Board of Governors

Tyne Metropolitan College's Board of Governors is responsible for the strategic direction of the College. It sets the College's mission, vision and values and makes decisions about how College resources are allocated and efficiently used.

Our Board of Governors consists of people from the local area and business community. The Principal is also a Governor and there are two Staff and two Student Governors. The College's Governors share a passion and commitment to learning and ensuring that TyneMet College is the provider of choice for further and higher education in North Tyneside and beyond.

The College's Board comprises of the following Governors

Mrs Sheila Alexander / Independent Governor

Having started her career in nursing both as a general nurse and midwife, Sheila gained a Masters of Business Administration in 2004.

Within the NHS she has held a number of strategic roles, designing and implementing a number of key systems to improve NHS services in the region. Sheila has a particular interest in the field of cancer services.

Mrs Sarah Bartlett / Staff Governor (Support)

Sarah joined TyneMet in 2013 as the Head of Estates and is the College’s Support Staff Governor.

She brings a breadth of qualifications and experience to the Corporation Board, having gained a first degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Economics from Birmingham University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Design Manufacture & Management from Cambridge University. Sarah is a Chartered Engineer and has also gained professional qualifications in accounting and finance and personnel practice with an MSc in International Human Resources.

Sarah has worked for a number of manufacturing companies over the past 20 years and is an experienced Engineering/Operations Manager with a background in continuous improvement, project management and expertise in culture change through the development and involvement of people.

Mr Michael Burton / Staff Governor (Teaching)

Mick has been appointed to the Corporation Board as the College’s Teaching Staff Governor.

He joined the College in May 2005 and is the Head of Engineering, Construction & IT, with ten years’ experience in college management. Mick has been instrumental in the development of the College’s Engineering and Construction provision.

Having been a Senior Electrical Engineer in Mining, Mick has amassed a number of industry-related qualifications in electrical engineering and management. With the move into teaching, Mick gained a Certificate in Education.

Dr Graeme Cruickshank / Independent Governor

Graeme completed a BSc and PhD in Chemistry at Edinburgh University before joining Procter & Gamble at the Newcastle Technical Centre in 1994 where he spent 20 years in a range of product design roles.

Most recently in July 2015 Graeme was appointed by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) as Director for the UK’s National Formulation Centre, a new world class UK based open access innovation centre for advanced formulated product design and manufacture. In his new role Graeme will focus on the establishment and management of the centre which will enable the development and manufacture of complex high-value formulated products within the UK thus accelerating and de-risking the innovation process.

Prof Mary Dunning, OBE / Independent Governor / Chair of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College Committee

Mary has a Hon DCL, Hon DSc, MA Curriculum Studies and Dip HE plus a number of professional qualifications – RNT, RM, RGN.

Mary's early career was in general nursing as a ward sister following which she entered education firstly as a teacher in the field of nursing, then as Director of Nurse Education of Bede, Newcastle & Northumbria College of Health Studies and finally as the Deputy Dean of the School of Health, Community & Education Studies at Northumbria University. She was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by Northumbria University on her retirement. She has also received a Doctorate of Civil Law from Northumbria University and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Newcastle University, both for her contribution to Nursing Education.

Mary has held national positions as Chair of the National Directors of Nurse Education Group and member of the Chief Nurse’s Advisory Education Group for England. She is a former member of Northumberland and Northern Region Learning & Skills Council and former Chair of North Tyneside Age UK Ltd. She was also a QAA Subject Review Assessor in Nursing from 2000-03 and QAA Auditor from 2003-06.

Mr Bernard Garner / Independent Governor / Vice Chair of Governors and Vice Chair of Governance, Performance & Search Committee

Bernard graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University in 1972 and was elected as a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers in 1976.

Between 1972 and 1985 Bernard worked in a variety of engineering roles for West Yorkshire MCC and Fife Regional Council until his appointment in 1985 at Nexus, the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive. At Nexus he held a number of positions, culminating in his promotion to the role of Director General of Nexus in July 2006, a post he held until his retirement in December 2014.

