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Governance

College Corporation

The Corporation of Cambridge Regional College is committed to the provision of the very best education to the wide community served by the College.

The College is an independent charitable Corporation established under the Further & Higher Education Act 1992. Governors are responsible for setting the strategic priorities of the College, its finances, management and overseeing its performance. The College’s Instrument and Articles of Government determine the duties and responsibilities of the Corporation.

The Corporation is made up of highly experienced professionals with expertise in industry, business, finance, law, education and the local community, complemented by student and staff governors.

The Corporation meets as a full board approximately 6 times a year. The College has also established a number of Committees which report directly to Corporation.

  • Governance and People Committee: responsible for recruitment, induction and training of Governors, overseeing the quality of governance arrangements and scrutinising HR issues.
  • Learning and Quality Committee: responsible for setting and monitoring performance standards.

  • Finance and Resources Committee: responsible for financial planning, risk management and other resource issues, including HR.
  • Audit and Risk Committee: responsible for the financial and other controls operating in the College and for implementing the recommendations in audit reports.
  • Sustainability, Enterprise and Skills Committee: responsible for overseeing the College’s commercial activities, developing the College’s skills strategy including its employer engagement programme and monitoring the College’s environmental agenda.
  • Remuneration Committee: responsible for setting and monitoring the salaries of the senior post holders and the Head of Governance.

Governors also play an active role in college life through support and advice, as well as attending events and promoting the good work the College does in the community.

The Governors are committed to equal opportunities and aim to ensure that their membership comprises a broad range of skills and experience.  The College is always keen to hear of any member of the community who is interested in joining the Governing body. Information about the role of a CRC governor and current vacancies are set out below. The position of Corporation member is voluntary and unremunerated but it is a very fulfilling role in supporting training and education in Cambridge and the wider area. Please contact the Head of Governance Emily Baldwin if you would like to find out more.


Governors

Heather Du Quesnay CBE
Heather Du Quesnay CBE

Chair of Governors, Finance & Resources Committee, Governance & People Committee, Learning & Quality Committee and Remuneration Committee member.

Heather Du Quesnay CBE, is the former CEO of the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. In this role, she worked closely with the Hong Kong Government and the ESF Board to transform ESF into an educational business with a long-term financial strategy. Prior to this, Heather was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership and Executive Director of Education at the London Borough of Lambeth and Hertfordshire County Council.

Tim Arthur
Tim Arthur

Deputy Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance & Resources Committee and Chair of Remuneration Committee

Tim is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has more than 25 years’ experience in senior international executive financial roles, including several as a main board director of public companies. Tim has extensive experience of IPO’s, fund raising, integrating international acquisitions, restructuring, outsourcing and implementing systems. He spent his first seven years of his career with Price Waterhouse, including three years in Chicago.

Mark Robertson
Mark Robertson

Principal and Chief Executive

Mark Robertson joined CRC as an interim Principal in June 2016 and as acting Principal for HRC from November 2016, before being appointed as permanent Principal for the merged College from August 2017. Prior to that, he was Principal and CEO of Barking and Dagenham College and City of Wolverhampton College. He has a BA (Hons) in Education Studies and has completed the LSIS Aspiring Principals programme.

Christine Leeding
Christine Leeding

Chair of Learning & Quality Committee

Christine is now retired after 36 years of working in the further education sector. She has 17 years’ experience of teaching biology, chemistry and applied sciences and 23 years’ experience of working at senior management level in the sector. Christine has worked in further education, tertiary and sixth form colleges. Her most recent posts before retirement were as Principal at Long Road Sixth Form College and as Vice Principal at Cambridge Regional College. She has 12 years’ experience of working for awarding bodies, and spent several years contributing to the development of the Salters A level qualifications. Christine also worked as an Ofsted inspector for 20 years. Earlier in her career, she worked in human resources and qualified as a HR professional. Christine was previously a governor at Cambridge University Technical College.
Christine lives in the Cambridge area. She is delighted to be able to continue to support the further development and quality improvement of the college as a governor, having spent several years doing so as Vice Principal.

Martin Clapson
Martin Clapson

Finance & Resources Committee member

Martin Clapson is Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Price Bailey LLP, a top 30 accountancy and business advisory firm serving private clients and regional, national and international businesses. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA).
Martin is also a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of CamSight, a registered charity working with blind and partially sighted people in Cambridgeshire.

