The National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (“NCATI”) is a charitable company limited by guarantee and a subsidiary of the University of Birmingham. Read about our Governors here.


Professor Stephen Jarvis - Chair

Professor Jarvis is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

He is a Professor of Computer Science and has published more than 220 peer-reviewed academic papers, including with Argonne National Laboratory, ARM, Centre for Space Research at MIT, CRAY, Fujitsu Labs Europe, IBM TJ Watson Research Laboratory, Intel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center, NEC European Research Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, Sandia National Laboratories and the Francis Crick Institute.

He has received several major grants from the UK Research Councils and from industry, supporting research in areas including data science, robotics and autonomy, aerodynamics and continuum mechanics, networks and distributed systems, computer graphics and visualization, software engineering and computer architectures.

Professor Stephen Jarvis

Damian Allen - Governor

Damian is Chief Executive of Doncaster Council. Damian is a qualified teacher and has taught in middle and secondary schools, Further Education and Higher Education.

Damian has held a number of management roles and governor positions in every phase of education.

He has advised the UK and other governments on education and children’s services matters and acted as a member of a number of Commissions of Inquiry, Advisory Boards, and Ministerial Advisory Groups.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive, he held Doncaster Council’s statutory Chief Officer role for Children (DCS) and Adults (DASS).

Damian Allen

Jo Binstead - Governor

Jo has been the head of the Education & Skills Department within Siemens Mobility Limited since December 2019, having joined NTAR as General Manager in October 2019.

Jo joined Siemens in 2011, having previously worked across a number of markets such as China, India and the US, and for companies including TE Connectivity, Raychem and Ford Motor Company.

Jo is Chair of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) Steering Group and responsible for university engagement and cross-collaboration between universities and Siemens Mobility. Jo is also a board member and trustee of Women in Rail.

Jo studied Business Studies and Human Resource Management at the University of Gloucestershire and has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Business Strategy, Innovation and Digitalisation.

Jo Binstead

Ian Fitzpatrick - Principal and CEO

Prior to joining NCATI as Principal and Chief Executive Ian has worked in the FE Sector in a variety of management roles across several colleges in the West Midlands and Devon regions. Ian was at Exeter College (Ofsted Outstanding since 2014) until 2016 where he was Head of the Faculty of Technology, then Assistant Principal with responsibility for the vocational curriculum, apprenticeships, and business and employer engagement.

From 2016, Ian held the Chief Executive position at the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS). ECMS is an employer-led organisation in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, and the Black Country LEP that trains apprentices for the foundry and metal forming industry.

This built on an extensive career in the Automotive and Construction industries as a plant and transport engineer managing projects across the UK.

Since leaving ECMS, Ian has been working as an Education and Learning Technology Consultant delivering training to organisations in Nigeria and India.

Ian Fitzpatrick

Neil Hayward - Governor

Neil is HR Director for High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd has a proven track record as a Board Level Executive and human resources (HR) professional across multiple sectors, both public and private, as well as international.

Before joining HS2) Ltd, Neil was working as an independent management consultant. His most recent corporate role was at Post Office Ltd where, as Group People Director, he was part of the team that restored this business to profit, after several years of significant losses.

Neil has previously held senior level HR positions at BT Plc, the Ministry of Justice, Standard Chartered Bank, and Serco Group Plc, amongst others.

Neil Hayward

Mick Lochran - Governor

After a career as an engineer in the manufacturing sector, Mick moved into the Further Education sector where he has held several senior roles across three colleges and now holds the role as Chief Executive Officer at the DN Colleges Group.

Throughout his time in education and training, Mick has continued to be a passionate advocate for employers, students, and the power of education in transforming communities. Mick has an MBA (Dist) from the University of Hull, has recently completed an Executive Leadership programme at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and aspires to be an innovative and entrepreneurial leader who has a track record of developing mutually beneficial partnerships.

Mick Lochran

Gillian McGrattan - Governor

Gillian McGrattan is Director of Human Resources at the University of Birmingham.

