Meet Our Governors

Boston College's Governing Body is made up of a group of people from a variety of different sectors of the local community as well as College staff members and current students.

The College Governors make an important contribution to the life of the College and its students, helping to ensure that it is well run and meeting the needs of the local community.

Boston College - Board Members Declarations of Interest 2023-24


Boston College Governor David Earnshaw

David Earnshaw, Chair of Corporation

Parkinson Harness Technology
David graduated within an Engineering Degree from Bristol University in 1987 and since then has been working in the UK manufacturing sector. Starting at the BMW factory that now produces the Mini in Oxford, David worked at a various automotive and FMCG companies before moving to Lincolnshire in 1997 to take over the running of what was to become Parkinson Harness Technology.
David has played a variety of sports at club level and still cycles regularly although these days he tries to avoid situations that are likely to result in falling off.
Boston College Governor Heather Lee

Heather Lee, Vice-Chair of the Corporation

Head of Human Resources, Lincolnshire Co-op

Heather is Head of Human Resources for Lincolnshire Co-op, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has built a profession career in Human Resources and Learning & Development including FTSE 100 companies. Heather has a degree in Economics from the University of York and, also an MBA.

Heather is Lincolnshire born and bred and has a range of experience as a Secondary School Governor, Chair of Governors, charity Trustee and was a founding member of the Greater Lincolnshire Employment and Skills Board, representing the business community and the GLLEP on the Area Review for Lincolnshire.

Heather is a member of both the Audit Committee and the Search and and Governance Committee.


Nick Worth

South Holland District Councillor

Nick has been a South Holland District Councillor for 24 years, 20 as Deputy Leader. In May 2023 Nick was elected Leader of the Council. He holds the Economic Development & Partnerships portfolio, which covers infrastructure, inward investment and skills.

Nick was formerly an Executive Member on Lincolnshire County Council with a portfolio covering Heritage, Culture, Libraries, Registrars, Coroners Service and Fire & Rescue. He stood down from the role in 2021.
Nick joined Boston College Board of Governors in December 2015 and has been the Vice-Chair of the Corporation and Chair of the Search and Governance Committee, until his Leadership role at South Holland District Council took precedent. 
Boston College Governor Daniel Elkington

Dan Elkington

Independent Financial Adviser and Founder, Keep It Easy Financial Planning

Daniel is currently a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, has achieved an MSc by distinction in Financial Planning and Business Management, and is currently undertaking a PhD, studying professionalisation, which is how an occupational field becomes a publicly trusted profession.

He has recently founded his own Sustainable Financial Advice practise, assisting clients with pensions, investments, life insurance, employee benefits and so on. He has been an independent financial adviser for well over a decade. Having worked within a Law Firm, a Chartered Accountants Firm, and a National Corporate firm, he has a wide range of experiences but has always had a focus on education and development.

His previous voluntary experience extends to being trustee of the local Age UK, a director on what was Boston Witham Academies Federation, and previously was interim chairperson on The Phoenix Family of Schools Trust and has had other more short-term voluntary commitments in the past.

Boston College Governor Daran Bland

Daran Bland

Director of Governance and Operations at C.I.T

Daran is the Director of Governance and Operations for the Community Inclusive Trust, an education multi-academy Trust with 14 Lincolnshire based schools. Daran has previously been the Executive Head Teacher of three local special schools, one of which was John Fielding Special School in Boston. He was born in North London and relocated to Lincolnshire in 2002.

Daran is the chair of the Standards Committee, with a keen interest in the curriculum offer and outcomes for all students across the College.

Boston College Governor Gavin Booth

Gavin Booth

Chief Executive Officer, Infinity Academies Trust

Gavin is the Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Academies Trust. A Lincolnshire-based Multi-Academy Trust made up of nine primary schools. He has previously worked as the Executive Headteacher of three primary schools in the Boston area and was the Head of Service for Education Strategy for Lincolnshire County Council.

Gavin lives in Boston and grew up in Lincolnshire attending Spalding Grammar School and Bishop Grosseteste University.

Boston College Governor David Fanning

David Fannin

Chief Exec at Lincs Community and Voluntary Service
David was born in Belfast, where he gained a degree in Geography, and has been Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service for 7 years, enabling community development, volunteering, and social prescribing. David’s career includes 21 years in Local Government, ultimately as Assistant Chief Executive at South Holland District Council, with a period in 2012 as a games-time Venue Manager (Security) for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In his spare time David enjoys cooking, mountaineering, swimming, and cycling.
David’s other work-related roles include, Lincolnshire PREVENT Board - bringing third sector perspective to the PREVENT programme, Lincolnshire Voluntary Engagement Team - founding member and Company Director; advocating for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Lincolnshire, developing strategic alliances and enabling collaborative working and Boston Town Deal Board - specifically for Pride of Place and Inclusive Growth.
Boston College Governor David Parnell

