Most further education colleges were incorporated by statute through the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (FHEA1992) and required to comply with the statutory Instrument and Articles of government. The DfES have recently revised the Instrument and Articles following a review of governance for FE colleges launched in April 2004.

The college’s Instrument and Articles of Government determine the duties and responsibilities of the corporation.

Board papers, upcoming events and further governance related information can all be found in our dedicated governors' area.

The Board of Governors is responsible for:

  1. the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;
  2. publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;
  3. approving the quality strategy of the institution;
  4. the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and safeguarding their assets;
  5. approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  6. the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk, including, where the Clerk is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, the Clerk’s appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay in the capacity of a member of staff; and
  7. setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

The corporation has the power to:

  • provide further and higher education
  • provide secondary education to 14 – 16 year olds in school
  • supply goods or services in support of the provision of education
  • conduct an educational establishment
  • subscribe for or acquire shares in or securities of a company
  • acquire or dispose of assets
  • borrow money
  • invest money

The legal power of the corporation rests with the corporation as a whole, not with the individual member.

Accountability

Governors are responsible for ensuring that funds received from the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency are used in accordance with the financial memorandum agreed with the SFA/EFA. They must also take account of the educational policies of national government.

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Board of Governors:

David Clark, Chair of Governors, External Member

Appointed May 2005 



Sue Higginson, Principal
 

 

Paul Smyth, Vice Chair, External Member

Appointed February 2016 

 

Anna Barnish, External Member

Appointed December 2007 

 

Jayne Winders, External Member

Appointed December 2015

Richard Mawdsley, External Member

Appointed December 2008 

 

Andrew Davies, External Member

Appointed March 2011 

 

Tony Mann, External Member

Appointed October 2014 

Joe McArdle, External Member

Appointed October 2014 

Tim Kelly, External Member

Appointed October 2015 

 

Lorraine Gardner, Staff Member

Appointed March 2015 



Commodore Gary Doyle, External Member

Appointed February 2016

 

The following people attend board meetings:

Michael Norton, Deputy Principal
Maura Cummins, Assistant Principal Quality Assurance

Robin Dawson, Director of HR

Steve Cain, Director of Financial Services

Will Jerram, Director of ICT & MIS

Ian James, Clerk to the Governors

Louise Kelly, Administrator to the Governors

Governors can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2016

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2015

Board Members 2016-17

Schedule of Meetings 2016-17

Board Meeting Minutes:

Audit Committee Minutes:

Governance & Search Minutes: