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Governance and Strategic Documents


Governance and The Corporation of New College Stamford

Introducing the College Corporation

We want to make sure our students, staff and the communities we serve, can find out what we do and what decisions we take. It is important that you have this information because:

  • we look after public funds and must show that we use those funds properly and effectively.
  • the College is a local community resource.
Our Role

The legal power of our Corporation rests with the Corporation as an entity and not with individual Members. Therefore:

  • we should support decisions agreed by the majority of Members;
  • we should not speak on behalf of the Corporation unless we have been specifically asked to by the Corporation;
  • we share responsibility for decisions;
  • we must respect confidentiality

On appointment, we agree to follow our Code of Conduct

We hope the information available here allows you to understand what we do.

How to contact us

If you:

  • have any questions;
  • want to raise any issues;
  • are unable to find the information you want; or,
  • you wish to apply to join the Corporation

Please contact the Clerk to the Corporation in writing to:

Mr Ralph Devereux — Clerk to the Corporation
New College Stamford
Drift Road


What are we

We are a Further Education College Corporation established by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The powers of the Further Education Corporations are detailed in this Act, as amended by the Learning and Skills Act 2000, the Further Education and Training Act 2007 and the Education Act 2011.

We are also an exempt charity. Our principal regulator is the Department for Education.

A “Corporation” is a legal term describing a number of people working together as if they were one person. A corporation carries on working as a succession of new people replace those who retire or resign. The people making up the Corporation are correctly referred to as ‘Members’. Sometimes these individuals may also be referred to as “Governors”.

The Corporation has established five committees which meet regularly. The committees deal with specific parts of our work.

Our committees operate under agreed terms of references (see above) which are reviewed, at least annually.

What do we do?

As a Further Education Corporation we are concerned with governing our College.

The following documents set out what we need to do to govern the College.


The Corporation comprises up to 20 governors from a variety of backgrounds whose experience, knowledge, skills and strategic leadership provides a vital contribution to the College’s continuing development. The College Principal and Chief Executive, two members of staff and two students are also members of the Corporation.


Confidentiality is dealt with under paragraph 17(2) of the Instrument of Government (Oct 2016 revision).

Other Important Documents

How we listen to the voice of students and staff

Our Corporation must publish its arrangements for listening to the voices of students and staff at the College about what our College does, its strategic direction and its activities.


The Learner Voice is at the heart of our decision-making and quality assurance processes. Learners/​students are consulted via the following means:

  • Student/​learner focus groups;
  • Student surveys carried out by the College;
  • National/​external student surveys;
  • Student Voice tutorials across all curriculum areas across the year with feedback via termly/​annual reports;
  • Student views ascertained during classroom observations;
  • Student Council;
  • The College also engages with its HE students through the feedback received as part of the National Student Survey;
  • Feedback from students/​learners feeds into the College quality assurance and review processes, including the Self-Assessment Report and the Quality Improvement Plan;
  • You Said, We Did’ poster campaigns;
  • Appointment of Student Members to serve on the Corporation.


The College seeks to engage with staff through the following opportunities:

  • Termly Joint Consultation Committee meetings with Trade Union representatives
  • Annual Staff Survey
  • Staff briefings conducted by the Principal
  • Regular SLT Briefings
  • College Staff Focus Groups
  • Appointment of Staff Members to serve on the Corporation

Two staff and two student Members are appointed as Members of our Corporation and play a full part in its discussion, debate and decision making.


Would you like to join us?

We want to hear from people who may be interested in becoming a Corporation Member.

We want our Members to have a wide range of skills, backgrounds and expertise. This is to make sure we have the benefit of views from, and are truly representative of, our community.

All our Members are appointed as individuals, including those Members who are staff or students. Members are not representatives of the organisations or communities from which they come. Once appointed, Members are required to put the interests of the College first.

From time to time the College has vacancies for external Members to join the Corporation. If you are interested in becoming a Member you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have the commitment?
  • Do I have an interest in education?
  • Do I have balanced judgement?
  • Do I have a specific skill, professional qualification and/​or experience?
  • Do I have an ability to assess complex issues?
  • Do I have links with the local community or business that I can use for mutual benefit?
  • Can I commit to attending a number of meetings during the year?
  • Can I put in time before meetings to read the papers?

If you want to receive further information, please contact the Clerk to the Corporation in writing to:

Ralph Devereux — Clerk to the Corporation
New College Stamford
Drift Road


Strategic Documents

Corporation and Committee Minutes

Corporation and Committee minutes will be posted on this website. This will happen as soon as possible after a meeting and once our Corporation or the relevant Committee agrees that the minutes are accurate and can be published.

This process has been agreed because, until that point in time, our Corporation or a Committee could reject any part of the minutes as incomplete, misleading or factually incorrect.

Corporate Meeting Minutes for the last three academic years are published on the website along with Committee Minutes for the last three academic years (except where the committee has not been established for that duration).

Agendas and non confidential supporting papers together with minutes that pre-date those that are published, can be provided upon request to the Clerk.


New College Stamford Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Janet Meenaghan



Janet’s career in education has spanned almost 30 years, most of this working in further education colleges, but including nine years as a university lecturer and two years working for the Learning and Skills Council on FE strategy and partnerships. Janet is a passionate advocate for education – she has always valued the breadth of provision offered by FE and the opportunities this provides for learners from all backgrounds. She has delivered and managed many different types of programme, from first steps courses, through apprenticeships and A Levels, to higher level diplomas and degrees, and has served two terms of office as a school governor.

Janet joined New College Stamford in September 2015 from Selby College in North Yorkshire, graded outstanding’ by Ofsted, where she was Deputy Principal for 4 years.

Allison Sunley


Allison became chair of Corporation in October 2017. Allison lives in Lincolnshire and has family connections with South Africa.

David Pennell


Co-Vice Chair

I am the Estates Director for Burghley House Preservation Trust. This encompasses Burghley House, the estate and its diverse and wide-ranging property and business portfolios.

Most of my time is spent pushing the strategic direction forwards on the land, property and business assets of the estate whilst engaging with the local and national communities.

In my spare time I am a huge rugby fan and support a local team and also volunteer every match at Stamford Rugby Club where my children are members.

Peter Fraser


Co-Vice Chair

I have taught in seven independent schools including day and boarding, coeducational and single sex institutions for the past 35 years. In addition, I have worked internationally in Brazil and most recently in Ireland. My connection with the Stamford area dates from 2000 when I was appointed as the Head at Stamford School (2000 – 2005) and I subsequently served as the Head of Colston’s School in Bristol ( 2005 – 2014) and, most recently, Principal of St Andrew’s College, Dublin (2014- 2016).

I have taught Physics, Maths and Chemistry throughout my career and also coached football, rugby, hockey and cricket teams. I have been a Head of Department, Boarding Housemaster, Deputy Headmaster and also served as a member of the HMC Sports’ Committee for several years.

My personal interests are predominately sporting – now mainly golf, but also encompass car maintenance, motorcycles and some aspects of gardening!

Following my retirement, I maintain a keen interest in current educational issues – particularly relating to university entrance, employability and the impact of new technology on education.

Mr Paul Wingfield


Currently director of Westbrook Services Ltd.

Consultant offering management restructuring, guidance and challenge for secondary education sector. Previously Principal of a Sports College in Northamptonshire.

Paul is Vice-Chair of the Corporation.

Martin Ballard


Martin Ballard is the Group Environment Manager with Willmott Dixon, where his role is to ensure sustainable practices and targets set for business performance are being consistently embedded and delivered. He leads the environmental discipline on legal assurance, business audits for environmental protection and promotion of environmental efficiency improvements, managing Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) environmental courses and improvements for the group’s Considerate Construction recognition. Martin has held investment programming, operational and supply chain roles with Anglian Water over fifteen years, including audit and delivery of environmental improvements across East Anglia. Previously, he worked in environmental regulation across the South West of England.

