College Governance


Our Board of Governors sets the college’s vision and direction. Comprised of 18 members from a variety of backgrounds and sectors the Board is responsible for ensuring that we deliver on our strategy to shape and nurture our students to be the most highly prized in the jobs market. It supports and challenges the college’s Executive Team and oversees the overall health of the organisation to ensure we remain competitive, results-driven and always place our students and their future career success at the heart of everything we do so they can prosper and the region’s economy can thrive.

The Board’s members are very experienced and qualified to lead and direct the development of the college. They include entrepreneurs and business leaders drawn from the community that the college serves and including some of the region’s most prestigious employers. The Board also includes staff and students who are elected to the role by their peers. The skills, expertise and experience of individual governors are crucial to the effectiveness and success of the college.  

To view our Board of Governors’ minutes of meetings and those of subcommittees, click here.

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Robin Mackie

Robin Mackie
Smith Electric Vehicles

Judith 13

Judith Doyle
Gateshead College

Chris 01

Chris Macklin
NHS Sunderland Clinical
Commissioning Group 

David Mitchell

David Mitchell
Gateshead MBC

Ivan 01

Ivan Jepson
Northumbrian Water

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Nissan Manufacturing

John McElroy

John McElroy
Gateshead MBC

Ian Renwick

Ian Renwick
Gateshead NHS/ Foundation Trust

Emily 01

Emily Cox
Virgin Money

Sally Hancox

Sally Hancox
Gentoo Green

Nick Hurn

Nick Hurn
Cardinal Hume Catholic School 

 Darren Heathcote

Darren Heathcote
Gateshead College

Catherine Dennis

Catherine Dennis
Gateshead College

 Emma Moody

Emma Moody
Clerk - Bond Dickinson


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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): 

If you would like to know more about our Governors, have a question about becoming a Governor or require any further information please contact the Clerk.

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I grew up in Liverpool, before my family emigrated to the Wirral and after completing my A Levels, I studied Applied Chemistry at Sheffield City Polytechnic.

I joined Northumbrian Water in February 1992 into the scientific division, where I was responsible for managing the laboratory until 1998, before joining the International Development Programme of Northumbrian Water, focusing on customer management.

I held numerous roles in the customer directorate, including billing & income manager and contact centre manager. In March 2008 I joined the corporate affairs directorate to initially cover the role of Marketing Manager and I’m now responsible for external stakeholder engagement in my role as Public Affairs Manager. I’m based at our head office in Pity Me, Durham and during my time with the company have continued my formal education by gaining an MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Control and an MA in Leadership and Management.

In my spare time I run a junior football team and am also Vice Chair of Northumbrian WaterAid, which is a charity international charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.


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

13 October 2011
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 12 December 2013
27 March 2014  22 May 2014

Academic Standards Committee

ASC 23 November 2011
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
ASC 12 March 2014 ASC 14 May 2014

Audit Committee

Audit December 2011
Audit 14 March 2012
Audit 13 June 2012 Audit 10 October 2012
Audit 5 Dec 2012 Audit 9 April 2013
Audit 3 July 2013 Audit 16 October 2013
Audit4 December 2013 Audit 5 March 2014

Finance and General Purposes Committee

F&GP 22 September 2011 F&GP 3 November 2011
F&GP 8 December 2011
F&GP 12 January 2012
F&GP 8 March 2012
F&GP 29 March 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 F&GP 27 February 2014
F&GP 1 May 2014 F&GP 20 March 2014
F&GP 5 June 2014
F&GP 3 July 2014


Governance and Search Committee

G&S 29 September 2011
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  G&S 23 January 2014