Meet the Governors

Abingdon & Witney College’s Corporation consists of 17 Governors drawn from the local community and includes staff and student representation. Here, you can read more about the experience and guidance they bring to the College.

Jacqui Canton, Principal & CEO

Jacqui studied History at the University of York, before starting a career as a graduate manager for Asda. After five Christmases in retail, and enjoying the people side of the business more than the retail side, she moved into training and development, initially working for a large engineering firm running national graduate and apprenticeship training programmes.

Jacqui moved into further education over ten years ago and has worked at various colleges across the country, primarily looking after apprenticeship provision. She joined Abingdon and Witney College in 2011 and has led various areas of the college including apprenticeships, marketing, higher education, community learning and management information services.
She became Principal and Chief Executive in September 2020.

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Gavin Maitland-Smith, Chair of Governors

Gavin Maitland-Smith has an MA in Modern History from Brasenose College, Oxford and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002.

He is a specialist in working capital fundraising and lending, having spent the last 14 years running a number of specialist finance businesses and acting as a retained advisor to a number of listed companies. He regularly writes and lectures on the subject of trade finance, from both a legal and financial perspective.

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