The Governing Body of the College is responsible for determining the overall strategy of the College and its educational character. Governors make a very valuable contribution to the success of the College. They contribute their collective skills and experience to the Governing Body in a non-executive capacity on an unpaid basis. The Governing Body is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it and for overseeing the quality of all that goes on in the College.

Governors are appointed on the basis of their skills which will assist the College in its development. There are also staff, students and parent members of the Governing Body. The Principal is also a governor. The Governing Body does not manage the College or organise its day-to-day affairs. That is the job of the Principal, who is appointed by the Governing Body.

Sheila Yates, Chair of Governors, can be contacted via Priestley College, Loushers Lane, Warrington, WA4 6RD.

Governance Handbook 2019


The Governance & Search Committee of the Governing Body would be interested to hear from anyone who wishes to become a governor. Governors have a wide variety of experience and backgrounds. They may have experience of management in a public or commercial organisation, specialist skills and knowledge or have an active role in a voluntary organisation. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor of the College please contact Julie McCann on 01925 624453.


Governors must be committed to the aims and objectives of the College and be willing to promote the interests of the College and its students in the wider community. They must be able to communicate effectively and demonstrate most of the following qualities:


  • An interest in further education
  • A commitment to the principles of public life — selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • A willingness to give time freely to Governing Body activities
  • Commitment to strengthening College links with its business and local communities • Specialist skills and knowledge relevant to the needs of the Board
  • Connections with the area served by the College through business, work or place of residence


  • Experience which will add to the overall operation of the Governing Body and will complement the skills of other members.


  • A willingness to take part in College activities and events
  • A willingness to participate in training and development activities for Governing Body members
  • Available to attend an average of six Governing Body meetings per year, including one full-day planning session, and further committees as appropriate

Equal Opportunities

  • Be committed as an employer to equal opportunities


  • Setting the strategic direction of the College;
  • The determination of the College’s educational character and mission and oversight of its activities;
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
  • For approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • The appointment, grading suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts;
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff;
  • Monitoring progress towards achievement of the College’s agreed targets;
  • Assisting in the formulation and monitoring of the College’s strategic plan which will provide the essential framework for the internal management of the College;
  • Setting measurable annual targets to support the College’s business plan and budget;
  • The annual self-assessment review of governance;
  • Attending appropriate governor induction and training days as required;

Members will also be expected to:

  • Serve on at least one committee;
  • Have a high level of attendance at Governing Body and Committee meetings;
  • Be prepared to read and consider papers circulated in advance of meetings;
  • Be involved in some disciplinary and complaints procedures when necessary;
  • Represent the Governing Body at official functions;


  • To act in the best interests of the College;
  • To observe the Governors’ Code of Conduct;
  • To comply with the Instrument and Articles of Government, the Standing Orders, the Financial Agreement/Memorandum, and the College Financial Regulations and procedures;
  • Not to take or hold any interest in any College property or receive any remuneration for their services (save as a member of staff) without the Secretary of State’s permission;
  • To disclose openly to the Governing Body any personal conflict of interest arising from a matter before the Governing Body or from any other aspect of Governors’ business.
  • To respect the confidentiality of those items of business which the Governing Body decides from time to time should remain confidential.
  • To support decisions of the Governing Body and its committees once they have been reached on the basis of collective responsibility even if they have spoken against them in meetings;
  • To give priority to attending meetings of the Governing Body and appropriate committees;
  • To understand that statements may only be made on behalf of the Governing Body by those authorised to do so.


Further Education Colleges were incorporated in 1993 and thence became self-governing and responsible for their own affairs. The Governing Body is accountable for the financial health and good management of the college and for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it. The success of the College, both as a public body and as an educational institution is influenced by the effectiveness with which the Governing Body carries out its business.

With certain exceptions, the maximum term of office for a Governor is 4 years. Members may be considered for re-appointment on expiry of their term of office.

It should be emphasised that Governors are appointed to act solely in the interests of the College. They do not have a representative role and are specifically prevented by the College’s Instrument of Government from speaking and voting according to mandates given to them by other bodies or persons.


Attendance of members of the public at Governing Body meetings shall be as authorised by the Chair on behalf of the Governing Body. Persons invited to attend must leave the meeting if required to do so by a resolution of the Governors present.

Draft minutes of meetings are available to any person who wishes to inspect them during normal office hours. Approved minutes of the meetings are put on this website (see below) as soon as possible following approval. Confidential business is excluded.

Requests for access to draft minutes and papers from other meetings may be made to the Clerk. Any material designated as ‘confidential’ will not be made available.

Items which will be regarded as confidential are those which relate to:

• a named person employed at or proposed to be employed at the College

• a named student at, or candidate for admission to, the institution

• the Clerk

• any matter which, by reason of its nature, the Governing Body is satisfied should be dealt with on a confidential basis

The College regularly reviews the ‘confidential’ classifications and, when appropriate, the ‘confidential’ classification is removed.


Minutes from the previous meetings

Priestley College Governing Body 18 Oct 2018

Priestley College Governing Body, 13 Dec, 2018

Priestley College Governing Body, 28 Feb, 2019

Priestley College Governing Body, 4 Jul, 2019

Quality and Standards Committee, 13 Feb, 2019

Quality and Standards Committee, 19 June, 2019

Quality and Standards Committee, 22 Oct, 2019


Public Values Statement

Current Public Values statement


Annual Report and Financial Statements

Priestley College is part of TCAT and all financial reports for the academy can be viewed here > TCAT documents


Policy on access to papers & information policy

The following three documents give details of the information on the College which is available to members of the public, and the charges which may be made for providing the information where it is not available through this website.

Guide to the Publication Scheme (pdf file)

Priestley College Publication Scheme (pdf file)

• TCAT Access to Trust and LGB Papers


Dates of Meetings 2019 2020

Schedule of Meetings 2019 2020


Governor meeting attendance 2018 / 2019

Governor Attendance 2018 2019


Governors’ register of interests

Register of Interests 201718


Meet The Governors

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Adele Carr
Alan Farquharson
Andrew Cannell
Beverley Scott-Herron
Charlotte George
Chris Hillidge
Colin Whittaker
Danny Hudson
David Mowat
Gerry Brennan
Janine Boyo
John Monaghan
Matthew Grant
Megan Byrom
Mike Hartill
Oliver Lister
Paula Jones
Peter Kahn
Philip Dyke
Sheila Yates