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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.

Cycle of meetings 2021/22

  • 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.

    • Alison Morris Vice Chair of the Corporation, Chair of Curriculum & Quality Committee
      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.

    • Youness Abidou Vice Chair of the Corporation, Chair of Finance & Resources Committee, and Chair of Search, Governance & Remuneration Committee
      Youness Abidou

      Appointed February 2015

      Youness is a top performing and senior level Property Investment Specialist and is currently Co Founder and CEO of Nester Holdings Ltd. 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. Youness combines advanced financial-engineering capabilities (including expert knowledge of Shariah banking) with high levels of entrepreneurial flair identifying wealth creation opportunities. Youness is an Admitted Fellow (FCCA), The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

       

    • Janet Gardner Principal & Chief Executive
      Janet Gardner

      Janet is an experienced strategic leader with a successful track record of transformational change in senior leadership roles within diverse and complex FE colleges across London.  She was appointed as Principal & CEO to Waltham Forest College in July 2020.  Janet moved into the FE sector following a successful career in the private sector where she developed an expertise in business turnarounds and developing high performing teams.  Janet is passionate about promoting equality of opportunity and has led on several regional and national projects in collaboration with partner organisations to support hard to reach pockets of the community. Janet is a member of the AoC National Employment Group.

    • Renatta Nzomono Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
      Renatta Nzomono

      Renatta was appointed in June 2016. Renatta is a compliance professional with financial and non-financial services industry experience. Until recently, Renatta was working with the operator of the UK's retail payments system, however she has just taken on a new opportunity as the Director of Compliance UK, for a global insurance rating company.

      Having been brought up in Tottenham and understanding the challenges of growing up in such an environment, Renatta is a strong believer in giving back to the community, and supporting the infrastructures that can make significant changes to people lives. In her spare time, I she offers mentoring to young adults exploring a career in Compliance. She also continuesto play an advisory role to organisations in the development of their Diversity and Inclusion programme as in the words of Sundar Pichai, "A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone".

    • Gary Davies Governor
      Gary Davies

      Gary has worked in the University Sector in London for nearly 30 years at UCL, London Southbank, Roehampton and now London Metropolitan where he is the Pro Vice Chancellor for student recruitment and business development.

      He was also part of the team that established London Aimhigher where he held the post of Deputy Director. Since moving to London to become a student over 30 years ago he has been resident in east London, currently just over the borough border in Wanstead. 

    • Paul Douglas Governor
      Paul Douglas

      Paul has been an elected Councillor since 2010 in Waltham Forest, representing Chapel End ward. He is currently Cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Libraries and was heavily involved in Waltham Forest being the first ever London Borough of Culture in 2019. 

      Paul brings a wealth of experience to the Board having worked as a systems analyst for a major bank, held various managerial positions in a university and as a school business manager in schools.

      Paul is also a Director of Create London and a passionate season ticket holder at Leyton Orient

    • Michael Eichhorn Governor
      Michael Eichhorn

      Michael has a Financial Services background. He offers the Board more than 20 years of Audit and Risk Management experience; currently as a Managing Director and Country Chief Risk Officer for a leading international bank.

      Michael has a passion for education. He is an honorary professor at Harz University (Germany), a faculty member of The Certificate for Bank Treasury Risk Management (BTRM London) and a visiting lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

      Michael is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee

    • Andrew Hall Governor
      Andrew Hall

      Andy is a Senior Consultant specialising in Skills Systems Policy at the British Council. He has worked globally on education reform projects focused on a range of issues including apprenticeships, labour market analysis and systems governance. Andy has led a range of research pieces including on how systemic reform impacts upon employment outcomes and the structure and effectiveness of apprenticeships systems. For the last four years Andy has led the British Council’s Skills Policy offer including facilitating a range of seminars for Education Ministers and policy makers on topics such as inclusion, education in post-conflict societies and employer engagement. Andy has previously held roles at WorldSkills UK, the Skills Funding Agency and the King’s Fund.

    • Susannah Hume Governor
      Susannah Hume

      Susannah is the Director of Evaluation in the Policy Institute at King’s College London. In this capacity, she also served for 18 months as Establishing Director of the Centre of Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education, the new What Works Centre for access to higher education. Prior to joining the Policy Institute, she was the inaugural Associate Director of the King’s What Works Department, and before that was Principal Advisor and Head of Skills at the Behavioural Insights Team, where she also led the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge. She has authored a range of publications on young people’s career aspirations; access and success in further and higher education; political and civic engagement; social capital and belongingness; and evaluation methods.

    • Amir Seyyad Governor
      Amir Seyyad

      Amir was appointed as a governor in March 2022 Amir has 30 years’ experience in financial services and auditing. He currently holds a senior finance role at a leading international bank. This is a control focussed role that includes responsibilities for addressing finance related Board concerns and facing off to UK regulators. Prior to this he has held a wide variety of roles covering budgeting, financial reporting, valuation of financial instruments and managing controls over the institution’s trading activities . Amir has a degree in Physics from Cambridge University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    • Gbeminiyi Soyinka Governor
      Gbeminiyi Soyinka

      Gbeminiyi was appointed as a Governor in July 2021. 

      Gbeminiyi is a consumer / audience insights specialist having worked for both global research agencies, domestic and international organisations to help them understand more about their stakeholders using quantitative and qualitative data. During his career he has applied his insights skills across multiple sectors from FMCG, Media, Sports, Financial Services, Government to Retail & Telecommunications. 

      Since summer 2020, he has moved over to the public sector as an Analysis and Project Management Lead within the COVID-19 Taskforce (Cabinet Office). 

