Rod EdwardS  Safeguarding and pastoralRo

Rod Edwards

Chair of Trustees

Safeguarding Trustee

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 David Joyce
Royal Navy

Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

Curriculum Trustee

David Joyce joined the Royal Navy in 1988 and served in a variety of ships and training establishments during the first stage of his career as an Engineer Officer.  Since promotion to Commander in 2010, he has specialised in Human Resources with successive assignments responsible for training requirements, engineering training delivery, strategic HR and financial planning.  In addition to his engineering degree, he holds Master’s degrees in Science (Defence Simulation and Modelling), Philosophy (by research) and Arts (Defence Studies), is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  He was a member of the Corporation (governing body) of Havant Sixth Form College between 2014 and 2017.  

Promoted to Captain in April 2017 he now heads the team responsible for the Royal Navy’s engagement with University Technical Colleges and their equivalents across the UK, and the Royal Navy’s contribution to the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to young people.


Mark Cooper, uop

Mark joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016. Previously, he was employed as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Higher Education at Wiltshire College based at their Salisbury campus and 3 other large FE Colleges in England. Each time as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT). He has an MA in Leadership, Management & Professional Practice at the University of Chester.

Mark is a performing artist by training and worked professionally in the industry for a number of years before moving into the education sector and has worked at 3 further education colleges since 2001, each time with responsibility for post 16 curriculum and higher education. Committed to education at all levels he has also been a governor at a secondary school academy in Fareham and at the South Wiltshire University Technical College in Salisbury.

Mark was appointed as Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Partnerships) at the University of Portsmouth. He is responsible for developing and enhancing links with schools and colleges to encourage progression routes into Higher Education, including areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


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

Teaching Standards Trustee

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.


Beverley Pennekett PCC

Finance Trustee

Bev is an accountant with 30 years' experience in both the public and private sectors.

After a career break to spend time with her two children, she rejoined Portsmouth City Council, working in a variety of roles. She moved across to education finance in 2001 and quickly discovered a passion for education. She managed the finance team dealing with Portsmouth's schools as well as children's social care until 2012, when she was seconded to the Department for Education for more than three years to consult on the school funding reforms.

On her return to Portsmouth,  she has reduced to part time hours and works on a variety of projects, including providing financial support to UTC Portsmouth. She retains a keen interest in education and is a governor at another Portsmouth school.


Vaughan Meir
BAE Systems

 SEN Trustee

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

Parent 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.