The Corporation of Governors provides appropriate support and challenge to the College’s senior management team, contributing to the strategic oversight of the College.
Our governors are professional people bringing their skills and expertise from various areas of industry. Governors have close working links with the College's senior management but are not involved in the actual management of the College themselves. Students and staff are represented on the Governing Body.
Roles and responsibilities of the corporation
The Governing Board as a whole and individual governors have a central role and a key contribution to make to the continuing development of the College. The Board’s position is based on statute with the control of the College vested in the Governing Board. The Board, in essence, represents the interest of the local community, including the business community, and the public interest in general.
The board is there to oversee the operation of the College and ensure it provides what the community needs in a way that reflects the highest professional and ethical standards and makes the best use of resources. It is accountable for the quality of the College’s services, its financial solvency and its sound management. It is specifically accountable for the proper use of the public funds the College receives.
In carrying out these responsibilities there is a clear distinction between governance and management. The governors provide oversight, monitoring and strategic direction. The operations and management of the College are the responsibility of the Principal, who is appointed by and is directly accountable to the Board.
Gerry McDonald – Interim Chief Executive
Gerry was appointed Interim Chief Executive of the College on 05 October 2018. Gerry is also the Group Principal and CEO of New City College since 2016. Previously he was Principal of Tower Hamlets College since April 2013 following almost four years as the College’s Vice Principal – Curriculum & Standards.
Gerry is a qualified business studies teacher who has worked in the sector since 1993. He holds business degrees from University of West of England and Aston and a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University. Gerry has worked in sixth form and further education colleges in Birmingham and London, leading on business development, mergers, curriculum improvement, inspection and culture change.
Dawn is currently working at the Department for Education (DfE) as a policy advisor and is qualified project manager. Since joining the DfE, Dawn has worked on a number of high profile policy projects which include, establishing the Teaching Agency and the undertaking of Ministerial policy priorities in relation to pay and conditions of service. Her current role is in teacher engagement strategy, which includes responsibility for stakeholder groups and teacher communications.
Dawn has worked in education and public service for over twenty years and has extensive experience of HR and employment policy. She has previously worked for the General Teaching Council for England, an independent regulatory and advisory body for teaching and a Higher Education trade union for university teachers. Prior to this she worked in the private sector.
Dawn joined the Corporation as a Governor in July 2013 and she became Vice Chair of the Corporation and Chair of the Search and Governance Committee in September 2015.
Peter is a partner at PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co, a business restructuring and advisory practice based in Canary Wharf. Peter has worked in the restructuring sector for over 20 years and provides advice to a wide range of companies and individuals facing financial difficulties.
Peter is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner and sits on the Investigation Committee of his regulatory body, the Insolvency Practitioners Association. He is regularly involved in external training and professional education programmes provided by the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.
Peter joined the Corporation as a Governor in July 2013.
Ruth was Director, Finance & Administration, at Carers UK, a charity which works to improve the lives of unpaid carers, until her retirement in 2013.
Ruth is a chartered accountant. She worked for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales as Student Counsellor and on education and training policy and was a charity trustee for many years.
Ruth joined the Corporation as a Governor in 2010.
Garrett Studied an Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education in performing arts at Epping Forest College. After completing the course he took a gap year and became the Sabbatical President of the Students Union at Epping Forest College. During his time as President, he also became a Student Governor and a Trustee of Voluntary Action Epping Forest. Garrett then went to University of Winchester and studied a Degree in Drama Studies and Performing Arts, graduating in 2007. Whilst at University Garrett was involved in the Winchester Students Union.
After leaving University, Garrett was employed by Havering College as Student Development Worker. Garrett is now into his sixth academic year actively supporting the Students' Union at Havering College. Garrett is an informal educator and regards students’ welfare and personal development as paramount.
Eric is a partner at Littlejohn LLP Chartered Accountants based at Canary Wharf. Eric advises SMEs and their owners in a variety of industries and acts for a number of UK subsidiaries and UK branches of international companies, both private and public, in Europe, America and Asia. He has extensive experience of acting for membership organisations and trade bodies and heads up the team operating in this area. He also deals with serious tax investigations.
He was the non-executive chairman of a corporate clothing company for over 10 years, until 2013.
He has been a mentor for The Prince’s Trust, managed a junior football team and chair of Covent Garden Business Forum.
Eric joined the Corporation in February 2009 after being a co-opted member of the Audit Committee for two years.
