Governing Body Welcome


Middlesbrough College is a Statutory Corporation whose members are known as College Governors, and is a result of two mergers in 1995 (Kirby College and Acklam Sixth Form to become Middlesbrough College) and 2002 (Teesside Tertiary College and Middlesbrough College to become Middlesbrough College). 

The principal role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic leadership to the College, with the mission statement of ‘Driving Ambition and Inspiring Success’ being at the heart of everything it does. 

While day to day management of the College is the responsibility of the Principal / Chief Executive and her Senior Leadership Team / College Management Team, the Governing Body plays a key role in monitoring, challenging and supporting the management teams, and this is done through a number of consultative forums in its commitment to staff, students and stakeholders – the full list is available in our Consultation Procedure.

The College has approximately 15,000 students accessing courses from entry level to higher education, and the Governing Body helps to ensure that the quality of education for all students is of a high standard. In addition to this, they also assess the effectiveness and use of resources, and also ensure that students have access to quality equipment and facilities, whilst maintaining the College’s financial stability. 

The Governing Body has up to fifteen College Governors (correct as of the 1st January 2018) drawn from business, professional, public sector and community backgrounds who bring a range of skills and experience to the Boardroom in their unpaid voluntary role. In return, they find that the role of a College Governor is very rewarding, as it brings them in contact with other individuals with a passion for the education and training sector.

This Governing Body membership includes a Chairman of Governors (Rob Davies) and Vice Chairman of Governors (Ashley Coleman-Cooke) along with a number of Committee Chairs and a number of Nominated Governors. In addition to the fifteen College Governors, the Governing Body also includes the Principal / Chief Executive (1), Staff Governors (2) and Student Governors (2), and in total, this makes up the maximum membership of twenty. 

There are also a number of External Members (6) who only attend Committee meetings due to their experience and skill set, with a number of External Members also becoming College Governors as and when vacancies arise on the Governing Body.

All College Governors and External Members act as individuals, representing the community at large.

The Governing Body and its Committee Structure of Audit & Risk Committee, Corporate Services Committee, Remuneration Committee, Search & Governance Committee and Standards Committee is served by the Clerk to the Corporation, and they all meet frequently across the academic year. This ensures that Governors and External Members stay well informed of the Colleges’ Strategic Plans and also discuss and / or make recommendations in key areas of quality, standards, corporate services (IT, Finance, Human Resources & Estates), Governor recruitment, audit and risks.

The information on the Governors’ section of the College Website includes Governor / External Member profiles, Governing Body and Committee Minutes along with a number of annual reports and a range of policies and procedures, which are all approved by the Governing Body, and regularly up-dated by Richard Atkinson, Clerk to the Corporation.

Finally, if you have any questions on the information provided on Governance at Middlesbrough College or you would like to become a College Governor and / or External Member then please email Richard Atkinson or call (01642) 333269.

Best wishes

Robert Davies
Chairman of Governors

Membership of The Governing Body Opportunity:


The Governing Body of Middlesbrough College is seeking to recruit new Board Members and External Members (Co-opted Members) to deliver the College’s Strategic Plan, and for further details and how to apply, view our Membership Policy.