College Governance

Legal Status
Gateshead College became an independent Further Education (FE) Corporation, following the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. This Act removed all FE colleges from local authority control on 1 April 1993.

The College is administered under the Instrument and Articles of Government (pdf, opens in new window).

Board of Governors
Gateshead College's Board of Governors is responsible for the strategic direction of the College, its mission, and the effective and efficient use of Collegeresources. The Board operates in accordance with its Standing Orders (pdf, opens in new window).

Our Board of Governors is made up of representatives from a variety of backgrounds and sectors.  They are very experienced and qualified to lead and direct the development of the College. On appointment to the Board every Governor agrees to follow the Code of Conduct (pdf, opens in new window).

In addition to the Board of Governors, the College also operates a number of sub-committees with specific responsibility for key areas of the College's activities, which are listed below. Please click on an area to view the Terms of Reference for that committee (pdf documents, all open in a new window):

Board meeting minutes
Click on a date below to open the board minutes. All documents are pdf and will open in a new window.

12 February 2009 14 October 2010
1 April 2009 19 May 2010
7 May 2009 17 February 2011
2 July 2009 14 April 2011
15 October 2009 19 May 2011
10 December 2009 7 July 2011
11 February 2010 13 October 2011
6 May 2010 1 July 2010
8 December 2011 9 February 2012
22 March 2012 10 May 2012
5 July 2012 18 October 2012
13 December 2012  7 February 2013
11 April 2013 8 May 2013
11 June 2013 4 July 2013
26 July 2013 19 September 2013
24 October 2013  

Minutes: Academic Standards Committee

ASC 18 February 2009 ASC 23 June 2010
ASC 29 April 2009 ASC 24 November 2010
ASC 24 June 2009 ASC 16 March 2011
ASC 4 November 2009 ASC 15 June 2011
ASC 3 February 2010 ASC 23 November 2011
ASC 28 April 2010 ASC 7 March 2012
ASC 20 June 2012 ASC 19 Sep 2012
ASC 14 Nov 2012 ASC 16 Jan 2013
ASC 13 Feb 2013  ASC 17 April 2013
ASC 19 June 2013   ASC 25 September 2013
ASC 20 November 2013  ASC 29 January 2014

Minutes: Audit Committee

Audit 4 March 2009 Audit 9 December 2010
Audit 3 June 2009 Audit 9 March 2011
Audit 7 October 2009 Audit 8 June 2011
Audit 2 December 2009 Audit 5 October 2011
Audit 3 March 2010 Joint Audit F GP 1 December 2011
Audit 14 March 2012 Audit 13 June 2012
Audit 10 October 2012 Joint Audit & F&GP 5 Dec 2012
Audit 9 April 2013 Audit 3 July 2013

Minutes: Finance and General Purposes Committee

F&GP 28 January 2010 F&GP 5 May 2011
F&GP 3 March 2010 F&GP 26 May 2011
F&GP 25 March 2010 F&GP 30 June 2011
F&GP 29 April 2010 F&GP 22 September 2011
F&GP 23 September 2010 F&GP 3 November 2011
F&GP 10 November 2010 F&GP 8 December 2011
F&GP 25 November 2010 F&GP 12 January 2012
F&GP 3 February 2011 F&GP 8 March 2012
F&GP 31 March 2011 F&GP 29 March 2012
F&GP 26 April 2012 F&GP 31 May 2012
F&GP 21 June 2012 F&GP 27 September 2012
F&GP 31 October 2012 F&GP 5 December 2012
 F&GP 31 January 2013  F&GP 28 February 2013
 F&GP 28 March 2013 F&GP 25 April 2013
 F&GP 23 May 2013 F&GP 27 June 2013
F&GP 10 October 2013 F&GP 14 November 2013

Minutes: Governance and Search Committee

G&S 22 January 2009 G&S 30 September 2010
G&S 14 May 2009 G&S 3 February 2011
G&S 1 October 2009 G&S 12 May 2011
G&S 21 January 2010 G&S 29 September 2011
G&S 20 May 2010 G&S 23 February 2012
G&S 24 May 2012 G&S 16 November 2012
G&S 31 January 2013 G&S 2 May 2013
G&S 10 October 2013   

The Board is comprised of the following governors:

Name: Robin Mackie
Position: Chair of the Corporation
Background: Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Smith Electric Vehicles, U.S.

Name: Keith Cann-Evans
Position: Vice-Chair of the Corporation, Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Background: Consultant, Hunter Grinders Ltd

Name: Chris Macklin
Position: Chair of Audit Committee
Background: Director of Finance, Gateshead Primary Care Trust, South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust

Name: David Mitchell
Position: Chair of Academic Standards Committee
Background: Formerly Director of Learning and Schools, Gateshead MBC

Name: Ivan Jepson
Position: Chair of Governance and Search Committee
Background: Communications Manager, Northumbrian Water

Name: Kevin Fitzpatrick
Background: Vice President, Manufacturing UK Operations, Nissan Manufacturing (UK) Limited

Name: John McElroy
Background: Local Authority Governor, Councillor – Gateshead MBC

Name: Ian Renwick
Background: Chief Executive, Gateshead NHS Trust

Name: Emily Cox
Background: Head of Employment Law and Employee Relations, Virgin Money

Name: Sally Hancox
Background: Director, Gentoo Green

Name: Nick Hurn
Background: Head Teacher, Cardinal Hume Catholic School 

Name: Catherine Dennis
Background: Teaching Staff Governor

Name: Darren Heathcote
Background: Support Staff Governor, Learner & Customer Services Manager

Name: Simone Wood
Background: 16-18 Student Governor

Name: Mark Taylor
Background: 19+ Student Governor

Name: Rebecca Anderson
Background: Sabbatical President of the Students’ Union

Name: Judith Doyle
Background: Principal, Gateshead College

Clerk: Emma Moody

If you require any further information please contact the Clerk.

Becoming a governor
Gateshead College is always pleased to hear from individuals whose experience, skills and commitment can help the College to develop its mission of 'Success for all through learning'. A brief profile of our current Governors can be found on this page.

The College wishes the membership of the Board of Governors to encompass a wide spectrum of ages and cultural backgrounds. You may have a background in legal or financial services, community services, education, social work, charities, be an entrepreneur, have experience gained in SMEs or in very large organisations.  The wider your vocational field and cultural experience, the better! Women are currently underrepresented in the membership of the Board.

The Board of Governors normally meets six times a year and there are two or three additional Strategy Sessions and Development Events during the year. Governors are expected to serve on at least one Committee, which meet between three and ten times per year. Most meetings take place in the early evening on Wednesdays or at lunchtime on Thursdays.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor please have a look at the job description and person specification (pdfs, open in a new window)

If you would like to know more about the work of the Corporation or have a question about becoming a Governor, the Clerk would be pleased to hear from you:

Emma Moody
Clerk
Gateshead College
Baltic Campus
Quarryfield Road
Gateshead
NE8 3BE
Email the Clerk