New Chair and Vice Chair Appointed

Rose Bruford College is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Sims to serve as the new Chair of the Board of Governors and the appointment of George Littlejohn as Vice Chair.

Jennifer and George were unanimously elected by the Board and will commence their duties on October 1, 2021.

On her appointment as Chair of Governors Jennifer said, “Rose Bruford College is an institution whose work I have admired over many years and it is a great honour have the opportunity to work with our very committed team of governors to oversee the next stage of the College’s development.  It has been a great pleasure to be part of the Board under Monisha Shah’s Chairmanship and I look forward to taking forward her legacy.” 

George says “I am very much looking forward to working yet more closely with Clarie and Jennifer, grasping the opportunities and tackling the challenges facing the world of education in the 2020s, as the world “builds back better” from its current troubles. It’s a great honour and privilege to serve with Rose Bruford College - and better still, a tremendous treat, given the energy that shines out from this vibrant community.”

The College would like to thank Monisha Shah for her dedication to making positive change at the College in her post as Chair since March 2015. During her tenure the College has secured the highest government endorsement of our teaching (TEF Gold), been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers, and seen the introduction of many new and exciting programmes.

Clarie Middleton, Principal and CEO of Rose Bruford College, said, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with Monisha to move the College forward in line with our strategic plan. She will be missed by a great many of us at the College. I am looking forward to working closely with Jennifer and George from October to ensure we continue to deliver excellent education and training, and a transformative student experience."

The College is fortunate to have a highly accomplished governing body with a wide array of skills and experience across sector and industry. Each Board member is closely aligned with the values and ethos of the College, and works in the best interests of our students, staff and other stakeholders in a thoughtful and collaborative way.


Jennifer Sims profile

Jennifer has had a long career in post-16 education, as a lecturer in Performing Arts, as a senior manager, and culminating with 10 years as Principal of John Ruskin College, where she led the College through a period of significant change.

She was part of the national team that developed the first BTEC in Performing Arts, she developed FE/HE partnerships in Accrington and in Newham to increase transition to HE provision and in Oldham and in Newham, she led the development of innovative College/Theatre partnerships so that students could be permanently based within a real work environment.

Since retiring Jennifer has been a member of the Teaching Agency Professional Standards Panel, was Chair of a secondary school and is Chair of the Bob Hope Theatre, a community theatre in Eltham.  As part of this role she drove forward a major building project to improve the Theatre’s facilities.  She has served 7 years on the Board of Rose Bruford College and plays an active role in its work.

Jennifer was brought up in Oldham, where as a teenager she regularly attended Oldham Coliseum Theatre, one of the last weekly reps in the country.  She studied a B.A in Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University and gained her PGCE there.  She holds an MBA from Southwark University and is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Speech and Drama.   She is an avid theatregoer and has directed many productions in colleges and local theatre groups.



George Littlejohn profile

George Littlejohn qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in London before becoming a journalist with The Economist, specialising in financial and economic matters. He is now senior adviser at the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a global professional body, having conducted advisory work amongst investment management firms across Europe, the Middle East and Asia over the past three decades. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, with a masters in development economics, and the author of a number of works on risk management in finance, and most recently “Financing the sustainable energy transition,” part of “The geopolitics of the global energy transition” series published by Springer in 2020.

He was from 1996 – 2006 a trustee of Merlin, a UK humanitarian charity which is now part of Save the Children; and chairman of the trustees of Hay2Timbuktu from 2009-2013, now a patron. From 2004-2006, he was senior adviser to the Festival of Muslim Cultures 2006 (Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales). He is also a trustee and vice-chair of Black Mountains College in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. He was born in 1952 in Lanark, in Scotland, and is married with two sons.