Board of Governors

Exeter College Further Education Corporation

Legal Status

Exeter College is a further education corporation established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The powers of Further Education Corporations are detailed in this act as amended by the Learning and Skills Act 2000 and the Further Education and Training Act 2007. Exeter College is also an exempt charity.

The constitution and requirements for internal conduct of colleges is prescribed by the Instrument and Articles of Government. You can view the current Instrument and Articles of Government here.

The Corporation has established standing orders to further prescribe its operation which are available on request to the Clerk.

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for determining the mission and strategic direction of the College as well as ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources and solvency of the College and safeguarding its assets. Accordingly the Board, in discussion with the senior leadership team, determines policy and oversees the management of the organisation.

Within the parameters set by the Instrument of Government, the College is able to determine its membership and composition. The current Board consists of 20 governors from a variety of backgrounds. Their experience, knowledge, skills and strategic leadership make a vital contribution to the continuing development of the organisation. Membership details and governor profiles can be found on the college website and can be provided on request. The Board operates through a committee structure comprising of five committees which meet regularly and report to the Board:

  • Business Services
  • Quality and Standards
  • Audit
  • Search
  • Remuneration

Click here to view the Committee Structure.

Terms of Reference

Audit Committee Terms of Reference.
Business Services Committee Terms of Reference.
Quality and Standards Committee Terms of Reference.
Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference.
Search and Governance Committee Terms of Reference.

Task and finish working groups are established when required.

Individual governors are required to declare any interests, both financial and personal, which could be perceived as influencing their judgement. Governors’ completed declarations of interest are available to inspect at Exeter College on request to the Clerk.

Please click here to view the Governors’ Code of Conduct.

If you require any further information please contact:
Mrs Alison Layton-Hill – Clerk to the Corporation
Telephone: 01392 400493

For more information regarding Board meetings (times, dates and venues) please click here.

Please click here to view the attendance register for 2018-2019

Please click here to view the Meetings Schedule for for 2020-2021

At Exeter College we are passionate about shaping the education and future of our students and creating life-long opportunities for all who learn and work with us. Becoming a governor at Exeter College will give you the opportunity to use your knowledge, experience and skills to determine strategy and policy to drive our ambition to be an exceptional post-16 education provider. Our governors provide support and challenge to ensure that we create a positive environment to enable our learners to become the best they can be and that we also meet the needs of our local employers and communities. We guarantee that being a governor at our outstanding and inspirational college will be personally rewarding and will change lives.

We welcome expressions of interest to join our Board from ambitious and committed members of the community who want to make a difference. We value and promote equality and diversity and appointments are made on merit, taking account of the need to fill any identified skills gaps.

If you are motivated to become part of our College Board, please email your CV to the Clerk to the Corporation, outlining the reasons why you are interested in joining us.

If you require any documents in other formats please contact the Clerk to the Corporation.

Governor Information

David Allen OBE


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David Allen OBE became Chair of the Exeter College Board of Governors in August 2017. David worked in higher education for 37 years in Cardiff, Southampton, Nottingham, Birmingham and Exeter. He retired in 2013 as Registrar and Deputy Chief Executive of the University of Exeter.

The University awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in July 2013. David currently Chairs the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and was Chair of Torbay Pharmaceuticals and Vice-Chair of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust until November 2017.

He is a former Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He is currently Senior Adviser and Consulting Fellow of the Halpin Partnership Ltd.

He lives in Highweek and has five children, two of whom studied A levels at Exeter College. David was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in the 2012 New Year Honours List.

Bindu Arjoon

Vice Chair

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Bindu’s academic background is in Economics with a special interest in Development Economics, with a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Development Studies.

Completing a PGCE at London University, Bindu’s career began in Further Education, working at City of Westminster College for 2 years as a Co-ordinating Lecturer in Economics and Business Studies, teaching on a range of vocational and academic programmes and professional qualifications.

