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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.

Find out more here about joining the Corporation.

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
BA14 0ES

Tel: 01985 803453


Our Constitution

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

Financial Statements

You can read the Governing Body Financial Statements here: 201617 201718 201819

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.

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.

Dr Carlton Brand

Carlton is a Corporate Director of Wiltshire Council, the Director of Adult Social Services and the Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer. He has led many service areas in local government previously. Prior to his career in local government, he gained a doctorate in engineering and was Product Development Strategic Manager for Ford Europe also having worked for the company in Japan and the USA. 

He enjoys road cycling/​time trialling, cricket, astronomy and politics and current affairs.

Amanda Burnside

Amanda is Principal of Wiltshire College & University Centre, having held the post since 2014.

Jon Downing

Jon is a chartered accountant, who has worked for KPMG as an audit manager in the early part of his career carrying out a range of accounting assignments, then worked internationally for TNT and TPG in senior finance roles. His last position prior to retirement was as Finance Director and Chairman of TNT UK, with a turnover of £800 million and 9,000 employees. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and speaks French and Dutch.

Ian Hutchison

Hutch’ is a serving army officer who is Head of Training Assurance at UK Ministry of Defence, MoD Lyneham. He is responsible for training assurance at the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a training consultant and learning development manager in the oil and gas industries and at one time has been an owner and director of his own training company. In his military career, he has held a range of posts in which he has been responsible for teaching and learning across substantial parts of the service.

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.

Venetia Summers

Venetia has been staff governor of the college since 2015. She is the Curriculum Manager for Animal Care & Equine and is based at the Lackham campus. Venetia is qualified and experienced in both animal care and equine and worked outside of the FE sector prior to joining the college, including in the Mounted Police, as the owner of a Sport Horse Centre and roles at NEC, Xerox, IEE and Fiat Auto. Venetia is committed to strengthening the students learning experience with the support of local businesses and employer engagement.

Jack Wills

Jack Wills has over 35 years of experience in the Learning and Development (L&D) sector. His experience covers being a practitioner, the founder of a successful group of L&D companies and developing business globally. Following a successful career as an Army officer, where he ended as an instructor at the Army Staff College, Jack started a group of companies producing training videos and software.

During 20056 Jack disposed of his main companies to concentrate on international consultancy activities. He is often to be seen as a speaker and chair at international L&D conferences. Jack is married to Shelagh, a Secondary Teacher.

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