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Governor Profiles

"The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 requires every College in the Further Education sector to have a Governing Body.

The Governing Body of a college is there to represent the interests of the local community in particular and public interest in general. It is there to oversee the way the College is run and to make sure it delivers what its community needs, in a way that reflects the highest professional and ethical standards (including the seven principles of public life: selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty and leadership), and make effective use of the resources it has available. It is accountable for the financial solvency of the College, its sound management and the quality of the service it provides. It is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it and for the proper business management of the commercial activities of the College.

Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the College. Collectively, individual Governors contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to the Corporation (and through its committees and working parties) in a non-executive role. A Governor is required to be as flexible as possible in the conduct of their responsibilities and duties, ensuring that the balance of oversight of the College and its business is seen as a positive contribution that does not interfere with the day-to-day management of the College.”

Roy Thorperoy_thorpe.jpg

Chair of Governors, Member of Remuneration Committee and Chair of Search Committee

Roy is the retired Principal and Chief Executive of Leeds Thomas Danby College, with over 20 years' experience in senior management positions. Roy was previously the Chair of the Leeds Federation of College, as well as being a former school governor. Roy has extensive international experience as consultant to the British Council and was the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Champion for UK Skills.

Thelma AyeThelma-Aye.jpg

Member of Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Search Committee

Thelma enjoys a career portfolio in Lancaster; is a Director of Igloo Global (a travel software and consultancy company), an HR and Talent Manager for Cityscape Business (a tech savvy, customer driven serviced apartments booking agency) and is an HR Adviser for NuBlue (an innovative web and hosting company). Previously, Thelma has provided strategic HR support at Board level with global financial services organisations, fast growing digital companies and the public sector.

Susanna Cassey susanna_casey.jpg

External Member of the Audit Committee

Susanna is Office Managing Partner of Baldwins Accountants, with specialisms in audit and charities.  

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Vice Chair of Governors
Member of Remuneration Committee and Search Committee

Ian is the Engineering Manager at Heysham 2 Power Station (EDF Energy), a major employer in the local area. Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, leading large projects and staff teams covering a diverse range of areas, including nuclear plant systems, nuclear safety, environmental management, emergency planning and business services. Ian is a member of the Power Station’s senior lead team, setting strategic direction and drive for continual improvement.

Peter McKenziePeter_McKenzie.jpg

Chair of Audit Committee 

Peter is a recently retired Internal Audit Consultant.  

Staff and Student Governors

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Louise Evans

Staff Support Governor

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Governance Adviser & Clerk 


Student Governor