Bindu currently works as a Director at Exeter City Council with strategic responsibility for the Council’s housing stock, strategic housing, planning, housing needs and homelessness, customer services, welfare reform, revenues, benefits and business rates. Having been in Local Government leadership for 18 years, Bindu has led various services including business transformation through service review and redesign, ICT, human resources, corporate planning, strategic partnerships, crime reduction and community involvement.

With an Institute of Leadership & Management Level 7 Award in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Bindu has worked with colleagues in public services as well as the private sector to add support in realising their leadership potential.

As part of her role on the Board of Governors for Exeter College, Bindu chairs the Quality & Standards Committee.

Bindu lives in Exeter with her husband with their son, who is reading Maths at Bristol University, having attended the Exeter Mathematics School.

Emma Webber

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Emma is a former Chief Superintendent in the Devon and Cornwall Police. During her 30 years of police service she was the Commander for Exeter and East Devon, the force’s Equality and Diversity Manager and Head of the Professional Standards Department. She has a qualification in business process re-engineering and has led a number of projects to improve efficiency.

She is a former member of the Devon Children’s Trust Executive Board and the Devon Children’s Safeguarding Board. Currently Emma works as the Senior Coordinator for Citizens in Policing, aiming to increase the number and roles of police volunteers in Devon and Cornwall. Emma has a B.Ed Hons degree from Sussex University and began her working life as a secondary school teacher in Weymouth.

She maintains a strong interest in the development of young people having coached children in a variety of sports, as well as being the Welfare Officer of a local cricket club. Emma is married with one son. She enjoys playing tennis, golf and travelling.

Heather Ancient

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Heather Ancient (FCCA) is a partner at PwC working in the South West. She has over 20 years of experience working with a range of companies and organisations based in the South West from private businesses, to large corporates and listed companies and publicly funded organisations. Heather moved to Devon over 30 years ago. She was originally self-employed with her own village shop in Stoke Fleming before qualifying as an accountant in 1998.

Heather is passionate about good governance and corporate governance and has provided support to Boards, Chief Executives and senior management teams in areas such as board effectiveness, risk management and development of strategic plans.

Heather is a keen sailor and regularly takes to the waves. She enjoys her weekends with her family and visits from her granddaughter.

Sarah Brampton

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A law graduate and qualified accountant, Sarah joined the NHS in 1996 and has worked in various NHS organisations for more than 20 years. She was appointed Director of Finance at Devon Partnership NHS Trust in 2013 and was made Deputy Chief Executive in July 2016. Sarah was appointed as Director of Finance at University Hospital Plymouth in April 2019. Sarah has a keen interest in finance staff development, she joined the college as a Governor in October 2015.

Sue Clarke OBE

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Sue retired as Head of Education for Devon County Council in 2016 after forty years in education. She was headteacher of an inner London primary school before moving to Devon in 1996 when she became a primary phase adviser and school inspector. After undertaking a range of local and national roles, including working on the Exeter Reorganisation Programme and for The National College, Sue was appointed Head of Education in 2011.

As Head of Education Sue led a wide range of core services including School Admissions, School Transport, Statutory Assessment for SEND, Early Years and the Virtual School for Looked after Children. She was also lead commissioner responsible for the delivery of Children Centres, Careers South West and an extensive range of school improvement services provided by a joint venture company.

Sue now works as an independent consultant and has recently supported the development of the Virtual School for Looked after Children, Early Years and the NPQH for an educational provider working in an authority in the West Midlands. She is also a trained LGA peer reviewer and has led SEN and Early Years reviews for local authorities.

Sue is a trustee for SPACE, a charity which both offers and supports, youth services across Devon. She also sits as a member for a large multi academy trust and on the board of trustees for a new primary school in south Devon.

In 2006, Sue gained an MSc in Education Research from Exeter University and was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Education.

