Meet the Portcullis Trust trustees:
Barrie Selwyn – Chairman
Formerly the principal of Kingston Adult Education, Barrie is the lead tutor for the School of Ideas. Educated at Hackney Downs School and Sussex University he is a highly respected Adult Educationalist specializing in philosophy and literature. Barrie is the Chair of the Portcullis Trust, a charity which supports adult learning in Richmond.
He has developed and delivered a vast range of highly successful programmes of learning on the modern European mind. As a trained inspector Barrie is passionate about providing proper learner centred courses which enable learners to move on with confidence. He is also chairman and one of the founder members of Kingston Philosophy café.
Dean trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked in repertory theatre, theatre in education, fringe and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared on the comedy circuit in improvisation shows and as part of comedy teams. He has worked many times for the BBC and has appeared in films and commercials. His plays have performed professionally.
Dean has taught a wide range of theatre skills at different levels to many diverse groups of students.
Richard became a trustee in October 2014 following 14 years work at RACC (now retired) primarily concerned with data returns to the College’s funding bodies. Previously, Richard had worked for Kingston Borough Council, South Bank University (Dept. Applied Biology), Thames Water (agricultural field trials) and what was once known as the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (Drayton Experimental Husbandry Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Richard gained a degree in Agriculture at Wye College (London University) in 1975 with further studies at the University of Kent and South Bank University. Also, not forgetting, more recent enjoyable IT and Film Study classes at RACC..
Richard enjoys cycling (member of South Western Road Club and Kingston U3A cycling group), and has joined the Friends of Richmond Park and does voluntary conservation work within the Park. He also attempts to grow vegetables on his allotment near where he lives in Kingston.
Robert retired from RACC in March 2012, having joined in September 1996 after spending 24 years with the British Council in a variety of posts dealing with cultural exchange. These included short stints in Moscow, Kuwait, Yemen and Tunisia as well as longer postings in London working with Scholarship schemes for overseas students.
With RACC, he spent six years at the then Shaftesbury Centre in Kew Road before moving to Reception and Quality.
His interests include cinema, theatre (he has been an enthusiastic annual contributor to the RACC staff pantomime) and gardening.
He has been a Trustee since 2006.
Sally Stiff – Treasurer
Sally trained at the RCA in Illustration in the school of Graphic Design and worked in many different design disciplines, book illustration, stamp design, advertising, graphics and was some years in the architects department of the former Greater London Council.
More recently she was a consultant in way-finding and signing. She now runs her own business as an exhibition designer, and has designed several exhibitions for major London collections.
She has travelled in Europe and the Middle East, returning with a portfolio of watercolours.
Her links with RACC go back some years. She has taken courses in etching and ceramics, as well as teaching illustration and life drawing.
She became a trustee in 2010.
Michael Wheeler is enjoying life in retirement following a long and successful career in education. He started out as a PE teacher in a school in north London and went on to become a College Principal in Adult Education and FE Colleges.
Michael holds an MA in Business and Public Sector Strategy and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He brings a number of key skills to the role of Trustee. These include an extensive knowledge of the education sector and the ability to network effectively across different agencies and organisations. He is currently learning Italian and Photography, and is a keen member of Kingston Ramblers.