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Board and Committees

The Board is constantly refreshing its membership and would welcome applications from interested people who can give time to support the College's ongoing development.  At the present time, we are specifically seeking new members with financial skills, ideally a qualified and experienced accountant.  We are also keen to appoint a member with digital skills to support the College's future.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Director of Governance, Carole Drury, for more information.


tel: 01539 814719

The Board's structure means that most of its work is carried out at Board meetings, which take place a minimum of 6 times per year. The Board is supported by 2 committees: Audit & Risk and Search & Governance, which meet on a termly basis. Plus a Remuneration Committee that meets a minimum of once per year.  Our standing orders propose 9 business members plus 2 staff and 2 student members and the College Principal, making a total of 14 full members but may increase where governors with the right skills are identified..  The Board can also be supported by co-opted members, who bring additional skills to the Committees.  In addition the Board sets up working groups that bring in specific expertise and can provide additional assurance to the Board.  

The Board works to its statutory Instrument & Articles of Governance with members acting in the capacity of trustees with the College holding exempt charitable status.  The Board has adopted the Code of Good Governance for English Colleges and operates its business in line with its Standing Orders.

Minutes of all Board and Committee meetings are published in line with statutory requirements following member approval.

The Board is continually looking to refresh its membership with most members serving one or two terms of four years.  New members are considered by the Search & Governance Committee as having the right skills to support the College.  Applications for board membership are accepted throughout the year. Recommendation for approval will depend on identified skills gaps at any given time and vacancies likely to occur in the near future.

Kendal College Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Governance Policy (PDF)


Kendal College Board Members

Cath Dutton

Chair of the Corporation & Member of Search & Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee
Cath runs her own business and has extensive expertise in the visitor economy and tourism sectors, specialising in Human Resources.  Cath is a long-standing member of the Board with a vast amount of experience of the College, the Board and its committees.  Cath was appointed Chair in September 2014.

Gordon Watson

Chair of Audit & Risk Committee and member of Remuneration Committee
Gordon is Chief Executive of Lakeland Arts which runs a range of galleries, museums and visitor attractions in South Lakeland.  Gordon joined the College Board in 2011 bringing the essential expertise of the Arts World and specific skills in fundraising and strategic development.  Gordon is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.  Gordon is also a member of the Museum working group.

Pat McIver

Board Member

Pat joined the Board in January 2017, bring with him a new range of skills from his role as Project Director for the new facility investment project at Glaxo Smith Kline in Ulverston where he has worked since 1988.  Pat has extensive operational leadership experience in active pharmaceutical manufacture and supply.

Zaeed Mohammed

Staff Governor & Audit & Risk Committee member
Zaeed is an Assistant Head of School for Business & Hair & Beauty Curriculum and teaches across a range of programmes in the College.  Zaeed has been elected for a second term as Staff Governor.  He first joined the Board in 2011.

Rebecca Sandham

Board Member & Search & Governance Committee member
Rebecca joined the Board in 2015 from a local engineering company, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon, where she is Production Manager and a CPS Black Belt.  She also has responsibility for apprenticeship programmes across the organisation and links very closely with the provision in the College.  Rebecca is also a member of the Board's Succession Planning group.

Jon Thedham 

Vice Chair of Corporation and Chair of Search & Governance Committee

Jon joined Kendal College Board in 2016 bringing with him a vast amount of sector experience to the College.  Jon lives locally and has over 24 years experience of providing training, coaching and consultancy to a wide range of organisations across the UK and internationally.  He has worked in the FE sector for over 28 years with experience as a chief examiner, assistant principal and lecturer.  He currently delivers leadership and management programmes across the FE sector.  Jon is also a member of the Succession Planning group.

Emily Harris

Co-opted Member, Audit & Risk Committee 

Emily is a Chartered Accountant running her own business in Kendal that specialises in project management, financial restructuring and performance improvement.  She also has a Medical Sciences background and a wealth of experience in the financial sector including as Group Finance Manager for Innocent Drinks Ltd and Manager of Reorganisation Services for Deloitte LLP. Emily joined the  Board in 2016.

Michelle Clement

Staff Governor and Vice Chair of Search & Governance Committee
Michelle has worked at Kendal College in a range of roles over the years and is currently the Lead Assessor for Business and Administration.  Michelle has also undertaken a range of training and development at College, most recently completing her BA in Business.  She joined the Board in 2013

Michael Southworth

Board member

Mike joined the Board in March 2017 with a wealth of expertise in the world of education, most recently from his tenure of Principal of Priestley College, Warrington, and now working as an educational consultant.

Amanda O'Brien 


Board Member and Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Amanda joined the Board in March 2017.  She is currently the Vocational Services Manager and Talent for Care Lead at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust and brings valuable experience and expertise to the Board.

Eve Martin

Board Member

Eve joined the Board in March 2017 and is an experienced strategic and operational public sector manager with significant voluntary sector governance experience.

John Rawsthorne

Board Member and Audit & Risk Committee

John joined the Board in May 2018 bringing with him a plethora of skills and experience in the areas of FE funding and accounting.  He is currently Business Director at Furness Academy having previously worked for the Skills Funding Agency and the Learning & Skills Council

Kelvin Nash

Kendal College Principal and Search & Governance Committee member

Carole Drury

Director of Governance

Carole is an experienced Clerk and has worked in the further education sector in both teaching and management roles since 1981, the last 25 years at Kendal College.  She has recently reduced to a part time contract looking after corporate governance. 


Minutes of Board Meetings are listed below

Standing Orders for the Corporation

Audit and Risk Committee Meeting Minutes

Terms of Reference

Search and Governance

Terms of Reference

Financial Statements 2016/17

Financial Statements 2015/16

Financial Statements 2014/15

Also of interest