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The Corporation

Corporation board

The Corporation Board is the group’s governing body and comprises of members drawn from a range of backgrounds and experience, reflecting the varied communities which the college serves. Our subsidiary companies have their own boards which meet on a regular basis.

The Board is responsible for the quality of service that the college offers to learners and the local community, as well as the financial health and strategic direction of the college. They are also responsible for the employment practices of the college and for setting our vision and mission.

A large team with a broad blend of skills, the board meets monthly to consider strategic developments, systematic monitoring of college and management performance and prescribed compliance reports.

Robust discussion is encouraged at meetings of the board within the conventions of standing orders and committees form a key part of the governance process.

The board members have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own practice and annually conduct a rigorous self-assessment

View a copy of our Public Values Statement

View the Instrument and Articles of Government

Nevil Croston

Chair of the Corporation Board

Joined the Board in April 1996 and is the Chair of the Corporation Board.

Nevil is a Partner at Bryan and Armstrong Solicitors and specialises in commercial litigation.

Dame Asha Khemka DBE

Principal and Chief Executive, West Nottinghamshire College Group

Dame Asha has been the Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College Group since 2006. A multi-million pound business in its own right, the college makes a difference to over 32,000 young people and adults and is one of the most successful providers of apprenticeships in the UK with over 13,000 apprentices each year.

Whilst rooted in its local community, the college has an international footprint with its subsidiary company bksb operating in over 20 countries worldwide including a centre in Chandigarh.

Dame Asha’s contribution to education has been recognised through many accolades. In 2009 she was awarded the OBE for services to education and in January 2014 became the first Indian born in living memory to be named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

She sits on numerous Boards including the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Education Honours Committee, Midlands Engine for Growth Strategy Group and is the Chair of the Association of College’s Quality and Performance Portfolio Group, Vision Studio School and the Midlands Engine for Growth Skills Group.

She is passionate about furthering the aspirations of young people and in 2008 founded the Inspire and Achieve Foundation, a charity dedicated to transforming young people’s lives.

In 2014 Dame Asha was named the inaugural recipient of the Dadabhai Naoroji Award in recognition of her contribution in the field of education to Indian and UK relations and in December of the same year was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Kate Allsop

Vice Chair of the Corporation Board

Kate joined the Board in 2005. She is currently the Executive Mayor for Mansfield at Mansfield District Council and has been a director of several Mansfield businesses and Trusts in a career spanning 25 years.

Maxine Bagshaw

Clerk to the Corporation Board

Maxine qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and worked in private practice for over 10 years before becoming a clerk. She joined the college in 2007 and works on a part-time basis. Maxine successfully completed the ICSA qualification in FE Governance in 2008. She provides clerking support to a number of organisations including the Inspire and Achieve Foundation established by the principal.

David Overton

David joined the Corporation Board in 2007 and is the Managing Director of Overton Electrical Services Ltd, which was formed in 1983. More recently David became a director of VDT Direct Ltd; a company importing security cameras both covert and overt. David also sat on the board of the Nottinghamshire Construction Forum for over five years and during that time served on the steering group of a ‘Centre of Vocational Excellence’ which served four colleges. David is the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Chris Winterton

Chris served in local government for more than thirty five years being cabinet member and chair of the police authority. Education has been an interest for him during this time being a Governor at local schools for many years. Chris has also worked with many local charities. He has over 20 years in the Co-operative movement and has represented the Co-op on panels about the aspirations of the Co-op.

Chris is currently working in clinical skills at The University of Nottingham’s medical school in Derby.

Cllr Diana Meale

Diana joined the Board in October 2008. Having trained as an economist, she has worked in Higher Education, local authorities and consultancies in the fields of economics and regeneration. Until October 2011 she was the Executive Director of Regeneration for the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) with lead responsibility for the Region's Skills Strategy. In May 2013 she was elected to represent Mansfield West at Nottinghamshire County Council. She is a director of Nottingham Regeneration Ltd and a Governor of the University of Lincoln. She also chairs the board of the New Perspectives Theatre Company and has a keen interest in the work of the college's creative arts school of learning.

Terry Dean

A Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), Terry is Head of Facilities at Notts Healthcare NHS Trust leading some 400 staff in the provision of Estates and Facilities services to NHS organisations across the East Midlands. He commenced working for the NHS following spells in the mining and manufacturing industries. His technical study began at Vision West Nottinghamshire College, leading on to a B.Eng (Hons) Degree in Engineering and a MSc Degree in Facilities Management.

Professor John Holford

John joined the Corporation Board in 2010. He is currently Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education at the University of Nottingham. Until 2007 he was at the University of Surrey, latterly as Professor and Head of Law and Politics, but he also served on the Council, Senate and Finance Committee, as Head of Educational Studies and as Chair of the Academic Assembly. Before that he worked in adult education for the University of Hong Kong and the Workers’ Educational Association. John is the Chair of the Standards Committee.

Tim Clarke

Tim originally joined the Board in 2002 and was a member of the Audit Committee. He left four years later due to a career move but maintained his college links as Chair of its Employer Engagement Steering Group. Tim retired as a Senior Director of Royal Bank of Scotland in 2009 and is now a Business Consultant with Fraser Brown Solicitors and UHY Accountants in Nottingham.