David Parnell

Regional Construction Manager (Central and London), Design, Construction and Delivery - Property Division Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
David lives in Frampton, and raised in Kirton, and is the Regional Construction Manager for J Sainsbury PLC. A former A level student at Boston College, he went onto to work in a number of roles within Food and Non-food retail, before undertaking his current leadership role, which involves the management of all Capital Projects within the Midlands and London. David also gained Master Coach accreditation at Middlesex University.
He is a Husband, and father to four girls. In his spare time, he is Chairperson of Boston Wheelers Cycling Club, and an avid supporter of Boston United
Boston College Governor Gerry Tawton

Gerry Tawton

Chartered Accountant
Born in Cardiff, Gerry is a graduate in Economics and is a Chartered Accountant. With over 30 years' experience, he has held senior finance roles in companies, both UK based and multi-national, in a variety of industry sectors. Gerry has lived in Boston for more than 10 years and was previously a member of the local Chamber of Commerce.
Gerry is the Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and a member of the Search and Governance Committee.
Boston College Governor - Katy Priestley

Katy Priestley

Outsourced Finance Services Manager – Duncan & Toplis

Katy was born in Lincolnshire and is a proud mother of three. Katy heads up the Outsourced Finance Services Team, offering a virtual finance function for businesses who are looking to grow and adapt by embracing technology and innovation to streamline processes that results in better insightful reporting.

Katy previously was an AAT Lecturer for Boston College for three years and thoroughly enjoyed supporting the learners to achieve their goals. She is currently studying her ILM Level 5, due to complete in June 2023.

In her spare time, Katy goes to the gym and is a keen tennis player, one day hopes to make it to Wimbledon, in the audience of course.

Boston College Student Governor - Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones

Boston College Health and Social Care Learner

Kimberley is in her first year of the Level 3 Health and Social Care Foundation Degree, with the aim to become a Child Psychologist. Within her first six weeks at Boston College Kimberley was chosen by her peers to be their Class Rep, as well as being included in the Student Council and becoming a Student Governor. Kimberley said, "Becoming a Student Governor means so much to me, as I would like to be able to support the College as a learner on what is best for future and current learners."

Boston College Governor James Brindle

James Brindle

Executive Director of Magna Vitae

James has worked in the leisure and culture sector for nearly 30 years with a passion for culture, sport and the positive effect it can have on peoples’ lives, their health and wellbeing and their wider communities. His work has extended to leadership roles in County development roles, local government, private sector and charities, critically and for the last 10 years strategic leadership roles within the sector.

James is inspired by the effect the cultural and leisure sectors has on communities and the many faceted benefits they have in a community environment. Now as an Executive Director of Magna Vitae co-ordinating and principally working with partners delivering the external funding for many health, wellbeing, cultural and sporting projects.

During his career, James has also had the opportunity to represent past employers and now Magna Vitae in speaking at key sector conferences. These include Cultural Olympiad, Arts Council England, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, Royal British Legion, Local Government Association, Elsinore 2032 and the Charity Finance Group.

Boston College Governor Jurate Matulioniene

Jurate Matulioniene

Chairperson of BLC Group, Managing Director of the Boston English Academy and Boston Lithuanian Supplementary School and Online Lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University
Jurate is the Chairperson of the Boston Lithuanian Community Group and the Managing Director of the Boston English Academy and Boston Lithuanian Supplementary School, which she established more than 10 years ago.
Jurate is responsible for the overall running of the community group, coordinating projects and events, and networking with local community groups, Boston Borough Council, LT Embassy, and private and public sectors. She is also leading volunteering groups that develop inclusive activities to promote the school as a positive, fun, and professional environment and a leading force in the community. Through time and dedication, she has significantly contributed to the growth and success of the BLC Community Group and coordinated a number of successful local projects.
Boston College Governor - Paul Tomlinson

Paul Tomlinson

Managing Director, Davis Worldwide Ltd

Paul Tomlinson has been married since 2012 and a proud father of two and originating from Derbyshire.

Academically Paul is a Law and Spanish Graduate and has also studied in Argentina and Spain. Professionally he has worked throughout Central and South America and Spain and has been working within the fresh produce industry since 2004 in various capacities, but predominantly commercial and procurement functions.

In 2006 he moved to Lincolnshire from Essex and has lived here ever since. In 2017, he was afforded the opportunity to set up Davis Worldwide. They currently employ eight people and have engaged and trained three apprentices from Boston College. Paul is also a founding member of the ukFPN and fresh produce-based consortium based in Spalding.
Boston College Sandra Williamson

Sandra Williamson

Chief Operating Officer - East Locality NHS Lincolnshire CCG
Sandra has worked in the NHS since 1993 and is a qualified accountant with a breadth of financial and management expertise gained with working across NHS organisations. 
In April 2013, she was appointed as Chief Finance Officer for Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The introduction of the NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 1st April 2020, led to Sandra being appointed Chief Operating Officer for East Locality and Executive Lead for reducing health inequalities. 
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and loves the county, with holiday home on the East Lincolnshire coast and enjoys a bit of cycling to try and keep active and she is a keen motorsport fan.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Corporation, you can do so by contacting: c/o Clerk to the Corporation, Boston College, Skirbeck Road, Boston, PE21 6LF

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