Governance at Croydon College

Croydon College’s Governing Body determines the educational mission of the College, its strategic direction, oversees its financial performance and safeguards its assets. It does this through a committee structure in which it meets with the College’s senior management to determine and monitor the College’s performance and planning.

Our Governors are volunteers and often have significant professional, business or community experience, which is called on to inform the Governing Body’s collective decision-making. Staff and students elect their own Governors. The day-to-day governance of the College is managed by the Clerk to the Governors, whose autonomy from the management structure of the rest of the College assures their independence.

Under the terms of the Further & Higher Education Act 1992, the most senior body in a Further Education college is its Governing Body.

The information below will offer more information about the College’s Governors, its governance structure and obligations, and how to apply to become a Governor.

For more information about our Governors or becoming a Governor, please contact the Clerk to the Board Evan Williams at

Governance Membership

Our Governors represent a wide cross-section of those that live or have worked in Croydon.

Gordon Smith is the Chair of the Governing Body, elected by the board in 2013. Gordon is Principal at the local Riddlesdown High School, one of the largest schools in London. 
Frances Wadsworth is the Principal and CEO of Croydon College.
Dr Caroline Allen PhD is the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, elected by the board in 2013. She is the Principal of Orchard Hill College, a local specialist college for students with complex special needs. She has undertaken a wide number of consultancy, advisory and governance roles including Chair of the Learning & Skills Council London South.
Jean Cook is currently a self-employed education consultant. She has extensive experience in further and adult education as a student, teacher, adviser, senior manager and inspector.
Professor Clare Mackie is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) at the University of Sussex, which is the College's validation partner. She was previously Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Kent.
Trevor Morgan is a property consultant with extensive experience in that and related fields, as well as significant board experience including chairing roles within the YMCA.
Piers White, Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and Chair of the Search and Governance and Remuneration Committee,is an experienced non-executive director with extensive board and business experience. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Insinger de Beaufort.
Jackie Wilding is an Equity Partner in Bryden Johnson, a Croydon-based firm of Accountants specialising in accountancy and business support services for small and medium enterprises.
Martin Corney is Chief Executive of the Whitgift Foundation
Suzanne Hughes is an accomplished and pragmatic Senior HR Business Partner with a successful background in leading and implementing change across large organisations
Varsha Mehta is a Senior Relationship Manager, Corporate and Commercial Banking,    responsible for managing a portfolio of circa 60 clients predominantly in the Not for Profit, Charities and Education Sector as well as a number of Trading Businesses. Building strong relationships with key members of the Board, Management Team and Shareholders to ensure all their banking and financial requirements are specifically tailored in line with their current and evolving future requirements. 
Mark Wilson is a Self-employed business consultant, entrepreneur and senior finance executive with extensive experience in global corporations of business partnering, strategic planning and financial leadership.
Tom Hesmondhalgh  is Commercial Director at Creative Education, an experienced leader of teacher development projects including maths and English development as well as delivering collaborative improvement projects and spearhead new approaches in FE teaching.  


 The College has two Staff Governors:

Christina Gasson, Quality Assurance Manager - Academic Staff Governor

​​Kim Meyler-Vincent, Registry Assessments Officer - Non-Academic Staff Governor


The College also has two Student Governors:

Mingyuan Ma – FE Student Governor

Ellen Pearson - HE Student Governor


For more information on our Governors or becoming a Governor, please contact the Clerk Evan Williams

Governor Events 

Governors are encouraged to attend a range of curriculum activities and events during the academic year, a full list of events for 17/18 is below

Governor Events 2017-18

Become a Governor at Croydon College

Do you have the ability to think strategically and independently and to make informed decisions as part of a group of equals?

Do you have an interest in the education of young people and adults and providing opportunities to learn in an atmosphere that celebrates equality and diversity?

Are you a member of Croydon’s communities or do you have an interest in the educational and professional development of those that live and work in Croydon?

Can you commit to occasional evening meetings in a stimulating decision-making environment with highly experienced professionals and businesspeople?

The College’s Governing Body wishes to hear from those with suitable experience who are interested in becoming a Governor. You may want to contact the Clerk to the Governors to discuss further your suitability, or the commitments of being a Governor at Croydon College.

Applications can be submitted electronically or in writing, at the College address to the Clerk.

Person Specification for a College Governor

Role Description for a College Governor

Governor Application Form

College Code of Conduct for Governors