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Governors' Portal

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.

Are you interested in becoming a governor?

Do you have an interest in education and training?

Do you want to help young people and adults of today develop into active and successful members of the community?


If so, we would be delighted to hear from you.


We are looking for individuals with a passion for education to join our Board of Governors and contribute to our drive to continue improving services for our learners and the local community.


All applications will be considered but we are currently particularly keen to recruit individuals with specific skills,

knowledge and experience in:

  • property development and planning

  • professional and financial Services

  • working with businesses

As a member of our Board you will have the opportunity to help shape our mission, strategic direction, values and ethos. If you are interested; please send your expression of interest and a brief CV or summary of professional experience to the clerk




Ms Carolyn Keen
Chair of the Board of Governors

(Westmisnter City Council Nominee Governor)

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
Vice Chair of the Board of Governors 

Chair of Performance Review Committee

(Westminster City Council Nominee Governor)

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 Arinola Edeh (Principal and Head of Service)

Arinola is Principal and Head of Service of Westminster Adult Education Service and serves as a Governor of the Board in that capacity.


Ms Ellie Botti

(Co-opted Governor) 

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.


Mr Kenneth Cooper

(Staff Governor)

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 organization.


Councillor Lorraine Dean

(Westminster City Council Nominee Governor)

Lorraine is the City of Westminster Deputy Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health and represents Little Venice Ward.
She works teaching disabled young adults at the City of Westminster College; and has interests in Education, Social Services and Disability Issues.


Councillor Matt Noble

(Westminster City Council Nominee Governor)


Matt is a City of Westminster councillor for Church Street, and sits on the management committee of the Church Street Ward Neighbourhood Forum. He has experience as an adult learner through gaining an Open University Law degree in 2015. Professionally, he has worked in the property sector in the City of Westminster since 2005.


Mr Tomasz Patzer

Chair of Resources Committee

(Westminster City Council Nominee Governor)

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 Certified Accountant.


Mr Jordan Philips

(Co-opted Governor)

Jordan is a Civil Servant in Central Government and has primarily worked on domestic and EU affairs. He has a passion for lifelong learning and is currently continuing his higher education at the University of London. He also volunteers as an English Literature tutor with the Access Project and previously taught English in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Sue Saunders

(Co-opted Governor)

Sue has been involved in education for over 30 years.  She has taught at FE, HE and Post Graduate levels and managed both FE and HE courses at Cordwainers College, Capel manor College, RCA and UAL.  She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers.  


Mr Arsalan Siddique

(Staff Governor)

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.


Dr Samer Taslaq

(Co-opted Governor) 


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 Jane Hadsel
Clerk to Board of Governors




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