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 and Risk Assurance 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 2019-2020

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.

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 grandchildren.

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 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. 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.

Olivia Dupont

HE Student Governor

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Olivia is the HE Student Governor at Exeter College and is currently studying for a Higher National Diploma in Business.

Olivia moved to the UK in 2017 and at that time joined Exeter College as an ESOL student, subsequently moving on to study at GCSE level. She progressed to degree level and is hoping to continue on this path for the near future.

Susie Hills

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Susie is an experienced management consultant and fundraising expert. She has extensive knowledge in higher education fundraising, leadership and governance. Susie has advised and supported leaders and teams at Universities across the UK, often during times of significant change. Susie is highly skilled at undertaking reviews of strategy, performance and structures and is in demand as a coach and mentor.

Susie has cross sector experience having begun her career in the charity sector and spent time working in corporate responsibility for Tesco. She speaks and writes regularly on a wide variety of leadership, governance and fundraising topics and in 2019 she was named as one of the Unilever Leading Lights in Kindness in the Financial Times.

Susie is the Joint CEO and co-founder of Halpin Partnership and the kickstarter of #teamkind – a social media initiative to celebrate and share kindness. She is the founder and lead organiser of the world’s first major online festival of kindness – Kindfest2020 –

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.

John Laramy CBE

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.

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.

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.

Carol McCormack

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Carol McCormack is Head of PPP & Projects at Michelmores LLP working nationally whilst based in Devon. Carol worked in the City at a major law firm before relocating to Devon over 15 years ago.

Carol is highly experienced property and construction projects and joint ventures. She has acted for major public sector bodies in a wide range of sectors including health and education. Following completing a number of high profile transactions Carol was awarded the OBE for legal services to HM Treasury and the Home Office in recognition of her exceptional commitment to the delivery of legal services.

Carol keeps pigs and hens in her spare time.

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.

Mike Owen

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Mike set up his own practice in 1989 providing Quantity Surveying and Project Management services to a wide range of Construction and Developer organisations across all construction sectors. Over time Mike came to specialise in Project Management primarily in the Land and Housebuilding Sectors; opening up and delivering major residential schemes and working across the southern areas of England and Wales, on developments of circa 1,000 to 3,500 homes

Latterly, his focus has been on the Cranbrook development to the East of Exeter. This he has taken from the planning stages, kept on track and enhanced as a result of the 2008 recession, through to implementation and delivery of over thousands of homes. It’s not just been about the houses, he’s also made a key contribution towards the earlier than planned delivery of key amenity infrastructure and overseeing the delivery of the UK’s first greenfield district heating system.

Education has also played a significant part of Mike’s last 20 years or so, with the delivery of primary schools associated with major residential projects. To date his team has delivered 20 primary schools, with a further 5 in the pipeline / on-going. At Cranbrook, Mike oversaw the delivery of Devon County Council’s first through school (incorporating a two form entry primary school and provision for 1,000 secondary pupils); delivered on time and at circa half the cost the County had originally anticipated!

Away from business and the rush of life, Mike’s recharging is done on Bodmin Moor and the North Cornish coastline. Filling up on the joy of Cornwall’s natural environment. His pastimes include writing, photography and driftwood sculpture.

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. Tim is currently the sponsor of Project Enhance, which is facilitating the university’s approach to maintaining educational opportunities and outcomes for students in response to the Covid-19 pandemic through the provision of a blended model of teaching and learning. Key aspects of Tim’s portfolio include the development of our portfolio of degree programmes; fair access, participation and progression; 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 works closely with the Academic Dean for Students, Associate Academic Dean for Students, Director of Education & Student Support 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.

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 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 2011, a position he held for 9 years.

Matt has also held a number of non-exec positions including being a Director and Chairman of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, sitting on the Advisory Board of the South West Business Council and being a member of the ICAEW South West Strategy Board.

Victoria Roberts

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Vicki Roberts is the Business Support Staff governor and works within the Finance, Funding, MIS and Exams department as the Deputy Examinations Manager. She joined Exeter College in 2007 starting as an Exams Clerk and then a couple of years later secured her current role. She has also complete a year’s maternity cover as the Examinations Manager. Her role supports the leadership of the Exams Team to ensure all students have the best possible experience of examinations and assessments across the board. Her passion is for providing support and advice at each stage of the process, which often sees her reassuring anxious students at exam time!

Vicki studied a BA in English Literature at Exeter University and loved the city so much she decided to stay. Following her degree, she took on varying roles in administration and retail before realising that she needed a greater challenge, which she certainly found in the world of exams!

Vicki lives in Exeter with her husband and daughter and has a wide range of interests including yoga, live music and literature.

Tim Rutherford

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Tim Rutherford is Deputy CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust, established in 2010, with the aim of creating an outstanding educational experience for all of Exeter’s children no matter what their background or aptitudes. Since 2019 the Trust has grown to 11 schools and is responsible for over 7000 children aged between 2-16.

Tim has previously been Headteacher of St James School Exeter, where he saw the school achieve its best ever results in 2016 and grow to be oversubscribed. More recently he has been Headteacher at West Exe School, which has seen rapid school improvement since becoming a sponsored academy in January 2017 and is now recognised as one of the highest performing schools in Devon.

Tim enjoys working with other schools to support them in planning for the future, including restructures, recruitment and succession planning. He is currently coaching and mentoring a number of new Headteachers in the region. Tim is particularly interested in Leadership Development. His drive to grow and develop leaders at all levels has resulted in a successful Leadership Development Programme across all 11 schools in the Ted Wragg Trust.

Guglielmo Valastro

FE Student Governor

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Guglielmo (Will) is a full time second year student studying Economics, Maths and Business. He came to Exeter in 2019 from Italy, thanks to an international student programme and decided to stay considering it to be the best path for his future.

Will plays tennis competitively for Exeter College’s Sports Academy and he also plays the piano. He has been an active member of the Rotary International Youth Programme (Interact) in Italy which gave him the opportunity to give back to the community in need.

Will hopes to study Economics at University before pursuing a career in finance.

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 10 years and has a small farm on Dartmoor where he lives with his partner Nina and 14 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. Glenn is also a director of Exeter City Futures and a trustee of the University of Exeter.

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 special constables, police volunteers and volunteer police cadets in Devon and Cornwall Police. 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 has one son and enjoys playing tennis, golf and travelling.

Rob Hutchins

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Rob is a qualified management accountant with a wide range of public and private sector experience. He is currently Head of Devon Audit Partnership, a partnership between a number of councils in the Devon area. He has the responsibility for delivering internal audit, risk management and counter fraud services to the partners an da wide range of other clients.

He has previously managed large finance teams, including the finance team providing financial support and advice for the learning disability and mental health functions of a local Council and Health Authority (combined gross budget of circa £60m).

Rob is a keen sports-person and he likes to take part in many outdoor activities including football, cycling, walking and surfing.