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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.   Copies of these documents can be accessed here.

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 Higher Education Funding Council for England, 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. If you are interested in finding out more or applying to become a governor, you can access the details here.

Governors’ portal can be accessed here.

Board of Governors:

Paul Smyth

Paul Smyth, Chair of Governors

Appointed February 2016

Sue Higginson

Sue Higginson, Principal

Tim Kelly


Tim Kelly, Vice-Chair of Governors

Appointed October 2015


Anna Barnish

Anna Barnish, External Member

Appointed December 2007

Richard Mawdsley

Richard Mawdsley, External Member

Appointed December 2008

Joe McArdle

Joe McArdle, External Member

Appointed October 2014

Lorraine Jones

Lorraine Jones, Staff Member

Appointed March 2015

 Jayne Winders


Jayne Winders, External Member

Appointed December 2015


 Gary Doyle

Commodore Gary Doyle, External Member

Appointed February 2016


 Joanne Finnerty


Joanne Finnerty, External Member

Appointed October 2017

 Sandra Johnson


Sandra Johnson, External Member

Appointed July 2018

 Phil McKeown


Phil McKeown, External Member

Appointed July 2018

 Vix Wrigley


Vix Wrigley, Staff Member

Appointed July 2018



Macen Byatt, Student Governor

Appointed December 2018



Paul Smith, External Member

Appointed February 2019


The following people attend board meetings:

Michael Norton1

Michael Norton, Deputy Principal
Maura Cummins Maura Cummins, Vice Principal - Curriculum and Quality

Will Jerram

Will Jerram, Assistant Principal - MIS

Lesley Venables

Lesley Venables, Clerk to the Governors

Louise Scott-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 2018

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2017

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



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