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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 2023/24

  • 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.

    • Michael Eichhorn Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
      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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Bryan Johnston Governor
      Bryan Johnston

      Bryan is an experienced Senior Leader within Sixth Form and Post-16 Education with 12 years of experience supporting teaching, learning and pastoral care in an inner London context. In his role, Bryan specialises in A-level study programmes and safeguarding practices. 

      Before joining Senior Leadership, Bryan taught A-Level Art and Design after obtaining an MA in Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL). In 2019, he was appointed Principal Examiner for GCE A-Level Art and Design by the exam board, Eduqas (WJEC). In this role, Bryan works to monitor the standards of marking and moderation for all A-Level components at a national level.

      Bryan was appointed as a Governor in August 2023 and currently serves as a member of the Curriculum and Quality Committee.

    • 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).

    • Leon Smith Governor
      Leon Smith

      Leon Smith is the Head of Strategic Asset Management at the North London Waste Authority (NLWA). In his day role, Leon leads on the creation and implementation of NLWA’s Asset Management Strategy, including the processes and tools that govern their investments in various green and other energy production and waste management facilities and assets. Prior to this, Leon held a wide variety of roles including within FTSE 100 companies, management consultancies and in the public sector. Leon is a scientist by training, having completed a PhD in Chemistry at Imperial College London. 

    • Remi Iyun Governor
      Remi Iyun

      Remi is a Divisional Finance Director for CBRE. She also holds the position as a CO-Chair for REACH Network, focusing on Race, Ethnicity, Cultural and Heritage. Remi has over 20 years experience in Finance within Facilities Management and Real Estate.


      Remi is experienced in Leading the Finance team within Business units and for Divisions. Remi has experience in leading business finances ranging between £10m and £150m. Experience in setting Divisional strategy, Business partnering, Projects Finance and Contract Finance. Remi is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant. Remi was appointed as a Governor in November 2023 and currently serves as a member of the Finance and Resources Quality Committee.

    • Renatta Nzomono Governor
      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".

    • 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.

    • Antoinette Beekye Staff Governor
      Antoinette Beekye

      Antoinette is an ‘Experiential Marketing Enthusiast’ with over 15 years of experience in the marketing arena. Her passion for brand experiences and engagements developed during her placement year at university, working as an Account Executive at one of the UK’s leading live brand agencies.

      After a short career break to start her family, she joined Waltham Forest College in 2014 as a Marketing Officer, to further her career development. That marked the beginning of her journey in Further Education. A few years later, she was appointed Team Leader for Marketing before advancing to Head of Digital Marketing, Communications and Enrichment for the College.

      Antoinette has helped to pioneer transformational experiential and digital strategies to boost the College’s recruitment figures, brand exposure and reputation within the local borough and beyond, including winning a College Marketing Network award for the College’s targeted recruitment campaign. Antoinette has a track record of active participation as a guest speaker in industry-related events such as the AoC Marketing and Communications Conferences and the Government Event: The Further Education Marketing Conference. 

    • Omur Derelikoylu Staff Governor
      Omur Derelikoylu

      Omur graduated from Waltham Forest College in July 2005 after completing AVCE Travel and Tourism Course. He returned to the College as a Part-time Lecturer in January 2008- teaching Travel and Tourism while completing my degree (BA Hons in International Tourism Management at London Metropolitan University). He graduated from LMU in July 2009 and completed the DTLLS (Teacher Training) course at Waltham Forest College in July 2011. Since January 2008, Omur has held a range of roles in the College and is currently the College’s Head of Quality.

    • Sidonia Crisan Student Governor
      Sidonia Crisan

      Sidonia Crisan, an aspiring Cabin Crew worker, is currently studying Level 2 Travel and Tourism Cabin Crew at Waltham Forest College.

      “I am delighted to be elected as this year’s Student Governor; a role that will allow me to improve my leadership, communication and discipline. As a Student Governor, I will be the voice for my fellow students, advocating for their needs and collaborating with school administrators to effect positive changes. During my spare time, I enjoy practising make-up artistry, trialling and testing innovative techniques, thus developing creative skills that will add value to my role as a student governor. I aim to contribute towards creating a safe and inclusive environment, organise events and activities, and promptly address any concerns or issues that students may have.”

    • Kwasi Owusu-Mensah Student Governor
      Kwasi Owusu-Mensah

      Kwasi Owusu-Mensah, an aspiring Computer Technician, currently studying BTEC L2 First Extended Certificate in IT at Waltham Forest College.

      “My profound interest lies in PC building, and I aspire to construct a high-performance gaming PC featuring an RTX 4080 GPU and a Ryzen 7 5800X CPU. As a newly appointed student governor, I'm eager to leverage my IT skills to streamline manual systems within the college. My primary goal is to ensure that every students’ voice is heard, making meaningful and impactful changes that benefit the entire student body. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games that challenge my critical thinking abilities, which I believe can be applied to my role as a student governor. I'm dedicated to enhancing my leadership, communication, teamwork, and time management skills, with the ultimate objective of becoming a well-rounded individual within the student community and making the most of my time at WFC."

    • 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
    9th July 2024    
    26th March 2024    
    19th December 2023 Agenda  
    9th November 2023 Agenda Minutes
    11th July 2023 Agenda Minutes
    21st March 2023 Agenda Minutes
    13th December 2022 Agenda Minutes
    11th October 2022 Agenda Minutes


  • Audit & Risk Committee Minutes

    Audit Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    11th June 2024    
    5th March 2024 Agenda  
    30th November 2023 Agenda Minutes
    21st June 2023 Agenda Minutes
    20th March 2023 Agenda Minutes
    1st December 2022 Agenda Minutes
  • Search, Governance & Remuneration Committee Minutes

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

    25th June 2024    
    12th March 2024    
    5th December 2023 Agenda  
    1st November 2023 Agenda Minutes
    26th June 2023 Agenda Minutes
    14th March 2023 Agenda Minutes
    29th November 2022 Agenda Minutes
    6th October 2022 Agenda Minutes
  • Finance & Resources Committee Minutes

    Finance & Resources Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    25th June 2024    
    14th May 2024    
    19th March 2024 Agenda  
    5th December 2023 Agenda Minutes
    4th July 2023 Agenda Minutes
    11th May 2023 Agenda Minutes
    26th January 2023 Agenda Minutes
    10th November 2022 Agenda Minutes
  • Curriculum & Quality Committee Minutes

    Curriculum and Quality Committee Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

    18th June 2024    
    26th March 2024 Agenda  
    28th November 2023 Agenda  
    23rd May 2023 Agenda Minutes
    7th February 2023 Agenda Minutes
    22nd November 2022 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

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


A role for you?

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


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