We believe that at BSDC, you will be better connected to the world of work than anywhere else. We are committed to your success, both in College and in the wider world.

We understand that having relevant, up to date skills and knowledge is vital and we have enlisted the support of College Patrons and Fellows, former students, visiting speakers and experts, who are all on hand to connect you to your future and help you make it happen.

 

Kavita Oberoi OBE

Kavita Oberoi OBE

College Patron and College Fellow


Kavita Oberoi OBE is one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. She is an ambassador for skills through the Kavita Oberoi and BSDC Academy, and supports new and growing businesses through her Oberoi Business Hub. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Pride Park’s Oberoi Consulting and is widely known from her appearance on Channel 4’s hit show, The Secret Millionaire.


Judy Naake

Judy Naake

Patron of Hairdressing & Beauty and College Fellow


Judy Naake is best known for bringing the St.Tropez self tanning range to the UK and building the brand into the market leader within the UK through a combination of strong sales, marketing and PR. Judy is now officially retired but is on the board of many companies and maintains a keen interest in several businesses including Airbase Airbrush Make-Up, the company now run by her son.


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Patron of Sport, Health & Fitness and College Fellow


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is an internationally renowned footballer, celebrated for a glittering career which included playing for prestigious clubs Leeds United, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea. In his first season as Burton Albion Manager in 2014/15, he led them to their first ever promotion to League One. He is now manager of Northampton Town FC.


Ken Stepney

Ken Stepney

College Fellow


Former College Governor, Ken Stepney, is a JCB ambassador, representing the company on the Stoke and Staffordshire LEP Board and chairing the area’s Education Trust. Ken is the principal of a people development company, a member of the Chartered Institute of Management, board member of the B2Gether education partnership and the Local Ambassador for the Princes Trust in Staffordshire.


Ben Robinson BEM

Ben Robinson BEM

College Fellow


Ben became a Director of Burton Albion in February 1975 and is the Club’s Chairman and majority shareholder. His current local community and charity commitments include being President of the Burton YMCA, Chairman of Burtonian Futures Ltd, Trustee of the Consolidated Charities and Burton Addiction Centre, and Trustee and Director of the Staffordshire Community Foundation.


Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Patron of Construction and Sustainability and College Fellow


Dave Smith is Managing Director for the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen Homes, and is a member of the St.Modwen Plc Property Board. Previously, Dave was Managing Director for Morgan Sindall’s Construction North business, which covers the North of England and Wales. He was also on the executive board for Morgan Sindall PLC.


Michael Goodwin

Michael Goodwin

College Fellow


Previously Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology at Staffordshire University, Michael now focuses on voluntary and consulting work, including working for the Engineering Council and the British Computer Society, whilst continuing to advise the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on the accreditation of courses at universities.


Dr. David Bryon

Dr. David Bryon

College Fellow


David became a Fellow of the College in 2014. He has strong links with the local Burton community and has served as Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Burton Mail Business Awards, and is a Trustee of the O’Connor Gateway Charitable Trust. David has also ventured into watersports, setting up the Midland’s first straight-line cable wakeboarding watersports centre.


Adrian Argyle

Adrian Argyle

College Fellow


Adrian has served on the Governing Body since 1993 and is Vice Chair of the Governing Body. He currently serves on the Audit Committee. His family have lived locally for more than 70 years and he has practised as a Chartered Surveyor in Burton for over 40 years, latterly as principal of his own firm. He lives in South Derbyshire and is a Clerk to the Trustees of Ravenstone Hospital Alms Houses.


Edmund Wallis

Edmund Wallis

College Fellow


Edmund Wallis, an engineer, spent most of his time in the power industry while also holding numerous non-executive roles in other industrial and scientific organisations. He was appointed Chief Executive of Powergen plc in 1988, has been an advisor for the Secretary of State regarding the development of the London Underground Private Public Partnership, and Chairman of the Natural Environment Research Council.


Amir Kabal OBE

Amir Kabal OBE

College Fellow


Amir Kabal has a long-standing association with BSDC as a student, advisory committee member and former governor. Appointed magistrate in 1992, Amir then got involved in community work, supporting integration and empowerment. He has worked for better community relations for over 30 years and was awarded an OBE for services to education and the community.


David Sheepshanks CBE

David Sheepshanks CBE

College Fellow


David Sheepshanks is best known for his extensive career in Football, serving The FA, The Football League and Ipswich Town over the last 25 years. Today he is Chairman of St George’s Park as well as Chairman of FA Learning Ltd (the educational subsidiary). He is a previous Chairman of the Football League, a long serving member of FA Board and former Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club.


Jamie Dunn

Jamie Dunn

Patron of Business & Enterprise


A successful entrepreneur, Jamie was short-listed as one of the ‘Top 20 Young People in the World’. By the age of 18, Jamie co-founded the printing organisation ‘Made By Young People’ and gained high profile clients such as Aston Villa FC, Ikea and Asda. Since then, Jamie has gone on to work with Governments and educational organisations from around the world, developing Youth Entrepreneurship schemes.


Jaki Graham

Jaki Graham

Patron of Performing Arts


Jaki Graham is a successful recording artist, celebrating over 35 years in the music industry, with hits including the timeless 80s classics, ‘Could It Be I’m Falling in Love?’ and ‘Round and Around’. Jaki’s powerful and inspirational voice has made her one of the UK’s most appealing and enduring soul entertainers.


David Benford

David Benford

Patron of IT


David is a leading expert on hostile observations through social media and emerging technologies, and is the managing director and principal consultant of digital forensic and cybercrime specialists, Blackstage Forensics. He is a Special Officer within UK law enforcement and is an Associate Lecturer of Cybercrime at the University of Derby.


Tony Walker

Tony Walker

College Fellow


Tony Walker has got 40 years’ experience in the motor industry and has worked at Toyota for over 25 years. Tony has held a range of senior positions at Toyota, and in 2014, he became Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe’s London Office. With Tony’s support, BSDC has worked with Toyota Manufacturing UK for many years to create a successful training and apprenticeship partnership.


Dr Ben Dunlop

Dr Ben Dunlop

Patron of Engineering


Dr Ben Dunlop has got over 25 years’ experience in the heavy rail industry, and is currently the Practice Director for Energy Systems at Atkins, leading the teams responsible for energy in the transportation markets. Ben is also a leader in the transition towards digital engineering, identifying the skills needed for future generations of managers, engineers and technicians.


Shalini Khemka

Shalini Khemka

College Fellow


Shalini is the CEO and founder of E2Exchange. She was formerly on the Development Board of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was a judge for IBM Smartcamp. She was an Investment Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and a management accountant at Deutsche Bank. She has also worked for Bankers Trust, Natwest Bank and Coopers & Lybrand.


Paul Laffey

Paul Laffey

College Fellow


Paul has been a supporter of the YMCA throughout his adult life and his experience in social housing and volunteering work led him to becoming Senior Housing Manager at Burton YMCA, before progressing to the role of Chief Executive. He has led on the expansion and development of YMCA services, and volunteers as a Trustee for a number of local charities.


Contact Details

Contact Details


Burton and South Derbyshire College
Tel: 01283 494400

Town Centre Campus


Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

Construction Academy


Construction Academy, 21 Tetron Point, William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 OBB