Our Board of Governors

Meet the Team

Our Governing body comprises volunteer Governors drawn from a range of backgrounds and experiences.


The Full Board meets 3 times a year and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the College and working with senior leaders to review the college’s performance.


Governors also Chair delegated sub-committees, the decisions of which are relayed to the full board.

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Paul Battiste

Chair of Governors | Chair of Health & Safety Subcommittee

Paul Worked for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Youth Service as a Leader for over 20 years and during that period he developed an interest in Autism and was fortunate enough to be offered a position with a local Autism Charity (NORSACA) as an Assistant Tutor. During this time Paul worked in all aspects of care and support including both residential and outreach support.


In 2001 Paul moved to Spain to set up a service offering respite care but had to return to the UK due to health reasons. Upon his return Paul got involved with the National Autistic Society and served as a Trustee and National councillor, being involved in numerous campaigns. Paul also developed an eight-bed autism-specific residential home, which was opened in 2006 and continues to be successful by providing consistent residential support for people and young adults with Autism.


Paul is committed to the role of Trustee and works alongside the Board and College Leaders to ensure Landmarks provides high-quality education, care, and support in a safe and successful environment.


Mark Hilton

Chair of Finance, Audit & Resources Subcommittee

An experienced financial and charity management professional with over 35 years of experience, Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG working in Audit, Owner Managed Business and Corporate Finance, including work on flotations, buyouts and banking reports.


Mark worked as Director of Finance & Resources at Sheffield Museums from its creation as a new charitable trust to operate the museums and galleries in Sheffield. During his time with the trust the award-winning £17m Millennium Gallery was opened, and Weston Park Museum was redeveloped into a family-friendly museum.


Following a brief period at the charity Relate, Mark moved to Leeds Conservatoire, where he managed the absorption of this Higher and Further Education college into the Luminate Education Group, including the expansion of its courses and facilities.


There followed a period as a financial liaison at British Business Bank plc with its shareholder, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and other government departments. During this period, the Bank managed Coronavirus Loans and other equity support of over £70 Billion to UK companies by the bank on behalf of the HM Government as part of the government’s response to the pandemic.


Outside of his paid work, Mark has been a Trustee and Treasurer at the Charity Finance Group, a trustee of a few music charities, and continues to be Chair of the Sensoria Festival in Sheffield. Married with two grown-up children, Mark is passionate about live music and attending sporting events.


Chris Pickup

Chair of Education & Standards Subcommittee

Chris has many years of proven experience in all aspects of developing quality education provisions for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities across the sector, both in day and residential provision. Chris has extensive experience working within a range of GFE, Adult & Community, ISC’s and LA’s. She also has twenty years of experience as an additional inspector in SEN/LLDD and experience of being inspected.