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Our Trustees/Governors

We are delighted to share with you some information about our Trustees (or Governors) and what inspires them to be involved in education.

If you would like to get in contact with a Trustee, please see the UTC office.

We will also be seeking to elect our very first parent governor/trustees soon, if you might be interested please let the business manager know.

Mark Cooper – Appointed by Members, Elected Chair by Trustees

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.

Captain David Joyce Royal Navy – appointed by Members, Elected Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

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.

Dave Goodall – BAE Systems – (also Member representative)

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, the last of which is BAE System who he joined in 2001. Dave has an MBA  as well as Chartered Membership of the Institute of Personnel & Development.

Up until 2017 Dave also had overall responsibility for the Education and Early Careers portfolio within the BAE Systems Maritime Services business. These responsibilities included external education liaison as well as responsibility for skills development, graduate and apprentice schemes including operation of the Skills Development Centre based in Portsmouth Dockyard. Dave is also the current BAE Systems representative on the Shaping Portsmouth Education Stream.  

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, appointed by Members

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.

Rod Edwards – appointed by Members

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 Chief Executive of UK-based technology outsourcing companies.  On moving to the ‘third sector’, he was appointed as Chief Executive of Young Engineers, a longstanding national charity that aims 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 small portfolio of voluntary roles, including chairing a housing association for naval veterans and as a governor at Portsmouth College.

Steven Labedz, (also Member representative)

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 – appointed by Members

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.

Fiona Haynes –  appointed by Members

Fiona is a marine engineer and project manager who joined the Royal Navy straight from school. On completion of her initial officer training, she was sponsored to read Engineering at Cambridge University before completing her naval engineering training at HMS Sultan (Gosport) and aboard various ships. Since completing her first sea job onboard HMS Ocean, she has worked in a variety of roles, including visiting schools in the East and South-East of England talking about the role of the Royal Navy and encouraging take up of engineering careers. She also managed the engineering shore support of two Type 23 Frigates in Plymouth, including both proactive maintenance planning and reactive repairs. Since January 2015, she has been project manager for the establishment of UTC Portsmouth and will continue to be loaned to the UTC as the inaugural Business Manager in year 1. A keen runner and former bob-sledder, Fiona is now a mother to two young children and is passionate about creating a diverse education landscape for future generations.

Ciaran O’Dowda – Principal, ex officio Trustee

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.