Audit Committee

Neil Kaiper-Holmes

Chair of the Audit Committee

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Neil is a multi-skilled doctor and businessman with a record of managing diverse businesses in the health and communications sectors. He also has had an interest in a beef and dairy farm in Estonia! He is an experienced Chairman of both business and not-for profit organisations and a respected communicator with wide media experience.

As a founder of a private primary school, a previous Adviser to NCP and a former Governor at Tadcaster Grammar School whose wife has wide experience in the HE/University sector, he has a keen interest in, and knowledge of, education in the UK.

He is very involved with Charitable work, especially the Thackray Medical Museum and the Leeds Rugby Foundation, and a lover of all sports.

He has 4 daughters and 7 grandchildren, and his youngest daughter was a student at NCP.

Mark Jefferies

Audit Committee Member and NCP Advisory Group

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I am most enthused by: development projects, resources and change management. I feel I am most valuable when 4 dimensional thinking is required. If you want 5 options then I can assist, and I am not offended when someone else’s 6th idea wins the day – I will fully support it.

For 5 years I worked for a PLC and gained an understanding of collaborative working and the importance of gathering support for a decision. In 1997 I started my own business and enjoyed the bureaucracy free life of a small organisation. I feel I can share the benefits from both sides of the divide.

For 21 years I have enjoyed supporting my children through sport and education – in that order. Our daughter Zoe is currently studying at Loughborough (Masters in Marketing), is a tennis coach and plays hockey to a high level. Our son Max (who joined NCP this September) is a high level tennis player and loves football.

I have been a Rotarian for 16 years and love getting involved at the ideas, financing and delivery stage of a project.

I have been a Governor at an infant school in South Kirkby for almost 3 years but I am no educationalist. However, I am supportive and like to help all children live a good life.

I am an innovator and may be most helpful on projects, project appraisal, PR, resources and HR. I was (with embarrassment) recently awarded Rotarian of the Year in our Club and I like to think it was because of my charity work. As I “lose” my parental responsibilities I hope to give more time and resource to charitable work. Especially Home Start. A charity my wife and I enjoy supporting in many ways.

Simon Knee

Member of the Audit Committee

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Simon is a director and shareholder of a financial services business based in the Pontefract area. Although initially Simon joined the company to build the accountancy practice it has subsequently evolved, and he now controls all areas of the business which incorporates Accountancy, Financial Services and Management Consultancy.

Simon has gained experience in all aspects of business management and has the adaptability, creative thinking and the application of technology that are now intrinsic to modern day companies.

Over the years Simon has helped develop and transform many businesses from starting up, to growing and successful firms and he has helped the owners in fulling their ambitions of running their own, successful enterprise.

In addition to this he is also actively involved in the community and a member of the committee for both a local tennis club and girls’ football club. As part of the tennis committee he has managed to significantly expand the club which has been nationally recognised as one of the fastest growing and most successful in the UK.

Simon has two daughters who attend local schools and so he has the drive and ambition to ensure the college continues to move forward and provide a bright future for the young people of the local area.

Ashley Reed

Member of the Audit Committee

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Ashley has a knowledge of a full range of accountancy procedures ranging from simple record keeping to preparation and submission of final accounts and personal and business taxation. He also assists businesses with planning and development from start up to large expansion projects.

He has gained experience in all aspects of business management and has the adaptability, creative thinking and the application of technology that are now intrinsic to managing businesses.

As CF10 (Compliance Director) of his own business he also has full knowledge of Financial Services and of the responsibility and roles required to comply with FCA regulations.

Patricia Bryn-Jones

Member of the Audit Committee

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Having two children within the education system, one at New College Doncaster, I feel it is important to understand the system and utilise my knowledge and skills to support their education and others in any way that I can.

Following my early retirement, I was able to channel my experience and interest by joining the governing board at a local academy where I utilised my financial experience to assist and support the Executive Principal in managing the budget effectively.

I have extensive management experience at a strategic level and am able to utilise that knowledge within the public sector to support the academy ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. Also to hold the academy to account for the educational performance and performance management of staff.

Prior to this, I volunteered in the local primary where my daughter attended to help less able students with their reading ability.

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