Gillian McGrattan

Sharon Odetunde - Governor

Sharon has been with RSSB’s Research and Development team since 2013, leading research projects delivered in partnership with academia and international research bodies. She is involved in leading the coordinating hub of the UK Innovation and Research Network (UKRRIN), bringing together Centres of Excellence in rail research with the supply chain and the wider industry. Sharon is a passionate advocate of careers in rail and works with local schools and colleges to promote STEM subjects.

Sharon is a railway engineering professional with experience in track design, infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance, R&D management and implementation.

Sharon is focused on developing solutions for the rail industry, covering a broad range of challenges.

Sharon Odetunde

Dr Paul Phillips CBE - Governor

Dr Paul Phillips is the Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group (North Somerset), having turned it around from an inadequate College (c£9m) when he joined in 2001 to the £67m Outstanding College it is today. It regularly tops the FE league tables and is a lead contract holder for education in 19 prisons in the UK. Dr Phillips was formerly Vice Principal of the largest College in Wales. His work has included consultations with the NHS/MOJ/MOD and public services, as well as published research papers on Education Cost Benefit Analysis. Despite running Weston College, Dr Phillips is very active in his local community and represents the FE sector regionally and nationally. Dr Phillips received an OBE for his services to further education and the voluntary sector, followed by a CBE in 2017 for his work in further and higher education.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE

Carolyn Pike OBE - Governor

Carolyn Pike is a recently retired solicitor and was formerly Director of Legal Services at the University of Birmingham. She has held a number of non-executive director roles and is currently Chair of the Hereford and Worcester Dyslexia Association, and a Governor at a Secondary School. She was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours’ List for services to legal service and higher education.

Carolyn Pike OBE

Chris Pike - Governor

Chris is an accomplished Project Manager, Project Director, Account Leader and work winning strategist with over 20 years’ experience across Rail Infrastructure, Highways and Oil & Gas.

In 2015, he became a Partner in the Arcadis business following the acquisition of Hyder Consulting, and in 2016 became Sector Director for UK Rail and is now responsible for all market and client facing activities.

Chris Pike

Carole Stott OBE - Governor

Carole is a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience in education, particularly in the Further Education and Skills sector where she has held several Executive and Non-Executive roles. Her key interests and aims have included working to support development and reform in the UK that will improve access, success and progression, especially for those who have not reached their full potential in the school system. She has also played a leading role in promoting and supporting good governance, working with the Association of Colleges (AoC) to produce the first Code of Good Governance for English Colleges.

Carole was appointed to the Board of Ofsted in 2018. Other recent non-executive roles have included Chair of the Board of AoC, Chair of Bath College, and Chair of WorldSkills UK. She was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2021 and the MBE for services to Adult Education in 2012.

Carole Stott OBE

Richard Swann - Governor

Richard is a Partner, Head of Investments, and member of the Investment Committee at Inflexion, one of Europe’s leading Private Equity Firms.

He has been involved in many of Inflexion’s successful investments, and over the years has worked across a range of sectors and situations, leading a number of Inflexion’s investments through to IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

Richard was previously a partner with Deloitte and Andersen, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and fundraising.

He is passionate about the role of education in promoting social mobility and the contribution that investment in people can make to communities.

Richard Swann

Amanda White - Governor

Amanda is Rail Programme Director for West Midlands Rail Executive.

Amanda’s career as a railway professional spans over 16 years’ working at all levels of the UK industry. Originally joining the railway industry in 2003 as a trainee electrification and plant (E&P) engineer, Amanda has applied her Railway Systems Engineering MSc (Birmingham University) to shape the design of key projects for Network Rail and Phase 2 of HS2.

Amanda has been a volunteer, supporting the IMechE Railway Division activities for over fifteen years. Amanda continues to sit on the IMechE Board as a Vice Chair, she is passionate inspiring future generations to work in the railway industry and showcasing the people that make it a success.

Amanda White