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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 strong business acumen and 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. The Governor Recruitment Pack (click to view) gives a brief insight to the organisation and information on how to apply via the application form (click to download). We look forward to hearing from you.



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
(Vice Chair)

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 capacity.



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.


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 Certified Accountant.



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.



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.



Ms Jane Hadsel
(Clerk to Board of Governors)




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