Aspire Sussex is governed by an appointed board of seven trustees. Further information on the remit of our trustees and the code of conduct can be found in the documents on the bottom of the page.

Biographies for Trustees

Norman Boyland (Chair)

With a background in research, development and operations in the pharmaceutical industry, Norman works in the areas of skills, innovation and economic development. He was Chair of the Learning and Skills Council South East Region 2006 – 2010, additionally chairing the National Capital Committee during the same period. He remains a non-executive director of the Innovation Centre at the University of Sussex and Chair of Trustees of 4SIGHT, a charity for the blind and partially sighted. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Brighton and is a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex.

John Burke

John Burke is a retired Assistant Chief Fire Officer who spent 18 years of a 31 year career in middle and senior management posts with management focus on training, ICTt, emergency operations, risk, projects and strategy. He was Regional Project Director for the North East, with responsibilities for FiReControl, Firelink and a range of regional collaboration initiatives.

He was a member of the 999 Liaison Committee, undertook work to produce national guidance for CPD and Work at Height and participated in European projects rescue from height and depth. Since retiring from the Fire and Rescue service he worked on behalf of the Chief Fire Officers Association as senior professional advisor to the FiReControl Project.

Other experience has included contributing to the work of the Institution of Fire Engineers and fourteen years as chairman of a school governing body. Academic awards include membership of City and Guilds of London for fire service management, a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and a Post-Graduate Certificate in computer based information systems.

Lyn Glanz

Lyn Glanz has lived and worked in the Netherlands, the UK and Switzerland where she was Dean of Graduate Programmes for a Swiss University. Originally a qualified social worker, she has been actively involved with global mobility issues as both a consultant and researcher, designing and delivering bespoke programmes in a number of countries for major multinational concerns and academic institutions. She brings international experience in educational quality systems having acted as an official auditor or prepared accreditation documentation for Swiss, US, UK, Croatian, Dutch and Lithuanian education programmes.

Robyn Kohler

Prior to joining Aspire Sussex Ltd in 2015, Robyn was the CEO/Principal of Friends Centre, an independent Adult Education charity in Brighton and Hove. She moved into the ‘not for profit’ sector five years ago, after ten years as Head of Faculty for Skills for Life and Adult and Community Learning, including the remit for ALDD, International and Additional Learning support, and has lead on Equality and Diversity.

She has 15 years of management experience in Adult Education, and ten years of experience in sales/marketing and business development prior to taking a break to have her family. She was the Chair of Governors at a primary school in Bexhill-on-Sea for five years as well as being a Governor trainer for ESCC prior to training as a teacher.

Robyn has led on the Hastings and Rother Employability and Skills projects, and worked in partnership with the East Sussex NHS Trust to deliver Skills for Life projects.

Melanie Muir

Melanie is the Director of Operations at St. John’s School and College – a registered charity based in East Sussex, where she has worked since April 2017. Melanie has responsibility for the finance, IT and estates teams. Prior to St. John’s, Melanie gained over 10 years’ manufacturing industry experience, within UK branches of large, publicly listed corporations and smaller private equity backed groups.

Melanie is committed to lifelong learning and, since leaving full time education, has achieved a BTEC National Certificate in Business and Finance, became a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant, and was awarded an MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management with distinction, which she studied online with the University of Liverpool. Melanie is currently studying for an MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management.

Peter Hofman

With over 40 years of experience in the energy industry, Peter has held senior positions in finance, strategic planning, sales and marketing, business development, information technology, and regulatory compliance. He has significant project management expertise, including in post-merger and acquisition integration, in launching corporate and social responsibility commitments, and in directing EDF Energy’s role as sustainability partner for the 2012 London Olympics.

He has served on several industry bodies, including the Energy Savings Trust, the Energy Technologies Institute, the London Energy Services Company, and as both a member and as chair of the Energy Retail Association. He has also served as a trustee for the EDF Energy Fuel Poverty Trust and as trustee of the EEGS Pension scheme.

Peter has over 15 years of involvement with Adult Education, including periods as a governor, as vice-chair and then chair of governors for City College Brighton and Hove. For more than 20 years he was a non-executive director of the Innovation Centre at the University of Sussex. In 2012 he was awarded a Fellowship by the University for his outstanding contribution to innovation at Sussex.

Walter Edgar (Co-opted Trustee)

Originally from Glasgow, Walter qualified as a Management Accountant and has held many senior executive roles in public, private and charity organisations. These have included organisations in: Biotech and Medical Devices, Media, Transport, Sport and Energy Supply.

Walter has lived and worked in Australia, namely Sydney and Brisbane. There he obtained Fellowships in: CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Directors and Australian Institute of Management. In addition to the many senior executive roles including Physician education and Management education, he was a Board member of a GP organisation and volunteer in food transport.

Coming back to the UK in 2016, Walter has recently become a Co-opted Trustee with a belief in life-long learning for the community.