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Due to staff development, the college will be closed to all full-time students from 09:00 – 17:00 on Tuesday 26th November.
Part-time evening classes will run as usual.

Kendal College is run by a Board of Governors who take strategic decisions that will shape the college of the future.

Being part of the Board means that you will experience first hand the opportunities offered by the College and ensure they meet the requirements of the South Lakes community. It is an exciting time to be involved with the College as it continues to broaden its curriculum and build on its excellent reputation.

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.

The Board encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and interests and operates an inclusive policy in respect of Board membership.

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

T: 01539 814719
E: carole.drury@kendal.ac.uk


The Board is currently seeking new members from the business and local community to replace board members who will be leaving in the next few months and also to strengthen industry representation. We will be holding an open event on Monday 11th November at 5.30 pm to allow anyone interested in governance to come and find out more about the college and the role of the board.

Please contact the Director of Governance in the first instance for more information: carole.drury@kendal.ac.uk


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.

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.

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.

Rebecca Sandham

Board Member & Audit & Risk Committee Vice Chair

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.

Jon Thedham

Vice Chair of Corporation & Chair of Search and 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.

Emily Harris

Co-opted Member of 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.

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 & Member of Search & Governance 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 & Member of Search & Governance Committee

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 Chair of 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.

Ben Rockliffe

Board Member and Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Ben has recently joined the Board having relocated to Kendal. He is an experienced education professional skilled in the development of qualifications, assessments and policy, then selling these and providing the associated training to defined client groups. Skilled in project, stakeholder and line management, Ben currently works for the Department for Education.

Michael Watts

Staff Governor

Michael has recently joined the Board in his capacity as a member of Business Support. His college role is that of Catering Manager and as such he has a lot of interaction with both staff and students across the College.

Alex Bergus

Staff Governor

Alex has recently joined the Board as academic staff governor. Alex is an engineering lecturer at the College.

Kavan Barker

Student Governor Kavan is in his third year at Kendal College and is in the second year of his level 3 Engineering Science course. Kavan hopes to get to university to study Mechanical Engineering on completion of his course.


​Leonie Burton-Blake

Student Governor - Leonie joined the college this year to study for 3 A levels, including politics. She is keen to see how government policy impacts on the college and wants to make a positive difference.


Kelvin Nash

Kendal College Principal & Search and 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 27 years at Kendal College.

Isaac Dennis

Student Governor - Isaac has returned to study this year as a mature student on level 3 Engineering Science. He is determined to make the most of his time at college and to ensure the student experience is as good as it can be


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