Our Governors

The Board of Governors comprises 17 members including:

  • The Principal
  • Two student members
  • One member of the teaching staff
  • One member of the non-teaching staff


Our external Governors are drawn from a range of backgrounds and experience. Our Governing body works as a team to set the strategic direction of the College.
Their responsibilities are to:

  • Determine and periodically review the educational character and mission of the institution and oversee its activities
  • Approve the College’s quality strategy
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and the corporation and safeguarding assets
  • Approve the annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • Appoint senior postholders and determine a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all staff


The Governing body has scheduled meetings. In addition, if there are pressing matters they may call special meetings. The number of issues Governors need to discuss is immense, so to ensure that all of them are given proper consideration a committee system is used.

There are six standing committees as follows:

1. Board
2. Audit
3. Resources
4. Curriculum and Student Matters
5. Search and Governance
6. Remuneration

Board meetings usually take place four times in an academic year and in addition there is a strategic workshop. The other committees will usually meet one or three times per year. All Governors are expected to attend and participate in as many meetings of the Board as possible and to join and attend one of the committees. Meeting are usually held at 5pm. Governors are also involved in College life through link visits and attendance at College events such as award evenings and exhibitions.

In accordance with Department for Education’s statutory guidance, the College commissioned an external governance review through the Association of Colleges. A statement on the outcome of the Review can be found here.


Members of the Governing Board

Principal

Anna Dawe - Wigan & Leigh College
Anna Dawe - Wigan & Leigh College
Principal & Chief Executive
Committee Served: Search & Governance; Curriculum & Student Matters; Resources; WFTE

Independent Governors

Ann Harrison - Chair of the Governing Board - Term of Office until October 2023
Ann Harrison - Chair of the Governing Board - Term of Office until October 2023
Curriculum and Student Matters, Resources (Vice-Chair), Remuneration, Search and Governance
Andrea Ferguson - Vice Chair of the Governing Board - Term of Office until 6 February 2026
Andrea Ferguson - Vice Chair of the Governing Board - Term of Office until 6 February 2026
Committees served: Curriculum and Student Matters (Chair), Remuneration (Vice-Chair), Search and Governance (Vice-Chair)
Katherine Causey - Vice Chair of the Governing Board - Term of Office until July 2025
Katherine Causey - Vice Chair of the Governing Board - Term of Office until July 2025
Committees served: Audit (Chair), Remuneration (Chair), Search and Governance
Susan Spibey - Term of Office until October 2024
Susan Spibey - Term of Office until October 2024
Committee Served: Resources
Councillor Jenny Bullen - Lead Governor for Safeguarding - Term of Office until July 2025
Councillor Jenny Bullen - Lead Governor for Safeguarding - Term of Office until July 2025
Committee Served: Curriculum & Student Matters
Alison McKenzie-Folan -Term Office until 23 March 2026
Alison McKenzie-Folan -Term Office until 23 March 2026
Committee Served: Resources, Search & Governance
Susan Snape - Term Office until 23 March 2026
Susan Snape - Term Office until 23 March 2026
Committee served: Audit (Vice-Chair)
Hayley Mercer - Term Office until 23 March 2026
Hayley Mercer - Term Office until 23 March 2026
Committee Served: Audit
Steven Tomlinson - Term Office until 23 March 2026
Steven Tomlinson - Term Office until 23 March 2026
Committee Served: Curriculum & Student Matters
Nazia Rehman - Term of Office until 5 July 2026
Nazia Rehman - Term of Office until 5 July 2026
Committee served: Resources
Caroline Elwood – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
Caroline Elwood – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
Committee served: Audit
Paul Park – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
Paul Park – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
Committee served: Curriculum and Student Matters
John Clarke – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
John Clarke – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
Committee served: Resources
Chris Fletcher – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
Chris Fletcher – Term Office until to 5 December 2027
Committee served: Curriculum and Student Matters

Staff Governors

Jennifer Connor
Jennifer Connor
Staff governor
Committee Served: Curriculum & Student Matters
Rebecca Turley
Rebecca Turley
Staff governor
Committee served: Curriculum and Student Matters (Vice-Chair)

Student Governors

Aston Aldred   - Term of Office until July 2024
Aston Aldred - Term of Office until July 2024
Student Governor, L3 Electrical Apprenticeship
Committees served: Curriculum and Student Matters Committee
Emilie Hoyland - Term of Office until July 2024
Emilie Hoyland - Term of Office until July 2024
Student Governor, A-Level student
Committees served: Curriculum and Student Matters Committee

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS

Jo Toner
Jo Toner
Co-Opted Governor on the Audit Committee
Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
Co-Opted Governor on the Audit Committee
Julie Barnes
Julie Barnes
Co-Opted Governor on the Resources Committee

Director of Governance

Joanne Platt
Joanne Platt

To find out more about the Governing Board or to contact any of the College’s Governors, please email the Director of Governance (j.platt@wigan-leigh.ac.uk)

Becoming a Governor

Do you have an interest in education and training? Would you like to play an important role in becoming part of a progressive, innovative and expanding educational establishment committed to meeting the needs of the community it serves? Being a Governor is a highly rewarding voluntary role working with others to ensure that the College meets the needs of the community it serves.

The essential requirements for joining us are a commitment and interest in contributing to the leadership of first class educational and training opportunities for young people and adults in Wigan and Leigh. Corporation members are comparable with the non-executive directors of a public company but instead of being accountable to shareholders, they are accountable for public funds. This governance role is separate from the operational management of the College. Corporation members define the College’s mission, values and strategy and whilst they monitor performance, they do not become involved in the day to day activity of the College, which is the responsibility of the Principal supported by the management team.

We are keen to involve people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, who can bring a variety of skills and experience to the role and have the qualities to support the College in its goal to become ‘outstanding’.

Your commitment as a Governor:

  • Attending meetings of the Board
  • Reading papers in advance of meetings
  • Participation in discussions and debates
  • Gaining experience through membership of Board Committees
  • Participation in training events and attending various social events

We also appoint Co-opted Governors with specific skills to serve on just one committee, usually Audit or Resources Committee, which requires less commitment in terms of time. Co-opted Governors just attend three meetings each year, of the Committee to which they are appointed and are not members of the Governing Board (or Corporation).

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor or a Co-opted Governor, please contact Joanne Platt – Director of Governance (j.platt@wigan-leigh.ac.uk)