Bernard has a wealth of experience in such areas as corporate governance, business performance, risk management, strategic safety management, transport strategy development, rail infrastructure management, leadership and management competencies and appraisal.

He has held a number of roles with other organisations, including being a member of the Board of the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, governor at Beacon Hill Enterprise College, director of pteg (Passenger Transport Executive Group) and member of the North East Chamber of Commerce Tyne & Wear Committee.

Prof Gary Holmes / Independent Governor

Gary has a BSc (Hons) in French, with Mediaeval Ecclesiastical and Political History as well as an MSc from Oxford University (Keble College) and many years’ experience as a university lecturer.

He is Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) at the University of Sunderland.

Gary has been a governor in a number of schools for over 20 years and is the Vice-Chair of Governors at Ponteland High School. He is also Chair of Trustees, UTC South Durham.

Martin Hottass / Independent Governor

Martin Hottass has been with Siemens plc since 2006 and is responsible for the skills agenda at Siemens in the UK.

Prior to taking up his current position as Manager - Skills & Siemens Professional Education, Martin has held a number of senior learning & development positions in Siemens Energy. He represents Siemens on the Apprenticeship Advisory Board at DfE.. He also serves on a number of steering boards including the National Training Academy for Railways (NTAR) and the Energy Efficiency Industrial Partnership.

In February 2012, Martin became an Apprenticeship Ambassador.

Since October 2014 he has been working in Siemens’ Global Expert Team for Vocational Education and Skills.

Martin has been responsible for Siemens plc’s Apprenticeship Programme in England, Scotland and Wales since Siemens plc became a national training contract holder in 2008. In September 2015, he joined the board at SEMTA and the Board of GTA England (Group Training Associations England) in 2016.

Councillor Janet Hunter / Independent Governor

Janet was the Director of Northern Learning Trust, a voluntary sector organisation providing basic skills to the hardest to reach learners, from 2000 until her retirement in 2010. Prior to that she was Regional Development Manager for the Citizen’s Advice service.

Currently, Janet is also the Chair of Governors at Benton Dene Primary School.

Janet is a Labour Councillor in North Tyneside and was Chairman of North Tyneside Council until June 2014.

Dr Adam Langman / Independent Governor / Vice Chair of Audit Committee

Adam has a PhD in Mining Engineering from Newcastle University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

He is currently the Finance Director of the Metnor Group, a North East based property and construction business. As well having responsibility for financial matters Adam is involved with both the human resources and ICT functions. He has previously worked as Finance Director of storeys:ssp, a Newcastle chartered surveying firm and as a Management Consultant for the Malhotra Group of leisure and care businesses. Previously, whilst at KPMG, he had many years' experience of audit in the FE sector.

Mr Bill Midgley, OBE / Independent Governor / Chair of Governors and Chair of Governance, Performance & Search Committee

Bill holds an MA in British History and is a Fellow of The Institute of Bankers. Previously Chief Executive of the Newcastle Building Society, he is the former Chairman of British Chambers of Commerce and a past President of the North East Chamber of Commerce as well as former Vice-Chair of North East Regional Assembly. Current positions include Chairman of Leazes Homes Ltd, Chairman of Thunder Rugby Ltd and Vice Chairman of the Theatre Royal, as well as number of other directorships and trusteeships. Bill is a patron of Asian Business Connections, the Asian Cultural Association and also Down’s Syndrome North East.

Among others, he was previously Chairman of the Northern Region of the Further Education Funding Council, Chairman of Durham County Cricket Club, Deputy Chair for Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority, and a Council Member of Newcastle University.

He is a regular contributor on business matters to a number of publications.

Mr Colin Seccombe / Independent Governor / Chair of Audit Committee

Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He worked for KPMG from 1974 until 1997, becoming a partner in 1987. He then moved to Newcastle Building Society as Finance Director until 2006 when he became its Chief Executive until his retirement in March 2010.