John Coombs

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John Coombs MA(Cantab) FCA is a partner in the firm of Simpkins Edwards LLP, Chartered Accountants, an independent firm practising from five Devon offices in Exeter, Okehampton Barnstaple, Holsworthy and Bovey Tracey.

An Economics graduate from Cambridge University, John qualified with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in their London office. He joined Simpkins Edwards in 1987 and became a partner of the firm in 1990. He was the firm’s managing partner from 1995 to 2005 and is currently a corporate services partner and member of the firm’s management board, based in the Exeter office.

He has over thirty years of experience in dealing with the accountancy, taxation and financial affairs of owner managed businesses and personal clients. Valuations of companies and businesses for fiscal, commercial and litigation purposes are dealt with on a regular basis and he has lectured on accountancy matters to professional bodies, groups of business professionals and individuals. He was formerly a member of CASE (The Committee on Accounting for Smaller Entities), a sub-committee of the full UK ASB (Accounting Standards Board) and also of the Technical Advisory Committee (“TAC”) of the South Western District Society of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, being one of their two delegates to the National TAC (and from 1 June 2017 he is Vice Chair of that Committee).

He currently sits on the Financial Reporting Council’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group. He was a former director of two SMEs – Exeter Golf and Country Club Limited from March 2005 to March 2016 and Aplus Training Ltd from February 2012 to April 2014. He also currently chairs the board of directors of an FCA regulated firm of independent financial advisors. He served as a Governor on the Board of Exeter College for eight years from 2001 – 2009, having previously been a co-opted member of the Audit Committee from 1998 to 2001 and re-joined as a co-opted member to the Business Services Committee in July 2012. He was re-appointed as a co-opted member in 2016 and now sits on the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. A past Chairman of both Exeter Round Table and Exeter 41 Club, he is married to Susan and they have 3 children. John is keen on all sports, supporting Leicester Tigers, Leicester City and Leicestershire CCC, whilst trying to improve a golf handicap of 21 and running a National Hunt racehorse syndicate.

Toby Smith

HE Student Governor

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Profile coming soon.

Thomas Matthew

FE Student Governor

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Tom Matthew is a full time second year student studying Geography, Sociology and Politics. Aside from being Student Governor, he is the UK Young Ambassador to the European Youth Forum, a Member of Youth Parliament and the Secretary General of Exeter College Model United Nations. He enjoys attending Exeter College’s debating society and has his Grade 8 in Public Speaking from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Tom is a member of Exeter College’s Reach Academy and has received the Academy’s Most Inspirational Student Award. He has had work experience in Parliament and has recently spent time with the Attorney General discussing Brexit and important topics for young people in his constituency. In his spare time, he loves playing the piano and doing sport; in April 2019 he was one of the youngest runners to finish the London Marathon. He has used running to raise over £5000 for Amigos Worldwide who he volunteers for and has travelled to Uganda with. He recently travelled around Europe where he visited the UN in Geneva and attended a leadership summit where he heard Barack Obama interviewed on the topic of leadership.

Next year he hopes to study International Relations at university before pursuing a career in international development or diplomacy.

Chris Hoar

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Chris Hoar has practised as a solicitor for over 25 years both in the UK and Hong Kong and is currently a partner in Michelmores, one of the region’s largest law firms. He practises in the area of construction and engineering law for which he is recognised as one of the leading experts in the south west.

He has advised and continues to advise on some of the largest infrastructure projects both locally and nationally and in recent years he has increasingly undertaken work in the education sector. Chris lives just outside Exeter and in his spare time he is an avid follower of Somerset County Cricket Club.

John Laramy

Principal and Chief Executive

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John Laramy is Principal and Chief Executive of Exeter College, a position he has held since the beginning of April 2016. Prior to this John had been Vice Principal at the College since 2009; his background in quality improvement has supported the College’s drive for excellence which was recognised in 2014 by an Outstanding rating in a full Ofsted inspection. John has extensive experience of the full academic and vocational curriculum for 16 to 19 year olds, including A Levels, IB, BTEC qualifications, Apprenticeships and Foundation Learning. Exeter College also offers a wide range of adult and community learning, Higher Education programmes and customised courses for businesses.

