Roger Morris

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.


Dalia Smith

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.     

Alex Hall

Position: Company Secretary

Appointed: October 2017

Skill sets: education law (both secondary and higher education); strategic school leadership; school and corporate governance; dispute resolution; intellectual property law.

Summary:  Alex is currently Acting Director of Legal & Compliance Services and University Solicitor at the University of Hertfordshire.  He specialises in education law, in both the secondary and higher education sectors.  Alex previously worked for nearly a decade in the City of London, focusing on high-profile commercial litigation, but his focus is now on university and corporate governance, intellectual property, dispute resolution and commercial work.  In addition, Alex has been Chair of Governors at Beaumont School in St Albans (Ofsted Outstanding, March 2014) since March 2013, and a school governor since 2010.  In November 2016, Alex was named Outstanding Governor of the Year by the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors.  Alex grew up in Hertfordshire and studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford. He is an avid musician, having held organ scholarships as a student in Edinburgh and Oxford.  Alex’s choral compositions have been published by Banks Music Publications and Stainer & Bell.


Dominic Bygate 

Position: Learning and Teaching Specialist, University of Hertfordshire

Appointed: October 2017

Skill sets: Curriculum Design and Delivery, Assessment and Feedback, Technology Enhanced Learning, Management of Change

Summary: An educational professional with 30 years experience of teaching, leading, developing and managing change in education


Claire Charles

Position: Parent Governor

Appointed: October 2017

Skill sets: I have worked in Education for 17 years and my areas of expertise  are in emotional wellbeing, safeguarding and supporting young people with learning and behavioural challenges.  I already have experience of being a Primary school governor and so I understand the commitment and dedication needed to fulfil this role.   I believe with my experience I can support staff in ensuring that students not only achieve well academically but leave EUTC as well-rounded, happy and confident individuals.  

Summary:  My son has just started Elstree UTC in Year 10 and to be honest I don’t know who was more excited, me or him!   I only wish these opportunities were available when I was at school.  

I am passionate about helping young people reach their full potential and believe they  achieve their best when they are happy, engaged and feel safe.  I see it as a privilege to represent parents as a Governor and I will work hard to help build on the  positive foundation that staff and students have already  laid at the College.     I also hope to be a voice for parents, challenging where necessary, and making sure parent’s views are always taken into consideration.

Lucy Insua

Anne Lean

EUTC Staff Governor

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David Zerafa

EUTC Staff Governor


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.