Newham College Governance
The College Corporation is an independent legal body with charitable status established in 1993 by Act of Parliament. It is governed at the most senior level by a Board of Governors. The Board is responsible for determining the overall strategy of the College and its educational character, the proper use of the public funds, the quality of provision, and appointing the Principal and other senior staff.
The Newham College Board of Governors comprises thirteen members, one of whom is a member of staff (elected by the staff) and two who are student members (elected by Student Representatives). The Principal and Chief Executive is also governor.
The external governors (those other than the Principal and staff and student governors) are drawn from a wide variety of community, business and professional interests. They are people who are very successful in areas other than further education, and this enables them to bring a 'critical friend' and broader perspective to the leadership and direction of the College. However, they work in a non-executive capacity, i.e. a clear distinction is made between the Principal's executive role of leading and managing the college operationally, and the governance, or strategic oversight role of the Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors is constituted under a statutory instrument known as the Instrument of Government and operates within the powers provided under the Articles of Government. Various acts of Parliament such as Further and Higher Education Act of 1992 and Learning and Skills Act 2000 also play a key role in determining the role and powers of the Board, as does the Financial Memorandum with the Learning and Skills Council (the Government's agency for planning and funding further education).
The Board meets at least five times a year and has a number of committees to undertake more detailed work.
The Committees established are:
- Academic Standards and Performance
- Planning and Budgeting
- Staff Consultative
- Capital Programme Committee
The Clerk to the Corporation is Zioge Smith and she can be contacted by phone on 0208 257 4438 or email Zioge.email@example.com
For more information on our Governing Body, follow the links below.
Code of conduct for Corporation members
Standing Orders for the conduct of meetings and related issues
Committee Terms of Reference
Calendar of meetings
Minutes of Corporation Board Meetings
Minutes of Committee Meetings
Freedom of Information Publication Scheme
Public Access to Corporation meetings
Meetings of the Board and its committees are normally held in private. Attendance of non-members at meetings shall be at the invitation of the Chair of the meeting. Persons invited to attend shall withdraw from the meeting if so required by a resolution of the members present.
The draft minutes of meetings are circulated to the Members of the Board as soon as possible, following the meeting. Prior to circulation, minutes will be cleared by the Chair of the meeting.
Minutes of non-confidential business are posted on the College website. Non-confidential minutes of meetings shall be available to any person wishing to inspect them during normal office hours. Requests must be made to the Clerk to the Corporation (see above). Requested papers shall be made available as soon as is possible. Any material which has been designated as confidential at the meeting at which it was discussed shall not be made available. Minutes of the Remuneration Committee and Planning & Budgeting Committee are confidential. Other items which shall be regarded as confidential include:
- a matter concerning a named person employed at or proposed to be employed at the College
- a matter concerning a named student at, or candidate for admission to the College
- any other item which the Governing Body is satisfied should be dealt with on a confidential basis.