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

Board vacancies.

Being a board member of one of over 200 Further Education Colleges in England can be very rewarding and enables you to make a difference to the lives of the many thousands of young people and adults who train and develop their skills in this important sector. The Board of Kendal College make the key decisions that ensure the future of the college is secure and that the courses and training delivered meet the needs of our local community.

We are keen to welcome new governors to fill our vacancies and to meet our diversity target of more women on the board, particularly those who can bring vocational expertise and sector experience in the local community.

Being part of the Board means you will experience first-hand the opportunities the College offers 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, especially as it has previously been ranked as number 1 in the country (based on 4 key indicators linked to satisfaction levels and student progression).

Recruitment to the Board occurs throughout the year and is aligned with known vacancies and identified skills gaps. We would especially welcome applications from exceptional people and from employers who can give time to support the College's ongoing development. We are always keen to hear from people with strong financial and business expertise, and the role is ideal for those with recent senior boardroom experience. The role is also suitable for those seeking to broaden their own experience by joining a board and for those who bring greater diversity in decision-making.

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
m 07718741841
e 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 also 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. Additional assurance on Finance is provided by a working group, Finance & Resources, made up of governors and senior staff who together can provide scrutiny of the financial position and oversee capital projects.

Our standing orders propose 11 business members plus 2 staff and at least 2 student members and the College Principal, making a total of 16 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 and with the College holding exempt charitable status. The Board has adopted the Code of Good Governance for English Colleges and allied Remuneration Code and operates its business in line with its Standing Orders.

Minutes of all Board and Committee meetings are published in line with statutory requirements and following governor approval.


Jon Thedham

Chair of Corporation

Jon was appointed Chair of Corporation in July 2021 having joined Kendal College Board in 2016 bringing with him a vast amount of sector experience to the College. Jon lives locally and has over 25 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.

Ben Rockliffe

Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance & Resources Working Group

Ben joined the Board in 2019 having relocated to the area. He is an experienced education professional working and is skilled in the development of qualifications, assessments and policy. Skilled in project, stakeholder and line management, Ben currently works for AlphaPlus, an education service business that specialises in standards, assessment and certification.

Neil Boggin

Board Member and Chair of Audit & Risk

Neil joined the board in 2020 and brings almost 40 years of experience from the chemical & pharmaceutical industry. He is a chemist by training and has worked across many disciplines – technical, operations, procurement & business improvement, most recently with GSK at Ulverston.

Kevin Boles

Board Member and Vice Chair of Search & Governance Committee

Kevin has recently joined the board having retired from his role as Head of Business Development at the University of Central Lancashire where he was responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the University’s Knowledge Exchange Framework practices and policies

He has extensive experience of the higher education sector and working with colleges in areas of business development and apprenticeships.

Pam Duke

Co-opted Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Pam has recently joined the Board bring a high level of skills and experience in finance. She is recently appointed Director of Resources and Finance for the new Westmorland and Furness Council, having held roles at Cumbria County Council for a number of yearand is a Public Sector Qualified Accountant.

Kirsty Heywood-MacDonald


Co-opted Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Kirsty brings her accounting skills and experience to the Audit & Risk committee. She was a former accounting student of the college, has worked in the hospitality sector and recently set up her own accountancy business.

John Mansergh

Board Member and Vice Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

John joined the board in 2021 and brings with him a high level of experience from his different roles at South Lakes Housing where he is part of the executive team. He describes himself as a business "all rounder" and has specific expertise in governance, strategy, performance and risk management.

Eve Martin

Board Member & Chair 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.

Ben Matthews

Board Member

Ben brings a wide range of educational experience to the Board being part of the senior team at Lancaster University where he is the Head of Global Engagement. Ben is passionate about the power of education to change lives, recognising the strong contribution the college can make in its community.

Kelvin Nash

Kendal College Principal & Search and Governance Committee Member

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.

Michael Watts

Staff Governor

Michael joined the Board 2019 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.

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 role is part time over two days per week and allows her to also work as a National Leader of Governance, with the Further Education Commissioner's team on governance and as an external reviewer for AoC and ETF.

Jane Harrison


Staff Governor

Jane is an experience member of the academic staff at the college and is an English lecturer. She is passionate about teaching and learning, training and re-training for young people and adults as well as the college’s future direction

Evans Mutikani,

Student Governor

Evans is a second year level 3 Art & Design student who is enjoying his college experience and is very keen to work with the board on improvements. He has joined the Search & Governance Committee

Wybie Dodd

Student Governor

Wybie is also a second year student on the Theatre and Event Technology course, based at the Arts & Media campus. Wybie is also a student ambassador at the college.

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