Welcome to Governance at Barnfield College


At Barnfield College our students are at the heart of everything we do.  Our goal is to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and opportunities to become successful in whatever they choose.  Central to this is developing a clear understanding of the expectations of employers across our region.

The Barnfield College Corporation is a non-executive Board of Governors who collectively oversee all the activities of the College and steer its future direction.  The Board meets regularly to monitor the College’s performance and make decisions on strategy, policy and finance, whilst also maintaining a keen focus on the learning experience of students. There is no one particular qualification or type of person required to be a Governor of Barnfield College; governors are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and bring many different skills, qualities and experiences.  However, all share a passion for high quality education and training, wish to serve the needs of local learners, employers and the community and ensure all who access the College may be successful and progress to purposeful employment or further study.

Our college Governors

Collectively the Members of the Corporation are responsible for:

  • the determination of the educational character and mission of the institution and oversight of its activities;
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding the College’s assets;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

In the interests of openness and accountability, Corporation documents and meeting minutes are published on this website.

Independent Members:

Robin Somerville                    Chair

Alex Bain-Stewart                   Vice Chair and Chair Governance Development Task Group

Louise Ellis                              Chair Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee

Peter Hill                                 Chair Capital Project and Estates Task Group

Gav O’Brien

Paul Seath                               Designated Safeguarding Governor

Trevor Warrs                           Chair Audit Committee

Nick Barrett

Tim Eyton-Jones                     The Principal and CEO ex officio

Elaine Battams                        Staff Member

Davina Price                            Student Member

If you are interested in the role of Governor or wish to know more, please contact Lisa Milligan by email, lisa.milligan@barnfield.ac.uk or telephone 01582 569 982.

Applying to be a Governor

Code of Conduct