The College is an independent Further Education (FE) Corporation, established by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. This Act removed all further education colleges from local authority control on 1 April 1993. Such colleges are also established as charities but are exempt from the requirements of the Charities Act.
The powers of the Corporation may be summarised as:
- provide further and higher education
- supply goods or services in support of the provision of education
- provide secondary education to 14–16 year olds in schools/academies
- conduct an educational institution
- subscribe for or acquire shares in or securities of a company
- acquire and dispose of assets
- borrow & invest money
The Corporation also has powers to enter into contracts and make other arrangements in support of its main powers.
The College is administered under the Instrument & Articles of Government which set out the rules for the constitution and operation of the Corporation. The Board has also approved Standing Orders which include the Policy on the Selection of Governors.
Funding for the College is provided by the Education & Skills Funding Agency whose function is to ensure that government funding is distributed to the organisations who provide further education and skills training in England. Funding is also received from the Office for Students, who distribute public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges.
The Board of Governors deals with the mission and strategic direction of the College, determines policy and oversees the management of the institution which is in the hands of the Principal. The minutes of Board and committee meetings can be accessed here.
To fulfil its functions, the Board aims to recruit and maintain a wide range of skills/experience amongst its members. The profiles of current governors are shown below. Click here to find out more or apply to become a governor.
Board of Governors:
Tim Kelly, Chair of Governors
Appointed October 2015
Sue Higginson, Principal
Jayne Winders, Vice Chair of Governors
Appointed December 2015
Anna Barnish, External Member
Appointed December 2007
Richard Mawdsley, External Member
Appointed December 2008
Joe McArdle, External Member
Appointed October 2014
Lorraine Jones, Staff Member
Appointed March 2015
Commodore Gary Doyle, External Member
Appointed February 2016
Phil McKeown, External Member
Appointed July 2018
Vix Wrigley, Staff Member
Appointed July 2018
Paul Smith, External Member
Appointed February 2019
Lucy Barrow, External Member
Appointed October 2019
Mike Taylor, Student Governor
The following people attend Board meetings:
Michael Norton, Deputy Principal
Christine Carter, Vice Principal - Curriculum
Phillip Jones, Vice Principal - Quality
Will Jerram, Assistant Principal - MIS
Lesley Venables, Clerk to the Governors