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The Board of Governors is responsible for the strategic direction of Westminster Adult Education Service, with particular emphasis on staffing, financial management, curriculum and policy.

The WAES Board of Governors

Ms Carolyn Keen (Chair)

Carolyn is a former student of WAES. Her background is in arts and disability policy with a special interest in the role of education. She served as a Westminster councillor where she chaired various committees including education, health, arts, planning and the Westminster Faith Exchange.

Councillor Barbara Arzymanow

Barbara is a City of Westminster Councillor with specific responsibilities relating to Troubled Families and Prisoner Rehabilitation as well as sitting on a number of committees. She is also a governor of two maintained nursery schools. Professionally she is currently a senior director of an independent healthcare consultancy firm, which she co-founded in 1999. Previously she had been a director at two banks. In her early career she worked in academia. Her interests include financial matters concerning the NHS and healthcare, especially pharmaceuticals, research and science. Experience in these areas has led to Barbara's conviction that WAES can further develop its role in giving people the skills needed to move out of long-term unemployment and ideally into technology-related jobs, possibly in new hubs.

Ms Ellie Botti

Ellie is experienced in skills and workforce development with a proven history of employer engagement. While at the London Central Learning and Skills Council Ellie was the sector lead for Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism (HLTT). She was a member of the steering group tasked with the preparation of the LDA 2005-2008 HLTT Skills and Employment Action Plan. Ellie is currently working for the V&A as NVQ Assessor and mentor to young apprentices employed in the Creative and Cultural sectors.

Ms Krisztina Fabian (Staff Governor)

Since completing a CELTA course and a teacher training course at Greenwich University, Krisztina has worked for various adult education and community colleges as an ESOL and EFL tutor. Her aim is to teach essential English, employability and IT skills in order to help their integration into the community by gaining access to further/higher education as well as progressing in their career. At the moment Krisztina is studying psychology and education at IOE-UCL with a special interest in learners’ motivation and effective teaching methods. 

Mr Richard Frost

Richard is the School Secretary and Planning Director at London Business School. He has 25 years’ experience of working in finance and administrative roles in the Higher Education and Further Education sectors. He has also served as the Chair of a school Governing Body.

Ms Sindi Hearn (Staff Governor)

Sindi  has worked at WAES for the past five years as a Community Partnership Manager. She is passionate about building local communities and first steps engagement though flexible responsive delivery. Sindi is currently working towards a APMP (IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7) project management qualification.

Mrs Barbara Holm (Head of Service/Principal)

Barbara is Head of Service/Principal of Westminster Adult Education Service and serves as a Member of the Board in that capacity. Barbara is also Chair of HOLEX, the National Network of Community Learning and Skills Providers.

Mrs Alia Taub

Alia is the founder and Chief Executive of Management Focus Training Solutions Ltd since 2009. She discovered her love of helping people to develop their potential through her career in youth work and in Health and Social Care, which spans over 25 years. She is an experienced professional Executive Coach and Lecturer. She has been involved in management and leadership training since 1996 and is a Chartered Professional Manager and Fellow Member of Chartered Member Institute.

Dr Samer Taslaq

Samer is a locum general practitioner working in practices in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. He qualified from Imperial College London in 2004 and is a Member of the Royal College of GPs, and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Councillor Louise Hyams

Ms Regina Kibel

Mr Tomasz Patzer


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