MEET THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
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.
Ms Carolyn Keen
Carolyn is a former student of WAES. Her professional
background is in arts and disability policy, with a special interest
in the role of education. A past Chair of The St Marylebone
Society she served as a City of Westminster Councilor chairing
various committees including education, health, arts, planning and
the Westminster Faith Exchange. Carolyn is a Trustee of The
Philological Foundation, a small educational charity giving grants
to students and schools in Westminster and Camden.
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.
Councillor Barbara Arzymanow
Barbara is a City of Westminster Councillor with specific
responsibilities for Troubled Families and Prisoner Rehabilitation
and membership of various committees. She is a governor of two
maintained nursery schools and 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.
She is a successful campaigner for education, healthcare and
preservation of our local heritage. Barbara is a director of a
Westminster-based business that she co-founded in 1999.
Councillor Louise Hyams
Louise is currently the Deputy Cabinet Member for Public
Protection and Licensing. She also serves on the Planning and
City Development Committee and the Adoption & Fostering
Panel and was Lord Mayor in 2008/9.
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 Arinola Edeh
(Principal and Head of Service)
Arinola is Principal and Head of Service of Westminster Adult
Education Service and serves as a Member of the Board in that
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.
Ms Regina Kibel MBE
Following her retirement as Head of Education to NALGO (now
UNISON) Reggie continues to work as a researcher for an M.P and
serves as a committee member of a number of Westminster
Educational and Community organisations. She has been a
governor of WAES for over fifteen years, taking a particular interest
in policy and finance.
Mr Tomasz Patzer
Tomasz is a Member of the Board and serves as a Chair of
Resources Committee. He qualified from the City Law School and the
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, is a Member of the
Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and a Fellow Chartered
Ken is one of the two Staff Governors (Support Staff) and is currently
employed as a Staff Support Manager at WAES.
Ken has a varied career background, 15 years as a Retail Manager
for WH Smith, 10 years as a Workforce Development Manager with a
large charity supporting clients with substance misuse, an Assessor
in the healthcare sector and a Center Manager for a vocational
Arsalan is one of the two Staff Governors (Tutor) and is currently
employed as a Course Leader (Maths) at WAES. He is a
mathematics graduate and prior to teaching worked in statistics and
research at the Home Office, Inland Revenue and the National
Foundation for Educational Research. He started working in further
education in 2006. He has worked in a number of large FE colleges
in London teaching on maths courses from entry level Functional
Skills to A-Level Maths.
Ms Jane Hadsel
(Clerk to Board of Governors)