VERONICA FELL (CHAIR OF CORPORATION)
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 (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 the Standards Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and appointed Vice Chair of the Corporation in January 2019.
JOHN CLARKE (PRINCIPAL)
John is Principal and Chief Executive of Southport College and KGV Sixth Form College, a position he has held in the lead up and following the merger of the two colleges in February 2018. Prior to this he was appointed as Principal of Southport College from August 2011. Preceding this John was the Deputy Principal at Burnley College from January 2010 and Assistant Principal from August 2006, with earlier senior leadership roles at Bolton College.
Before qualifying as a teacher in further education, John’s career began in Liverpool working with young people for a community based voluntary organisation.
John is currently Chair of Merseyside College Association and sits on the board of Sefton Education Business Partnership. He holds a degree in History from Cambridge University.
CHRISTINE BAMPTON (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Prior to her retirement in 2015, Christine was employed at Southport College for 18 years progressing to Head of Faculty in Construction, Science and Technology before moving on to be Director of Quality and Support where she was instrumental in developing strategies for safeguarding; an area she is passionate about.
Christine has qualifications within the teaching environment, IT networking and has vast experience through a continued professional development portfolio that she has remained committed to throughout her career.
Christine was appointed to the Corporation as an independent governor in May 2018 and is a member of the Standards and Governance Committees.
PAUL COCHRANE (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Paul has recently retired as Chairman of a leading firm of Chartered Accountants. His connection with Southport goes back over 40 years having studied for his A Levels at the College. Paul holds an Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton and held a number of management positions within KPMG before developing his career in private practice with an independent firm.
Paul was a Senior Statutory Auditor and lead partner for a variety of growth oriented clients. He had responsibility for the firm’s Not for Profit sector clients.
Previous positions held by Paul include President of the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants, President Liverpool Chartered Accountants Students Association, Chair Wirral Pro Help, Chair/member Investors in People Accreditation Panel.
Paul is Chair of the Resources Committee and also sits on the Remuneration Committee.
JOHN FELL (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
John was Chair of the Corporation from July 2014 to the point of merger in February 2018 with KGV Sixth Form College. He played a strategic role in steering and guiding the board through the merger process. He has many years’ experience as a governor, serving on the Audit, Standards and Governance Committees prior to his appointment to Vice Chair of the Corporation.
John is a Chartered Accountant (retired) with over 30 years’ in his accountancy practice advising small and family businesses and charities. The practice was a registered training centred for chartered accountancy students and John has maintained his links with student education through his links at the College.
In voluntary roles John has worked with the Church of England Diocese in Liverpool and Blackburn both locally and regionally, advising on financial matters. He is also a board member of Healthwatch Lancashire.
Since stepping down as Chair of Corporation John has remained an independent member of the board and is serving on the Audit Committee.
ROB FIRTH (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Rob is a Chartered Accountant with financial experience in both the commercial and public sector. Immediately prior to his retirement he was a senior financial accountant working at the Home Office
In voluntary roles Rob was a Samaritans volunteer at Southport Branch for 11 years, during which time he served as Branch Director, Treasurer and Trustee. He was a member of the national Samaritans Charity Audit & Risk Committee for 4 years. Rob has also been a Trustee of Southport YMCA. He has previously been a governor at primary and secondary schools.
Following the merger of Southport College and King George V Sixth Form College in February 2018 Rob served as Vice Chair of the Corporation until January 2019. He is presently a member of the Resources Committee.
TERRY FLEETWOOD (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Terry trained as a Financial Accountant before moving into the commercial sector working in a variety of roles including Finance Director and Management Accountant. He has over 30 years’ experience in this sector prior to his retirement from full-time working in November 2015.
Since retirement he has been able to devote more time to his voluntary roles as a governor and supporting local social clubs in Southport. As an old boy of KGV Terry is very keen to contribute to the future development of the merged college.
Terry was a Board member of KGV Sixth Form College from 2017, prior to the merger with Southport College in February 2018. Since merger he has been appointed Vice Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
MARK GRUTTERS (PARENT GOVERNOR)
Mark has worked for over 17 years as a chemist in the oil & gas industry, in various leadership roles in R&D, projects and operations. For his work he has lived in Texas, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Louisiana. He current works for Baker Hughes, a GE company, as Subject Matter Expert Deepwater Operations.
