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 Director of Governance and Clerk to the Board, ​Clare Mitchell 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.
​Caireen Mitchell is the Principal and CEO of Croydon College.
Jean Cook
Nigel Dias
Rahel Haque

Tom Hesmondhalgh

Rosaleen Liard

Andrew Lowe

Varsha Mehta

 Mark Wilson
 Penny Wycherley

 The College has two Staff Governors and two Student Governors:

For more information on our Governors or becoming a Governor, please contact the Clerk Clare Mitchell

Governor Events 

Governors are encouraged to attend a range of curriculum activities and events during the academic year.

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 a number of 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 Clare Mitchell, Clerk to the Governors (see contact details above) 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

College Code of Conduct for Governors