Governors

Following our merger; Southport College and KGV College now have one Governing Body, whilst still maintaining separate brand identities and student populations.


The Corporation has made some changes to its Instruments and Articles of Government and Standing Orders to ensure that robust governance is maintained throughout the Pandemic. These changes include a reduction in the numbers of Governors required to attend meetings to make it quorate, provision for more frequent use of Written Resolutions and Chairs Action for urgent decisions and to enable Committees to operate flexibly within their terms of reference and cycles of business to respond as necessary during the Pandemic.


The changes have been added as an Addendum to both the Instruments and Articles of Government and to the Standing Orders which are published on the College website.

Policies & Information

Veronica Fell
Veronica Fell

Chairperson

Ronnie (Veronica) is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser with over 30 years' experience as a tax professional working in both the private and public sector. For the past 15 years she was the managing partner of a local chartered accountancy practice in Southport, with responsibilities for governance audit regulation and tax advisory work. The practice was a registered training centre for Chartered Accountancy students and Ronnie was also responsible for student and staff training, an area she has remained close to in her role as a governor of the college. Ronnie continues to work as an independent business tax consultant. In voluntary roles Ronnie has Chaired the Merseyside Chartered Institute of Taxation as well as serving as a Trustee on the National Tax Board for the Association of Taxation Technicians, chairing the student exam and education committees as well as being the representative for the Institute's audit committee. She has also, in a voluntary capacity, provided mentoring to students and colleagues through her longstanding association in the tax profession. Following the merger of Southport College and King George V Sixth Form College in February 2018 Ronnie was appointed as the Chair of the Corporation. She has previously served either as Chair or Vice Chair on the Audit, Governance and Remuneration Committees.

Kathy Passant
Kathy Passant

Vice Chair of the Corporation

Kathy has been an Ofsted Inspector since 2003 leading on Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management and Study Programmes. She has over 30 years’ experience working in further education as a lecturer and counsellor. As a senior manager she was responsible for sixth form studies, adult education and student support services. This culminated with 5 years as a Principal of an outstanding college until 2013. She has had many voluntary roles within the education sector and is currently a member of Endeavour Learning Trust. Kathy was a Board member of KGV Sixth Form College from 2015, prior to the merger with Southport College in February 2018. Since merger she has been Chair of Standards Committee and more recently Chair of the Remuneration Committee and was appointed Vice Chair of the Corporation in January 2019.

Michelle Brabner
Michelle Brabner

Principal

Michelle is Principal and Chief Executive of Southport College and KGV Sixth Form College, a position she took up in March 2020. Preceding this Michelle was the Deputy Principal at Runshaw College from January 2015 and Assistant Principal at Ashton Sixth Form College prior to that, with earlier curriculum leadership roles at Bury College and Bolton Sixth Form College.

Before qualifying as a teacher in further education, Michelle’s career began in Liverpool working in medical research at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Michelle holds a Masters degree in Zoology (through research) from Leicester University and a BSc in Biological Sciences from Plymouth University. Michelle also supports the work of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, acting as an Ofsted Inspector.

Meet our Governors

Independent Governors

The individuals who serve as independents on the board of governors are from a diverse range of backgrounds and use their skills and experiences to play a vital role in the development of the College.

Staff Governors

Our staff governors use their knowledge of the College, its staff and students and to make valuable contributions to College governance and strategy.

Parent Governor

Our parent governor plays an important role in the development of the College bringing their understanding, skills and experience to help drive the College forwards and meet its strategic objectives.

Student Governors

Our Student governors play an crucial role, bringing their experience of the college to help drive it forwards and meet its strategic objectives.

Committees & Minutes

View or download minutes from our governors committee meetings.

Policies & Published Information

View or download all of our academic policies, college policies and published information.

Our Partnership

Southport College and King George V College officially merged on 31 January 2018.