Richard Tunnicliffe
Richard Tunnicliffe

Skills, Enterprise & Sustainability Committee member

Richard Tunnicliffe is Regional Director, CBI East of England.  Richard joined the CBI in 1997 after completing his degree in applied biology at the University of Hertfordshire. He completed his MBA in 2005.
He worked initially in the CBI headquarters with responsibility for a wide range of membership activities including recruitment and regional relations.  He moved to the CBI East of England office in July 2000 where he had responsibility for the whole range of CBI activities in the East. He was appointed Regional Director in July 2005. This role includes regular liaison with senior executives in CBI member companies and lobbying on a regional level on issues such as skills, transport, broadband, housing and aviation.

He includes football amongst his wide range of interests despite his support for Barnsley Football Club! Richard is married and lives in Ely with his wife Vicky, his children Sam and Gracie and two kittens Cagney and Lacey. 

Martin Doel CBE
Martin Doel CBE

Chair of Skills, Enterprise & Sustainability Committee

Recently appointed as the first Professor of Further Education and Skills at University College London (Institute of Education), Martin Doel was previously Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges. AoC is the representative body for England’s 330 Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges, who provide almost 10% of all higher education in England. Prior to joining AoC he served for 28 years in the Royal Air Force.

Jo Lancaster
Jo Lancaster

Chair of Governance and People Committee and Skills, Enterprise & Sustainability Committee member

Jo has over 30 years experience in public services working primarily in local government to deliver better outcomes for communities; she holds a master’s degree from Birmingham University. She is a chartered town planner and has worked in various areas of the country in both urban and rural areas. Having held senior roles at executive level in a number of organisations, most recently as CEO of Huntingdonshire District Council for 9 years, Jo is now focusing her time on non-executive roles at both local and national level, working with public bodies and charities. Jo lives locally and is proud to be a governor of the college.  

Jane Mallabone
Jane Mallabone

Finance & Resources Committee member

Jane is Director of the East of England NHS Finance Academy which oversees the delivery of the NHS Finance Strategy on Training and Development.  She was previously Director of Finance for the NHS clinical commissioning groups in Suffolk and North East Essex, organizations which plan and commission services for the local population. 

Earlier in her career, Jane worked at CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) as Head of Health and Integration and was Director of Finance at Papworth Hospital for 10 years, being part of the team which secured the go ahead to build the New Papworth Hospital building.  

She has a background in financial management, governance and risk management.

Paul Gaudin
Paul Gaudin

Skills, Enterprise & Sustainability Committee member

Paul Gaudin grew up locally and attended HRC College, then known as Huntingdon Technical College to study mechanical engineering.
Paul has been immersed in the business, design and manufacturing world throughout his working life, picking up design and enterprise awards from an early age. He founded the New York Bagel Company, today an exceptionally well-known brand.
His many innovations include the development of the Q score used to assess health risks and promote healthier lifestyles. He took this business global and has extensive international business experience and networks. He is currently an Advisor and Mentor on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Scheme, an NIA Assessor as well as chairing two health company boards. One of his more recent projects assists networking of families and friends when a member is ill or in hospital.

Jack Williams
Jack Williams

Learning & Quality Committee member

Jack works on skills strategy within the Department for Education and has a broad experience in the education sector. He teaches undergraduate mathematics as a College Research Associate at Clare College, Cambridge and taught maths at North London Collegiate School. He has experience evaluating the impact of educational charities within a small non-profit.
Previously, as a consultant at BCG, he worked on strategy within a wide range of prominent organisations in the private and public sectors. He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Neil Hunter
Neil Hunter

Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Neil Hunter qualified as a chartered accountant at Leeds City Council in 1994. His background is in local government and he is currently the Head of Diligence and Best Value at Cambridgeshire County Council. He has had a number of previous voluntary positions including being a CIPFA Council member and Chair of the CIPFA regional network. Passionate about the importance and benefits of a strong community, Neil was Chair of the City of York Athletic Club from 2008 to 2015 with a continuous agenda to increase inclusivity and promote the accessibility of athletics to all.

Abigail Trencher
Abigail Trencher

Finance & Resources Committee co-opted member

Abigail Trencher is the head of Birketts’ employment team in Cambridge and also heads up Birketts’ Education Sector group. She has expertise in advising education clients on a range of employment issues including equal pay issues arising from the implementation of new pay scales, discrimination claims and TUPE. She also acts for clients within the private sector advising on collective redundancy, board level disputes, making changes to defined benefit, final salary pension schemes, changing terms and conditions of employment and TUPE.

Bradley Dorrington
Bradley Dorrington

Learning and Quality Committee member

After completing his Hospitality qualifications at CRC, Bradley completed a hotel management course that saw him take on roles in establishments spanning the country.
After opening a new restaurant in Cambridge, Bradley has since opened his own business in Bury St Edmunds. The Wine Cellar BSE, a relaxed environment to enjoy world class wines and modern British small plates/sharing boards. Bradley said, “I am thrilled to become a CRC Governor as it is another way to give back to the college that put me on the career path I am now on.”

