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College Governance Information

TRUSTEES

Mr Peter Lauener (Chair)
Term of office (4-year term): 01.09.2022 – 31.08.2026
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Governors, Newcastle College Group
– Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board
– Non-Executive Board Member, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
– Chair, Student Loans Company (SLC)
– Trustee, Educators International
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2021-22): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings 2021-22:
Chairs: 1 of 1
Finance & Resources: 3 of 3
Quality & Standards: 1 of 1
Remuneration: 1 of 1
Safeguarding Oversight: 0 of 3.

Mr Rama Venchard (Vice-Chair)
Term of Office (4-year term): 31.07.2020 – 30.07.2024
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Director at Silica Associates Ltd (Management Consultancy) provision of Project Management services to OHCAT (interest commenced February 2013)
– Chair of Trustees, Step Academy Trust (Multi Academy Trust)
– Vice-Chair of Trustees, Westfield Academy (Secondary School)
– Member, Activate Learning Trust (Multi Academy Trust)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2021-22): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings 2021-22:
Audit 3 of 3.

Ms Akansha Arya
Term of Office (4 year term): 25.03.2022 – 24.03.2026
Appointed by: Board
Business Interests/ Roles held at other educational establishments: To follow
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2021-22): 0 of 2 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings 2021-22:
Finance & Resources: 2 of 3.

Ms Julie Avis
Term of Office (4 year term): 25.03.2019 – 24.03.2023
Appointed by: Board
Business Interests/ Roles held at other educational establishments: Nil.
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2021-22): 1 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings 2021-22:
Audit: 1 of 1.
Remuneration:1 of 1.
Safeguarding Oversight: 3 of 3.

Mr John Prior 
Term of office (4-year term): 09.06.2020 – 08.06.2024
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
–  Spouse is a headteacher of a maintained special school in Surrey;
–  Sister is Head of Governance in OHC&AT
–  Brother-in-Law is the Health & Safety Advisor for OHC&AT.
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2021-22): 3 of 3 meetings.

Mr Simon Fryer
Appointed by: Members
Term of office (4-year term): 02.07.2021 – 01.07.2025
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– HR Director, Department for Education (Government Department).
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2021-22): 3 of 3 meetings.

Directors who have stepped down in the past 12 months:

None

MEMBERS

Mr Peter Holmes (Chair)
Date of appointment: 28.01.2015
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Governors, Cirencester Sixth Form College (interest commenced January 2017)
– Governor, Nailsworth Primary School, Gloucestershire (interest commenced September 2010)

Mr John Brown
Date of appointment: 28.01.2015
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Owner, J Brown, SEN educational consultancy
– External Examiner, Newcastle College Group (interest commenced March 2019)
– External Examiner, Rathbone UK

Mr Darren Coghlan
Date of appointment: 14.12.2018
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Trustee Bosco College / CEO and Principal (interest commenced 2015)

Mr Roger Mills
Date of appointment: 25.03.2019
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Non Executive Director and Chair, Cygnet IT CIC
– Non Executive Director, Encompass LATC
– Trustee, Greenshaw Learning Trust
– Trustee, Riverside Community Association.

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