      Gbeminiyi has a Masters in International Business & Emerging Markets (Edinburgh University Business School) as well as a BSc Honours in Sports Management (Edinburgh University).

    • Neil Taylor Governor
      Neil Taylor

      Neil has had a long career in running dynamic third sector organisations and is currently CEO of Leyton Orient Trust. Neil has a BA Politics Degree and an MA Modern European Studies degree and was President of London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University) Students Union.

      He, therefore, has great knowledge and experience of governance, strategic and financial planning, measuring impact and improving beneficiary experience.

    • Jacqueline Young Governor
      Jacqueline Young

      Jacqueline has a background in transformational change and has held a number of senior roles across the public sector. She currently leads Network Rail’s Intelligent Infrastructure Programme, one of the largest asset management transformation programmes in Europe and she previously held Director positions at Ofcom and the Student Loans Company. She is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and harnessing potential.

    • Craig Buist Staff Governor
      Craig Buist

      Craig joined the Army in 2002. At this time, he undertook trade training which has led to him serving 10 years across a range of roles.

      In 2012 Craig left the Army at the rank of Corporal and started his journey working in FE Colleges. Across this time, he has managed departments to improve their grades and outcomes covering a range of subjects including animal management, sport, public services, construction, motor vehicle, engineering and electrical. This broad range of subjects and experiences ensures that Craig can bring a wide range of support to the board as a staff governor.

    • Fosterer Joseph Staff Governor
      Fosterer Joseph

      Fosterer has worked in various care and educational settings over the years in Pre-School, Sixth Form and Further Education College institutions.  Fosterer’s teaching experience ranges in a variety of subject areas including BTEC Health and Social Care, A-Level and GCSE in Psychology.

      Fosterer’s focus has always been to provide the best quality of learning and teaching to learners for them to progress onto university, employment or an apprenticeship. Her teaching style and student reviews mirror this. Fosterer’s vast experience in teaching and team management has been an asset to her continuous professional development in education.

      Fosterer states – “Working with colleagues to achieve our goals of delivering excellent teaching is something I relish. Currently being a Deputy Head of Access, Business and HE has enabled me to support this path to maintaining excellence. Hence, representing the staff at this college is an honour.”

    • Vanesa Georgieva Student Governor
      Vanesa Georgieva

      Vanesa is a student at Waltham Forest College and has big but achievable dreams. She has been studying at the College for four years, three of which she has been class representative in travel & tourism with 100% lesson attendance. In 2020/21 she was elected Vice President of the Student Union, before being elected to President in 2021/22.

      Vanesa has attended multiple work placements in the Hospitality Sector including a month-long experience with Erasmus and has spent some time working for YHA in London. She is passionate about aviation management, specifically pilot training, which she intends to pursue at university when she completes her final year.

      Vanesa applied to be President of the Student Union to develop her leadership skills, gain experience and to further improve herself as an individual and a team player. Vanesa loves to interact with other students, so she believes that becoming Student Union President will help her interact with more students to better represent the learner voice.

    • Meghan Muller Student Governor
      Meghan Muller

      Meghan moved to the UK from South Africa at the end of 2018 and has been studying Travel and Tourism at the College in the years since.

      Meghan applied to join the Student Union to make the College an even better place for new and existing students. She wants to help make the student experience better so students can have fun while studying and leave college with great memories.

    • Naomi Shoffman Director of Governance
      Naomi Shoffman

      Naomi is a chartered secretary and has worked in the FE and charity sector for 20 years. Prior to that she held a variety of roles in central and local government, higher education, and the private sector. 

      Her expertise encompasses corporate and financial governance for the voluntary, education and public sectors, compliance, audit, risk management, project management, human resources, and organisational development,  along with significant experience of preparation for funding bodies and other public sector inspections. 

       

  • The Corporation Minutes
    2021/22
    12th July 2022    
    15th March 2022 Agenda  
    14th December 2021 Agenda Minutes
    28th September 2021 Agenda Minutes
    2020/21
    20th July 2021 Agenda Minutes
    11th May 2021 Agenda Minutes
    24th March 2021 Agenda Minutes
    27th January 2021 Agenda Minutes
    21st December 2020 Agenda Minutes
    10th November 2020 Agenda Minutes
    29th September 2020 Agenda Minutes

     

  • Audit & Risk Committee Minutes

    Audit Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    2021/22
    23rd June 2022    
    14th March 2022 Agenda  
    2nd December 2021 Agenda Minutes
    2020/21
    12th July 2021 Agenda Minutes
    15th March 2021 Agenda Minutes
    16th December 2020 Agenda Minutes
  • Search, Governance & Remuneration Committee Minutes

    Search, Governance and Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    2021/22
    9th March 2022 Agenda  
    30th November 2021 Agenda Minutes
    2020/21
    28th June 2021 Agenda Minutes
    25th January 2021 Agenda Minutes
    16th December 2020 Agenda Minutes
    17th September 2020 Agenda Minutes
  • Finance & Resources Committee Minutes

    Finance & Resources Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    2021/22
    16th June 2022    
    28th April 2022    
    3rd February 2022 Agenda
    11th November 2021 Agenda Minutes
  • Curriculum & Quality Committee Minutes

    Curriculum and Quality Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    2021/22
    19th May 2022    
    10th February 2022 Agenda  
    25th November 2021 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.

Why become a Governor?

Clerk to the Corporation

Director of Governance
Waltham Forest College
Forest Road,
London E17 4JB

clerk@waltham.ac.uk

A role for you?

If you are interested in a role on the Waltham Forest College Corporation, contact the clerk on the details below

clerk@waltham.ac.uk

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