working with start-up companies to build their global supply chain and operational processes to support rapid growth. He has come full circle in his current role with manufacturing and product engineering being key areas of focus.

Andrew lives in Southsea and has a son in the sixth form at UTC Portsmouth. His son’s enthusiasm for the college was the catalyst for Andrew to apply to join the board of trustees.


Damien Edmondson

IAG Trustee

Staff Trustee

Damien is an experienced Chemistry teacher who seeks to challenge his students to achieve their greatest potential. He has been a Science Department and Curriculum leader for the past five years in Hampshire and Portsmouth Schools. Damien trained at Bangor University where he studied Chemistry, and Liverpool John Moores where studied Science Education and gained his QTS. Damien has taught across the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand teaching Science to all ages and levels in both college and industry contexts for Land Rover Jaguar.

Recruited to UTC Portsmouth in September 2017 as the Head of Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Physics; he looks to make a powerful impact on the teaching and learning of young scientists in a specialised STEM environment. Damien believes that education is at its greatest when students are fully involved in every aspect of their learning and feel safe to be and express themselves. He is creating dynamic-learning environments, to make Science a live and continuous experience. Through the use of educational theory, virtual learning environments and modern context based lessons he aims to enhance the quality of student engagement and learning that our students receive. Damien was elected as Staff Trustee in May 2018.

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David eminton

Parent Trustee

Safeguarding Trustee

David is a solicitor and partner with Paris Smith LLP where he has worked throughout his professional career. He heads the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department and is a member of its management and environment committees.

David’s legal specialism is in the field of commercial and residential property, technology and construction disputes acting for national and regional corporates as well as private individuals. In this role he has gained experience of risk management, problem solving, negotiation, mediation and dealing generally with a wide range of people, often in difficult circumstances. His focus is on resolving problems through discussion rather than litigation

David has an interest in education and was a non-parent governor for many years at Chandlers Ford Infant School where he was the special needs governor and a member of the buildings committee. He also has a keen interest in science, technology and engineering and alongside law studied science and computing for his degree.

David actively involves himself in charitable fund-raising initiatives including in particular much work for his local community association. He is proud now to be the parent trustee of UTC Portsmouth with an opportunity to assist it in its drive for excellence.

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mike stoneman Portsmouth city council

Mike is currently the Deputy Director of Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council and is responsible for Education and Early Help & Prevention.  Mike has worked for the council for the past nine years, prior to which he was an Area Director for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Learning and Skills Council, responsible for the funding and planning of post-16 education and training in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. 

Mike chairs the Solent Maths Hub Scrutiny Board and is a board member of Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, Portsmouth Education Partnership Strategic Board and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Outside of work Mike has a passion for natural history and sport and is the Captain of South Hants Sitting Volleyball Club.


Co-Opted Trustee

SEN/PP Trustee

Ian Crews is a Lead Training Design Engineer at BAE Systems, Broadoak in Portsmouth working on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship project.  He joined BAE October 2018 after being the inaugural Principal at South Devon UTC (Newton Abbot). He took the project from PSG stage to first OFSTED and is very cognisant of the challenges of being a "New UTC".  South Devon UTC had main partners of University of Exeter, South Devon College, South West Water, Centrax Gas Turbines, MB Aerospace, South West Water and the Environment Agency, alongside being affiliated with the RN. Ian joined the UTC as Principal Designate after having roles as Assistant then Vice Principal at Bodmin College in Cornwall, with roles of Curriculum and Performance Data.  Prior to that he was Head of Mathematics at Liskeard School in Cornwall, after cutting his teeth as a teacher at St Boniface's College in Plymouth.

Ian's early career was as an Artificer in the Royal Navy, serving at Culdrose, Portland, HMS Invincible, Illustrious, Newcastle and Northumberland, latterly as the Flight SMR.  He left the RN in 1995 to go to Exeter University to complete a Mathematics Teaching Degree, which he had started with the Open University.

Ian lives in Looe, Cornwall with his wife Gill and has two daughters who have flown the nest.  He lodges at Anchorage Park during the week and heads South West at weekends. Ian is an avid Sea Kayaker and enjoys walking the Coast of Cornwall with his wife and their 5 dachshunds.