Membership & Vacancies

The membership of further education corporations has to fit into categories and number limits specified within the Instrument and Articles of Government.

Corporation Members

Corporation currently has 18 members including: Principal, staff, students and general members. Corporation operates through a structure of advisory committees:

  • Audit
  • Remuneration
  • Search & Governance

In addition from time to time Corporation establishes time-defined working groups on specific strategic issues, and establishes appeals and selection panels as required. All appointments and re-appointments go through a formal skills-based Search process, are made on merit and are approved by Full Corporation.

All information about members, including access to our Register of Interests, how to communicate with them, committee terms of reference, and information about applying to join Corporation can be accessed from the Clerk to The Corporation, Brian Bowker (Tel: 01983 550775, email


  • Dr Nick England Chair of Corporation
  • Mrs Christine Palmer Vice Chair
  • Prof. Nigel Hastings 
  • Mr Stephen Corbett
  • Mr Graham Cooper
  • Mrs Debbie Lavin Principal
  • Mr Martyn Pearl
  • Mr Gordon Pownall
  • Dr Nick Sinnamon
  • Mrs Sharon Whiten Co-optee of the Audit Committee
  • Ms Vicky Egerton Teaching Staff Governor
  • Mr David Hodgkins Support Staff Governor
  • Ms Charmian Messenger
  • Mr Peter Sewell
  • Mrs Sara Weech
  • Bryony Willett Staff Governor
  • Jessica Bird Student Governor

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At the moment the governing body has 2 external governor and 2 student governor vacancies.

However, The Search Committee is continuously reviewing membership to maintain the best balance of skills and experience and, as part of succession planning, we are always interested to hear from people who are interested in becoming a governor and think they can contribute to the work of the Board.

The position of Corporation member is voluntary and unremunerated but is a very fulfilling role in supporting training and education for the young people and local Island communities.

To find out more about becoming a Governor of The College please contact the Clerk , Brian Bowker, or send your CV stating why you want to join the Corporation.

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