Governors of Vision Studio School are responsible for the strategic direction of the school, and for ensuring its continued health. External governors bring a wide range of experience and expertise to the governing board, their leadership skills will also aid the school with the decision making process. View the Vision Studio School Governance Structure.

Dame Asha Khemka DBEDame Asha Khemka DBE 
Principal and Chief Executive, West Nottinghamshire College Group

Dame Asha has been the Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College Group since 2006. A multi-million pound business in its own right, the college makes a difference to over 32,000 young people and adults and is one of the most successful providers of apprenticeships in the UK with over 13,000 apprentices each year.

Whilst rooted in its local community, the college has an international footprint with its subsidiary company bksb operating in over 20 countries worldwide including a centre in Chandigarh.

Dame Asha’s contribution to education has been recognised through many accolades. In 2009 she was awarded the OBE for services to education and in January 2014 became the first Indian born in living memory to be named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

She sits on numerous Boards including the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Education Honours Committee, Midlands Engine for Growth Strategy Group and is the Chair of the Association of College’s Quality and Performance Portfolio Group, Vision Studio School and the Midlands Engine for Growth Skills Group.

She is passionate about furthering the aspirations of young people and in 2008 founded the Inspire and Achieve Foundation, a charity dedicated to transforming young people’s lives.

In 2014 Dame Asha was named the inaugural recipient of the Dadabhai Naoroji Award in recognition of her contribution in the field of education to Indian and UK relations and in December of the same year was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by the Prime Minister, David Cameron.


 Chris HatherallChris Hatherall
Principal, Vision Studio School

Chris has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Salford and an MA from Kingston University. He is a qualified teacher with a PGCE from De Monfort University and has taught in the secondary education sector since 1997. Prior to being appointed as Principal of Wigan UTC, Chris held leadership positions in a high school recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Formerly a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in Applied Learning, Chris has received regional and national recognition for the support he has provided to schools across the country in developing STEM courses.

Recognised by Google as a promoter of emerging technologies in education, Chris is also a former Green Apple National Green Champion Award winner. As a board member of Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association Ltd (STEGTA), he is passionate about young people accessing and securing high status apprenticeships that lead to a degree-level qualification in STEM subjects.


Martin Rigley MBEMartin Rigley MBE     
Managing Director, Lindhurst Engineering Ltd

Martin is the managing director of Lindhurst Engineering Ltd which provides engineering services to the UK coal mining industry. The company spans a broad range of sectors; utilities, energy, transport, construction, original equipment manufacturers, food and drink and bio science.

His career began with British Coal as a student apprentice electrical engineer, leaving after 15 years to join the family business at Lindhurst in 1994. He is a chartered engineer and holds Eur Ing status (FEANI European Engineer) as well as being an Associate of the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials.

Martin has a keen interest in promoting British engineering excellence and steering the agenda for developing technical skills within the sector. He is chair of N2 Employment and Skills Board, a member of the CBI East Midlands Regional Council and a member of the CBI National Enterprise Forum.

Martin was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for his services to business and innovation.


Malcolm Hall MBEMalcolm Hall MBE
Managing Director, Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Limited

Malcolm is the Managing Director and owner of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Limited, a multi-award- winning industrial supplies company which he established in 2006. His business has grown significantly and as well as supplying local firms, the company now exports to over 75 countries and is currently Midlands Exporter of the Year.

Malcolm is a director of Mansfield 2020 and works tirelessly within the business community to share his knowledge and experience so that other local businesses and young people can replicate this success for themselves. He has also arranged a partnership with Nottingham Rugby Football Club to provide coaching to local young people to encourage them to widen their horizons and realise their ambitions. Malcolm joined the board in 2012 and hopes to contribute significantly to the development of the college.

Malcolm was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for his services to business.


 Andrew MartinAndrew Martin
Finance Director/Deputy Principal, West Nottinghamshire College Group

Andrew is a professionally-qualified accountant with a broad range of public and private sector experience including working internationally with a more recent focus for the past ten years in education, having worked at a senior regional level for the Learning and Skills Council and at West Nottinghamshire College.


Lee RadfordLee Radford
Deputy Director for Training, Education and Development, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lee is the Deputy Director for Training, Education and Development for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is responsible for a wide range of portfolios such as leadership and management development, medical and nurse education, lifelong learning, NVQs and apprenticeships, professional workforce training and knowledge management services.

Before working for the NHS Lee spent 24 years working in Further Education within staff development, teacher training and IT training and support.

After leaving school at 16 with no qualifications, Lee joined a Youth Training Scheme. In 2004, he completed his Master’s degree in management and technology.


Tracey ThompsonTracey Thompson
Vice Principal: Human Resources, West Nottinghamshire College Group

Tracey Thompson is the Vice Principal: Human Resources and Organisational Development at West Nottinghamshire College.

Within this role she is responsible for driving forward the college’s people strategy which encompasses human resources and people development.  She is also the Deputy Designated Officer for safeguarding and has been for many years.

Tracey is the Chair of Employee Council, JCNP Union meetings, Support Managers Forum and Leadership Team meetings and is an active member of the Equality and Diversity group, Healthy College Steering Group, Health and Safety Committee and the Finance, Resources and Estates Committee.

 Tracey joined the Vision Studio School Board on 27th March 2017 and is the Safeguarding Lead on the Governing Body.

Minutes of meetings

Minutes of the Governing Body are publicly available and can be requested by contacting Rachel Bates, West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield, NG18 5BH via email or via telephone 01623 413606.

View the Declaration of interest summary 2016.