Governance


This section covers information relating to the way Bishop Auckland College is governed and how decisions are made. In general, the Board is responsible for the overall functioning of the College, including the quality of service offered to students, as well as the College’s financial health and strategic direction. In some instances, information from minutes will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information, information that may damage the commercial interests of the institution, information that may threaten the health and safety of specific individuals or where the view of the Board is that confidentiality is necessary.

Corporate Board Members

Patrick Lonergan - Chair of the Corporation

Patrick ChairPatrick started his career as a development engineer for Lazer Zentrum Hannover, Germany. Having an BSc. & MSc in Applied Physics, he spent several years within this research institute for photonics and laser technology developing automated machining centres for the fabrication of 3D optics to the automotive and medical sectors. Within the UK, he was Philips Components UK representative within the European development team, supporting product design & introduction and process improvement across global sister sites in Mexico, Germany, France and Slovakia. Five years ago, he set up his own recruitment firm based in Newton Aycliffe, supporting organisations from start-ups and high growth companies to £100m turnover businesses within the UK engineering/manufacturing, scientific, renewable energy, automotive, aerospace, rail and emerging technologies sectors within the region and nationwide. Patrick has a keen belief that further education provides opportunities for self-development and career destinations. Patrick is also Chair of the College’s Search & Governance, a member of Curriculum & Quality and Renumeration Committees. He is also a member of South West Durham Training’s Executive Council (SWDT is a subsidiary of Bishop Auckland College).

Patrick Chair

Shaun Hope - Principal and Chief Executive

Shaun Hope Governance

Shaun Hope Governance

Shaun joined the board in February 2024 after becoming Bishop Auckland College group’s Principal and Chief Executive. Shaun has worked in the further education sector for over 16 years as teacher, head of school, head of student recruitment and most recently as Vice Principal of Curriculum & Standards. Shaun has held numerous board positions in the community, charity and education sectors and is currently the chairman of The PFC trust, a local charity. Shaun is a member of the Executive Council for South West Durham Training.

Ann Robinson Ruddock - Clerk to the Corporation

Ann Robinson Ruddock

Ann Robinson Ruddock

Ann joined the College in mid-October 2022. She has previously worked in the public and private sectors in both clerical and secretarial positions and has gained a wealth of experience in administration. Her most recent role has been to provide support to the Governance of a number of Schools within a local Educational Trust.

Simon Peacock Governance - Student Governor

Simon Peacock Governance

Simon Peacock Governance

I started out at Darlington Technology College and trained in Level 3 Hospitality Management however, after I qualified I took a left turn in life and joined Orange (which became EE) I worked there for 18 years in various roles including Team Leader, Sales, and Customer Service. In June 2018 I suffered a stroke which changed my life and I decided in November 2019 to attend Bishop Auckland College to study Counselling at Level 1 through till 3. However I am now studying Criminology Level 3 and loving it.

Sharron Trevor - Staff Governor

Sharron Trevor

Sharron Trevor

Sharron began her teaching career at Bishop Auckland College 22 years ago, as a PT lecturer in Catering and Hospitality and then progressed to teaching Uniformed Public services. Previously, Sharron served in the British Army, working her way through the ranks over 12 years to Chef Sergeant. “I am passionate about teaching and learning and love my job, especially when I see the successful destinations and progressions of my learners”

Steven Robson - Board Member

Steven RobsonSteven has managed South Durham Enterprise Agency, an award-winning economic development agency since 2011 after managing marketing departments in the private and public sector. Steven has lived and worked in the region for most of his life and has brief spells supporting the oil and gas sector overseas. Passionate about small business, enterprise and entrepreneurialism Steven supports and champions the role small to medium enterprises have in the regeneration of our communities and is keen to help small businesses start grow and develop. South Durham Enterprise Agency support business start-up and small business growth and development in the area and deliver a range of programmes to support members of the community think about starting a small business.

Christopher Hutchinson - Board Member

Christopher Hutchinson Profile

Christopher Hutchinson Profile

Christopher joined the board in December 2019. He was General Manager of Bignall Group Ltd, (design and manufacture of precision engineered products) until his retirement in 2018. He was previously Head of Operations for CAV Aerospace Ltd and Manufacturing Director for AEI Cables Ltd. He holds an MBA and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. For many years he was a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Following his retirement, he volunteered as Restorative Justice Facilitator and is a member of the Board of Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership. (GAMP) He has undertaken training in Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution in addition to Safeguarding, Emotional Wellbeing, Domestic Abuse, Radicalisation and Racism Awareness. He was a School Governor at St John’s School Bishop Auckland from 2000 to 2004. Christopher is a member of the College’s Search & Governance Committee and the Resources Committee.

Keith Ivory - Board Member

Keith Ivory

Keith Ivory

Keith is an experienced board level HR professional, change agent and project manager with specialist expertise in the areas of the application of Employment Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, TUPE, Culture Change, Employee Engagement, Reward, Redundancy and Reorganisation.

With extensive professional expertise gained through holding senior HR positions within the private sector, Keith has developed a successful track record of operating effectively within fast paced, complex and continuously changing environments.

Keith established Transitional HR Limited in 2016 in response to a need for small & medium sized businesses to access expert employment related support in a cost effective and transparent way.

Throughout his career, Keith has partnered with business owners, directors and operational management teams to deliver HR related support, advice and guidance that has generated material bottom line impact.

Kim Nielsen - Board Member

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Kim Nielsen a

Kim joined the board in December 2022. She is a practising solicitor at Hewitts in Bishop Auckland where she advises on and represents clients in civil litigation and dispute resolution. Prior to her career as a solicitor, Kim held positions within retail management and HR and brings with her a wealth of experience in finance, people management and health and safety. A former student of Bishop Auckland College, she is passionate about giving back to and assisting with the promotion of the college offering and the fantastic provisions they have for learners.

Financial Statements

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2016

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2017

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2018

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2019

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2020

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2021

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2022

Financial Statement - Ended 31 July 2023

Instrument & Articles of Government

Instrument & Articles of Government

Strategic Plan 2021-2024

Strategic Plan 2021-2024

Board Minutes

Board minutes are added as they become available.

Minutes of Board Meeting 12.12.2022

The current calendar of Corporation meetings for the 2023-24 academic year can be found here.

Code Of Conduct For Governing Body Members

Annual Accountability Statement

Annual Accountability Statement

Contact Information

Should you require any information regarding the governance of the Corporation of Bishop Auckland College please contact the Clerk to the Corporation stating the information required using the contact details below:

Ann Robinson-Ruddock, Clerk to the Corporation of Bishop Auckland College
BISHOP AUCKLAND COLLEGE
Woodhouse Lane
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 6JZ

Email: Ann.Robinson-Ruddock@bacoll.ac.uk
Direct: 01388 443138
Switchboard: 01388 443000 Ext. 2322
Main Fax: 01388 609 294