Position: Chair of Governors and founding member of EUTC trustees.
Appointed in 2013.
About Me: Managing Director of one of the worlds most famous Film and TV studios Elstree Studios, former owner of Teddington Studios. Producer of first ever programme commission for Channel 4, Former Manager of The Young Vic. Producer/Director Film and TV.
Industry Link: Managing Director of Elstree Studios
Relevant business interests: Film and TV production, Royal Opera House Bridge, Royal Television Society, British Academy Film and Television Arts, British Film Institute, CBI.
Experience: 45 years working in Film TV and Theatre industry, Education included University of Sussex and London Film School.
Position: Deputy Chair of Governors and Dean of School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire. Appointed in 2016. UH staff member since 1996.
About Me: Key experience and strengths – educational strategy, leadership and management, curriculum and portfolio, employability. Creative arts and industries in particular visual arts, design, media production, music technology and art therapy.
Skill sets: Education, Employability and Enterprise, Creative Industries, Educational Management and Leadership, Policy and Strategy in relation to Education including Higher Education. Expertise in relation to Quality Assurance and Enhancement at national level, including audit. Staff development in education. Technical resources and technical management for creative arts education. International and regional partnerships between education and industry organisations, and education to education arrangements.
Relevant (business) interests: Director and Trustee of Digswell Arts Trust, Steering Group for International Research Institute Letchworth, Vice Chair and Executive of Council for Higher Education for Art and Design, overview of conferences and national leadership development, Quality Assurance Agency national benchmarking group for Art and Design.
Position: Parent Governor.
Appointed in 2016.
About Me: A mother of three with my eldest attending Elstree UTC since September 2014. My son, in Elstree UTC, in year 12 (his third year at the school) and my daughter will join the school in September 2017. I am passionate about the school and its ethos, ensuring educational opportunities are maximised for children of all abilities and backgrounds.
Skill sets: My own background is a company director in the finance/legal sector, I have two law degrees. My LLM is in E Commerce, Data Protection and Copyright. In addition, I am a published children’s book author with three new books due to be published later on in the year. More recently, a mum manager to my daughter’s growing music career.
Being one of the parents in the school also contributes to my ability as a Parent Governor to understand the many challenges the school faces, in particular as the college is in its infancy and is a fresh/new concept. I aim to apply my energy, enthusiasm and experience to help overcome these challenges and achieve the progress the school/students aspire to.
I believe Elstree UTC has an amazing optimistic and bright future and I see it as a privilege to contribute to the ongoing work with staff, parents and students as well as the local community to ensure we become an outstanding school with real results and aspirational fulfilment while creating job opportunities in the industry allowing students and staff to achieve their full potential.
Position: Governor and Human Resources Director for Ambassador Theatre Group.
Appointed in 2013.
Skill sets: Programme Management, Reward, Business Restructure & Transformation, Learning & Development.
Relevant business interests: Diversity, Young People in business, Mentoring
Summary: An HR professional with over 25 years industry experience in food manufacturing, fashion, financial services and entertainment.
THE ELSTREE UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE TRUST
EUTC is managed by The Elstree University Technical College Trust. The trust was founded by Elstree Studios, the University of Hertfordshire and David Meller. The EUTC Trust is supported by the Danes Educational Trust and is part of the Hertfordshire and Bucks Teaching Schools Alliance.
Elstree Studios has firmly established itself as the number one Film and Television Studio in London. In its 90 year history, Elstree has been the studio of choice for many legendary producers and directors from Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick to Danny Boyle, Tom Hooper, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn. Over 800 feature films, and similar numbers of television programmes, have been produced at Elstree Studios, as such Elstree Studios are able to give Elstree UTC students access to a plethora of industry experiences.
The University of Hertfordshire was the 2010 Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year and a leader in the specialisms that Elstree UTC’s offers. The University will offer the use of facilities, master classes, visiting lecturers and student mentors. UH is in an ideal position to support Elstree UTC's specialism with their purpose-built Digital Facilities Building and Art and Design buildings which have excellent resources for CAD and modelling, digital animation, rapid prototyping, web software and moving image work. The School of Creative Arts has Skillset Media Academy status and offers expertise in animation, visual effects, model-making, special effects, interactive media, film and video production, photography, digital design and production and visualisation.
David Meller is a non-executive board member at the Department for Education. David is joint chairman of the Meller Group and is the chair of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and the Apprenticeship Delivery Board.
The Danes Educational Trust is a small multi academy trust in Hertfordshire. Their first school, St Clements Danes, is an outstanding secondary school and sixth form and the NLE (National Leader in Education) for Hertfordshire. They support EUTC by providing consultancy and educative services.