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Ronnie Fell (Chair of the Corporation)

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.

Rob Firth (Vice Chair of the Corporation)

Rob Firth was appointed Vice Chair of the Corporation in February 2018, following the merger with KGV. Rob qualified as a Chartered Accountant in his native Liverpool, after which he gained considerable financial experience in commercial business sectors including commodity trading, and H.M. Government. He has previously been a Governor of a primary school in Liverpool and of a secondary school in the Wirral.

He was a Samaritan volunteer at Southport Branch for 11 years, during which time he was Branch Director for 3 years, Treasurer for 4 years and a Branch Trustee for 7 years.  He was also a member of the national Samaritan Charity Audit & Risk Committee for 4 years.  He was a Trustee of Southport YMCA for 4 years.

Rob is a long standing season ticket holder at Liverpool FC and in summer months can be found watching cricket at Southport & Birkdale CC and Lancashire CCC.

John Clarke (Principal)

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.

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.

Lesley Venables (Clerk)

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



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