Members and Trustees



Lifelong Gosport resident Zoe was elected as the Conservative councillor for Privett Ward in 2016.

She has extensive experience in education management and has also worked in the charity sector. She is Head of Saints Learning, which is the Learning and Development business for Southampton Football Club.

Zoe is also Chair of the St Vincent College Local Governing Body and is passionate about raising standards in education.


Richard studied at Southampton Solent University and settled on the South Coast with his family.

He has been a chartered accountant for more than 20 years and works at KPMG advising businesses.

He also has responsibility for the recruitment and development of his team and is passionate about supporting young people to realise their potential.


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Southampton-born Gary spent 50 years in the construction industry, the latter part as a project manager for major projects in the fire and security sector.

After retirement he became a governor at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, which brought him full circle after having studied at the former Taunton’s Grammar School.

He was delighted to be asked to be a trustee at the Lighthouse Learning Trust and is the lead for attendance. He enjoys bringing the wealth of experience in business and life skills to the Trust.


Mustafa, a business architect in the financial services sector based in Portsmouth, says he has always believed that education can provide the basis to achieve your goals so becoming a trustee was a perfect fit.

He enjoys hearing the challenges faced by the colleges and how they work to deliver optimum value for students and is keen the Trust creates an environment that supports students in achieving their potential. He believes it requires strong principles and values that are upheld throughout the organisation.

He is a keen football fan and a regular at his local gym.


Neil, who lives in Alverstoke, is Associate Dean (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships) in the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Portsmouth.

He says he became a trustee because he lives close to St Vincent College and is keen that it succeeds for the good of the community.

As a trustee he enjoys the opportunity to help shape the development of the Trust’s colleges and in doing so provide more education opportunities for their communities.

He is proud the Trust has set out ambitious plans which are underpinned by its core values. He believes a collective understanding of those values across staff and students will enable it to go from strength to strength and help have a positive impact on the communities it serves.

He is an enthusiastic lover of all sport, particularly tennis, squash, running and rugby.


Leanne has worked in the further education sector for 15 years in operational roles for independent training providers and now runs a multi-service support agency to the further education sector.

She is a non-executive director for an independent training provider and is also Chair of governors at Richard Taunton.

The Chandlers Ford resident says she became a trustee to share her experience and knowledge but also learn at the same time. She said she was keen to join the Trust to support its ambitious plans.

She enjoys sharing knowledge, hearing the views of others knowing she can have an impact on learners. She believes the Trust’s mission and vison are clear and ambitious but achievable and will have a real impact in delivering high quality, career-led education.

Her interests are property development and dogs, she has three dogs of her own which she loves walking along the coast.


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Dan currently combines being a Further Education Funding Assurance Consultant, caring for various family members, being an occasional tractor driver and trying to grow award winning pumpkins and squashes.

He has been a chartered accountant for over 30 years, 25 of which have been in the FE sector. This has included working for the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessors organisations for over eighteen years, where as Head of Assurance, South he was responsible for the assurance arrangements for FE colleges and private training providers in the South of England. For seven years more recently he was an Internal Audit Engagement Manager for Mazars LLP with a portfolio of FE Colleges and Multi Academy Trusts clients and the Manager who initially led the firms Education and Skills Funding Agency Funding Assurance contract

Dan has lived in Gosport for over 15 years and several members of his family are former students at St Vincent College.


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Ali has worked in education for her whole career, primarily in the post-16 sector, and until her retirement in 2021 was CEO of the North Hampshire Education Alliance and Principal of Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke.

Ali, who lives in Southampton, also chaired the Wessex Sixth Form College Partnership. She says her enthusiasm and passion for ensuring all young people have access to highest standards of education motivates her and keeps her busy. As well as being a Trustee and Chair of the Quality Committee for the Lighthouse Learning Trust, she is also an advisor for External Quality Review and Vice Chair of EBP South, which fosters links between business and education.

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Former St Vincent College Principal Di has worked in education for more than 35 years.

The maths graduate, who lives in Southsea, began her career teaching the subject at secondary and sixth form level.

She was Principal at St Vincent until 2014 and then spent five years as Scheme Manager for External Quality Review, a peer review consortium of 28 sixth form and general further education colleges in the south of England.

She says she became a trustee because she wanted to remain in education and enjoys being able to contribute to the communities served by the Trust.

She is an accomplished pianist and cellist and is learning to play the piano accordion. She is also Chair of Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her other interests are vegetarianism and travel and has had a house in the south of France for more than 25 years.


Roger is a solicitor and a partner at Lester Aldridge LLP and has considerable experience of running and managing a large business and of advising others, including charities on governance issues.

He has also been chair or president for a number of charitable organisations.


Lucy has worked at a senior and strategic level in the public and voluntary sector and the Church of England for more than 25 years.

She has extensive governance and leadership and experience of mentoring executives and non-executives and is a non-executive Director for Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, Chair of Governors at St Vincent College, an elected member of the Church of England General Synod and a member of the Corporation of Church House.


Liz taught in secondary schools for twenty seven years and more recently has worked for the local authority within the SEN service, and the Inspection and Advisory service.

Throughout her career she has had a particular interest in the education offer for children with Special Educational Needs.

She is an Ofsted Inspector for the local authority SEND inspections and has been a primary school governor for the last 16 years.


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Conrad has worked as a naval architect since leaving the world of professional sailing in 2016. He is currently working in defence but has also plied his trade in the yachting and superyacht sector. He has been a Lighthouse Learning Trust Trustee since 2020 and joined because he saw it as an a opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by the education sector, while also playing a small part in supporting the development and improvement of the Trust. He is a firm believer in the Trust’s mission and values because he says they are straightforward, meaningful and most importantly achievable. Away from work he spends his time on anything and everything to do with the water or engineering and can often be found sailing short-handed offshore or building fun projects to inspire future engineers to look at the marine industry.