Our governing body

Chair of Governors Alastair Da Costa with students

Alastair Da Costa, Chair of Governors

The Corporation is our governing body and was established in September 1992 under the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992.

The Corporation meets five times a year. Its size and composition is drawn from businesses, community, local authority, students and staff. You can view the Corporation Minutes here.

A number of committees have been established to undertake more detailed work. The committees are:

Audit (terms of reference and minutes)

Curriculum and Quality (terms of reference and minutes)

Finance and Resources Committee (terms of reference and minutes)

Search and Governance (terms of reference and minutes)

Remuneration (terms of reference)

'Governance is highly effective and governors are expert in their roles. They bring to their work a vast range of very valuable life and work experiences and ensure high-quality debate and discussion about mission, vision, strategy, targets and performance. They use their professional skills well in the best interests of the college and students. Governors have taken the lead in the determination of the need, and agreement for collaboration and merger for the Central London College Group.'

2016 Ofsted Report

Members of the Corporation

Alastair Da Costa

Executive Chairman of Warren Partners

Alastair is Executive Chairman of Warren Partners, the independent executive search and leadership consultancy. He is also Chair of the board of City and Islington College, London’s leading further education college. Between 2014 and 2015, Alastair helped set up and was the first Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust International, the charity focusing on youth engagement and employment around the world.

Alastair is a corporate lawyer by background. Over the past 20 years he has previously been a partner, global board member and managing director for Asia Pacific and the Middle East in the international law firm DLA Piper. He remains a consultant with the firm. Alastair is also a governor of the London School of Economics, an independent member of Council of the University of Sussex and a non-executive director of professional rugby union club Yorkshire Carnegie. Alastair has a law degree (LLB) from the University of Leeds, a Master’s in development management (MSc) from the London School of Economics and he is a qualified solicitor.


Amelia Sussman

Investment Director at Impetus – Private Equity Foundation

Amelia is a solicitor by training, qualifying in England in 1982, before spending 8 years abroad. From 1990-2003 Amelia served as chief operating officer for Common Purpose, a social enterprise that delivers leadership development programmes in 35 cities around the world. 

Professor Anthony Smith

Vice Provost, University College London (UCL)

Anthony Smith was appointed Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs) at University College London (UCL) in 2012 where he takes the strategic lead for all matters related to education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Prior to his appointment at UCL he was Principal and Dean for six years at the School of Pharmacy, University of London.  The School merged with UCL in January 2012.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  He is a member of the Health Education England Pharmacy Advisory Group and he co-authored the proposals to reform pre-qualification pharmacy education and training.  He is Chair of Trustees at Pharmacy Research-UK, a Trustee of Villiers Park Education Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Anthony Tomei, CBE

Former Director of the Nuffield Foundation

Anthony was Director of the Nuffield Foundation from 1995 to 2002.  He now has a number of non-executive roles in the fields of science and mathematics education and in the charitable sector.  He is Director of the Salters’ Institute, a trustee of the Bell Foundation, and a visiting Professor at King’s College, London.

David Forrester

Education consultant; director of David Forrester Consulting

David works as an independent education consultant, advising on strategies for FE and HE in the UK and abroad. During his professional career David held a number of senior positions within the civil service, including the Director for Further Education and Youth Training at the Department for Education and Employment (1995 – 2001).

David Gilbertson

Consultant and Former chief executive of Emap

David was the Chief Executive of the publishing group Emap, a jointly owned subsidiary of the private equity firm Apax Partners and Guardian Media Group. Before this he was the Chief Executive of Informa plc, one of the country’s largest media businesses and a member of the FTSE 120 group.

Fiona Thompson


Fiona is a freelance Economic Consultant, focusing mainly on the energy sector, development, restructuring and foreign direct investment. She qualified as a chartered accountant and worked for over ten years at the international auditing firm Arthur Andersen, and had was responsible for a wide range of overseas assignments.

Kate O'Rourke

(Vice Chair) Senior counsel at Charles Russell

After qualifying as a solicitor in Australia, Kate worked for three years in Sydney before moving to New York to work for the Australian Consulate. After a year in the United States she moved to London and re-qualified as an English solicitor. She now advises businesses and individuals on protecting and enforcing their trademarks, domain names, designs and copyright. In January 2016, Kate recieved an MBE for services to Further Education in the New Year honours list.

