Co-opted External Members
Clare Walters – Audit Committee
Clare was born in Dunbartonshire, Scotland and moved to North East Lincolnshire as a teenager. She graduated in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Middlesex University. Clare spent a decade working for Centrica Plc, the owners of British Gas, where she was responsible for implementing the operational risk framework, assurance and insurance programmes across its Power Business Unit and then the offshore gas production field. In 2020 Clare left the private sector and joined Ebor Academy Trust, a York based primary focused multi-academy Trust, as director of Risk, Governance and Compliance.
Clare lives in Market Weighton, with her partner and two sons. She’s a keen rider, competing member of British Dressage and enjoys RoR and veteran showing.
Bill has spent most of his career in Further Education (FE) and was appointed CEO and Principal of Bishop Burton College in October 2018. Bill was born in Lincolnshire and studied Agriculture and Crop Protection at Harper Adams. He has spent most of his career in specialist land-based education, primarily with Bishop Burton College.
Bill is the current Chair of the Humber Principals’ Group and represents the group on the Local Enterprise Council’s Employment and Skills Board. He is also a national director of Landex – a consortium of colleges which was formed to promote excellence in teaching and learning within the land-based sector.
In 2012 Bishop Burton College acquired Riseholme College near Lincoln and, shortly after, Bill was heavily involved in the establishment of an entirely new specialist land-based campus on the Lincolnshire Agricultural Showground. The distinct identity of Riseholme College has been maintained whilst the range of provision has been extended to include general FE and Higher Education.
In 2019 Bishop Burton College was successful in its application to become part of two new regional Institutes of Technology: the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology and the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology. Bill is a director of both of these institutions which have a remit to work with employers to deliver higher level technical skills training.