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. 

Governance documents

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
Tim Kelly, Chair of Governors

Appointed October 2015

Wirral Met College, Principle Sue
Sue Higginson, Principal
 Jayne Winders, Vice Chair of Governors   Jayne Winders, Vice Chair of Governors
       Appointed December 2015


Anna Barnish, External Member
Anna Barnish, External Member

Appointed December 2007

Richard Mawdsley, External Member
Richard Mawdsley, External Member

Appointed December 2008

Joe McArdle, External Member
Joe McArdle, External Member

Appointed October 2014

Lorraine Jones, Wirral Met Staff Member
Lorraine Jones, Staff Member

Appointed March 2015

Commodore Garry Doyle, External Member
Commodore Gary Doyle, External Member

Appointed February 2016

Phil McKeown, External Member
Phil McKeown, External Member

Appointed July 2018

Vix Wrigley, Wirral Met Staff Member
Vix Wrigley, Staff Member

Appointed July 2018

Paul Smith, External Member
Paul Smith, External Member

Appointed February 2019


Lucy Barrow, External Member
Lucy Barrow, External Member

Appointed October 2019

  Mike Taylor, Student Govenor 2019-20    Mike Taylor, Student Governor

The following people attend Board meetings:

Wirral Met College Deputy Principle, Michael Norton
Michael Norton, Deputy Principal
Wirral Met College Vice Principle, Christine Carter
Christine Carter, Vice Principal - Curriculum
Wirral Met College Vice Principle, Phillip Jones
Phillip Jones, Vice Principal - Quality
Wirral Met College Assistant Principle, Will Jerram
Will Jerram, Assistant Principal - MIS
Lesley Venables, Clerk to the Governors
Lesley Venables, Clerk to the Governors

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



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