John started his career in the construction industry and after teaching Karate in his spare time decided on a change. After undertaking a full-time PGCE at the University of Greenwich in 1996, whilst teaching part-time at North West Kent College, he started as a Lecturer at North Devon College in 1997, progressing through various roles to join the Senior Management Team in 2005. John has spoken nationally on Vocational Education and Quality Improvement.

John sits on the Exeter Mathematics School Board, a partnership between Exeter University and Exeter College. John holds an MSc in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester and is a full corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Jo Matthews

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Jo runs her own business as an executive coach for responsible leadership and governance. Prior to that she had spent 24 years in the further education sector, as a teacher, manager and deputy principal of a general further education college.

Her coaching work is with leaders and governing bodies in the learning and skills sector. Jo has carried out national research projects into College governance, in Northern Ireland, England and contributed to the review of Governance in Wales.

She has also produced many resources for improving the effectiveness of college governance, and supports board self evaluation processes. She has an expertise on Corporate Social Responsibility, and Education for Sustainable Development. She uses social engagement strategies for organisational change, including appreciative inquiry, World Cafe and has an MSc in Responsibility in Business Practice.

Jo serves on several boards, including Hestercombe Gardens, is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Management and a member of the International Coaching Council. She lives on the Blackdown Hills and is an avid organic vegetable grower.

Tim Rutherford

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Profile coming soon.

Stewart Noakes

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Following a career of building several technology related companies Stewart is actively involved in fostering entrepreneurship in the UK and Portugal, with links also in the USA and India. This includes mentoring, coaching and advisory to founders of start-ups and scale ups as well as engaging with a variety of government and ecosystem level organisations.

Throughout his career Stewart has been proactive in supporting initiatives and organisations related to youth engagement and education. Now based in Exeter, his decision to join the board of governors at Exeter College was in recognition of the unique impact the college is having on the region and a desire to be involved in its future.

Key areas of interest for Stewart on the board include: Vocational training and re-skilling; the future of learning; aligning education with contemporary needs for speed and accessibility.

Matt Roach

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Exeter born and bred, Matt studied at Exeter College and attended Cardiff University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. His first senior finance role was at Whitbread where he held the Director of Finance position for a number of Marriott hotels.

Matt moved back to Exeter in 2005 and progressed through several roles at Exeter Airport before becoming Managing Director in September 2011. Matt also sits on the Board of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, the South West Business Council Advisory Board and is a member of the ICAEW South West Strategy Board. His spare time is spent with his young family and supporting sport in the City as he is a keen football and rugby follower.

Dave Underwood

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Dave Underwood was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the Scottish Borders where he attended Kelso High School. Dave graduated from Glasgow University in 1984 with a BSc in Mathematics and from Strathclyde University in 1985 with an MSc in Operational Research.

Dave’s early career was as an Air Traffic Management scientist in the Civil Aviation Authority, where he latterly moved into research programme management and R and D Business Development. In 1998 Dave joined the Met Office to run their Civil Aviation Weather Business and in 2003 was asked to run the whole of the Met Office Public sector business prior to taking up the role of Deputy Director of Technology and Information Services in 2006 and Deputy Director of High Performance Computing in 2014. Throughout his career Dave has travelled extensively on business representing the CAA, Met Office and the UK in the United Nations, where he served a 5 year tern as the UK representative to the WMO Commission on Aeronautical Meteorology.

Dave relocated to Devon with the Met Office in 2003 and now lives in East Devon with his wife Louise and their 3 daughters.

Dave is an active STEM Ambassador, enthusiastically promoting student engagement with science, engineering and mathematics and is passionate about the effective leadership of organisational change and performance management.

