Governors

Meet our governors

The Corporation has made some changes to its Instruments and Articles of Government and Standing Orders to ensure that robust governance is maintained throughout the Pandemic. These changes include a reduction in the numbers of Governors required to attend meetings to make it quorate, provision for more frequent use of Written Resolutions and Chairs Action for urgent decisions and to enable Committees to operate flexibly within their terms of reference and cycles of business to respond as necessary during the Pandemic.

The changes have been added as an Addendum to both the Instruments and Articles of Government and to the Standing Orders which are published on the College website.

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Christine Bampton
Christine Bampton

Chair of the Corporation

Prior to her retirement in 2015, Christine was employed at Southport College for 18 years progressing to Head of Faculty in Construction, Science and Technology before moving on to be Director of Quality and Support where she was instrumental in developing strategies for safeguarding; an area she is passionate about.

Christine has qualifications within the teaching environment, IT networking and has vast experience through a continued professional development portfolio that she has remained committed to throughout her career. Christine was appointed to the Corporation as an independent governor in May 2018 and through her dedication and loyalty, was appointed as the Vice Chair to the Corporation and Chair of the Standards Committee in February 2021.

In September 2021, following the Corporation Chair’s decision to retire, Christine was nominated for the role and commenced her post as Chair of the Corporation on January 1st 2022.

Michelle Brabner
Michelle Brabner

Principal

Michelle is Principal and Chief Executive of Southport College and KGV Sixth Form College, a position she took up in March 2020. Preceding this Michelle was the Deputy Principal at Runshaw College from January 2015 and Assistant Principal at Ashton Sixth Form College prior to that, with earlier curriculum leadership roles at Bury College and Bolton Sixth Form College.

Before qualifying as a teacher in further education, Michelle’s career began in Liverpool working in medical research at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Michelle holds a Masters degree in Zoology (through research) from Leicester University and a BSc in Biological Sciences from Plymouth University. Michelle also supports the work of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, acting as an Ofsted Inspector.

Lisa Farnhill
Lisa Farnhill

Clerk to the Corporation

Lisa, was appointed as Clerk to the Corporation in 2021, bringing with her extensive experience in education and finance. Having begun her career as branch manager and then financial advisor for one of the UK’s largest banks; in 2010 a passion for supporting and developing talent in others saw a move to the education sector, managing Student Support and Child Protection in a school Sixth Form.

As Designated Safeguarding Lead, Lisa facilitated support for vulnerable young people whilst managing attendance, extracurricular activities, careers guidance, work experience and enrichment; before then moving to work for a specialist provider of education for the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in the country. Here Lisa designed bespoke behaviour support and education packages to facilitate reengagement with education for those considered to be on the margins of society.

With regulatory compliance threaded throughout her career, it was a natural transition to Data Protection Officer and Clerk to the Governors at a North West Sixth Form College. Whilst undertaking this role, Lisa achieved a First Class Hons. in Education and SEND, whilst also achieving a Governance qualification from the NGA to complement existing finance qualification (CeFA) and extensive experience.

Meet our Other Governors

Independent Governors

The individuals who serve as independents on the board of governors are from a diverse range of backgrounds and use their skills and experiences to play a vital role in the development of the College.

Staff Governors

Our staff governors use their knowledge of the College, its staff and students and to make valuable contributions to College governance and strategy.

Student Governors

Our Student governors play an crucial role, bringing their invaluable experience of the college to help drive it forwards and meet its strategic objectives.

Parent Governors

Our parent governor plays an important role in the development of the College bringing understanding, skills and experience to help drive the College forwards and meet its strategic objectives.