Newcastle City Learning Governing body
Newcastle City Learning, the Council's adult education service, has an active Governing Body which provides challenge and rigour as well as advice. The governing body has delegated power for strategy, planning, quality and curriculum delivery. It can also make recommendations to the Local Authority on the management of finance for Newcastle City Learning. The Governing Body's Chair is Councillor Hilary Franks.
The membership of the Governing body is drawn from the following categories:
• Local Authority elected members
• staff at the establishment
• learners at the establishment
• local business and community interests
Governing Body membership
Hilary Franks - Chair
Violet Rook - Vice Chair
Nora Casey - Elected Member
Mraia Hawthorn - Staff governor
Melissa Middleton - Community governor
Petra Brown - Community governor
Pauline Allan - Elected Member
Martin Snow - Learner governor
Elaine Withycombe - Staff governor
Jason Wylie - Community governor
Vacancy - Community governor
Dean Jackson - Local Authority Adviser
A good Governing Body thrives on diversity, bringing together a wide range of people with different personalities, backgrounds, lifestyles, skills and experience. Members should have
• commitment to education and training, and to the success of the College's learners
• willingness to contribute to the life and well being of the College and its community
• commitment to strengthening the College's link with its business and local communities
• dedication to acting openly, honestly and with integrity
• determination to get results by innovation and enterprise
• time and energy to turn their commitment into active involvementers should have:
Full Governing body meetings are six times a year, and subcommittees meet three times a year in addition to this.
Why have a Governing Body?
The Governing body represents the interests of the local community in particular and public interest in general. It is there to oversee the way the Service is run and to make sure it delivers high quality learning opportunities and makes effective use of the resources it has available.
There is a clear distinction between governance and management. The role of governors is to oversee the way the Service carries out its work and to provide strategic direction; they are not there to manage the Service or involve themselves in its day-to-day operations.
The management of the Service remains the responsibility of the Local Authority, within the broad framework of policies and accountabilities set out and monitored by the funding body, the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
The Governing Body is responsible for:
• determining the educational character and mission of the Service and for oversight of its activities including curriculum planning and delivery;
• approving the quality strategy of the institution;
• ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources