Paston is an incorporated Sixth Form College and its governing body is called the Corporation. This sets the College’s mission and strategic direction, determines policy and oversees its management. It meets at least four times a year. Reporting to it are five Committees which consider Corporation business in more detail.
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The Corporation has twenty Members (Governors), who come from a range of backgrounds – business, public sector, legal and educational – and who include a Parent Member, two Student Members and two Staff Members. Each Member also serves on one or more of the Corporation’s Committees.
Brief profiles of Corporation Members are given below.
The Clerk to the Corporation, Ms Liam Morton, can be contacted in one of the following ways:
Paston Sixth Form College
Grammar School Road,
Chair of the Corporation and Chair of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee
Nicola is a consultant solicitor with Capron and Helliwell, a local firm based in Wroxham and Stalham, and she specialises in commercial and residential property law. She serves on the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. She is also a member of the Norfolk County Council panel for hearing schools admission and exclusions appeals. In addition, Nicola has previous experience as a board member and Chair of several local and regional bodies concerned with social housing.
Vice Chair of the Corporation and Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and of the Remuneration Committee
David has been a Corporation Member since 2009, having previously been a Co-opted Member of the Audit Committee. David is an accountant specialising in public sector organisations and until recently was running his own company which provided consultancy and interim services to local authorities. Previously living in Lowestoft - where he was Chair of Denes High School Governors - he is now a resident of Cromer.
Steve has served on the Corporation since 2006, formerly as the Parent Member but since 2010 as a Foundation Governor (nominated by the Paston College Foundation, of which he is a Trustee). Steve is Partnerships & Contracts Manager for the company which provides probation services for Norfolk and Suffolk, having spent most of his previous career in local authorities. He was involved in the development of the Victory Swimming Pool in North Walsham and the Cromer Seafront Scheme and currently sits on the Board of the Little Theatre, Sheringham. Steve has had a long association with the College and one of its predecessor Schools: his three daughters, who were all students at the College, were the third successive generation of the family to attend the institution.
Noel joined the Corporation in December 2013. He trained as an accountant and spent his working life at Bernard Matthews Ltd., finally serving as its Group CEO, and during that time represented the British poultry industry on various Boards in the UK and Brussels. Noel has undertaken several voluntary roles over time, including some in the educational sector, and is currently Chair of the Nelson Museum in Gt Yarmouth. Since retiring, he has taken on the part-time role of Chair and CEO of a recycling company based in Suffolk.
Diana was appointed to the Corporation in 2009. She has extensive experience as a senior manager in the NHS, having retired from the post of Chief Executive of the former local NHS Primary Care Trust after 30 years’ service. Previously a County Councillor, Diana has chaired the Griffon Area Partnership for the regeneration of North Walsham and surrounding 25 villages, which aims to promote and influence local improvements in the quality of life in the local community. She is currently the Chair of The Benjamin Foundation which predominately serves young people in need (particularly 16-25 year olds who are homeless) across the county. She is a lifelong member of the St John Ambulance and is involved in Adventure training opportunities for the young members in schools. Diana lives in a village near North Walsham and is married to a secondary school teacher. One of her two children studied at the College before going on to university.
Richard was appointed in 2012 as a Foundation Governor (nominated by the Paston College Foundation, of which he is a Trustee). Prior to his retirement, Richard was a senior police officer with Norfolk Constabulary and gained extensive experience in a range of specialist departments, including a particular expertise in firearms work. Richard‘s interests include sailing and the rebuilding of vintage motor cycles. A former pupil of one of the College’s predecessor Schools, he is a Committee member of the Society of Old Pastonians.
Kevin is the Principal of Paston Sixth Form College, having taken up his post in August 2012. He has previously worked in a range of institutions, including 11-16 and 11-18 schools and two large Sixth Form Colleges. Kevin is a member of several external groups, including the Eastern Region Principals, Norfolk 14-19 Strategic Partnership and the Skills Board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Norfolk and Suffolk
Francis is an accountant who worked at a senior level in public sector finance. He has long experience of the business of the College Corporation and was formerly its Chair. He is also involved in the governance of several other charitable bodies.
Nigel is a chartered surveyor, valuer and auctioneer who holds senior positions (eg Consultant/Partner/Managing Director) in various auctioneering/estate agent/ property businesses in Norfolk. He has previously served as a Town Councillor and Town Mayor in North Walsham and is an active member and past president of North Walsham Rotary Club. He is also a past president of the local branch of the St. John’s Ambulance. Nigel has a long association with the College and is a very experienced member of the Corporation. He also serves as a Trustee of the Paston College Foundation and is on the Committee of the Society of Old Pastonians.
Rob Knee was appointed to the Corporation in October 2014. A qualified teacher with a doctorate in education, Rob has had extensive classroom teaching experience followed by over a decade of supporting and training teachers. Currently an educational consultant, he has wide experience of working with all facets of education provision and at all levels from the local, the regional to the national. Rob is also Chair of the Paston Heritage Society.
Viv has been a member of the Corporation since 2009, initially as the Parent Member before being re-appointed. She acts as the liaison point for the Corporation on safeguarding matters and has undertaken training on this with the County Council. Viv has extensive experience of governance in a variety of schools, including service as the Chair of Governors of Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School in Cromer since 2003. She has also been involved in various community initiatives in Cromer. Viv has triplet and twin daughters who all studied at Paston before entering higher education.
Chair of Audit Committee
Richard is an experienced member of the Corporation (having originally served as the Parent Member when his daughter attended the College). Richard became Chair of the Audit Committee in 2007. Most of Richard’s career had been spent in the training and development divisions of major financial services organisations until 2005 when he started up his own businesses, one in developing driver skills and the other as host of evening walks in Norwich. Richard has a great interest in training in general and developing young people in particular. He brings a wide range of business skills and experience to the role of Governor.
Lewis - as President of the Student Executive - is a Student Member of the Corporation for 2016-17. Lewis came to the College from Stalham High School.
Nigel was appointed to the Corporation in 2013 as a Foundation Governor, nominated by the Paston College Foundation. Formerly a teacher, Nigel is an Ordained Local Minister in the Church of England, serving in the North Walsham benefice.
Chair of the Search & Governance Committee
Peter trained as a teacher and taught in Bath, Leytonstone and Lowestoft before becoming Education Officer at the former Anglia Television. He became Director of Development and then Managing Director of an educational software and new media development company in the Anglia Television group. He is currently a local history and multimedia publisher and serves as a Trustee/Director on a number of boards. Having been a Member of the Corporation for many years, Peter was re-appointed in 2013 as a Foundation Member, nominated by the Paston College Foundation of which he is now a Trustee and the Chair.
Clive is an engineer, with a PhD in the subject. He has senior management experience in this field including working for GEC. He now owns a public house and cafe in Happisburgh and is a parish councillor. From 2003 until 2011 he was a member of the North Norfolk District Council and became its Deputy Leader.
Helen is one of the two Staff Members of the Corporation (appointed in 2013). Helen teaches Psychology and is Faculty Leader, Social Science and Science at the College.
As at the start of Autumn Term 2016/17 there are three vacancies for Corporation Members (Staff, Student and Parent) for which recruitment processes are underway.
Clerk to the Corporation
As Clerk (since 2010), Liam organises the flow of business to the Corporation and provides independent support and advice on governance practice and procedural matters. A history graduate, Liam has had a substantial career in Higher Education management over a period of more than 30 years (at the universities of Aston, Oxford and East Anglia) with experience of handling a range of professional issues at a senior level. Liam has also served as Clerk to the Corporation of other FE/sixth Form Colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk.