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Corporation

The Corporation – our governing body – runs a strong and solid business. We are extremely lucky to have individuals from business, the community, the staff and our student body who work closely with the Principalship to drive, direct and support the strategic direction of Yeovil College. As a College, we are accountable to our corporation and we strive to both deliver and exceed their expectation.

Our Corporation will

  • Determine the educational character and mission of the College;
  • Oversee College activities;
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of the College’s resources, the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets;
  • The appointment, pay and conditions of The CEO & Principal, other Senior Post Holders and the Clerk; plus setting a framework for the pay and conditions of all other staff;
  • Publish arrangements for obtaining views of staff and students on a range of matters.

Peter Thomas

Chair of the Corporation, Chair of the Curriculum, Quality and Assurance Committee

Peter Thomas

Chair of the Corporation, Chair of the Curriculum, Quality and Assurance Committee

A former Vice-Principal of a Further Education College in Essex, Peter retired to Somerset in 2007 with friends to form a small community and create a garden which has been opened to the public under the National Gardens Scheme since 2012, raising money for charity. He was appointed as a Governor at Yeovil College in December 2008, served as Vice Chair of the Audit Committee for several years, and as Corporation Vice Chair for four years. He became Chair of the Corporation in October 2019.

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Jacquie Dean

Vice Chair of the Corporation

Jacquie Dean

Vice Chair of the Corporation

Prior to retirement, Jacquie was Deputy Chairman Northcliffe Newspapers and the Managing Director of Western Gazette Media. A career in regional media, particularly in Dorset and Somerset gave her an understanding of the communities served by Yeovil College. She was admitted as an Honorary Fellow of Yeovil College in 2004 and joined the Corporation in 2009. Jacquie was appointed Chair of the Corporation in 2013, a role that she held for six years. ‘The quality of the training and education the College offers to our students and the part the college plays at the heart of the community is paramount. Our students never fail to impress with their successes both locally and nationally.’

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Sam Best

Lead Governor Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity

Sam Best

Lead Governor Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity

Sam joined the Corporation in July 2013 and became the Lead Safeguarding Governor in October 2015. Sam has vast experience of working in the voluntary sector having been CEO at South Somerset Association for Voluntary & Community Action (SSVCA) for 10 years to 2016 and more recently as Operations Manager for a local mental health charity. Sam has helped steer both organisations through many changes.
Previous to this, Sam has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector mainly working within the disability and mental health fields; supporting individuals back into paid work and specialising in access for disabled people in the work place. She has also been Managing Director of her own property development company. Actively involved in her local community; Sam was the Chairperson of her local village hall in Henstridge for over 7 years and is now Chairperson of the PTFA at her sons school; dedicated to community development and championing the good work of the voluntary sector.
As a Governor, Sam is particularly interested in ensuring the safeguarding and wellbeing of our students and how the college can support students with additional needs to integrate more easily.

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Ken Comber

Chair of the Audit Committee

Ken Comber

Chair of the Audit Committee

Ken was appointed as a Governor at the beginning of January 2016, and for a number of years prior to this he served as a co-opted member of the Corporation’s Audit Committee. Ken recently retired as the Head of Communities at Yarlington Housing Group. Before that role at Yarlington, Ken was the Assistant Director for Corporate Services; in charge of HR, IT, Legal and Health & Safety teams. Prior to that he was an Audit Manager for many years.

Ken has lived in Somerset nearly all his life and in Yeovil for the last 31 years. He enjoys watching football and is Chair of Chard Watch CIC which supports adults who, because of such issues as mental health, homelessness, drug and/or alcohol misuse, are socially isolated and face barriers within their community and surrounding areas.

