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Governance

What is the purpose of the Governing Body?

The Governing Body, or Corporation, is responsible to the local and the wider community to oversee the way the college is run and to make sure it delivers what the community needs. It sets the strategic direction of the college and is responsible for its assets. Governors foster an ambitious vision and want to ensure that all learners can achieve to their highest potential. The Corporation oversees the quality and performance of the college.

Corporation Membership and contacting the Corporation

The Governing Body is known as the Corporation. Members of the Corporation are mostly external to the college and are local people with a range of skills, knowledge and experience to help the college take forward its strategic objectives. The Corporation includes in its membership the College Principal, staff and student governors.

Any person wishing to become a Governor, or correspond with the Corporation, should write to Heather Cross, Clerk to the Corporation, for an application form and relevant information regarding Corporation membership and eligibility:

Heather Cross
Clerk to the Corporation
Wiltshire College and
University Centre
College Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 0ES

Tel: 01985 803453

heather.​cross@​wiltshire.​ac.​uk

Our Constitution

Our Instrument and Articles of Government are available to view or download.

Regulatory Publications

To view our regulatory documents and statements click here.

Governing Body Minutes

Martin Clark

(Air Vice-Marshal) Martin Clark has been a Governor since 2015 and became the Chair in 2018. He served for over 35 years in the Royal Air Force as an engineer officer, where he enjoyed working in a wide range of front-line and HQ jobs associated with large aircraft and fast jets, becoming the technical air safety regulator for Defence in 2012. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology; he is also President of the RAF Ice Hockey Association and an appointed trustee of Alabaré, a charity that provides care and support to vulnerable children and adults.

Martin has an MBA and been fortunate to operate at or around Board level over his last few appointments. He left the Royal Air Force in 2016 and is keen to develop his understanding of the further education sector and to help make a difference. In his spare time, he is a keen supporter of Bath Rugby and tries to keep fit by cycling and skiing.

Dr Daisy Agathine-Louise

Daisy is an experienced former manager and teacher in FE with a proven track record in leading on strategic development and quality improvement, taking programmes from inadequate to good and outstanding in many programme areas during her career. She holds a doctorate in Education. As an educational consultant she coaches and mentors FE managers and advises on quality improvement.

An experienced Ofsted Inspector since 2015, she has carried out inspections across a wide range of settings in Further Education and Skills, including FE colleges, Apprenticeship Providers, Independent Learning Providers and Community Learning and Skills. Her inspection practices have enabled her to develop valuable and highly transferable skills, knowledge and competence in relevant HE and FE institutions.

Jenny Davies

Jenny is the Operations Director of Wiltshire Creative, an arts organisation based in Salisbury which runs Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival. Prior to this she was Head of Historic Properties at Stonehenge for six years, with responsibility for the visitor operation welcoming over 1.5 million visitors to Wiltshire annually and for the care and conservation of the iconic World Heritage site location. Jenny's earlier career was spent as a General Manager for commercial theatres, largely in London's West End, including nine years at the Dominion Theatre. She lives in Salisbury with her husband and two young sons.

Dr. Carlton Brand

Dr Carlton Brand is an engineer and a freelance consultant working in the areas of local government and democracy, having spent his recent career prior to this as a senior officer in local government, most recently being Project Director at Somerset County Council, leading on the creation of a new single unitary authority from the existing five councils. Previously he was Executive Director of Wiltshire Council, the Director of Adult Social Services and the Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer for the county. Prior to his career in local government he gained a doctorate in engineering and was product Development Manager for Ford Europe, having worked for the company throughout the continent and also in Japan and the USA.

Katie Walker

Katie has been involved in education for over 40 years, teaching in a variety of middle and secondary schools in UK and overseas. She was Director of Studies and then Deputy Head of Chafyn Grove in Salisbury. She is a former Inspector as part of the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Katie is a keen gardener and walker, is interested in art, fashion, village life and books, and is learning Spanish.

Clive Barker

Clive is a Chartered Accountant and is the Chief Finance Officer for Wiltshire Police. He has spent his career in public service, having worked previously for Wiltshire County Council. He has previously served as a governor of a local secondary school. His work for the police in the county for over two decades gives him wide knowledge of local community and business organisations.

