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What is the Corporation?

Huddersfield New College has to have a group of people in place to make sure that the College is doing all the things it should; like providing good quality teaching, being efficiently run and managing it’s money well. The Corporation doesn’t get involved directly in the day to day business of the College, instead it has final responsibility for:

  • determining the college’s educational character and mission;
  • approving the college’s quality strategy;
  • ensuring the college’s solvency by monitoring its effective and efficient use of resources and the security of its assets;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • appointing holders of senior posts and setting their pay and conditions of service;
  • setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff

How does the Corporation work?

The Corporation meets each term. It works with the Senior Management Team to set the strategic aims, vision and mission. The Corporation also monitors work done by the college to make sure it is in line with the strategic goals.

In order to work efficiently the Corporation divides its work into different aspects, with each one being looked after by a Committee. Each committee is made up of a number of the Governors and in some cases, co-opted individuals with specialist knowledge in a particular area. This ensures that Corporation meetings run swiftly and efficiently without compromising the attention to detail needed.

The College’s Corporation comprises of representatives from industry and commerce, the Local Authority, the local community, the Principal, members of staff, students and parents of students. Some members are appointed directly by the Corporation and some are elected by the staff and students of the college. All Governors serve in a voluntary capacity.

View our Stakeholder Statement here.

We welcome the views of students and parents and will post details of the next Annual Stakeholders Meeting shortly.

The Corporation Meets once a term and has developed a Committee Structure of 5 Committees. Each committee has Terms of Reference which are reviewed and agreed annually by the Corporation. Each Committee concentrates on various aspects of the College and these are:

Audit Committee

To advise the Corporation on the College’s systems of internal control and risk management.

Terms of Reference

Search and Governance Committee

To advise the Corporation on governance arrangements and membership.

Terms of Reference

Finance and Resources Committee

To advise the Corporation on the financial position of the College.

Terms of Reference

Remuneration and Personnel Committee

To advise the Corporation on the pay and conditions of service for Senior Postholders

Terms of Reference

Quality and Standards Committee

To provide support and challenge in assessing the quality of learning, teaching and assessment; curriculum development and outcomes for students

Terms of Reference

Linda Summers is the Chair of the Governor’s Corporation.  The image below illustrates the structure of our Corporation:

Our Corporation

Chair of the Corporation - Linda Summers 
Clerk to the Corporation - Claire Coupland

External Governors - Michela Boryslawskyj, Tim Hosker, Keith Webb, Peggy Cooke, Jonathan Dawson, Sam Johnson, Steve Williams, Cherill Watterston, Vacancy x3

Principal - Marcus Smith-Connor

Parent Governor - Lindsay Lomas 

Student Governor - Cormac Bowman 

Staff Governor - Hayley Doyle

Quality & Standards 
Chair -
Lindsay Lomas 
Governor Members - Michaela Boryslawskyj, Marcus Smith Connor
Co-opted Members - Kathryn Podmore

Chair - Nav Uppal
Governor Members - Steve Williams, Peggy Cooke, Keith Webb

Finance & Resources 
Chair - Johnathan Dawson
Governor Members - Marcus Smith-Connor, Tim Hosker
Co-opted Members - Paul Cropper

Search & Governance 
Chair - Michaela Boryslawskyj 
Governor Members - Linda Summers, Marcus Smith-Connor
Co-opted Members - Julie Muscroft

Remuneration & Personnel
Chair -
Linda Summers
Governor Members - Johnathan Dawson, Keith Webb, Cherill Watterston
Co-opted Member - Rebekah Drury

Link Governors 
Equality & Diversity - Peggy Cooke
Special Needs & Disability - Lindsay Lomas
Safeguarding & Prevent - Sam Johnson
Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance - Keith Webb, Steve Williams

Below you can access the College accounts and minutes from the past year. We are a transparent College, and publish one full year of minutes so that these are current. However, minutes from previous years are available upon request. If you would like to request these, please email our Clerk Claire Coupland on


2019 - 20 accounts

2018 - 19 accounts
2020 - 21 accounts 
2021 - 22 accounts 


Audit Committee 

27th September 2022 Meeting

28th November 2022 Meeting

14th March 2023 Meeting



5th May 2022 Meeting

3rd November 2022 Meeting

December 2022 Meeting

27th April 2023 Meeting


Finance and Resources 

27th June 2022 Meeting

17th October 2022 Meeting

28th November 2022 Meeting

20th March 2023 Meeting


Search and Governance 

14th June 2022 Meeting

21st October 2022 Meeting

28th February 2023 Meeting


Remuneration and Personnel

24th May 2022 Meeting

6th October 2022 Meeting

24th November 2022 Meeting

28th March 2023 Meeting


Quality and Standards

22nd February 2022 Meeting

16th December 2022 Meeting

4th May 2023 Meeting


Below you can download core documentation in relation to our Corporation. If you have any further queries or cannot find what you are looking for, please contact our Clerk Claire Coupland on

Standing Orders

Code of Conduct 

Scheme of Delegation 

Governor Eligibility

Selection of Governors

Privacy notice for Governor applicants

Governor Application Form

Governors' Skills Audit and Competency Framework

Corporation's Stakeholder Engagement Framework

Agenda Plan 2023/2024

Access to corporation information

Instrument and Article of Government

For a copy of our Whistleblowing Policy, please visit our policies section here.


Are you interested in serving in our Corporation? For more information, please contact Clerk to the Corporation, Claire Coupland on

The Role of Governors

The role of Co-Opted Members

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