Martin’s experience in the construction sector delivering strategic stakeholder and supply chain engagement includes outcomes such as: biodiversity recognition with the BIG Challenge, water management planning; environmental behavioural practices; and construction lean engineering for waste reduction and sustainable resource efficiency.

Beyond work, Martin enjoys time with family and friends, singing with Stamford Choral (new members always welcomed!), coaching rugby with Stamford Rugby club where his son plays and even enjoys refereeing (for fun-filled flowing games of rugby…).

Tony Keeling OBE


Group Captain Tony Keeling OBE MDA MA BEng CEng FRAeS RAF

Tony has commanded at flight, squadron and wing level, spending over 17 years in direct support of front line operations for Hawk and Tornado. Enlisting in 1987 as an Apprentice he initially trained as an airframe and propulsion technician, before commissioning as an engineer officer in 1999 after completing a cadetship at the Royal Military College of Science. Initially employed on Tornado F3, he twice deployed on operations in support of Iraq’s Southern No Fly Zone. In 2001 he planned and delivered the first air move by C17 of Tornado F3 to the Falkland Islands. He was appointed Senior Engineering Officer of 2(AC) Squadron in 2006, responsible for the first line maintenance of the squadron’s fleet of Tornado GR4, culminating in deployment to Operation TELIC. As OC Engineering and Logistics Wing at RAF Lossiemouth, he commanded a team of 750 personnel and held airworthiness responsibility for 3 Tornado GR4 at Minhad. In 2014 as Chief of Staff Support he led the planning for the redeployment of 904 Expeditionary Air Wing from Kandahar, Afghanistan. He took command of RAF Wittering and the A4 Force Elements in June 2017.

STAFF. Tony has a strong acquisition and support background having worked in the Defence Logistics Organisation as Hawk Fleet Manager and the MOD Saudi Armed Forces Project managing the end-to-end engineering and logistics support of the RSAF’s Hawk Mk65 fleet. More recently in Defence Equipment and Support he reviewed airworthiness standards for Rivet Joint as it entered RAF service. In 2010 he joined the then newly formed Military Aviation Authority where he was responsible to the Director General for oversight of the MOD’s finance and military capability planning process. A second strand to this role was engagement with regulators of rail, aviation, education, healthcare and the utilities to inform the design of the MAA’s future operating model. Promoted to group captain in May 2015, Tony was posted to Joint Forces Command where he was employed in Joint Warfare as the Chief of Staff for the Anglo-French Combined Joint Expeditionary Force; latterly the role expanded to include development of an assurance concept for the UK’s operational level headquarters. In 2016 he returned to MOD, again employed in the field of finance and military capability.

QUALIFICATIONS. A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course and the Windsor Leadership Trust, Tony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeromechanical Systems Engineering and a Masters in Defence Studies. He also undertook distance learning for a Master of Business Administration (Defence) from Cranfield University whilst a squadron leader.

OUTSIDE WORK. Tony is married to Bobby and they at RAF Wittering with their two children. Tom (18) and Alice (19) – Tom is in his last year at King’s School Ely and Alice is in her first year at University College London. Tony enjoys running, cycling and long walks with his dogs and camera. He is also a Science Technology Engineering and Maths Ambassador, the RAF’s deputy LGBT+ Advocate, trustee of the RAF Halton Apprentice Trust, a mentor for the Arkwright Scholars, Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Vincent Brittain


I am the founder and CEO of a Lincolnshire-based charity. Inspire+ works with schools to support them deliver high quality and inclusive PE, school sport, leadership and physical activity opportunities to young people.

