for October 2024 Intake.


Junaid Elahi

With over 20 years of higher education experience in the UK HE sectors; Junaid is an entrepreneur in the FE and HE sector. He is a graduate from the University of Wales, UK. He is working with a mission of widening participation in the HE sectors. His expertise includes project management, team building, and business development.  

His recent projects include, The School of Information Risk Management, Cambridge Regional College (London Campus), the Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Compliance (CGRC) a college in Pakistan, (CAS) Center of Excellence in Advance Studies.  

Chief Executive Officer SIRM 

Luciano Barbera

With over 20 years of experience supporting 300 organisations in various aspects. He is a Graduate of Business, with Training Management focus. He is also a fellow of CMI.  

Chair of Governors  

Chris McLean

Chris has worked in Further and Higher Education for over 30 years, with a particular interest in lifelong learning and continuing education. He has made a long-standing contribution to FE colleges in UK. Chris retired from his role as College Principal at Milton Keynes College in 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire. 

Principal SIRM 

Yaser Khan

Director of Corporate Services

Yaser has been managing business projects, primarily in the higher education sector. Holding a Master of Business Administration (MBA) UK, with over 20 years of experience in the sector, his forte includes risk management, change management, people management, project management and business development.

He plays a key role in supporting the corporate team in creating new services & solutions to enhance multi-functional operations. He supports all academic and admin teams including digital, finance, and compliance.


He employs improvisational and hybrid leadership styles and has a particular interest in lifelong learning. 

Director of Corporate Services 

Sarah Colmar

Sarah has worked internationally in Vocational, Further and Higher Education for over 30 years. She has a specialist interest in Quality Management and works in private college settings in this capacity and has experience in auditing through inspectorate functions. 

She has been instrumental in the development of many accredited programmes including Higher Nationals and continues to work within awarding bodies supporting centre development. She has run until recently, her own accredited centre offering a range of programmes in the vocational sector supporting a range of sectors, businesses, and those with specific access and learning difficulties. 

Quality Manager SIRM  

Steve Bispham

Steve has over 50 years of corporate experience. He was on the board of directors for 15 years with a multinational corporation. He ran a successful consultancy company for 20 years. He has managed over 7,500 staff at one point. He is an expert in customer services, quality management and people management. He enjoyed being a radio presenter and has over 400 shows he has recorded. His role at SIRM is overseeing training and development, carrying out trainings, advising the board and the chair. He is pivotal to the HR functions at SIRM.  

Vice Chair of Governers/Director Human Resource Management 

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