Governance

The Governing Body is made up of people from different sectors of the local community, staff members and students. The board meet three times a year with an additional three strategic planning sessions. There are five committees: Standards, Finance and Research, Audit, Search and Governance. The Standards Committee meet three times a year and the Finance and Audit Committees meet three times a year. Search and Governance Committees are held as and when required.  Committee membership is made up predominately from the appointed governors.

The role of the Corporation is in agreeing the strategic direction of the College, setting objectives, and monitoring results, and supporting the College to provide a high-quality and effective learning experience for everyone who attends the College. The responsibilities can be summarised as:

  • Determining the educational character and mission of the College and overseeing its activities
  • Approving the quality strategy of the institution
  • The effective management of resources to ensure the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • Employing senior post-holders, including their appointment, determination of pay and conditions, etc
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff

The Corporation’s role is strategic, and members do not involve themselves in the day-to-day management of the College.

Governors

Paul Deane

Principal and Chief Executive

Paul is the Principal and Chief Executive of Grantham College. He has over 20 years proven experience of successful leadership in Further and Higher Education. Paul, originally an economics graduate from Manchester University, began his career in the private sector in retail buying & merchandising in London before completing a MSc in Software Development at Huddersfield University which led to work in computer aided manufacturing across Europe. Paul then worked in local government before settling in further education in Leeds where he completed an MBA at Leeds University. Paul has worked in a number of FE & HE institutions and joined Grantham College in 2013. Paul is a former national board member of JISC, the organisation that provides digital solutions for UK education and research. 

George Brewis

Chair of the Corporation

George is Managing Director of DLS Plastics encompassing DLS Medical and DLS Daneplast based in Grantham, Peterborough and Sewstern respectively. The business is based around plastic injection moulding, manufacturing a wide range of products for leisure vehicles, health- care and a variety of other industry sectors. In addition the business provides stock management and engineering services to customers. Previously George was involved in providing business consultancy to agricultural businesses in the South West and East Midlands areas of the UK. He has a degree in Agriculture and a Master of Business Administration. He has a specific interest in utilising IT to improve business productivity and decision making.

Nick Manoussakis

Chair of Finance Committee

Nick is married with two children. He lives in Grantham and is financial controller for an international company. Previously, he was Finance manager at Fenland Foods of Grantham. He has been on the College Corporation since 2010.

Ann Treacy

Ann joined the College as a Governor in 2022.  

Ann is a qualified accountant with over 20 years post qualifying experience and sits on the Audit Committee of a Further Education College in Nottinghamshire as an Independent Board Member. 

Ann currently works for Lincoln Diocese as their Director of Finance & Deputy Diocesan Secretary supporting the Bishop of Lincoln and the parishes within greater Lincolnshire. 

Previously Ann worked in the further education sector for a number of years in senior roles.

Carolyn Brocklebank

A retired teacher and formerly a lecturer at Grantham College. I have one Son and many interests including Metal Detecting and indoor and outdoor bowling. I am a volunteer Mansion Guide at Belton House and also do volunteer work at Harlaxton Manor. I have had a love of poetry all my life and enjoy both reading and writing it.

Nick Jones

Retired business consultant and operations manager, specialising in performance and productivity improvements with global enterprises.

Chris Turner

Chris joined Pearson Education in February 2016 to take-up the role of Head of English and Maths before settling into his current role supporting curriculum development across 40 General Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges in the East of England. He has a background in the employment, enterprise and skills sectors with over 25 years experience.

Chris has worked in both senior operational and quality related roles for some of the largest educational providers in the UK. He lives in Grantham and is the father of three daughters, one of whom currently attends Grantham College

Batul Dungarwalla

Batul, born in London after her family, Ugandan Asians were expelled from Uganda in 1972 by dictator Idi Amin. She works in London as the National Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Youth Policy at The Prince’s Trust as well as leading the contracts for International Fundraising.

In 2013 she moved back to Lincolnshire, near Grantham to be with family and was CEO of a large advice charity until mid 2018 when she left due to ill health.

After a long period of recovery and wanting to work part time for a while she worked at Stamford College as a Business Economics and Sociology lecturer as well as a fundraiser for a small international charity raising money for women and girls to access fresh water in India.

Batul now works full time again at Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, the local infrastructure and volunteer involving organisation for South and East Lincolnshire and largest deliverer of social prescribing services in the county. She is the Senior Area Officer responsible for funding and part of the Senior Leader Leadership team.

She is also developing work on youth representation on boards to ensure good governance and board diversity and has recently recruited the first young person in the county to sit on a PCN board (Primary Care Network, NHS) for Boston PCN as pilot for further work across Lincolnshire.

Bradley Redfern

Bradley joined the College Governors in July 2022. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser working for a firm in Grantham and is a member of the CTA.

The company he works for is an accountancy practice, however Bradley’s day-to-day role is specifically focused on managing a portfolio of client’s compliance personal tax affairs as well as more complex tax advice projects that go with this role.

Bradley finished his A-levels at a school in Lincoln and joined the firm he is with now, who put him through his training and qualifications.

He is also a treasurer of another local Grantham charity and in his spare time enjoys Rock Climbing.

Jane Taylor-Holmes

Jane joined the College as Clerk to the Corporation in September 2017. She is a legally qualified (LLB honours degree), is a qualified solicitor (non-practicing) and has extensive governance experience.

Prior to joining the College Jane worked as Company Secretary in the NHS (for over 10 years) and prior to this worked as a solicitor specialising in employment and charity law.

Jane is also a Governor at a primary school and has five children who keep her busy!

Nicola McCoy-Brown

A proud Director-level public servant with a passion for sustainable inclusive growth, a genuine interest in working within a complex partnership network and creates healthy and inclusive culture within the directorate.

With over thirty years of people management experience, Nicola enjoys coaching leaders of all levels, promoting gender equality at work and is an advocate of reverse mentoring.

Politically astute, Nicola worked for one of the largest County Council’s for close to two decades and is now working at a Lincolnshire-based rural district council. Nicola has extensive experience of income generation, bidding, securing, delivering and contract managing externally funded contracts (such as: ERDF, LEP funding, heritage lottery funding and Future High Street funding).

Nicola is currently ensuring the district of South Kesteven is a great place to live and work by leading economic development and managing Planning, Leisure and Cultural Services. This includes influence over everything from regeneration to Arts, the role as Director of Growth and Culture is an exciting and varied remit which spans numerous areas and involves writing policy and strategies and business planning. The key is making sure growth helps local people, whether it’s through employment, housing or leisure. As a key member of the corporate management team, Nicola works with Members, partners and teams Council-wide to bring tangible benefits. Meanwhile, Nicola is leading strategic projects, implementing an economic development strategy and community engagement strategy, and advising at senior levels. And all while raising South Kesteven’s profile and exploring commercial opportunities. Nicola has sat on several national networks and most recently chaired a digital connectivity working group and is a trained Local Resilience Forum Gold Commander. Nicola’s professional appointments have included Directorships of both skills and leisure TEKAL companies, and numerous committees, advisory and main boards. An advocate of life-long learning. Nicola is masters degree-educated, a skilled and resourceful leader with a keen interest in digital and technology. Up to speed with planning policy and used to working with landowners, developers, businesses and investors. Nicola is used to managing sizeable budgets and large, multi-functional teams. Determined, positive and resilient, Nicola thinks strategically to realise South Kesteven’s full potential.

Michelle Marshall
Staff Governor

Michelle started working at Grantham College in January 2022 as the Industry Placement Lead. She joined the College Governors in July 2022.

Originally from Australia, Michelle has lived in the UK for eleven years. She was a teacher for most of her life, having taught both primary and tertiary students. She worked in the Middle East assisting teachers to work more effectively and enjoyed learning about the culture of the people there.  Her love of history led her to work at Westminster Abbey, where, for eight years, she was able to talk about British history with tourists. 

Now living in Grantham with her husband and her four cats, she enjoys reading, cooking and visiting new places around Lincolnshire.

 
Louise Smith

Staff Governor

Mos Kalbassi
Lay Governor

Mos joined the College Governors team before Incorporation. He is a qualified as Food Technologist and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a Chartered Scientist. He chaired the Finance and General Purposes Committee before becoming Chair of Governors in 2013. He is married with two children and lives in Grantham. As well college duties, Chairman of Parkinson’s Uk, Grantham Branch, member of the Lincolnshire LEP Food Board, Member of the Rotary Club of Grantham, he also represents Lincolnshire Governors on the AoC East Midlands Regional Committee.

Mike Argyle
Lay Governor
Cameron Ford
Lay Governor

Cameron has been a Lay Governor of Grantham College for over ten years.  He is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors having been Ambassador for Human Resources, Skills and Recruitment for the East Midlands.  He has held senior leadership roles in the recruitment industry for over 25 years and is the owner of a local business, Reflect Recruitment Group, providing professional services to local businesses and organisations across the East Midlands.  He is actively involved with the Association of Labour Providers Member Council, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and chairs HR Professionals Forums and grant awarding bodies across the East Midlands. 

Meetings & Minutes

Corporation Minutes

Standards Committee Minutes

Finance & Resources Committee Minutes

Audit Committee Minutes

Financial Statements

Governance Publication

Joint Audit and Finance & Resources Committee minutes

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