College Governors

The Corporation of City College Norwich consists of up to 17 Governor members. The College Governors serve in a voluntary capacity for initially a period of four years although often go on to be involved with the college over a much longer period. Governors elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman from amongst their number. In addition to attending Corporation Board meetings, Governors also serve as members of one or two of the committees which undertake the detailed work of the Corporation during the year.

Under the Corporation’s constitution (Instrument & Articles of Government), the Governors are appointed to the Corporation by Transforming Education in Norfolk, the parent body of the Federation which the College is a partner in. Additionally, the Principal serves as Governor, one Governor is elected by staff and three Governors are elected by students at the College.

The current Governors of the College are:

Matthew Colmer (Chairman)

Matt has been Chair of the Corporation since October 2012, having previously served as Vice Chairman. He has been a governor of the College for 8 years, and is also the Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee.

Matt has been an NHS Board Director for 10 years, and is currently Director of Performance and Information for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.  He is a qualified accountant, and has also worked within the NHS as a Finance Director.

Matt has three teenage children, and knows firsthand how important the right educational environment is for young people’s development and their ability to achieve their potential.

Matthew Colmer

Andrew Barnes (Vice-Chairman)

I am the Master and Chief Executive of the Great Hospital in Norwich. In 2017, I left Howes Percival after 28 years, where I was a Solicitor and senior partner. My aim is to do all I can to make sure that the College’s students develop the skills and have the support they need to enable them to find jobs in their chosen careers, or to start and sustain their own business.

Andrew was elected Vice-Chairman of the Corporation in October 2012, and is Chairman of the Business committee.

Andrea Blanchflower

I have worked for the University of East Anglia since 1991 in a variety of roles. Currently I am the Director of the Learning and Teaching Service and so am responsible for the administration and quality assurance processes associated with the delivery of all undergraduate and taught post graduate courses, as well as the University's arrangements with partner colleges, including City College Norwich.

Both my role and experience in Higher Education will help me in my role as a governor and benefit the College and its students.

Nikki Gray

Head of Commercial Motor Transformation, Aviva Plc

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, Nikki has held a variety of senior roles across the energy and insurance sectors, not just in Finance but across many business disciplines.

Nikki is passionate about helping others grow and develop and, having now lived in Norwich for 15 years, is also passionate about Norfolk! As a mum of two boys, she has become increasingly interested in understanding how education works in the county and how to bring her broad business experience to bear. Nikki is also Trustee Treasurer of the Norwich Puppet Theatre.

Nikki is a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk committee.

Jill Lanning

I have recently retired to Norwich after spending most of my working life in Further Education. This included over a decade working in a college and many years involved in the world of vocational qualifications at a national level. I hope that my experience in vocational education will be useful for the college in the coming years and support its valuable work in Norwich and beyond.

I have been the Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee since November 2015.

Luke Mitchell

I’m Luke Mitchell and I’m the President of the Students’ Union at City College Norwich for the 17/18 academic year. I took A level Biology, Chemistry and Psychology and was also the LGBT+ Officer in my final year. It gives me great pleasure to work in the SU to make sure the students’ voices are heard enabling student experiences to be the best they can be and for student satisfaction to be high as possible.

Corrienne Peasgood

Corrienne became College Principal in September 2012, having previously served as the Deputy Principal Curriculum.

She has a clear vision of the type of educational environment that will provide not only the best opportunities for students, but also the right conditions for the whole College to develop. This broad perspective has become the signature for her approach to management.

Rebecca Perry

I hold City College, Norwich in high regard and very much respect the institution I work for. As the Staff Governor I hope to use my position and experience to extend my contribution towards the future of the College.

Bree Sherwood

I am a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and joined the Board in October 2015.

Born and educated in Norfolk I believe that the right educational environment is critical to young people achieving their potential. 

Currently I am chair of the Audit committee where I am able to share and use my experience of auditing and corporate governance to the benefit of the corporation

Zak Virgin

Zak is a Partner at law firm Mills & Reeve in Norwich specialising in corporate and banking law and is also involved in the recruitment and training of solicitors at the firm. He was born and educated in Norfolk and is committed to using his legal knowledge to help the College develop and implement its business and educational goals. He is keen to see the College continue to provide high quality learning opportunities and become increasingly recognised as a centre of educational excellence for the benefit of both the region's learners and its employers. Zak is a member of the Audit committee.

Zak Virgin

Ian Webb

I am a Human Resources Business Partner working for Aviva in Norwich. I have wide ranging experience of the Financial Services Industry both in the UK and Offshore. I hope to bring my experience to benefit the College and students.

Ian Webb

Aron Whiles

I am Headteacher at Broadland High School and have worked in secondary education for the past 18 years. Originally from Birmingham, I have held senior leadership posts in a number of schools both in the Midlands and Norfolk. As a school leader I am passionate about providing high quality education and learning for all students.

Aron joined the Curriculum and Standards committee in September 2016 as a Co-opted member.

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