The Corporation operates under a Statutory Instrument (UK Government secondary legislation) known as the Instrument and Articles of Government.

This is supplemented by a further three key documents which have been locally devised and adopted:

The Standing Orders set out the framework of how the Corporation carries out its business, each member of the Corporation (College Governor) agrees to follow a Code of Conduct for the duration of their period in office, the Scheme of Delegation outlines the distribution of some of the powers of the Corporation and the Principal Chief Executive.

  • Corporation Members

    • Paul Butler Chair of the Corporation
      Paul Butler

      Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Search Committee
      Appointed 2013

      Paul has been involved in the college sector for over 25 years in various ways.

      He has a particular interest in East London, and actually attended Waltham Forest College to undertake a part-time course many years ago. In addition, he held the position of Area Director for Waltham Forest London East TEC, and WF College was one of his main providers of learning, so he had a close relationship with the senior teams of all the colleges, businesses and Local Authority in the borough.

      He has a passionate commitment to young people and adults and the importance of providing them with quality training and education opportunities that helps them to achieve their potential with vocational opportunities and preparing young people for employment in addition to more academic subjects.

      He has extensive experience and networks within the education/skills sector.

      Paul’s company works with the Metropolitan Police and other agencies and colleges on the issue of gangs and provides targeted programmes within the college setting.

      Paul’s skills, networks and experience provides the Corporation with a high level of contribution to the overall strategic vision and drive within the college.

    • Graham Woolnough Vice Chair of the Corporation Chair of Audit Committee
      Graham Woolnough

      Vice Chair of Audit Committee and Member of the Search Committee
      Appointed March 2006

      Graham was a youth worker for several years and a Waltham Forest Councillor for 16 years. He worked in the construction and rail industries but is now retired.

      His first secondary school was on the Forest Road site when it was shared by his school and a college"

      Graham is married with four grown up children and has lived his life, so far, in the Borough

    • Dr. Joy Kettyle Principal & Chief Executive
      Dr. Joy Kettyle

      Dr Joy Kettyle,
      B. ED, MBA, CFCIPD, Ed.D

      Dr Joy Kettyle has been involved in education since 1985, and has worked in Further Education since 1990. She holds a Doctor of Education from Queens University in Belfast, a Master’s in Business Administration and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

      Dr Joy Kettyle worked two years for Her Majesty's Inspectorate (HMIE) in Scotland, and four years as an Ofsted Inspector.

      Dr Joy Kettyle started her teaching career, teaching Business and Computing in secondary schools, before moving on to teaching in Further Education. She was appointed Director of Quality Improvement in Herefordshire and Ludlow College, then Assistant Principal in Hereford College of Arts, and, most recently was Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality at Gloucestershire College.

      Dr Joy Kettyle’s key focus has always been improving in quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the student experience. She has a proven track record of developing a team culture in colleges to enhance performance.

      Her pride are her two children who are currently in university. She enjoys taking short breaks abroad and at home with them. She is a big fan of the outdoors and enjoys playing golf during her spare time.

      Dr Joy Kettyle is passionate about working collaboratively both with internal teams and with external partners for the benefit of staff, students and the wider community. She brings with her a strong commitment to continuous improvement in quality, serving learners and ensuring they achieve their potential.

    • Steve Besley Governor
      Steve Besley

      Vice Chair of the Corporation
      Member of the Search Committee
      Appointed December 2010

      Steve has spent a lifetime in education and training in various roles.

      He is currently Head of Policy at Pearson UK where he is responsible for education policy analysis and commentary.

      Steve also runs a policy updating service.

    • Tim Strong Governor
      Tim Strong

      Member of the Search Committee
      Appointed 2014

      Tim has an MsC in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

      He has spent 38 years working in 5 London Boroughs (Waltham Forest, Newham, Westminster, Hackney and Enfield) until his recent retirement.

      Tim has a good understanding of the strategic and operational challenges facing complex organisations in developing and delivering services that meet the needs and aspirations of local communities.

      Tim has been involved the development and implementation of very successful internal and external apprenticeship schemes.

    • Alison Morris Governor
      Alison Morris

      Appointed October 2017

      Alison has worked in the skills sector for over fifteen years. She is currently Director of Sector Development at the Education and Training Foundation, where she is responsible for technical education, wellbeing and social inclusion, learning technologies, and initial teacher education. Alison previously worked at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills where she carried out policy and research work in areas including higher level skills, employability, education-business links and careers guidance.

    • Kapil Wadhwani Governor
      Kapil Wadhwani

      Member of the Property Working Group and the Search Committee
      Appointed 2013

      Kapil is a Director at Wanis, one of the UK’s largest specialist food and drink distributors, one of Waltham Forest’s leading private employers, and brand chieftain for Tropical Sun Foods.

      Kapil has worked in both the accountancy and banking fields prior to joining Wanis, where he is currently responsible for business development and strategy. Within the local community Kapil was a member of the Borough of Waltham Forest’s Growth Commission, providing advice to the Council on its future strategy.

