Independent Governors

The individuals who serve as independents on the board of governors are from a diverse range of backgrounds and use their skills and experiences to play a vital role in the development of the College.

Christine Bampton
Christine Bampton

Independent Governor

Prior to her retirement in 2015, Christine was employed at Southport College for 18 years progressing to Head of Faculty in Construction, Science and Technology before moving on to be Director of Quality and Support where she was instrumental in developing strategies for safeguarding; an area she is passionate about. Christine has qualifications within the teaching environment, IT networking and has vast experience through a continued professional development portfolio that she has remained committed to throughout her career. Christine was appointed to the Corporation as an independent governor in May 2018 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Standards Committee.

John Fell
John Fell

Independent Governor

John was Chair of the Corporation from July 2014 to the point of merger in February 2018 with KGV Sixth Form College. He played a strategic role in steering and guiding the board through the merger process. He has many years’ experience as a governor, serving on the Audit, Standards and Governance Committees prior to his appointment to Vice Chair of the Corporation. John is a Chartered Accountant (retired) with over 30 years’ in his accountancy practice advising small and family businesses and charities. The practice was a registered training centred for chartered accountancy students and John has maintained his links with student education through his links at the College. In voluntary roles John has worked with the Church of England Diocese in Liverpool and Blackburn both locally and regionally, advising on financial matters. He is also a board member of Healthwatch Lancashire. Since stepping down as Chair of Corporation John has remained an independent member of the board and is Chair of the Resources Committee.

Rob Firth
Rob Firth

Independent Governor

Rob is a Chartered Accountant with financial experience in both the commercial and public sector. Immediately prior to his retirement he was a senior financial accountant working at the Home Office. In voluntary roles Rob was a Samaritans volunteer at Southport Branch for 11 years, during which time he served as Branch Director, Treasurer and Trustee. He was a member of the national Samaritans Charity Audit & Risk Committee for 4 years. Rob has also been a Trustee of Southport YMCA. He has previously been a governor at primary and secondary schools. Following the merger of Southport College and King George V Sixth Form College in February 2018 Rob served as Vice Chair of the Corporation until January 2019. He is presently Vice Chair of the Resources Committee.

Alex Kenny
Alex Kenny

Independent Governor

Alex is currently the Director of Marketing of Fletchers Solicitors in Southport, having joined the company is 2003 as a law graduate. His marketing expertise brings a wealth of experience in both communications and marketing strategies to support the ongoing development and branding of the College. Alex is a volunteer mentor for Virgin Start-up, providing guidance and advice to new start-up businesses.  He also volunteers at a local soup kitchen and provides free marketing advice to charities and social enterprises through the ‘Pimp My Cause’ organisation. Alex was appointed as an independent governor at Southport College in May 2018 and is a member of the Resources Committee.

Mo Kundi
Mo Kundi

Independent Governor

Mo is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer and during his career has worked in both private and public sector organisations, in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He has held senior posts in Municipal Engineering, Economic Regeneration and Low Carbon Economy. Recently retired, Mo now plays an active role in the local community. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Sefton’s Carers Centre and Chair of the Light for Life Charity. He is also a Trustee of The Frank Hornby Railway Trust.
He was appointed as an independent governor at Southport College in September 2017 and is a member of Audit Committee.

Vipin Trivedi
Vipin Trivedi

Independent Governor

Vipin is a retired GP and has held various medical posts throughout his 40 year career which has included a strong emphasis on supporting and mentoring colleagues in his profession. Since retirement he has continued his voluntary roles in the education and housing sectors and following the merger of KGV Sixth Form College with Southport College in February 2018 he has continued his governorship and now serves on the Governance Committee.

Katy Robinson
Katy Robinson

Independent Governor

Katy is currently the Deputy Headteacher at Greenbank High School, having joined the school in 2012. In this role she is in charge of standards and curriculum as well as overseeing the pastoral system. Her subject areas of specialism are maths and French and she has developed a range of educational leadership knowledge through participation in the NPQH programme as well as in facilitating on the NPQML programme with aspirant middle leaders from the north west. Katy was appointed as an independent governor at Southport College in January 2020 and is a member of the Standards Committee.

Carla Kennaugh
Carla Kennaugh

Independent Governor

Carla is a Qualified Accountant and Audit Director at KPMG, dealing with a wide variety of Industry groups. Her focus is on driving audit quality, liaising with Chief Executives, Boards and Audit Committees. She completed her accountancy training at a local accountancy firm in Southport before progressing her career at Grant Thornton and KPMG. Carla and her team at KPMG have supported the college with its enrichment and careers advice programme, providing guidance on Accountancy Career entry levels. She is an alumni of the college and passionate that every individual is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential through education. Carla chairs the Audit committee, adopting a coaching approach to challenge and supports the Board and Senior leadership Teams.

Dr. Margaret Boneham
Dr. Margaret Boneham

Independent Governor

Margaret has worked in Higher Education for over 30 years. She was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Bolton and undertook various management roles there such as Director of Social Sciences and was a Principal Lecturer in Community Studies. Margaret has acted as an external examiner for masters programmes at various Universities such as Sheffield Hallam and maintains an interest in quality assurance issues. Previously she was an Associate Tutor with the Open University. Margaret was appointed as an independent governor in January 2020 and is a member of the Resources Committee.

Suzannah Porter
Suzannah Porter

Independent Governor

Having graduated from the University of Liverpool, Susannah worked for 9 years in a variety of marketing and PR roles before entering the world of Further Education in 1997. She continued in a Senior Management role until she opened Remedy Lord Street in Southport in July 2015 and the Churchtown venue in December 2017. She is passionate about three things in life: firstly the ability of FE to transform people’s lives on a regular basis; secondly the future of Southport and thirdly fabulous craft made drinks and truly great coffee served with a smile! Susannah is heavily involved in the town on a voluntary basis, currently Chair of Southport Business Improvement District, she is working locally, regionally and nationally on the economic future of our town centre, she co-ordinates Southport Pubwatch and also sits on the Marketing Southport Board.

Rik Simms
Rik Simms

Independent Governor

Rik Simms is an Education and Development Adviser with the Judicial college and a member of the Judicial Office Shadow Board. He has specialised in delivering strategic and operational solutions for organisations in periods of transformational change. He graduated from university with a Law Degree and a Masters in Psychology and holds the PRINCE 2 qualification. His varied career has included working in the ‘not for profit’ and education sectors. He is passionate about education and lifelong learning to provide opportunities for everyone and particularly in his local community.

Diane Hutchinson
Diane Hutchinson

Independent Governor

Diane Hutchinson is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Recently retired after 45 years working as a Civil Servant in HMRC. Originally a tax inspector, Diane changed direction over 20 years ago to become a Human Resources professional. Her roles have included HR Manager, HR & Learning Business Partner and, in the latter years, Tax Academy Business Partner providing a pivotal link between the Department’s learning academy and operational business teams. She is passionate about building capability and enabling every individual to reach their full potential. Diane has many years of previous experience as a Governor at a large secondary school. In voluntary roles, Diane is a long-standing member of the Southport Dramatic Club and is currently Chair of the Club.

Alex Gamil
Alex Gamil

Independent Governor

Alex is a qualified Chartered Building Surveyor currently working in private practice for various clients in both the public and private sector. During her career, Alex has gained a wealth of experience in working with a number of FE colleges, universities and schools undertaking cost plan condition surveys, providing professional advice and also designing and project managing building alterations, refurbishments and extensions. In recent years Alex has become an RICS Assessor, assessing candidates for Chartership status. She was appointed as an independent governor in December 2020 and is a member of the Governance committee.

Become a Governor

At Southport College we have an active board of governors who play an important role in the ongoing development of the College. Governors are from the local and wider community with a range of skills, knowledge and experience to help the College take forward its strategic objectives.

We value and promote equality and diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and, when a vacancy arises, appointments are made on merit, also taking account of the need to fill any identified skills gaps.

Any person wishing to become a Governor should write to Caroline Jenkinson, Director of Governance, for further information and an application pack:

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01704 392727

Caroline Jenkinson
Director of Governance
Southport College
Mornington Road
Southport
PR9 0TT

Meet our Other Governors

Governors

The College’s governors are led by Chair of the Corporation Veronica Fell, Vice Chair Kathy Passant and Principal Michelle Brabner.

Staff Governors

Our staff governors use their knowledge of the College, its staff and students to make valuable contributions to College governance and strategy.

Parent Governor

Our parent governor plays an important role in the development of the College bringing understanding, skills and experience to the College to help drive it forwards and meet its strategic objectives.