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Our Governing Body

Our Governing Body at SGS

Welcome, John Huggett - Chair of the Corporation

Thank you for visiting the Governors’ section of the College website. It is the Corporation’s policy to allow open access to as much information as possible about the work of the Corporation and I hope you will find what you need. If not please do not hesitate to contact our Clerk to the Corporation who will be pleased to assist you.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young people?

Corporation members are volunteers, playing an important part in setting the strategic direction of the College. The Corporation ensures accountability for the use of public funds through monitoring and evaluating the College’s performance.

The Corporation encourages the recruitment of members from all sections of the community and applications are always welcomed from people of all cultural backgrounds with a range of skills and experience. Details about the Roles and Responsibilities of the Corporation, together with current Members’ Pen Portraits, including Student and Staff members, can be found below.

Sharon Glover

For further information about the Corporation please contact Sharon Glover, Clerk to the Corporation

Introducing our governors

Laura Boutle

Laura joined the Corporation in October 2014 and is currently a Director of DTZ's National Public Sector Advisory Group. Laura has provided strategic property advice to a range of public sector organisations for almost 20 years. Her primary concern is that property supports corporate objectives whether operational or non-operational. Laura has an Estate Management & Valuation degree from the University of the West of England and is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Mike Cogger

Mike joined the Corporation in January 2014 and is currently Dean of Faculty and member of the Executive of University of Gloucestershire where he has worked for almost 30 years. Mike has been part of the senior team responsible for most of the major milestones in the development of the University to date and has been involved with a variety of academic organisations and national projects. In addition, Mike has engaged extensively with external bodies in the county and region.

Mike Croker

Mike Croker

After graduating from the University of Bristol, Mike joined the accountancy firm Ernst & Young, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986. Mike was a senior manager at the Learning & Skills Council and its successor organisations from 2001-14. There he worked with a number of FE colleges, sixth form colleges and academies in the South West of England on financial plans, capital project funding, mergers, and financial management and governance reviews. After a spell as a consultant in education finance with RSM, Mike now undertakes interim roles, most recently internal audit reviews at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust.

Phil Eames

Phil Eames

Phil now works in internal audit governance and risk management at Bristol City Council having previously been a freelance assurance and audit consultant after taking early retirement from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) where he was Head of Assurance. He worked for the EFA and its predecessor funding bodies for more than 20 years in assurance and audit roles dealing with colleges and academies and other education providers. Prior to that he worked for Ernst & Young and the Audit Commission. He was a student at the former Filton College and prior to that at the Royal Forest of Dean Grammar School.

Roger Ellis
Staff Governor

Roger was elected to the Corporation in March 2012, having previously been a staff governor at Filton College. Roger was re-elected as Staff Governor from August 2013.

Kevin Hamblin
Group Chief Executive & Executive Principal

Kevin Hamblin was appointed Group Chief Executive & Executive Principal in September 2015 having been appointed Principal and Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in February 2012. Prior to this Kevin was the Principal and Chief Executive of Filton College since December 2001.

On completion of his degree, Kevin worked as commercial manager then commercial director of a private training company before becoming Head of Open Learning at Swindon College in 1997. This led to a role as Head of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering at Swindon, before becoming Vice Principal at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire in 1999.

John Huggett 

John is currently Chair of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and was previously Chair of Filton College. A Chartered Engineer he spent his career in the aerospace industry holding senior positions within BAESYSTEMS and Airbus. After taking early retirement John became a Non-Executive Director with South Gloucestershire NHS Primary Care Trust, a position he relinquished in December 2011. John is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute and is also a member of the Association of Colleges South West Regional Committee.

Martin Jones 

Martin is currently Vice-Chair of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. He was previously a Governor of Stroud College serving as Chair between 2004-2007. Martin spent most of his career working within the financial services sector and was HR Director for both Eagle Star and Zurich Financial Services. After taking early retirement Martin ran his own HR Consultancy for 8 years but now concentrates on voluntary work. He is a member and past Chairman of Education and Business in Partnership in Gloucestershire, working in local schools. Martin also sits on the University of Gloucestershire Employment Policy Committee and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Joe Lamonby

Joe Lamonby 

Joe joined the Corporation in October 2016. Joe is a Chartered Engineer and worked in the electricity industry in a number of roles after leaving university. Most recently he was Chief Nuclear Officer for Magnox Limited, responsible for the overall management of several of the UK's nuclear power station sites, a role that involved technical strategy, workforce transition and financial control. Prior to this Joe was Site Director at two of the South West's nuclear power stations.

Richard O'Doherty

Richard O'Doherty

As Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire, Richard's role covers all academic aspects of the University's activities. He oversees the academic portfolio and all academic staff. Richard also has responsibility for the internationalisation agenda in the University and he regularly travels to partners around the world and most notably in SE Asia. Richard joined the University in October 2011. He had previously been an Associate Dean in the Bristol Business School and in 2009 became Assistant Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of England.

Moyra Pascoe 

Moyra joined the Corporation at its inception in February 2012 having previously been a Governor at Filton College. Moyra is a former Director of Strategy and 14-19 with the Learning and Skills Council in the West of England a position she held for 9 years until her retirement in February 2010. She was the Director lead for the transfer of LSC responsibilities to Local Authorities from April 2010. Moyra previously held a variety of posts in the Government Office for the South West and her last role was to close down the Training and Enterprise Councils and set up the LSCs.

Carrie Pickford

Carrie Pickford 

Carrie was elected by the Student Union as one of the Student Members and is also President of the Student Union. Her term of office is from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018.

More information

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