Anne Earle

Independent Governor

I am a solicitor specialising in Child Law and l am currently employed by Leicester City Council. As a practising solicitor, l am a member of the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. I have recently moved to Stamford and am enjoying living in such a beautiful town.

Jonathan Teesdale


I have been fortunate enough to have lived in Stamford my whole life, with the exception of brief periods away to work, study and travel. Being a Governor of New College Stamford feels particularly poignant, as I undertook my first teaching placement at Stamford College many years ago! After teaching A Level, GCSE and BTEC Business and Finance, PE and IT, I returned to Stamford in 1995 to run Copthill Independent School as Headteacher and recently as Principal. I still teach regularly and remain passionate about education in all forms and for all age groups.

My particular areas of interest are environmental education, outdoor learning and activities which provide such beneficial challenges for students of all ages to learn about themselves and prepare for adult life.

Outside of work I enjoy looking after the farm smallholding and lead an active life running, walking and extreme camping in remote places! I look forward to bringing my experience and enthusiasm to the College over the coming years.

Doug Ward


Eur Ing Doug Ward MA LL.M M.Sc. (Eng) FCGI CDipAF CEng CMarEng FIMarEST FIMechE ACIArb

Doug commenced his career as a seafarer undertaking Merchant Navy Training Board marine engineer cadet training scheme. On completion Doug served as a marine engineer officer on merchant ships trading worldwide on all major shipping routes.

On moving to shore-based employment in the National Health Service he held a number of senior engineering appointments at Guy’s Hospital London. Followed by NHS Board level Director of Estates and Facilities appointments at major acute NHS Hospital Foundation Trust’s. Doug also gained major construction and operational experience of new build acute hospitals with Lend Lease Construction Management as Technical Director over a six-year period.

He has interests in project and organisation finance, also in construction law and alternative dispute resolution procedure. Doug holds master’s degrees in engineering, law, strategic financial management, and is a Chartered Engineer. He was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds London Institute for outstanding professional achievement in 2002. A Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators of the City of London.

Doug has a great interest in education and has been visiting lecturer at Cranfield University Centre for Propulsion Engineering for the last fourteen years.

Ryan Clarke


Ryan qualified with the ICAEW on a training contract with Mazars before joining the Totemic Group as a financial accountant in 2009. He has held a number of senior finance positions within Totemic, including the technology and brokerage businesses, before being appointed to the Board of the group’s car finance company, Premium Plan, in July 2016.

Away from work, football has always played a big part of Ryan’s life having played non-league for 10 years, including AFC Stamford. Now he spends more time with his young family, whilst trying to get his golf handicap down.

Richard Wheeler

Richard has been a Finance Director across a number of sectors. His current role is at the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS foundation Trust (NHFT); NHFT is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. His current responsibilities cover Finance, IM&T, Estates and Business Intelligence.

Richard has two children currently studying GCSEs and A Levels in Stamford and Rutland.

Phil Smith

I am currently a business lecturer at New College Stamford, in my third year of teaching. I have a background in business development, marketing, sales and retail management.

I grew up in the area and I am passionate about vocational learning and further education. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the corporate governance at College and to be able to help shape the future of education in my local tow. Outside College I enjoy keeping up-to-date with Formula 1 and playing my guitar.

Jack Thubbron


Barnabas Baricz Hughes

Student Governor

I’m Barnabas Baricz Hughes and I am 18 years old. I joined New College Stamford in September 2017 and I have enjoyed my time here very much. I’m half British, half Hungarian and can speak three languages fluently (English, Hungarian and Portuguese). In my spare time I enjoy reading, following politics and walking my dog. I applied for the Student Governor position because I felt it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. I will receive valuable experience that I hope to apply in my future life.

Shane Nightingale

Student Governor

I have been elected for the position of Student Governor of New College Stamford for 201819. I will attend all meetings listed and give my honest opinion on the discussion when required.

Jason Olley

HE Student Governor

Ben Seal


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