Meet the Governors

Abingdon & Witney College’s Corporation consists of 15 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.



Di Batchelor, Principal & CEO

Di graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in French Language and Literature in 1981. She started her career in educational administration for Oxfordshire County Council, and quickly developed a passion for education in the community. Di managed a number of adult education and youth centres, before becoming a county officer.

Her career then took her to Abingdon College in 1992 as the Head of Community Education (Adult Learning). After working in a number of different roles within the college she became a member of the senior team, helped to manage the merger in 2001 with the former West Oxfordshire College, and became Deputy Principal in 2011.

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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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