Lesley Deacon
Lesley Deacon

Learning and Quality Committee member

Lesley is a qualified midwife and has worked for the NHS for 23 years, working mainly in London before moving to Cambridgeshire in 2016.  She has worked in various clinical roles before moving into management which she has experience at a senior level running large healthcare divisions.  She is currently the Deputy Chief Nurse at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group where she oversees quality of healthcare services.  She has a master’s degree and is currently reading a PhD.  Lesley has also been a member of the Army Cadet Force for over 30 years and in August 2021 was promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed as Commandant of Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force.

Louise Armstrong
Louise Armstrong

Audit & Risk Committee member

Louise Armstrong is Head of Financial Reporting Policy at the Treasury.  Louise previously worked at the Northern Ireland policy team in the Cabinet Office, as well as the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, initially as a public finance and investment specialist and later on housing policy. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Louise became a Chartered Accountant with KPMG where she specialised in Public Sector Finance, advising a variety of public sector bodies including local authorities, NHS Trusts and housing associations.

Michael Farrow-Killick
Michael Farrow-Killick

Learning & Quality Committee (Staff Governor)

Michael has been with CRC since 2012, as a games course student, lecturer and is now the course lead for Level 3 Games Development. Whilst very proud to lead on the course he once studied, Michael also feels that this has given him clear perspective of college experience from numerous roles over the past decade. It was his student experience that aided his progression and proves that providing innovative ideas can make significant differences to college life. During this time, Michael was nominated for a BAFTA for his role within the games industry. 

Beryl Gillespie
Beryl Gillespie

Learning & Quality Committee (Staff Governor)

Before joining CRC as a Trainer/Assessor within the Work-Based Learning Health & Social Care Team Beryl trained as a Chartered Physiotherapist and spent 20 years working in the NHS across East Anglia. This included 13 years at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. She moved into private health care as the manager of BUPA Cambridge Lea Hospital’s Physiotherapy and Outpatients Departments in 1999 where she undertook an MSc in Health Sciences, leading to a role at the University of East Anglia in 2005 as a Physiotherapy Lecturer on both the MSc and BSc curriculum and organising clinical placements for physiotherapy and occupational therapy cohorts. Prior to joining CRC in January 2021 she was Head of Older People’s Services for CHS Group, a local registered social landlord, managing their Residential, Sheltered and Domiciliary Care services across Cambridgeshire. Beryl was previously a Governor at the Cambridge College for Sixth Form Studies and then, following their merger in 2018, at The Stephen Perse Foundation.

Yvette Watson
Yvette Watson

Governance & People Committee (Staff Governor)

Initially, Yvette trained as a Childcare Practitioner, worked in schools, and nurseries where she later became a deputy manager and shortly afterwards a manager.  She later went to work in Local Authority Inspection (prior to Ofsted). 
Yvette has several qualifications in the childcare and teaching sectors, many of these have been gained while she was working, this enables her to understand many of the learners that she has trained currently and in the past. 
Before joining CRC as an online assessor for the Distance Learning Team, Yvette spent many years working in colleges as a lecturer, assessor and Lead Internal Quality Assurer in both curriculum areas and work-based learning.  In her current role, Yvette supports adult learners with their qualifications, she also supports newer staff members and the maintenance of quality with the courses she is involved with.
Yvette maintains her commitment to the Early Years by being the chairperson of a local nursery in the area where she lives and supports the manager, staff, and childcare students within the setting.  This also enables her to maintain “hands-on” practice in the sector.  She also updates her knowledge through training, conferences, and webinars.

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

Student Governor

Nathan is a student governor studying Level 3 Diploma in Music, Performance and Production

Samuel Baker 
Samuel Baker 

Student Governor

Samuel is a student governor studying Level 3 in Business and Law

Alexander Granovsky
Alexander Granovsky

Student Governor

Alex is a student governor studying Level 3 in Access to Science

Emily Baldwin
Emily Baldwin

Head of Governance, Cambridge Regional College

Meetings & Minutes

The timetable of Corporation and committee meetings is provided on this website and is updated regularly. Corporation and Committee meeting minutes are posted on the website once they have been confirmed and approved by Governors at the subsequent meeting. Members of the public are allowed to attend meetings for certain items, subject to the agreement of the Chair in advance of the meeting. If you would like to attend, please contact the Head of Governance.  

If you require a draft set of minutes before they are posted on the website, or would like to view a particular paper, please contact the Head of Governance.

Governance Publications

Governor Vacancies

Other Corporate documents are available at College Policies and Reports https://www.camre.ac.uk/about/policies-reports/, including the College’s Strategic Plan, Financial Accounts and Whistleblowing Policy.

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