The College's Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the College. It holds at least 6 formal meetings a year and is supported by an Audit Committee, a Remuneration Committee and a Search and Nominations Committee (SNC).

The Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) as the College's Principal Regulator for charity law purposes, requires the College to publish the names of Governors who were members of the Board of Governors on 31 January. Unless otherwise indicated, Governors listed below were members of the Board of Governors on 31 January 2017 and remain members of the Board of Governors to date. A list of Governors' other trusteeships 2016-17 is available on the Charitable Status page where, unless otherwise indicated, it reflects other trusteeships held year to date, including on 31 January 2017.

Membership of the Board of Governors:

1. Mr Chris Clements, Independent Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee (and ex officio Senior Independent Governor) to 16 July 2016, Chair of the Board of Governors from 17 July 2016, Lead Governor for Finance

2. Dr. Stella Cottrell, Independent Governor, Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors

3. Mr Adam Allsuch Boardman, Students’ Union President & Student Governor ex officio – from 6 July 2016

4. Mr David Bagley, Independent Governor - appointed from 13 April 2016

5. Mr. Fred Bates, Governor nominated by the Academic Board

6. Ms Kimberley Burrows – elected Student Governor from 1 September 2016

7. Professor Shirley Congdon, Co-opted Governor (Education)

8. Mr John Finnigan, Independent Governor, Chair of the Audit Committee (and ex officio Senior Independent Governor) from 12 October 2016

9. Mr. John Flathers, Independent Governor, Chair of the Search & Nominations Committee & the Remuneration Committee

10. Ms. Anj Handa, Independent Governor

11. Mr. Nick Ramshaw, Independent Governor

12. Dr David Reid, Independent Governor

13. Ms Karen Watson, Independent Governor - appointed 16 September 2015

14. Professor Simone Wonnacott, Principal & Governor ex officio

15. Mrs. Carolyn Wright, Independent Governor, Lead Governor for Further Education & Safeguarding

There is a vacancy for an elected & co-opted Staff Governor and an election is in the process of being held.


The following have left the Board of Governors since 31 January 2016:

1. Ms. Michelle Duxbury, Co-opted Student Governor - from 1 December 2015 to 13 April 2016

2. Mr Ross Reynolds, Co-opted Student Governor - from 14 October 2015 to 31 August 2016

3. Mr. Peter Yendell, Independent Governor, Chair of the Board of Governors – to 16 July 2016

4. Mr. Richard Hudson-Miles, elected & co-opted Staff Governor - to 29 January 2017


Approved Minutes of the Board of Governors

Board of Governers Minutes 2011 - 2012
Board of Governers Minutes 2012 - 2013
Board of Governers Minutes 2013 - 2014
Board of Governors Minutes September 2014 - July 2015
Board of Governors Minutes October 2015 - November 2016

Approved Committee Minutes & Documents

Audit Committee Minutes November 2011 - October 2016
Search & Nominations Committee Minutes October 2011- June 2016

Governance Code of Practice and Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2012-13
Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2013-14
Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2014-15
Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2015-16

Draft minutes are available on request by e-mail from the Clerk to the Board of Governors at

Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech