Board of Governors
Tyne Metropolitan College's Board of Governors is responsible for the strategic direction of the College. It sets the College's mission, vision and values and makes decisions about how College resources are allocated and efficiently used.
Our Board of Governors consists of people from the local area and business community. The Principal is also a Governor and there are two Staff and two Student Governors. The College's Governors share a passion and commitment to learning and ensuring that TyneMet College is the provider of choice for further and higher education in North Tyneside and beyond.
The College's Board comprises of the following Governors:
Sheila Alexander / Independent Governor / Vice Chair of Audit Committee
Having started her career in nursing both as a general nurse and midwife, Sheila gained a Masters of Business Administration in 2004.
Within the NHS she has held a number of strategic roles, designing and implementing a number of key systems to improve NHS services in the region. Sheila has a particular interest in the field of cancer services.
Natalie Atkinson / Student Governor
Natalie is studying a level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Exercise and Science at the College, is captain of the College football team and also plays football for a club team outside of College. In keeping with her commitment to sport, she has also achieved a Community Sports Leader Award which has helped her when volunteering and officiating at a variety of local sporting events.
Natalie was also formerly a member of the North Tyneside Leadership Academy and is a member of TyneMet's Student Council as well as a member of the Corporation Board's Standards & Quality Committee.
Andrew Carr / Staff Governor (Bus. Support)
Andrew is a CIMA qualified accountant and an experienced head of finance. He joined TyneMet in September 2009 as the Financial Controller, having worked in management roles in several fast changing organisations with operations throughout the UK.
He became the business support Staff Governor at the beginning of August 2012.
Brendan Carr / Student Governor
Brendan is in his A2 year at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, studying Graphic Design, Photography, and Information Technology.
During his AS year, he was a Student Council member as well as an Associate Member of the joint Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College Committee which reports to TyneMet's Corporation Board. Brendan has continued to be a QASFC Committee member during 2012/13 and is a member of the Board's Student Services Committee. Being a member of the Student Council and a Student Ambassador has meant he has been involved in fund raising activities for Children in Need and Sports Relief and helped to inform potential students of his experience of College.
Dr Graeme Cruickshank / Independent Governor / Chair of Student Services Committee
Graeme completed a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Edinburgh University before joining Procter & Gamble at the Newcastle Technical Centre in 1994.
There he has been involved in inventing and managing the development of a portfolio of innovative consumer products ranging from automatic dishwasher tablets through to developing a water purification product for emergency use in the developing world.
More recently, he has become the Global Associate Director leader for the Alliance Innovation team overseeing a dispersed organisation with teams in Japan and China as well as in Europe and North America and has responsibility for the Global Test Methods Team driving consumer predictivity via improved testing sciences in P&G
Prof Mary Dunning / Independent Governor / Chair of Standards & Quality Committee
Mary has a Hon DSc, MA Curriculum Studies and Dip HE plus a number of professional qualifications – RNT, RM, RGN.
Mary's early career was in general nursing as a ward sister following which she entered education firstly as a teacher in the field of nursing, then as Director of Nurse Education of Bede, Newcastle & Northumbria College of Health Studies and finally as the Deputy Dean of the School of Health, Community & Education Studies at Northumbria University. She was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by Northumbria University on her retirement and recently received a Doctor of Civil Law from Northumbria University for her contribution to Nursing Education.
Mary has held national positions as Chair of the National Directors of Nurse Education Group and member of the Chief Nurse's Advisory Education Group for England. She is a former member of Northumberland and Northern Region Learning & Skills Council and former Chair of North Tyneside Age UK Ltd. She was also a QAA Subject Review Assessor in Nursing from 2000-03 and QAA Auditor from 2003-06.
Ian Gordon OBE / Independent Governor / Chair of Performance & Remuneration Committee and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College Committee
Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and, prior to his retirement, was a senior partner in the firm of Binder Hamlyn. Politically, he served as a Conservative Councillor on North Tyneside Council for 21 years and was Leader of the Opposition from 1982 to 1996.
Local involvement includes over 28 years' experience as a Justice of the Peace and 11 years as a Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear. He is a governor of Preston Grange Primary School and of John Spence Community High School and a trustee at Netherton Park Community Home. He is a member of Newcastle Diocesan Synod and Tynemouth Deanery Synod.
Ian has previous experience as a director or board member of a number of regional and economic bodies, including the Tyne & Wear Urban Development Corporation, the Northern Development Company, North Tyneside Challenge Co Ltd and the Northumbria Police Authority.
Dr Paul Harvey / Staff Governor (Teaching)
Paul is qualified teacher and has been teaching in the field of art and design since 1986. He gained an MA in Fine Art Practice in 2005 and a PhD in Arts & Social Sciences in 2012. As an artist, he has received many commissions and held solo and group shows of his paintings in Paris and Prague as well as nationwide. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences and symposiums.
Paul is also a professional musician and in 2012 Paul played concerts in New York and Brooklyn.
He became the teaching Staff Governor at the beginning of August 2012.
Prof Gary Holmes / Independent Governor / Vice Chair of Standards & Quality Committee
Gary has a BSc (Hons) in French, with Mediaeval Ecclesiastical and Political History as well as an MSc from Oxford University (Keble College) and many years' experience as a university lecturer.
He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) at the University of Sunderland.
Gary has been a governor in a number of schools for over 20 years and is currently a governor of Ponteland High School.
Councillor Janet Hunter / Independent Governor / Vice Chair of Governors
Janet was the Director of Northern Learning Trust, a voluntary sector organisation providing basic skills to the hardest to reach learners, from 2000 until her retirement in 2010. Prior to that she was Regional Development Manager for the Citizen's Advice service.
Janet is a Labour Councillor with North Tyneside and is currently Deputy Chair of North Tyneside Council.
Helen Jones / Independent Governor / Vice Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee
Helen has a BSc in Social Studies from Salford University, an MA in History from Manchester University and an Ed D from Newcastle University.
Helen is the head teacher of Beacon Hill School for pupils with severe learning difficulties. She is also the Chief Executive of the North Tyneside Academy Foundation and a member of Grasmere Academy.
She was an Ofsted inspector for over ten years and also a tutor for the National College of School Leaders NPQH programme. Helen is a School Development Partner for three special schools in the region. She is now a National Leader of Education and in that role she and staff from Beacon Hill School support schools in difficulties.
Dr Adam Langman / Independent Governor / Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee
Adam has a PhD in Mining Engineering from Newcastle University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
He has many years' experience of audit in the FE sector and, as Finance Director of Newcastle-based chartered surveyors Storeys Edward Symmons, he led the human resources and quality assurance functions. Currently Adam is a Management Consultant for the Malhotra Group of leisure and care businesses.
Bill Midgley OBE / Independent Governor / Chair of Governors
Bill holds an MA in British History and is a Fellow of The Institute of Bankers. Previously Chief Executive of the Newcastle Building Society, he is the former Chairman of British Chambers of Commerce and a past President of the North East Chamber of Commerce. Current positions include Chairman of Leazes Homes Ltd as well as number of other directorships and trusteeships.
Among others, he was previously Chairman of the Northern Region of the Further Education Funding Council, Chairman of Durham County Cricket Club, Deputy Chair for Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority, and a Council Member of Newcastle University.
He continues to write a regular column for the Journal as well as being a regular contributor to other publications.
Councillor Norma Redfearn / Independent Governor
Norma has a Bachelor of Philosophy from Newcastle University and was a teacher for 30 years. She has experience in both primary and secondary schools with 14 years as a head teacher and four years as an educational advisor, and then consultant. She is a regular guest speaker at local and national conferences and training events.
In 1997 she was awarded the Prize for Public Leadership by the Office of Public Management. In 1998 she was chosen by the think-tank Demos to serve as an example of civic entrepreneurship. In 2000 she was elected as a founder member of the General Teaching Council for England. In 2009, Norma became a member of the British Council for School Environments' Great Schools Commission.
Norma has represented Riverside residents as their local ward Councillor since 2004. She has held the post of Deputy Leader of the Labour Group since 2009 as well as being a Group Executive member, shadow spokesperson for Children, Education and Skills and a member of various scrutiny groups. She is a member of Tynemouth CLP, Executive Committee, and takes an active role in Tynemouth Women's Forum.
TyneMet's Corporation Board has granted Norma a leave of absence during her campaign for the position of Elected Mayor of North Tyneside.
Colin Seccombe / Independent Governor / Chair of Audit Committee
Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He worked for KPMG from 1974 until 1997, becoming a partner in 1987. He then moved to Newcastle Building Society as Finance Director until 2006 when he became its Chief Executive until his retirement in March 2010.
For several years, Colin has been involved with a number of charitable organisations: Chairman of the MEA Trust; Treasurer of The Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Chairman of the Independent Audit Committee of the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
Veena Soni / Independent Governor / Vice Chair of Student Services Committee
Veena has worked in diverse positions ranging from teaching to strategic management posts. She has worked extensively with the strategic, public, private, community and voluntary sector in the area of equality and has produced a variety of guidance on equality issues and working with diverse communities.
As a qualified teacher, Veena spent 14 years' teaching in a number of schools in both deprived and affluent areas. She was Regional Advisor for the Home Office's Drugs Prevention Advisory Service and the National Assistant Head of Diversity for the Drugs Advisory Service. Between 2000 and 2008, as Assistant Head of Community Development and Cohesion at Government Office for the North East, Veena was responsible for overseeing a number of government initiative programmes. In 2008 Veena joined Gateshead Council as the Strategic Manager of the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, advising and raising the achievement of children from Black Ethnic Minority, Gypsy and Traveller backgrounds as well as refugees and asylum seekers.
Veena is a Board member of a number of organisations, including Norcare Housing and the NSPCC and is a trustee of the North East Hindu Cultural Trust.
Jim Stephenson / Independent Governor
Jim has an MSc in Chemistry and Chemical Education.
He has thirty-five years' teaching experience and is in his seventh year as the head teacher of John Spence Community High School. As such, Jim is a member of TyneMet's Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College Committee which oversees the jointly managed Sixth Form.
Jon Vincent / Principal/Chief Executive
Jon has a BA (Hons) in Sport & Human Movement Studies and is a qualified teacher as well as a number of post-graduate management qualifications.
Jon took up the position of TyneMet's Principal and Chief Executive in October 2009, having been Deputy Principal: Curriculum & Quality at Burton College.
Jon represents the College on a number of bodies and, in particular, is the Chair of North Tyneside's 14-19 Partnership Board and the Vice Chair of the North Tyneside branch of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, a member of the Association of College's (AoC) 14-19 Principal's Portfolio Group and represents the Tyne & Wear colleges on the AoC Regional Board. He is an Advisory Board member of the Tyne Gateway Trust.
Clerk to the Corporation: Rosamund Moore
If you require any further information about the College's Board of Governors, please contact Rosamund Moore, Clerk to the Corporation on 0191 229 5312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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