Professor Tim Quine

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Professor Tim Quine is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and a Professor of Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. As the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Tim is responsible for developing and delivering the University’s Education Strategy and monitoring and providing regular reports to Senate and Council. Key aspects of Tim’s portfolio include the development of our portfolio of degree programmes; fair access, participation and progression; admissions and student recruitment; and graduate employability. Tim maintains a close partnership with the Exeter Students’ Guild and the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union to ensure the quality and continual enhancement of the student experience. Finally, Tim woks closely with the Academic Dean for Students and the six College Associate Deans for Education to ensure that the University maintains its excellent academic quality and standards and seeks to innovate to improve the educational experience of all Exeter students.

Tim undertakes research in Earth Surface Science that focuses on perturbation of the terrestrial carbon cycle by soil erosion and sediment deposition and on long-term landscape evolution. Over 60% of his papers have been written with international collaborators; current projects take him to China, India and South America.

Glenn Woodcock

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Glenn was born in Woking the year Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon and for the whole of his young life he was fascinated by Astronomy. When asked by his careers advisor what he wanted to do he said ‘Astronaut’. The closest he could get was studying Astrophysics at Sheffield university, but secretly the ambition lingers on.

Many directions in life followed, musician, student of Karate, investment banker, engineer, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur.

Glenn has lived near Exeter for 5 years and has a small farm on Dartmoor where he lives with his partner Nina and 10 year old daughter Imogen.

Glenn has had a lifelong interest in education, shown most clearly through starting the education technology company Sparx, with Mark Dixon in 2011. Most recently, he has publically committed, with the politicians and executives of Exeter City Council, to make Exeter energy-independent and congestion-free in ten years’ time in his role of CEO and Founder of Exeter City Futures.

Sonja Longmore

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Sonja is a lecturer at Exeter College and works in the business and IT faculty. She has been an FE lecturer for 10 years. Her teaching experience covers a range of levels and awarding bodies including the new government initiative T Levels, and also includes HNC and adult learners. In addition to a vocational programme she is currently teaching End Point Assessment (EPA) the new assessment process for apprenticeship standards in England. Sonja is a qualified assessor and external verifier /standards verifier.

Sonja started her career within the travel industry. At 21 she was the youngest manager working for the Tui holiday group. After 10 years she left Tui as the Regional Training Manager – responsible for over 180 travel shops – to set up her own training company.

Over the next 15 years Sonja built her business – specialising in bespoke training solutions. She worked with large private and public sector businesses designing and delivering Management and Leadership training and Sales and Customer Service skills training. Her customers included British Airways, BBC, Tesco and the English Tourist Board. Sonja worked as a consultant on the Welcome Host programme – delivered across English Tourist Boards. Sonja has a strong HR background (CIPD qualified) and worked with a range of business including Derbyshire Constabulary.

Derbyshire Constabulary offered Sonja a unique opportunity to design and deliver a training programme for new student police officers. This new role led Sonja to working with CENTRex police training as a police trainer/assessor for the promotional board for senior police promotion.

It was here that Sonja met her husband, a police inspector working for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. Sonja moved to Exeter in 2008.

Sonja is a qualified BACP counsellor – and volunteers her services specialising in working with agencies related to drug and alcohol addiction as well as CRUSE, a bereavement charity.

Neil Hitchings

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Neil was born and educated in Kent before moving across to the South West to complete his degree in economics and statistics at the University of Exeter. He trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with a big four firm in Exeter and after 17 years transferred to PKF Francis Clark in 2009. He is now a director and audit signatory in their corporate team, with clients across the South West and further afield, approximately half of which are not for profit, including some of the highest profile charities in the region. In his role as a not for profit specialist, Neil regularly contributes to the firms sector newsletters and advises clients on governance and risk management related matters. Neil was previously a director of Cornerstone Housing Association and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Neil lives in Cullompton with his wife and daughter. His passion outside of work is music, playing in several bands, and he is involved in community-based music projects.