Sarah Jones

Chair of Digital Outreach Ltd

Deputy Chair of Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS FT

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Economics and Management, Sarah joined British Aerospace and spent 15 years working in various roles across the group covering project management of complex military systems, international contract negotiations and senior corporate posts. Sarah has also worked as the CEO of Learndirect Ltd which provides e' learning to adults across the UK.

Kay Willis

Chief People Officer for Hogan Lovells

Kay Willis has more than 25 years of experience of HR within professional services firms. She is currently the Chief People Officer for Hogan Lovells, a major global law firm. Based in London, she has overall responsibility for the HR, Recruitment and Learning & Development functions across the firm. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, she was an HR Director at Andersen.

Leisha Fullick

Chair of the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

From 2003 to 2008 Leisha was Pro-Director of the Institute of Education, where she was responsible for establishing the London Centre for Leadership in Learning. Between 1996 and 2002 she was the Chief Executive of Islington Council where she was responsible for turning around the performance of a failing authority and stabilising its finances.

Lela Kogbara

Assistant chief executive (Strategy & Community Partnerships) London Borough of Islington

Lela is a qualified accountant with a first degree in zoology. She has substantial experience of managing a range of professional areas including finance, human resources, estates, contracts, information technology, research and statistics, ethnic minority achievement, media relations and communications.

Richard Watts

Leader of Islington Borough Council

Richard has lived in Islington for 15 years, representing Tollington ward in the north of Islington since 2006. He has been leader of Islington Council since October 2013 and served as Executive Member of Children and Families from May 2010 and Executive Member for Finance and Performance from May 2013.

Sean Kennedy 

CEO of Moreland Investments Ltd

Sean worked in construction and property management before becoming CEO of a company that purchases and rents out residential property in North London and Essex.

In 2010 Sean was awarded the UK and Ireland Communicator of the Year award.



Dr Ramin Narimani

Whole Staff Governor

Ramin is a PhD Graduate of the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He has worked in the Education sector for almost 15 years, holding the positions of head of department and Vice Dean at the University. He is currently a curriculum Manager in the Centre for Applied Sciences. 

Winston Scotland

Staff Governor

Winston has gained valuable experience through teaching in different subject areas to a wide range of ages and abilities. In 2013 he was appointed Curriculum Manager for English and Maths at the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


Student governors

'Student governors make a particularly good contribution to the work and effectiveness of the governing body.'

2016 Ofsted Report

Daniel Nikolla

Student Union Higher Education President 

Daniel is an international student from Tirana, Albania. He first came to England in September 2013 to study advanced English as a foreign language, and then in September 2014 enrolled on the College’s Creative Media Production HND.

He is the College’s Higher Education Student Union President and plays an active part in student movements across the UK.

Daniyal Aslam

Student Union Further Education President

Daniyal enrolled at the College in September 2014 and studies A levels in Music Technology, English Literature and Media Studies at the Sixth Form College. Daniyal’s work runs far beyond that of his A Levels, he is very active in helping other students, taking part in various activities and is always looking to make a difference. He was elected as Student Union Further Education President in May 2015.


Principal Sir Frank McLoughlin CBE

Sir Frank McLoughlin is the Principal of City and Islington College. The College is graded good by Ofsted and was the first College to be twice awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize, for Further and Higher Education.  Frank was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2009. In 2012 Frank was appointed by the Minister for FE and Skills to Chair the Independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL). The Commission report “It’s about work” was published on 25 March 2013. In 2015 he knighted in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Deputy principals

Anna Douglas

Deputy Principal for Curriculum and Quality

Anna studied for an MA at the Institute of Education and Goldsmiths and has worked full time as a Social Science PGCE tutor.

Anna has been Deputy Director of the Sixth Form College and in 2011 became Director of the Centre for Applied Sciences.

In 2014, Anna was appointed Deputy Principal for Curriculum and Quality for the whole of the College.

Paul Stephen 

Deputy Principal, Strategic and Commercial Development

Paul has recently joined City and Islington as Deputy Principal; Commercial and Strategic Development.

He joins us from Westminster Kingsway College, where he created and led the delivery of the college’s estates strategy. He steered the college to five successive years of “Outstanding” financial health, helping to use the college’s improved finances to catalyse improvements in the quality of teaching and learning, and extend the range of curriculum specialisms including construction; Facilities Management; Key Stage 4; and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD).

Before entering Further Education, Paul was a corporate finance partner at Deloitte, delivering over £10bn of public private partnerships; founded an investment company focused on accelerating the value and speed of public infrastructure projects; and spent a decade at the Audit Commission researching and delivering national value for money studies.