Mags Patten

Mags is the Executive Director of Public Policy and Communication for Arts Council England. She leads the delivery of the Arts Council’s fourth strategic goal: ensuring the leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled. She is also responsible for work in areas of public policy including health and wellbeing, criminal justice and socio-economic disadvantage. Mags leads on communication between the Arts Council and its broad range of stakeholders which includes the public, government and the cultural sector. She manages teams responsible for customer services, digital communication and marketing, internal communication, media relations and stakeholder engagement.

Mags began her career in television, working for Channel 4 and the BBC. She has led communication for English National Opera and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has also worked as a consultant for clients including the European Union/​Equality Commission Northern Ireland and Channel 4 television.

Harry Adam

Harry has had a highly successful career as a Human Resources Director in national and international companies including property maintenance and petrochemical businesses.

He has held Board level appointments with British Steel, Babcock Power, Burmah Castrol and the Construction Industry Training Board, where he was also the chair of their Audit and Risk Committee. He is a lay member of Employment Tribunals at Bristol. He was President of the Student Union at the University of Stirling whilst a student and has been a Court Member of the university since 2004, chairing its Remuneration Committee.

Lily Raynor-Blundell

Lily is Head of Engineering and has worked at Wiltshire College since 2015.

Alongside her role at the College, Lily is also studying her PhD, where she is focusing her research on Relationship and Sex Education.

Iain Hatt, Principal & CEO

Iain has executive responsibility for the strategic and operational leadership of the College. Iain was appointed Principal & CEO of Wiltshire College & University Centre in February 2021 and took up post in August 2021.

Prior to this, Iain held the post of Deputy Principal, Curriculum & Quality. Before joining Wiltshire College & University Centre in 2014, Iain worked in senior management positions at Exeter College and South Devon College and was a member of the senior teams which took both colleges to outstanding Ofsted grades.

Iain has over 19 years of experience in further education - managing organisational change, driving improvement, and developing and delivering high-quality teaching, learning and assessment. He is passionate about ensuring students develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to progress in the future and has an excellent track record in quality improvement in the further education

Cathryn Giles

Cathryn is a Staff Governor. She is Deputy Head of the Foundation Studies Department, and is mainly based at our Trowbridge Campus.

Justin Purkis

Justin is a Chartered Accountant, qualified Risk Manager and Executive Coach. He has spent his career in financial services and currently provides consultancy services to large financial organisations.

Justin is Chair of the Wiltshire County Scout Council, as well as being involved at district and group level. He has previously served as a governor of a local primary school, including as Finance Governor and as Chair.

Philippa Gray

Philippa is Constituency Office Manager and Diary Secretary to James Gray, MP. She runs a livery yard and small farm, having wide-ranging rural interests. Her professional background is in rural estate management and she is a qualified chartered surveyor. She practised as a land agent and head of country house departments for two of the leading specialist estate agents in this field.

Paul J Fox

Paul has recently retired from a career in public finance which included senior management roles in all sectors of Education (Schools, Further, Higher and Research) as well as in Local Government. While at the Natural Environment Research Council, Paul was the Senior Responsible Owner of the £225m Sir David Attenborough Programme (the UK’s new polar research ship). Paul’s previous non-Exec roles include chairing the Avon Pension Fund Committee, membership of the British Geological Survey Board, and membership of Wiltshire County Council. Paul was brought up in Gloucestershire, lives in Bath, and has previously lived in Chippenham and worked in Swindon.

Lucy Townsend

Lucy Townsend is the Corporate Director for People at Wiltshire Council having worked for the Council since 2014. She holds the statutory role of Director of Children’s Services and as Corporate Director for People is responsible Children’s Social Care, Education and Skills, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Adult Social Care, Mental Health and Housing Operations.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys spending time with her family and playing hockey for her local team or walking the dogs.

Brian Humphreys

Brian recently retired from the Department for Education, having worked alongside many further education providers in the South West and South East regions of England for over 20 years. During his career, he worked in planning, research, policy implementation and service delivery roles in the post-16 education sector. He has substantial experience of further education funding policy and operations and wants to use his experience to make a difference for Wiltshire learners. Brian lives in Wiltshire and is a keen walker.

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