In the past he has been active as member and chairman of the Parent Council for ‘De Achtbaan’ primary school in Utrecht (Netherlands) as well as for GEMS Wellington British International School in Dubai (UAE). Mark was appointed Parent Governor for KGV/Southport College in November 2018, and hopes that his past governance experience and exposure to different cultures, ethics and values brings a fresh perspective into the parent governor discussions for KGV.
Mark was appointed as a parent governor at KGV/Southport College in November 2018 and is a member of the Standards Committee.
VICKIE HAYES (STAFF GOVERNOR)
Vickie has been employed at Southport College since 2006, she progressed to Learning Support Manager across both SC and KGV campuses in 2018.
She has been instrumental in setting up inclusive groups such as the LGBT group and a Social Communication Skills Development group. She is a member of the College Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity Committees and also an Equality and Diversity Champion.
Vickie has qualifications in IT, Education and Training, Counselling and has specialised her CPD in SEN and Inclusion, including EHCPs, SEN Regulations, LGBT and ASD. She is currently undertaking a Level 5 Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management as an Apprentice at Southport College.
Vickie was appointed to the Corporation as a staff governor in 2017 and is a member of the Governance Committee.
ALEX KENNY (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Alex is currently the Director of Marketing of Fletchers Solicitors in Southport, having joined the company is 2003 as a law graduate.
His marketing expertise brings a wealth of experience in both communications and marketing strategies to support the ongoing development and branding of the College.
Alex is a volunteer mentor for Virgin Start-up, providing guidance and advice to new start-up businesses. He also volunteers at a local soup kitchen and provides free marketing advice to charities and social enterprises through the ‘Pimp My Cause’ organisation.
Alex was appointed as an independent governor at Southport College in May 2018 and is a member of the Resources Committee.
SUZANNE KNOWLES (STAFF GOVERNOR)
Suzanne has been employed at KGV College for 16 years, she progressed to Head of Art and Design in 2014.
She has engineered and introduced a broader curriculum offer in the Arts at KGV College to create a flagship department.
Suzanne has qualifications within History of Art, Fashion and textiles and the teaching environment. She has a varied design portfolio that she has remained committed to throughout her teaching and lecturing career.
Suzanne was appointed to the Corporation as a staff governor in 2018 and is a member of the Standards Committee.
MO KUNDI (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Mo is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer and during his career has worked in both private and public sector organisations, in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He has held senior posts in Municipal Engineering, Economic Regeneration and Low Carbon Economy.
Recently retired, Mo now plays an active role in the local community. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Sefton’s Carers Centre and Chair of the Light for Life Charity. He is also a Trustee of The Frank Hornby Railway Trust.
He was appointed as an independent governor at Southport College in September 2017 and is Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Standards Committee.
IAN RAIKES (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Ian has been Headteacher at Greenbank High School, a local high performing secondary school since 2012. He is the Executive Headteacher of Southport Learning Trust which was formed when Greenbank sponsored Stanley High School in July 2017.
Ian is the lead deliverer of the NPQ (National Professional Qualification) in Senior Leadership and Headship for the Alliance of Leading Learning in the area. He is a board member of the SKY Music Hub and Elevate EBP limited. Ian is the Child Welfare Officer and Coach of a local junior football club.
Ian was a Board member of KGV Sixth Form College from 2017, prior to the merger with Southport College in February 2018. Since merger he has been appointed as Vice Chair to the Standards Committee.
CAROL REID (STAFF GOVERNOR)
Carol has been employed at Southport College for 10 years and she progressed to be Curriculum Leader in Health and Social Care in 2012.
Carol is a Registered General Nurse and has an array of qualifications within Health and Social Care. She is both committed and passionate about providing the learners with the underpinning skills, knowledge and behaviours to assist them in their healthcare professions.
After the demise of the Healthcare Cadet programme she has collaborated with the NHS to design and launch the Acorn Cadet programme in 2016.
Carol was appointed to the Corporation as a staff governor in 2017 and is a member of the Standards Committee.
VIPIN TRIVEDI (INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR)
Vipin is a retired GP and has held various medical posts throughout his 40 year career which has included a strong emphasis on supporting and mentoring colleagues in his profession.
Since retirement he has continued his voluntary roles in the education and housing sectors and following the merger of KGV Sixth Form College with Southport College in February 2018 he has continued his governorship and now serves on the Resources Committee.