Our governing body of the College - the Corporation - has 17 members. 

 Responsible for the overall functioning of the College, including ensuring the quality of service and welfare for all of our students, our Corporation is also responsible for the financial health of the College; making sure that public funds are used effectively. It’s also responsible for monitoring our students – their achievement and retention figures. Our entire focus at Plumpton is on helping you to continue your studies and achieve your learning goals.

All of our governors on the Corporation are volunteers – normally appointed for a period of four years. This is often extended for a further four years depending on performance and the skillset of the member against the needs of the Corporation. This period can also be extended in exceptional circumstances.

Who are our governors?

  • Stan Stanier (Chair of Governors)
  • David Evans (Vice Chair of Governors)
  • Jeremy Kerswell (Principal)
  • Mike Atkinson
  • Suzanne Craig
  • Julie Dougill
  • John Evans
  • Sally Kinsey
  • Tim Laker
  • Leeni Lear
  • Bill Pepper
  • Jeff Trunkfield
  • Howard Wood

How does the Corporation operate?

Our full board meets ten times a year plus there are also five different committees with each governor a member of at least one:

  • Audit Committee (which meets twice  a year)
  • Search (which advises the Corporation on membership issues and meets when needed)
  • Farm Advisory Committee (which meets four times per year)
  • Remuneration Committee (which considers the pay of senior postholders when needed)

In addition, small working groups of governors are sometimes set up to consider certain specific issues - for example, capital projects.

Most governors are linked to a particular curriculum or administrative area of the College. Whilst governors aren’t expected to get involved in day-to day operational detail (they must avoid stepping from governance into operational matters), we find that the link scheme provides governors with a useful opportunity to get closer to the coalface and understand how the College ticks

When are the Corporation meetings?

The Corporation generally meets ten times a year with meetings commencing at 5pm. The public are permitted to attend meetings of the full Corporation as observers on prior agreement with the Chair (this can be arranged via the Clerk). The attendance of observers is subject to rulings by the Corporation with regard to confidentially and particular interest etc. If you’re interested in attending a meeting, please contact the Clerk. Members of the public are not entitled to attend meetings of committees of the Corporation, unless by specific invitation of the committee concerned (‘member of the public’ is defined as anyone who is not a member of the Corporation).

The dates of Corporation meetings for the 2017-17 academic year are as follows:

  • Tuesday 3rd October 2017
  • Tuesday 7th November 2017
  • Tuesday 5th December 2017
  • Tuesday 30th January 2018
  • Tuesday 27th February 2018
  • Tuesday 27th March 2018
  • Tuesday 1st May 2018
  • Tuesday 5th June 2018
  • Tuesday 3rd July 2018

How can I become a governor?

You’ll be very welcome – we’re always on the lookout for potential governors. If you think you might be interested or would like a chat about it, please contact Laura Holt, Clerk to the Corporation on 01273 892066 or laura.holt@plumpton.ac.uk. 

Contact us

The Corporation is committed to a policy of open governance and we hope that you are able to find the information you are looking for in these pages. However, please feel free to contact our Clerk, Laura Holt, who will be happy to help with any additional information or queries you may have – Tel 01273 892066 or e-mail laura.holt@plumpton.ac.uk

 The Clerk maintains a register of governors' interests, which is a public document. Please contact the Clerk if you would like a copy.