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

Natalie Davison-Terranova - Principal / Chief Executive of Bishop Auckland College

Natalie Davison-Terranova

Natalie Davison-Terranova

Natalie became Principal and Chief Executive of Bishop Auckland College in January 2013, having previously been Vice Principal. With a love for science and technology, Natalie began her career working for Procter & Gamble as a production manager in detergent manufacture. Moving into further education in 1997, she taught and managed engineering provision in South Essex, before leading the Technology Faculty at Newham College in East London. Natalie has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Swansea, and masters qualifications including MA local and regional development from Newcastle University and an MBA from Henley Business School. With a particular interest in the interaction between skills policy and economic development, Natalie is passionate about the role that further education plays in changing lives and bringing prosperity to individuals, businesses and communities. Natalie is a member of the College’s Search & Governance, Curriculum & Quality and Resources Committees. She is also a member of South West Durham Training’s Executive Council (SWDT is a subsidiary of Bishop Auckland College).

Louise Flanagan - Clerk to the Corporation

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Louise Flanagan square

Louise began her career in the Civil Service working for the Benefits Agency in Canterbury followed by a period working in Local Authorities in Kent. After moving to the North East in 2001 she was employed by the Department for Education in Darlington. In 2004 Louise took a career break to bring up her two children and during this time she studied with the Open University, gaining an Honours Degree in History and a Masters Degree, also in History. Louise is a Parent Governor at Greenfield Community College in Newton Aycliffe and also volunteers as a History Tutor for The Access Project, a charity which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds access top universities.

John Yarrow - Board Member

John Yarrow

John Yarrow

John joined the Board in December 2016. Following completion of his accounting degree in 1997, John trained as a Chartered Accountant, gaining the professional qualification in 2001. In 2002, he joined Baker Tilly (now RSM) as an Audit Senior, where he led audit fieldwork teams on several college audits throughout the North East. In 2006, he joined Allen Sykes Limited as an Audit Manager where he oversees audits varying in size in several different sectors. John Chairs Audit Committee and is a member of the College’s Search & Governance and Resources Committees.

Diane Gowland -Vice Chair of Corporation

Diane Gowland

Diane Gowland

Diane joined the board in February 2018. She is a trusted and highly experienced leader in Further Education, drawing on over 30 years’ experience implementing public policy through transformation programmes and strategic partnerships. She holds a lifelong commitment to broadening access and developing new opportunities for people through education. In recognition of her work, she received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2005. Diane Chairs Curriculum & Quality Committee and is a member of the College’s Audit Committee.

Julie Vincent - Staff Governor

Julie joined the Board as Staff Governor in December 2018. She has worked at Bishop Auckland College since 2004. She started at the College as a Flexible Learning Tutor in a department that she now manages in her current role as Head of Business Development. Julie is a member of the College’s Curriculum & Quality Committee.

Graham Currie - Board Member

Graham Curry

Graham Curry

Graham Currie joined the board in July 2019 and is the Finance Director of the Ebac Group. Graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in Mathematics in 1991, Graham's career at Ebac began with his appointment as a trainee accountant, before progressing through the positions of IT Manager, IT Director and Quality Director en-route to his current role. A strong commercial knowledge and a technical background has enabled Graham to design and implement a number of efficiency saving systems within the group. Graham served as a board member of SWDT, a subsidiary of BA College from March 2016 to July 2019. Graham Chairs Resources Committee and is a member of the College’s Curriculum & Quality Committee.

Christopher Hutchinson - Board Member (Safeguarding Lead Governor)

Christopher Hutchinson

Christopher Hutchinson

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.

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.

Grant Sowerby - Board Member

Blank Profile 1Grant Joined the board in September 2021. Grant is Headteacher of Bishop Barrington Academy, he is an experienced school leader and has a strong track record of instigating and embedding educational change and improvement. He has held responsibilities of raising achievement, curriculum, school performance and school standards. Grant holds a degree in Computer Studies and an Masters degree in Education.

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

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.

The current calendar of Corporation meetings for the 2021-22 academic year can be found here.

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:

Louise Flanagan, Clerk to the Corporation of Bishop Auckland College
Woodhouse Lane
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 6JZ

Direct: 01388 443138
Switchboard: 01388 443000 Ext. 2322
Main Fax: 01388 609 294