About us


Build's governing body has up to 21 members, with skills and expertise in a wide range of professions. Governors are responsible for determining the educational character and mission of Build and for monitoring quality and performance. They oversee the college's activities, including the effective and efficient use of resources, and ensure the safeguarding of its assets. Governors also act as trustees and company directors.


Governor biographies

Penny Allen


Areas of expertise: Quality and Standards in post 16 Education

Penny is a teacher by profession. She began her career teaching English to refugees and asylum seekers in the Further Education Sector. She moved into inspection in the late 1990’s, working for the Training Standards Council, mainly inspecting organisations providing apprenticeships, entry to employment programmes and courses in literacy, numeracy and for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. She progressed to inspect learning and skills across the prison estate for the Adult Learning Inspectorate and Ofsted. After leaving Ofsted she worked in the London Learning and Skills Council as Quality Director. She has recently left the Department for Education where she was responsible for contracts with Independent Specialist Colleges and the providers of education at HMP Youth Offending Institutions in London and the South East. She has been a Trustee on the pact (Prisoner Advice and Care Trust) Board since 2001. Currently, she is a consultant in the post-16 education sector supporting colleges in continuous quality improvement. 

My course choice would be: creative poetry writing.

Annita Bennett


Areas of expertise: Corporate communications, public affairs, HR.

Annita was one of the founding partners of Taylor Bennett, an independent search firm that has specialised in corporate communications assignments for over 30 years. Her early career was spent at Unilever in both recruitment and corporate communications teams. She became HR director of the global advertising agency SSC&B Lintas before establishing Taylor Bennett in 1982. A Fellow of the RSA, a trustee of Independent Opera and the Shakespeare Schools Festival, she continues to be an active professional mentor. Having spent most of her first month's salary on an Olympus SLR camera, she learnt how to use it at Build and has been an avid supporter of adult education ever since. 

My course choices would be: Basketry, Modern Greek and Salsa.


Tim Bolderson



Jane Cooper

Deputy Chair of Governors

Director of Communications and Brand

Jane is currently a Director of Communications and Brand at a well known international children's development charity. She left Whitehall at the end of 2010 where she spent five, very enjoyable years as Director of Communications in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Before government, Jane worked in PR and Public Affairs consulting in the private sector with clients such as Nissan, Roche and the Bar Council. Her first job was in Parliament. Jane is also a trustee of an international charity which protects the rights of people around the world faced with a death penalty. She is a member of the WomeninWhitehall TEDx network and she has been a mentor for a number of women over the years. Also an avid adult learner, Jane has spent many happy years as a student at Build on courses ranging from Stage Management to Marxism.

Joe Cullen

Student Governor

Joe studied Social Sciences at the Universities of Durham, Dundee, Cambridge and Birkbeck College, London, obtaining an M.A., PhD and Dip. Psych. He spent some years as an academic, at the Universities of Cambridge, Loughborough, Leeds, London Metropolitan and the Open University, teaching social sciences and research methods. He is currently Director of Arcola Research, and Principal Associate, the Tavistock Institute. He has carried out over 100 research and evaluation assignments, including evaluations of major EU initiatives and UK public policy initiatives. He is a former Governor of an East London Academy and is currently a Trustee of Docklands Outreach – a charity providing services to young people in East London. He has been published in a number of poetry magazines and journals and gives poetry readings at various London venues.

Jon Gamble


Dame Moira Gibb

Chair of Governors

Moira was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Camden (which includes Keeley Street), for eight years until 2012. Prior to that she managed housing and social services in another London borough and worked in a number of local authority social services departments. She has also been a lecturer in social work and a teacher. 

She now also chairs Skills for Care, and is a non executive director of NHS England and of the UK Statistics Authority as well as being a member of Council of the University of Reading. She was a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012-15 and a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11. 

She is a graduate of Glasgow University, was made a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute in 2011, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of East Anglia in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Kingston University in 2013. 

Mark Malcomson CBE

Principal and Governor

Mark joined Build as Principal having been Director of Executive Education at London Business School. Previously, he was President of the New York Institute of Finance, part of Pearson plc, the world's largest education publishing company. 

Keith Moffitt


Keith was Leader of Camden Council from 2006 to 2010, and Leader of the Opposition from 2010 to 2014. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and was its Chair from 2012 to 2016; he is also a trustee of the IoL Educational Trust. He works as a language consultant and translator specialising in EU affairs and speaks fluent French, German and Portuguese, combined with some rusty Russian and Italian. He previously worked for 20 years in the energy industry in international and corporate affairs, during which time he was for several years chair of a United Nations energy trade working party. 

Keith has hugely enjoyed taking courses in Arabic and yoga at Build.


Wendy Moss

Staff Governor


Sophie Neary 



Raj Parkash 


Raj Parkash was a solicitor with City law firm Clifford Chance for 30 years, 21 of them as a partner. He headed their Commercial Business Group, and established their Frankfurt office. After retiring from Clifford Chance, Raj enjoyed a number of classes at Build, which inspired him to seek to join the Board. He has recently finished a period as Head of Legal at the charity Comic Relief. He is also Vice Chair of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. 

My course of choice would be the course on Mahler and the Viennese school


Sandy Pfeifer


Sandy is Group Finance Director at the Institution of Civil Engineers, and has worked in the not for profit sector since 2008. Prior to this, Sandy had a long career in the city, having held senior finance positions in two FTSE100 companies - London Stock Exchange Group plc, and Reuters Group plc. He is a qualified chartered accountant and MBA, with over 35 years experience in financial management and reporting, governance, treasury and risk management.

My course choice would be Languages: Dutch


Michael Simmonds


Michael is the Chief Executive of Populus, a research and strategy consultancy.  A graduate of the University of Leeds, Michael had a background in politics (as a special adviser to three cabinet ministers and in various senior roles for the Conservative Party and at the BBC’s Political Research Unit) before co-founding Populus in 2003 to help organisations, businesses and brands gain a detailed understanding of their markets and to put research at the heart of their business strategy. His passion and interests have moved away from politics to how businesses run and what drives their reputation. 

My course choices would be photography or, if I was feeling really brave, learning to sing with confidence.

Paula Smith



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