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
Pamela Petty - Chair of Corporation
Pamela is an ex-student of the Bishop Auckland College who studied A Level Accounts as part of her accountancy training nearly 30 years ago. She is also governor of a primary school in Barnard Castle and a non-executive board member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. She joined the Board of the Corporation of Bishop Auckland College in 2013 and became Chair of the Board in December 2014. Pamela joined Ebac, which was launched by her father John Elliott MBE in 1972, back in 1986. After heading the Group IT department she was promoted to Manufacturing Director in 1997, then to Group MD in 2003. She now operates an independent consultancy. Pamela also chairs the College’s Search & Governance Committee, Renumeration Committee and Selection Committee. She is a member of Curriculum & Quality Committee and South West Durham Training’s Executive Council (SWDT is a subsidiary of Bishop Auckland College).
Natalie Davison-Terranova - Principal / Chief Executive of Bishop Auckland College
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).
Andy Dunn - Board Member
Andy joined the Board in 2014. He started his career at Warner Electric and after several years moved into the automotive industry, supplying parts to all the major car companies in Europe. Andy’s career has progressed to the position of General Manager of Engineering with Nifco UK. He is responsible for all aspects of engineering in the manufacturing of plastic components to very high specifications and quality standards. Andy is a member of the College’s Search & Governance and Audit Committees. He is also Chair of South West Durham Training’s Executive Council (SWDT is a subsidiary of Bishop Auckland College).
John Banks - Clerk of the Corporation
John became Clerk in June 2013. After qualifying as a secondary school teacher, he went to work at ICI as a Trainer Supervisor for 5 years. He went on to join Middlesbrough Council as a Training Officer and Deputy Manager of their Youth Training programme. He moved to manage an 80 place Youth Training Scheme in East Cleveland. There followed award of a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies and a career in local government economic development, 11 years of which were spent in County Durham. Here he managed their Rural Development Programme, £26.5m Single Programme and subsequently was Deputy and Acting Team Leader for Economic Policy, including responsibility for representing the county at the Tyne and Wear City Region and oversight of the Durham Dales Centre.
John Yarrow - Board Member
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 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 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 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.
Kelly Noble - Board Member
Kelly joined the Board in April 2020. A past student at BA College, Kelly joined Close Thornton LLP at Darlington as a trainee Legal Executive in the Civil Litigation Department, learning all aspects of civil litigation and representing clients at County Court. She became a Member of the Institute of Legal Executives in June 2001 and later a Fellow in June 2003. She undertook the Legal Practice Course part time and received a Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction and was subsequently admitted as a Solicitor in November 2005. She is an Associate Solicitor with the firm with over 23 years' experience dealing with civil matters including Contract Disputes, Debt Recovery, Insolvency and Landlord and Tenant Residential and Commercial Litigation. She is a volunteer reader at her children’s primary school which has triggered her interest in education. Kelly is a member of the College’s Audit Committee.
Instrument & Articles of Government
Strategic Plan 2017-2021
Board minutes are added as they become available.
The current calendar of Corporation meetings for the 2020-21 academic year can be found here.
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:
John D Banks, Clerk to the Corporation of Bishop Auckland College
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