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Lee Harwood

Chair of the Finance and Remuneration Committee

Lee Harwood

Chair of the Finance and Remuneration Committee

As a lifelong resident of Yeovil and a former pupil of the College Lee was thrilled to be asked to join the Corporation in June 2018. Lee is Finance Director at Bradfords Building Supplies and prior to that has held a number of senior finance roles in the construction industry. Before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he also served in the Royal Navy as a Warfare Office for 8 years. Lee enjoys spending time with his young family, supporting Yeovil Town Football Club, coaching his sons’ football team and running ultramarathons.

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Netta Meadows

Corporation Member

Netta Meadows

Corporation Member

Netta joined the Corporation in June 2018 and brings over 18 years of public sector experience. After finishing her Law degree (LLB Hons) in 1999 Netta started her career in Local Government; working initially in Social Care, where she put in place services for both vulnerable adults and children. She has worked on large scale change projects, as well as developing a shareholder function within the public sector. She has worked for a number of Local Authorities in the South West, undertaking roles in commissioning, procurement, service improvement and change management. Netta is currently the Director of Strategy & Support Services for South Somerset District Council where she is responsible for strategic planning, performance, communications, projects/programmes finance, HR, Legal, ICT and democratic services.
Netta has lived all her life in the South West, and moved to Somerset 20 years ago. She is involved in community initiatives that raise money for local charities, and loves to travel.

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David Mills

Chair of the Search and Governance Committee

David Mills

Chair of the Search and Governance Committee

David is Chief Operating Officer of Yeovil Town Football Club and is also Chairman of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.
He is keen to help build awareness of the impressive range of the College’s activities by using his experience in business, marketing and community relations – skills built up during three decades in the shopping centre industry. David is a former Chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies FC. In this role helped Yeovil successfully bid for a place in the Women’s Super League and to win four major national FA Awards. Living in Yeovil, David has long been an advocate for the Town and has previously been Chairman of Yeovil Town Centre Partnership and President of Yeovil Chamber of Trade.
David was appointed to the Corporation in October 2017.

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Jagtar Ner

Vice Chair of the Audit Committee

Jagtar Ner

Vice Chair of the Audit Committee

Jagtar has been co-owner and director of Yeovil based Intelligent Enterprise Products since April 2011. IEP specialises in cloud based software systems. He has been a Corporation committee member since March 2014. Jagtar graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1988 and moved to Yeovil to work as a Software Engineer with Aerosystems International, now part of global defence company BAESystems. During his 22 years, Jagtar held many roles including project management and sales and travelled extensively. Jagtar is married with two children and is heavily involved in local charities close to his heart.

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Scott Roy

Lead Governor Remuneration, Lead Governor IoT

Scott Roy

Lead Governor Remuneration, Lead Governor IoT

After a 40 year career in the Aerospace Industry, Scott retired as Managing Director of Aerosystems International Ltd (BAE Systems) in 2010. Scott has been a Governor at Yeovil College since 2005. He is a Trustee of the Motivation Charitable Trust and a Director of CME Ltd, a locally based manufacturing business creating innovative automation solutions.

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Sam Leigh

Lead Governor HE

Sam Leigh

Lead Governor HE

Sam Leigh is a member of the Executive Board at Yarlington Housing Group and is responsible for all of the customer services and operations that serve the 23000 customers across Somerset, Bristol and the South West.
Sam has been in the housing sector for 3 years and has recently taken Yarlington through a significant business transformation programme which introduced significant technological improvements across the business which has enabled the move to a digital proposition for both customers and colleagues.
Prior to this Sam has over 30 years of experience within the private sector holding Executive positions at Jardine Lloyd Thompson and Barclays Bank. Sam’s career spans across leading large scales teams both onshore and offshore in strategic operations as well as leading significant organisational change and business transformation programmes which in turn drove large scale improvements in customer experience, financial performance and regulatory requirements.
Sam is also a Board member of i2a which is a business located in Yeovil that supports people back into work through training and support. She is also the founder and Trustee of the HLF charity that supports young transgender people and their families.
Sam is local to Yeovil having lived in the area for 40 years and having members of her family attend the college. She is clear that education is the key to people having choice and social mobility at all ages and is delighted to have joined the Yeovil College Board.