Geoff Morgan worked for four international organisations. He started his career as a graduate trainee with Ford Motor Company and worked there for 10 years in a variety of different employee relations positions which included an assignment to the Ford Press Office. He then moved to the City of London to join JP Morgan, the US investment bank, where he was Vice President, Personnel for the London Office. After some 9 years, he transferred to Lloyds Merchant Bank to join the board as Director of Personnel and Support Services and served for around 7 years.
His final appointment for 12 years was in the global insurance market as Director, Human Resources and Property Services for Lloyd’s of London, which included responsibility for the iconic symbol of the City, the Lloyd’s Building.
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, he holds a dual honours degree in Psychology and Sociology from Sheffield University. He is a former member of the Insurance Industry Training Council and a founder member of the London Human Resources Group, which has researched and published several reports on employment and human resources in the City.
Geoff was a governor of Saint Martin’s School, Brentwood, one of the most successful comprehensive schools in the country, and chaired the Board for four years. Involved with charities, he is Chair of trustees and a director of Brentwood Citizens Advice Bureau. He was also a trustee and on the board of the employment charity Tomorrow’s People and chaired the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.
He was appointed a Governor of Havering College in January 2013.
John has been Head Teacher at Ardleigh Green Junior School for over twenty years. In addition to leading a school judged to be outstanding by Ofsted, he is a Leading Learner of Education responsible for supporting schools in challenging circumstances.
John joined the Corporation in March 2012 and is a member of the Curriculum, Business and Community Committee.
Colin is the Manager for Petrol Engine Test at Ford Motor Company, Dunton Technical centre
Colin has worked for Ford since 1979; he has experience covering all aspects of Human Resource management, Safety management and is responsible for the provision of petrol engine test development for global Ford model programs.
Colin joined the Corporation in June 2007 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Search & Governance and Student/Governor Committees.
Colin is the Safeguarding Lead Governor on the Corporation.
Trevor is Pro Vice Chancellor (Partnerships) at Anglia Ruskin University. He holds degrees from three universities and has worked extensively in South and South East Asia, the Caribbean and across Europe. He has published several books and a number of papers in learned journals. His former roles include Dean of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University.
He is a keen supporter of the arts and also enjoys reading, cooking and fruit and vegetable gardening.
Trevor joined the Corporation as a Governor in December 2014.
Maria is the Vice President of Further Education for the Students’ Union and she is currently studying Level 3 Business. Maria has been a student at Havering College of Further and Higher Education since September 2017.
Maria joined the Corporation as a Student Governor in November 2018.
Dominic is the Students’ Union President and he is currently studying Level 3 Business. Dominic has been a student at Havering College of Further and Higher Education since September 2017.
Dominic joined the Corporation as a Student Governor in November 2018.
Schedule of Governance Meetings
Date of Meeting
Date of Meeting
|Corporation (Special)||27th September 2018||Corporation||18th October 2018|
|Student/Governor Committee||1st November 2018||Audit Committee||22nd November 2018|
|Corporation||27th November 2018||Search & Governance Committee||27th November 2018|
|Corporation||19th December 2018||Corporation||7th February 2019|
|Student/Governor Committee||28th February 2019||Audit Committee||7th March 2019|
|Corporation||28th March 2019||Search and Governance Committee||6th June 2019|
|Corporation||6th June 2019||Student/Governor Committee||13th June 2019|
|Audit Committee||20th June 2019||Remuneration Committee||11th July 2019|
|Corporation||11th July 2019|
Minutes for the corporation meetings will appear here once they have been signed off by the chairman.
The Corporation may, on occasions, exclude some or all of the minutes of a meeting - this may include minutes relating to a named person employed or proposed to be employed at the institution; a named student at, or prospective student for admission to the institution; or any matter which the Corporation considers to be commercially sensitive and is satisfied should be dealt with on a confidential basis. This is to ensure compliance with legislation such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and with due regard for the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 6th June 2019|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 28th March 2019|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 7th February 2019|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 10th December 2015|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 22nd October 2015|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 16th July 2015|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 19th March 2015|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 22nd January 2015|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 11th December 2014|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 17th July 2014|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 27th March 2014|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 12th December 2013|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 18th July 2013|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 21st March 2013|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 13th December 2012|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 19th July 2012|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 29th March 2012|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 15th December 2011|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 21st July 2011|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 7th April 2011|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 9th December 2010|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 22nd July 2010|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 27th May 2010|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 25th March 2010|
|Corporation Minutes - Thursday 4th February 2010|