The Governing Body works with College management to shape the strategic priorities for the College.

The Governing Body operates within the legislative framework of the Further and Higher Education Act and the Education (Government of Further Education Colleges) Regulations 1992. It also has requirements placed on it by the Department for Education (DfE), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

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The Governing Body Responsibilities

The Governing Body of Wakefield College determines its membership within the restraints which are clearly set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government. The Governing Body comprises 16 members. The majority of the members of the Governing Body lives, works, or has links within the Wakefield District.

The ASIC first turf event, centred Paul Campbell, Chair of Governors and Sam Wright, Principal.

The responsibilities of the Board of Governors are laid out in the Articles and cover key areas of the College’s activity including:

  • the determination of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;
  • approving the quality strategy of the institution;
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the appointment, grading, 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.

The Governing Body has set the following mission and strategic objectives for the College:

“Transforming lives through learning... enabling young people, adults and employers to fulfil their potential.”

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Be known as the leading provider of high quality teaching and learning in the District.
  2. Become highly regarded by our communities.
  3. Connect with our District in order to raise aspirations, particularly in deprived areas.
  4. Contribute to meeting the skills needs identified by the District’s employers and support the District’s economic prosperity.
  5. Secure the College’s long-term financial health in order to invest back into Wakefield.

Each member of the Board of Governors is proud of the College’s achievements and of our students’ examination successes. Seeing the delight of our students at the College Awards and Graduation ceremonies is a huge boost to everyone in attendance and encourages our Governors to redouble their efforts to assist the College in its quest to improve the lives of everyone it touches.

Cath Orange
Former College Governor

The Governing Body

Paul Campbell

Chair of Governors

Paul is a solicitor and has spent the majority of his career with a local firm of solicitors, which seeks to represent the interests of the local community.

Having started his education in Wakefield and supported his two children through their school careers in Wakefield he is proud to support the College, its staff and students and to be part of its continuing success.

Sam Wright


Having worked in the further education sector for more than twenty years, Sam was delighted to become Principal of Wakefield College in March 2011. She feels that Wakefield College is a very special college, committed to ‘transforming lives through learning’ and is passionate about the College’s values, where the learner is very much at the heart of everything it does.

Sam’s vision for the College is to be an outstanding institution that serves the needs of all of Wakefield’s communities and is leading the development of strong partnerships to meet these needs, and to provide excellent lifelong learning opportunities for young people, adults and employers alike.

Andrew McConnell

Andrew’s role as Director of Finance involves strategic and business planning for the University. Providing financial advice, financial management and reporting, managing risk and liaising with internal and external audit. Ensuring the University is financially sustainable and obtains value for money.

Throughout his career Andrew has had a commitment to education, taking governance roles at junior, secondary and FE colleges in the local area. Ultimately he was Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice-Chair of the University Council from 1994 - 2000.

He was awarded an OBE for services to accounting and the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2015.

Andy Wallhead

Andy is a chartered surveyor by profession and has spent the last 25 years working in regeneration. Having spent most of his career in Yorkshire Andy has worked for a number of private and public sector agencies and has been with Wakefield MDC since 2007 as Corporate Director for Regeneration & Economic Growth.

Wakefield District is currently undergoing a massive transformation in its economy and as part of this transformation, the district needs to promote access to good quality higher level skills learning.

Ian Parsons

Ian qualified with a ‘Big 4’ firm in 1990 and, after training in auditing and accounting, moved to Corporate Finance. Mainly working as a lead adviser to management buyout (MBO) teams and on due diligence reporting for transaction support, he eventually left to join an MBO team as Finance Director. Having identified a need for a firm that could offer a reliable service and robust commercial advice to small to medium sized businesses in the Wakefield area, he launched Parsons & Co in 2009. Ian is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Emma Elvin

Emma is a qualified chartered management accountant and works at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world’s leading professional services firms. She has lived in West Yorkshire since 2010, having moved here after graduating from university.

She is passionate about encouraging others to aim high and achieve their goals by pursuing further and higher education. Emma is also a strong believer in diversity and equality as a cornerstone for growth and development in society.

Eunice Ma

Professor Minhua Eunice Ma is the Dean of School of Computing and Digital Technologies at Staffordshire University and a Professor of Computer Games Technology. She is a world-leading academic developing the emerging field of serious games. She has published widely in the fields of games for education, medicine and healthcare, Virtual and Augmented Reality in over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including 9 books with Springer. Eunice has received grants from RCUK, EU, NHS, NESTA, UK government and charities for her research on serious games for stroke rehabilitation, cystic fibrosis, autism, medical education, Holocaust education and domestic violence education & prevention. Professor Ma is the Editor-in-Chief responsible for the Serious Games section of the Elsevier journal Entertainment Computing.

Karen Hands

Karen works part-time as staff development manager for a medium-sized charity and runs her own business, helping women to speak with confidence so as to have more impact and influence at work. She is the author of a book about business networking.

Karen was formerly the Chair of Governors at an Aldridge Education Secondary School in Lancashire and is keen to integrate herself into the Wakefield community after moving to West Yorkshire for family reasons.

As a graduate chemical engineer, Karen provides a role model to help young people overcome gender stereotypes and fulfil their potential, especially young women who are aiming for a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

Dmitry Fedotov

Dmitry’s experience in the youth work sector has taken him throughout most of South and West Yorkshire. He works for The Youth Association – the UK’s oldest youth work charity with a proud history of developing some of the most innovative work in its field.

