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Governor Area

As a Governor of Southport College you will find important documents and a link to access your email on this page.


John Clarke

John has been Principal of Southport College since August 2011, joining the College from Burnley College where he was Deputy Principal.

He has a degree in History from Cambridge University and started his career in Liverpool working with young people for a community based voluntary organisation. He subsequently qualified as a teacher working in further education in Leicester, Oxford and Bolton, before joining Burnley College in 2006.

John enjoys reading, films and theatre, and can sometimes be persuaded to take an interest in gardening. He has a keen interest in sports, playing tennis and following his home town team Watford Football Club on their visits to the North West.


John Fell

John was Chair of the Corporation from September 2013 to the point of merger with KGV. Prior to this he was Vice Chair of the Corporation from September 2008.

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mr Fell has had 31 years' experience advising small and family businesses and charities. He qualified with a medium sized firm of Chartered Accountants in Blackburn and gained additional experience with KPMG before becoming a partner in the Yorkshire offices of Mazars. For the last 24 years he has been principal of an accountancy practice in Southport employing both qualified and student accountants.

Mr Fell has five children aged between 28 and 44 who are completing or have completed various forms of further and higher education, and has therefore a particular interest in education from a parent's point of view.

Mr Fell was Chair of the Audit Committee for many years but stood down when he was appointed Vice Chair of the Corporation in September 2008; he now serves on the Resources, Governance and Standards Committees.


Lesley Venables

Lesley is the Clerk to the College Corporation. The Clerk is an independent officer who serves the Corporation and acts as its official advisor.

Ronnie Fell

Mrs Fell was appointed Chair of the Corporation in February 2018, following the merger with KGV.

Ronnie is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser and has over 20 years' experience in the field of taxation. Prior to moving into private practice with KPMG in Liverpool, she spent ten years working for HM Revenue & Customs.

For the past ten years, she has been the managing partner at J A Fell & Company, a firm of accountants in Southport, with particular responsibilities for practice assurance, audit regulation work and taxation. The practice is a registered training centre for the Chartered Accountants' qualification and Ronnie has responsibility for student training.

Ronnie is Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation for Merseyside and has previously been responsible for the Institute's continued professional development programme for qualified professionals and training CTA students. In March 2013, she took up a role to serve on the Institute’s National Student Steering Group Committee.

Ronnie is Chair of the Governance Committee and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She is also the link governor for the Business Development Department and for Employer Engagement.


Greta Fenney

Greta spent her formative years in Eastham, Wirral and graduated in Music in 1986 following an education at Chethams School of Music, Manchester. After working as a sub-editor on The Times newspaper in London, she moved back to Merseyside and took up a post at Granada TV at the Albert Dock.

In 1991, she became the Music Therapist in a specialist provision for young people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and later took up a similar role at Arden Specialist FE College, Southport. During this time, Greta was awarded a Diploma in Psychiatry and Mental Health and a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning Disabilities, as well as gaining several qualifications in Management. She spent several years teaching before managing the residential provision attached to the college and had additional responsibilities for Safeguarding and Student Services.

In 2007, Greta became Chief Executive Officer at Southport Charity, Light for Life. Greta is the Chair of the Area Partnership for Southport and represents Housing at the Operations Group. Greta is also linked to a number of committees and steering groups across Sefton and has been a key driver for multi-agency work with individuals with Complex and Multiple Needs in the borough.

Greta is Chair of the Standards Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and is the link governor for the Design and Business Technology Department, Safeguarding and SEND and for English and maths.


Ilush Bricknell

Mrs Bricknell read law at Exeter University and worked for Barclays Bank Trust Company until her retirement to raise her children.
She was an adviser for 24 years at Southport Citizens Advice Bureau where she was also voluntary Deputy Manager for 10 years. As the Bureau is the only generalist advice agency in the area, Mrs Bricknell has extensive experience of and insight into the problems facing the local community and the social policy issues involved.
Mrs Bricknell has held office as treasurer and as Company Secretary of Southport YMCA where she was a member of the Board of Directors for over 25 years and is currently a trustee of Southport U3A.

She is an active (though non-sailing) member of West Lancashire Yacht Club, was the Club's treasurer for five years and is now the Membership Secretary.
Mrs Bricknell was Chair of the Standards and Remuneration Committees until 2016 and is now an Associate Governor and also the link governor for the Department of Health, Care & Service Professions, Teaching & Learning and Student Guidance & Quality.


Keith Millington

Keith is a retired Chartered Engineer. Originally from the 'Black Country', he has lived in Formby for 30 years. He is married with two children and two grandchildren.

Whilst working in local government, he was a Director with responsibility for Transportation and the Environment, acting as an advisor to national bodies and the Government on Transportation. His education was wide and varied including gaining an ONC at a college of further education, and he subsequently gained a degree in civil engineering and a management degree.  Keith is also a Justice of the Peace serving on the Liverpool Bench, with a keen interest combating recidivism. For recreation, he is a keen fell walker, plays bridge and supports Waterloo RFC and West Bromwich Albion, the latter two present their challenges!

Keith was appointed to membership of the Corporation on 1 January 2012; he serves as Vice Chair on the Resources Committee and represents the Corporation on the College's Health and Safety Committee. He is also the link governor for the Construction and Engineering Department, Estates and Marketing.


Rob Firth

Mr Firth is a Governor and a Vice Chair of the Remuneration Committee.


Stephen Breen

Mr Breen has joined the Governing board as an Associate Governor on the Resources Committee.


Richard Jacklin

Mr Jacklin has joined the Governing board as an Associate Governor on the Audit Committee.

Richard qualified as a Solicitor in 1971, as a Notary Public in 1979, and as a Trust & Estate Practitioner in 1993.  He set up his own practice in Southport in 1993, specialising in the areas of wills, probate, trusts and estate planning.  In 2016 he joined the firm of Napthens Solicitors as a consultant.Richard and his wife have lived in Southport since 1969. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Anita Holt

Mrs Holt has joined the Governing board as an Associate Governor on the Standards Committee.



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