    • Youness Abidou Governor
      Youness Abidou

      Appointed February 2015

      Youness is a top performing and senior level Property Investment Specialist (Currently Relationship Manager, Real Estate Islamic Financial Services, ABC International Bank plc, London).He has an accountancy background with an outstanding record of achievement in blue chip banking and professional environments structuring high-value transactions and maximising ROI.

      Combines advanced financial-engineering capabilities (including expert knowledge of Shariah banking) with high levels of entrepreneurial flair identifying wealth creation opportunities.

      Youness is a member of the Audit Committee and lives close to the College.

    • Renatta Nzomono Governor
      Renatta Nzomono

      Renatta was appointed as a Governor on Monday 6 June 2016.

      Renatta offers the Board skills derived from both the Legal and Financial Services industries and is currently a Business Resilience Partner for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and has experience of working in a large company at a senior level.

      In the last 12 months she has been heavily involved in building the organisations Diversity and Inclusion agenda.

    • Frank Royle Staff Governor - Teaching
      Frank Royle
    • Kalim Uddin Staff Governor - Support
      Kalim Uddin

      Kalim was elected as the Support Staff Governor in January 2016.

      Kalim has worked over 17 years at Waltham Forest College. During this time he has built a very good relationship with both teaching and support staff. He has a very good understanding of the operational challenges facing Waltham Forest College. His expertise is within the IT industry and currently holds the position of Head of IT Services.

      In his spare time Kalim has been a Director of a not for profit social enterprise working with young disadvantage children to help them develop skills and knowledge with the use of filmmaking. He passionately believes in giving young people and adults an opportunity to fulfil their potential.

    • Oluwatosin Kuforiji Student Governor
      Oluwatosin Kuforiji
    • Cirielle Mukondolo Student Governor
      Cirielle Mukondolo
    • Nadia Ahmed Governor
      Nadia Ahmed
    • Neil Taylor Governor
      Neil Taylor
    • Val Bartlett Clerk to the Corporation
      Val Bartlett
    • Vacancy Governor

  • The Corporation Minutes
    11th June 2019 Agenda
    7th May 2019 Agenda Minutes
    26th March 2019 Agenda Minutes
    2nd October 2018 Agenda Minutes
    6th November 2018 Agenda Minutes
    4th December 2018 Agenda Minutes
    19th July 2018 Agenda Minutes
    10th July 2018 Agenda Minutes
    22nd May 2018 Agenda Minutes
    20th March 2018 Agenda Minutes
    16th January 2018 Agenda  
    12th December 2017 Agenda Minutes
    31st October 2017 Agenda Minutes
    19th September 2017 Agenda Minutes
    17th July 2017 Agenda Minutes
    12th June 2017 Agenda Minutes
    8th May 2017 Agenda Minutes
    6th April 2017 Agenda Minutes
    20th March 2017 Agenda  
    20th February 2017 Agenda Minutes
    16th January 2017 Agenda Minutes
  • Audit Committee and Minutes

    Audit Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    20th June 2019 Agenda
    12th March 2019 Agenda Minutes
    14th November 2018 Agenda Minutes
    28th June 2018 Agenda Minutes
    1st May 2018 Agenda Minutes
    21st November 2017 Agenda Minutes
    6th July 2017 Agenda Minutes
  • Search Committee and Minutes

    Search Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    2nd October 2018 Agenda  
    1st May 2018 Agenda Minutes
    16th January 2018 Agenda Minutes
    31st October 2017 Agenda Minutes
    27th September 2017 Agenda Minutes
    20th March 2017 Agenda Minutes
  • Staff and Student Engagement

    The College has in place the following arrangements for consulting with students and staff at the College as related to the Corporation’s responsibilities, covering:

    • Student conduct;
    • Disciplinary policy for students;
    • Staff conduct;
    • Grievance & disciplinary policies for staff;
    • The determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the College;
    • The oversight of the College’s activities.


    The Corporation consults with students and staff in support of the College’s Values and in accordance with its statutory responsibilities, as follows:

    • The Student Council reviews the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Disciplinary Policy as part of its remit, prior to the policies being presented to the Corporation for approval.
    • Staff are consulted on the content of the Staff Code of Conduct and all policies related to the terms and conditions of their employment via the UCU and Unison trade unions as part of the policy review process, prior to the policies being presented to Corporation for approval.
    • The Staff and Student Governors elected to the Corporation play a full part in the Board’s proceedings including the periodic review of the educational character, mission, values and strategic priorities of the College and the oversight of its activities. The educational character, mission and strategic priorities are reviewed annually, and governors monitor the College’s activities throughout the year assessing progress towards meeting the published annual objectives, covering all aspects of the College’s provision and its financial performance. The trade unions and the Student Council are consulted on the College’s educational character and mission as part of the Corporation’s annual planning cycle.

Clerk to the Corporation

Clerk to the Corporation
Waltham Forest College
Forest Road,
London E17 4JB

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