John Robinson

John is Chief Executive of Gedling Borough Council and a former Director at Nottingham City Council. He represents district councils on the Board of Nottingham Regeneration Limited and is the Chair of the Trustees of Trent Vineyard.

Malcolm Hall MBE

Malcolm is the Managing Director and owner of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Limited, a multi-award-winning industrial supplies company which he established in 2006. His business has grown significantly and as well as supplying local firms, the company now exports to over 75 countries and is currently Midlands Exporter of the Year.

Malcolm works tirelessly within the business community to share his knowledge and experience so that other local businesses and young people can replicate this success for themselves. He has also arranged a partnership with Nottingham Rugby Football Club to provide coaching to local young people to encourage them to widen their horizons and realise their ambitions. Malcolm joined the board in 2012 and hopes to contribute significantly to the development of the college.

Malcolm was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for his services to business.

Hari Punchihewa

Hari Punchihewa joined the Board in January 2013. He is currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the University of Derby. He also holds a number of non-executive positions outside the sector and has been appointed as a Magistrate and Justice of the Peace. Prior to joining the University, Hari worked in merchant banking and financial services. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Chartered Director. Hari is the Chair of the Finance, Resources and Estates Committee.

Colin Sawers

A Chartered Librarian (MCLIP), Colin is a Team Leader for Learning Resources at Vision West Nottinghamshire College. Colin has worked for the college since 2009 and prior to that worked in the public library sector. He holds a BA (Hons) in Information and Library Studies from Loughborough University. Outside of college Colin is a school governor for Peafield Lane Primary and Nursery School in Mansfield Woodhouse and also a volunteer with the British Red Cross.

Ian Baggaley

Ian joined the Board in 2013 and is an alumni of Vision West Nottinghamshire College who went on to read Construction Management at Sheffield Hallam University. He has 25 years of construction industry experience gained through a development programme before taking on general management roles, with the last 18 years spent at Executive Board level, latterly becoming Managing Director in 2005.

Outside of construction, Ian has been involved with several industry and education bodies. He was one of the original members of the CBI Construction Council and served as a Regional Council Member of the CBI East Midlands region. He is also a Director of the Midland Builders Federation Trust Company Limited a member-owned organisation. In addition, he is a Governor of the Buxton Cottages Trust an Alms House Association registered charity and a founding Trustee of the Armchair Club Sports Foundation charity.

Mark Williams

Mark joined the Board in March 2016. A former winner of a ‘Construction News Future Leader Award’, Mark is the Group Development Director at award-winning ground engineering specialist, Van Elle, where his responsibilities include opportunity, product, market and revenue development. A software engineering graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Mark has gained significant business experience over the years and he is a keen advocate for the role of business in supporting our educational establishments and developing opportunities to work closer together. He works closely with the East Midlands’ Chamber of Commerce, the UKTI and regularly presents on behalf of Van Elle and the wider industry at conferences and meetings.

Jamie Fryatt

Jamie Fryatt is a former student of West Notts College and the co-founder and Technical Director of Mansfield based Web Design and Marketing agency SF Media Solutions. The company was formed in 2011 by Jamie and another former student of the College, it has grown steadily over the past five years and employs a former Student of the Year from the College.

As part of his work with SF Media, Jamie has been heavily involved with the Mansfield Community Voluntary Service as well as giving time for other charitable causes including running a Food Bank at the SF Media offices and working with the Inspire and Achieve Foundation.

A devoted Mansfield Town fan, Jamie has strong ties to the College and local area and joined the Corporation Board in early 2016 to gain both life experience and to be part of an Award Winning Organisation that has been a large part of this life.

Alison Breedon

Alison is an Apprenticeship Tutor at West Nottinghamshire College. She has worked as a Tutor for over 10 years, experting in Business Administration, Customer Service and Team Leading. It is her passion to support clients to reach their full potential in their chosen career path. Alison has recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Derby. Prior to this Alison achieved her Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).

Marc Jones

Marc was elected Students’ Union President in July 2016. A former student on the Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating, he was also Chair of ‘Connect’ - the student Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Group. In his role as President, Marc is keen to progress a range of new ventures and campaigns, in particular raising awareness of homelessness in the area and mental health issues. He will be encouraging all students to take part in Students' Union activities including networks, fundraising and volunteering. Marc’s own passion for volunteering has seen him present a community radio programme since the age of 16.

Jean Marriott

Jean has been a student at West Nottinghamshire College for the past 2 years and is currently studying for a HND in Interactive Media.

Since 2012 she has worked as a freelance part-time designer creating websites, web-banners and logos etc.

Alongside her studies and design work, Jean undertakes various volunteering and fundraising activities supporting many local charities.

Jean previously worked in the care industry, supporting people with additional needs to live independently.

This is Jean’s second term as a College Governor having served on the Board in 2015/16 she was also the Students’ Union Equality and Diversity Officer during 2014/15.

Jane Hawksford

Jane works in student support at Vision West Nottinghamshire College. She has worked at the college for over 18 years but the college has been part of her life since 1988. Jane has gained extensive knowledge, experience and qualifications in customer service, business administration and how the Further Education sector has changed over the years. Jane is also the chair of the Staff LGBT group and sits on several steering groups.

Jane likes to see those that she supports, either staff or students, achieve their potential and be happy.

Jane is currently studying psychology and mental health.