As ‘Enterprise and Communities Manager’, Dmitry manages the organisation’s business and enterprise work, as well as all its community-based provision across seven local authority areas in Yorkshire. Among other areas of experience, Dmitry leads the bulk of the HR functions at The Youth Association, including recruitment and headhunting. Dmitry is also responsible for building and maintaining strategic partnerships with the larger grant funds providers and local businesses.

Tony Williams

Tony has spent most of his career working in Local Government and has a background in economic development, planning and public sector management. He has significant experience of partnership working to support both the further and higher education sectors and in working with partners to attract investment and improve services.

He has a lifelong interest in promoting education and skills and in ensuring all residents are able to achieve their potential.

The College is recognised for its role in delivering excellent courses, promoting local opportunities, developing local talent and working with businesses to support the regeneration of Wakefield. Tony is proud that as a Governor he can support the contribution the College makes to the District and people of Wakefield.

Andrew Watts

Staff Governor

Andrew is a staff governor and provides a personal perspective from this key stakeholder group to the Governing Body. He is the College’s Business Systems & eLearning Manager with a remit to develop the College’s systems, reporting mechanisms and technologies used to enhance learning. Notable projects include the implementation of the College’s VLE (Moodle) and the College’s student records system.

Previously Andrew ran his own business in IT support, network design and consultancy which he started at university, but has worked at the College since 2010. Knowing the impact the College has on the lives of people in the District, he feels privileged and proud to support the College.

Deborah Moss

Staff Governor

As a teacher at Wakefield College for over 14 years, Deborah has enjoyed seeing the College grow from strength to strength and provide an inclusive, quality provision for the people of Wakefield and the local district.

She is committed to excellent standards of teaching and learning and feels that her experience as a teacher serves her well when promoting outstanding practice.

Deborah is passionate about the College mission of transforming lives through learning and fully embraces the College values. As a Governor, she feels privileged to serve at this exciting time and looks forward to a positive future for Wakefield College.

Kieran Audsley

Student Governor

Kieran Audsley is currently studying Maths, Law and History in the first year of his A Levels. Being interesting in the business and political side of his endeavours, Kieran sought and was successful in being elected President of the Students’ Union. This presented him with the additional opportunity of becoming a Student Governor. Kieran sees his role as being a conduit for the student voice at Wakefield College and thus strives to embody a powerful yet unbiased platform from which the students can be heard.

Georgia Burn

Student Governor

Georgia is currently studying Young Children’s Learning and Development, at Level 4. Her ambition is to be a primary school teacher and to inspire future generations of students. She would also like to study for a master’s degree.

Georgia applied for the role of Student Governor as she believes that students are the heart of our College. Georgia wants to make a positive contribution to our community and ensure that all voices are heard. To that end, she aims to express the thoughts of the students in a professional and unbiased manner.

Becoming a Governor

Join our Board of Governors and help transform lives through learning.

Over 9,000 students choose to study at Wakefield College each year. Your contribution and commitment can help young people, adults and employers to fulfil their potential. As a College Governor your knowledge, skills and experience can widen the perspective of the Board.

We're keen to involve people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. You may have experience in business, community or social work with charities, financial or legal practice, or even be an entrepreneur. The broader your vocational field and cultural experience the better.

This voluntary role brings many professional rewards such as boardroom experience adding to your CV and a positive step towards long-term career development.

If you are interested and would like to apply call 01924 789208 or email Nils Elgar, Clerk to the Corporation, in the first instance. The Search Committee considers all applications before they make recommendations to the Board on appointment. Their terms of reference can be downloaded here.

Being a Governor is a voluntary role, but highly rewarding, and this is a particularly exciting time to be involved with Wakefield College.

Paul Campbell
Chair of Governors

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct aims to assist Governors in discharging their role and responsibilities, distinct from those of the Principal, both of which are prescribed in clauses 3(1) and 3(2) of the Articles of Government.

Board Committees

The Governing Body conducts its work through full Board meetings which are held approximately six times a year and through the following committees.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee ensures that the internal control systems and audit activities of Wakefield College Corporation are objectively and actively monitored. It reinforces the effectiveness of the internal audit function, providing an independent medium of communication with the Corporation’s auditors.

Committee members

  • Andrew McConnell
  • Ian Parsons
  • Andy Wallhead
  • Emma Elvin
  • Andrew Watts

Audit Committee Terms of Reference

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee reviews and determines the Corporation’s policy on the terms and conditions of employment of senior staff.

Committee members

  • David Caddies
  • Paul Campbell
  • Andrew McConnell
  • Jane Walton

Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference

Search Committee

The Search Committee seeks to identify suitable external candidates for nomination to the Governing Body. The Committee also advises the Governing Body on matters related to governance.

Committee members

  • Paul Campbell
  • Andrew McConnell
  • Jane Walton
  • Sam Wright

Search Committee Terms of Reference

Governance Documentation

These documents cover information relating to the way Wakefield College is governed and how decisions are made. In some instances information from committee minutes will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information, information that may damage the commercial interests of Wakefield College or that may threaten the health and safety of specific individuals.

Governance Policy & Procedures