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The Chair of Directors can be contacted at admin@ldeutc.co.uk

Jeremy Galpin, Legacy Lead Costain Group C.Eng. MICE Chartered FCIPD AMAC

Jeremy is a Chartered Fellow with the Institute of Personnel and Development a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Association of Coaching. In his current role for Costain Group he is responsible for delivering the legacy outcomes for the Eastern Section of the £5BTideway Tunnel.

‘I am immensely proud to represent Costain Group as Chair of Governors for the LDE UTC. I am excited by the opportunity of what has been called the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ of artificial intelligence and the digital world. Costain needs diverse and talented young people who have the skills to help us improve people’s lives by deploying technology based solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transport infrastructures. The LDE UTC provides us with that talent.’

Carrie Weston 

Member of the UEL Board of Directors and Director of LDE UTC 

Dr Carrie Weston is an experienced academic with a strong background in pedagogy, leadership and educational psychology. She has a passion for learning, teaching and achievement in Higher Education. With many years of experience in schools, services and educational management, Carrie moved to Higher Education in 1999 and has worked at the University of East London since 2003.
Dr Carrie Weston is the Interim Executive Dean of the College of Professional Services which includes the School of Business and Law and the Cass School of Education and Communities. She describes UEL as a vibrant, innovative and authentic institution, representing a wide range of students and academics.
Carrie completed her PhD in 2007, in the field of Physical Education for children with autism. She is an active researcher in the fields of teaching, learning and SEN, with a specialist interest in learning needs. Additionally, Carrie is the author of a number of children's books, including the bestselling Oxford University Press 'Boris' series. With her writing and storytelling for children, Carrie has performed at Glastonbury, launched a literacy scheme with the Memphis Grizzlies in Tennessee, is a guest speaker for literacy events in schools and was put forward for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for children's literature.

Ghulam Abbas

LDE UTC Project Manager/Advisor and Governance Lead

Ghulam is a highly talented and experienced consultant and project manager who has supported the set-up of over 30 Free Schools across the country. As a former Assistant Director at the DfE and through his consultancy work, Ghulam has developed specialisms in project and performance management, governance development, strategic advice, stakeholder consultation, admissions, procurement of a range of services to academies, and MAT developments. 

Ghulam’s knowledge and experience were instrumental in project managing the LDE UTC to open successfully in September 2016. Since then Ghulam has established the UTC’s governance structure and continues to provide advice to help deliver the UTC’s strategic vision. He is currently responsible for supporting the LDE UTC Board of Directors (i.e. the UTC’s governing body) to operate effectively, and to develop and improve its governance capacity and capability.

Janet Burr, Human Resources Director - Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Janet was appointed Human Resources Director in June 2010.  She has a wealth of experience in a variety of senior strategic human resources roles and has worked in a number of positions in both the public and private sectors, including sales and marketing, and retail.

She has a successful track record in a number of senior human resources roles over the past fifteen years.

The HR function contributes to the overall business strategy, particularly through the company's People Strategy priority, which underpins the vision, and values required to achieve the business goals of putting the customer at the heart of the business, providing excellent customer service through first class operational delivery, whilst delivering profitable growth.

Dan Forbes- Pepitone - HR Director, Ramboll

Dan brings a breadth of industry experience and has worked in Human Resources within the engineering sector for over 30 years with organisations such as Balfour Beatty, Taylor Woodrow, Veolia Environment, MITIE and Skanska.

In September 2018, he moved from Skanska to join the leadership team of Ramboll UK (a Danish-owned global engineering consultancy) as their HR Director.

Dan brings a wealth of experience in HR, organisational and culture change, learning and development, talent management, diversity and inclusion. At Skanska, Dan was responsible for graduate, apprentice and intern recruitment and development; recruitment; leadership, talent/capability development programmes; and diversity and inclusion.

Sitting on the Building Equality Executive (promoting LGBT+ inclusion in the Construction sector), Dan’s leadership and work around diversity and inclusion, learning and development, brought wide scale external recognition for Skanska, where in 2017 they were ranked in the Top 5, in The Times Social Mobility Index and in the Top 20 of the UK’s most inclusive employers.

Catherine Ritman Smith, Deputy Director of Education, Design Museum

Catherine is Head of Learning at the Design Museum.  Her responsibilities include overseeing the museum’s programme for schools, FE, HE and for children and young people outside of formal learning. She established Design Ventura, the museum’s award-winning project which has reached over 47,000 learners since 2010.  Prior to joining the Design Museum, Catherine was Head of Education at Enterprise UK, leading a nation-wide campaign of creative enterprise education.  Before this she was Head of Learning at Open-City, the architecture charity.  Catherine is a fellow of the RSA and is a trustee for the London Design and Engineering UTC.

Geoffrey Fowler, CEO, LDE UTC

Geoffrey is an educator with a passion for bridging the gap between education and business. Having experience in both, Industrial and educational environments, Geoffrey is able to empower staff to research and create inspirational, industrial educational content that suits the needs of all students, despite their abilities. This “hands on” pedagogy approach has lead to outstanding student success results.

In 2011 Geoffrey became one of three founding members of the leadership team that delivered two Da Vinci Studio Schools to Hertfordshire, both of which received good, in every category, from OFSTED.

Geoffrey is delighted to be able to bring his experience of opening high quality new schools to East London and lead the London Design and Engineering UTC as Principal Designate.

Chris Beales, Diocese of Chelmsford

Chris Beales is a founder member of the LDE UTC Board and represents the Diocese of Chelmsford, who provide a chaplaincy service in the UTC. Chris is a social entrepreneur with four decades’ experience of working in community economic and social development and on issues of faith and economy. He pioneered the Government’s work with faith communities (of all faiths) whilst on secondment from the Church of England’s General Synod to the Government and has extensive experience of working and on national and international development issues with volunteers, with black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and with Governments and companies. He is an ordained Anglican minister and has served in parochial ministry and industrial mission. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University and a William Leech Research Fellow in Applied Theology, researching new housing developments across North East England and how to “build good community”.

Nick Rathbone 

Nick Rathbone is a Finance Director for Fujitsu, looking after their Defence and HMRC businesses.  Fujitsu is one of the top five information and communication technology providers in the world, and in the UK offers IT consulting services, technology products, managed services, cloud-based solutions and systems integration.  Nick is a University of Cambridge graduate and Chartered Accountant by background, and has worked extensively in the IT industry, including for Misys and for the last 12 years for Fujitsu.  He has worked in UK and Germany in diverse areas such as finance transformation management, finance bid support, finance sales support, and finance business partnering, as well as financial control activities.  Over that time he has seen the difference that strong financial management can make to a wider business, and aims to use this experience to the benefit of LDE UTC.

Lucy Webster, External Affairs Director - Tideway

Lucy has held a number of senior communications roles in the transport, housing and regeneration sectors. She spent six years at Transport for London and also worked on the preparation phases, including planning and land assembly, for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Lucy joined Tideway in September 2016 as External Affairs Director from Metropolitan, a large housing provider.





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