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Rebecca Marshall

Equality & Diversity and Safeguarding Deputy Lead Governor

Rebecca Marshall

Equality & Diversity and Safeguarding Deputy Lead Governor

Rebecca is a partner at Porter Dodson Solicitors, heading up the Children Team based in Yeovil. She has extensive experience of all aspects of family law; specialising now almost exclusively in matters relating to children. Rebecca has made a personal commitment to ensuring all members of society, including those who may be disadvantaged, have a right to be heard and a right to a fair trial.

Rebecca has lived locally to Yeovil since childhood, studying her A Levels at Yeovil College before moving away only to complete her legal education. Her two children are also both educated locally. Rebecca was appointed to the Corporation in 2018.

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Paul Clowes

Corporation Member

Paul Clowes

Corporation Member

Paul is a retired Chartered Accountant who worked mainly in financial roles in the engineering sector, including Westland and GKN (1993 – 2002). He is also experienced in start-ups, risk, compliance assurance and project management. Paul has been involved with Yeovil College in varying degrees since 1996; including roles as Corporation member, Chair of the Audit Committee and most recently as a co-opted Audit Committee Member. Following recent retirement, Paul has now re-joined the Corporation as a full member.
Paul is based in Taunton, and is married with 3 adult children who now live and work away from home.

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Mark Bolton

Principal

Mark Bolton

Principal

Mark has been Principal of Yeovil College since October 2019. He studied at De Montfort University where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1993, and then worked as a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer until 2007. He began teaching Graphic Design in 1995 in the North East of England and continued to develop his work in the sector over the following years until he joined the senior team at Northumberland College in the North East. Mark then moved into the Principalship team as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, and then subsequently for Apprenticeships and Business Development.
Mark joined Yeovil College as Director of Employer Engagement in November 2015, and became Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality in 2018.

Mark lives in South Somerset with his wife and young children.

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Peter Green

Co-opted Member of the Curriculum, Quality & Assurance Committee

Peter Green

Co-opted Member of the Curriculum, Quality & Assurance Committee

Peter brings extensive experience in education to his Co-opted Role on the C,Q&A Committee, which he joined in 2019, having recently retired from his role as a HMI and Lead Advisor for Equality at Ofsted. Peter is a qualified teacher and prior to joining Ofsted in 2005, held senior management roles in schools, colleges and the Learning Skills Council.
Peter is an active member of the Black Leadership Initiative, supporting aspiring leaders in FE, and a founder member of the Dorset Race Equality Council. He is also a qualified mediator and trustee of Mediation Dorset, trustee of Citizens Advice Dorset and Chair of Dorchester YMCA.

Jo Howarth

Corporation Member

Jo Howarth

Corporation Member

Jo joined the Corporation in 2019 and brings over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse within the NHS. She attended Yeovil College to study A levels in the late 1980s before undertaking her nurse training in Bristol. Jo is now Deputy Chief Nurse at Yeovil District Hospital, and leads a portfolio of work including Standards of Care for End of Life, Infection Prevention and Control, Tissue Viability, Dementia Services, Mental health in the Acute Setting and Workforce Development; including Postgraduate education and staff retention.
Jo is married to a serving Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines and has three children, two of whom are in Secondary and Further Education in Somerset.

Tim Sweeney

Co-opted Member of the Finance & remuneration Committee

Tim Sweeney

Co-opted Member of the Finance & remuneration Committee

Jessica Hughes

FE Student Governor

Jessica Hughes

FE Student Governor

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Paul Morey

Staff Governor Teaching

Paul Morey

Staff Governor Teaching

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Gayle Pogson

Staff Governor Business

Gayle Pogson

Staff Governor Business

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Isabella Stanley

HE Student Governor

Isabella Stanley

HE Student Governor

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