For several years, Colin has been involved with a number of charitable organisations: Co-opted member of the Finance Committee of UK Community Foundations, the umbrella organisation for all CFs in the country; Treasurer of The Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and a trustee of Headway Arts a charity based in Blyth which uses performing arts as a means of inclusion for disadvantaged and less able people; former Chairman of the MEA Trust.

Vivien Shipley / Independent Governor

Vivien has a degree in Art & Design as well as a PGCE and has over 30 years’ experience of the schools and the learning and skills sectors.

Vivien began her teaching career in secondary schools, followed by over 15 years working in two FE colleges in County Durham both as a teacher and senior manager. In 2003 she became an HMI with Ofsted, taking on the role of the specialist advisor on leadership, management and governance of FE colleges. These roles have given her experience of working at board level and of performance management and other accountability frameworks. She has spoken at AoC and LSIS events and provided training for HMI and additional inspectors.

Since retiring from Ofsted in 2012, Vivien has been working as an education consultant providing advice and support to colleges on teaching and learning, governance, self-assessment and post-inspection quality improvement.

Mrs Veena Soni / Independent Governor

Veena has worked in diverse positions ranging from teaching to strategic management posts. She has worked extensively with the strategic, public, private, community and voluntary sector in the area of equality and has produced a variety of guidance on equality issues and working with diverse communities.

As a qualified teacher, Veena spent 14 years teaching in a number of schools in both deprived and affluent areas. She was Regional Advisor for the Home Office’s Drugs Prevention Advisory Service and the National Assistant Head of Diversity for the Drugs Advisory Service. Between 2000 and 2008, as Assistant Head of Community Development and Cohesion at Government Office for the North East, Veena was responsible for overseeing a number of government initiative programmes. In 2008 Veena joined Gateshead Council as the Strategic Manager of the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, advising and raising the achievement of children from Black Ethnic Minority, Gypsy and Traveller backgrounds as well as refugees and asylum seekers.

Veena has been a Board member of a number of organisations, including Norcare Housing and the NSPCC as well as sitting on school Governing Bodies. She is also the founder member and trustee of the North East Hindu Cultural Trust.


Beverly Held / Student Governor

Beverly, formerly a pupil of Woodlawn School, is currently studying on a level 3 Extended BTEC IT Diploma and intends continuing her studies at university. She is an active member of the Student Council and has been a class representative for the past two years.


Charlotte Hamilton / Student Governor

Charlotte joined Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in September 2016 having completed her GCSEs at Marden High School and is studying AS Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Charlotte is an active member of the Student Council and is very involved in planning and organising Amnesty International events at college. She plans on progressing to university to study Chemical Engineering.

Clerk to the Corporation: Rosamund Moore

If you require any further information about the College's Board of Governors, please contact Rosamund Moore, Clerk to the Corporation on 0191 229 5312 or email

Governance Documents & Downloads

Governor Minutes & Terms of Reference

Audit Committee
Dec 2016 / Sep 2016 / Jun 2016 / Mar 2016 / Dec 2015 / Sep 2015 / Jun 2015 / Mar 2015

Terms of Reference
Dec 2015

Corporation Board
Mar 2017 / Feb 2017 / Dec 2016 / Oct 2016 / Sep 2016 / Jun 2016 / May 2016 / Mar 2016 / Feb 2016 / Dec 2015

Finance & Personnel Committee
Dec 2014 / Oct 2014

Terms of Reference
Jul 2013

Governance, Performance & Search Committee
Dec 2016 / Oct 2016 / Jun 2016 / May 2016 / Mar 2016 / Dec 2015 / Oct 2015 / Jun 2015 / Mar 2015 / Dec 2014

Terms of Reference
Dec 2016

Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College Committee
Jun 2016 / Mar 2016 / Nov 2015 / Jun 2015 / Mar 2015 / Nov 2014

Terms of Reference
Jul 2011

Quality & Students Committee
Nov 2014

Terms of Reference
Mar 2014

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