College Governance

College Governance


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Governance Arrangements

There are up to 22 members of the Board including the Principal, Elaine Bowker.  The Board meets at least seven times a year and is responsible for overseeing the mission and activities of the College and ensuring effective strategic management and use of resources.  The meeting schedule can be found here

The membership includes governors from a variety of backgrounds including local authority, business and the community.  Two members of staff from across the group are appointed as governors, as well as two students. The work of the Board is supported by the Group Audit Committee and the Group Finance Committee as well as task and finish groups.

The College Group has subsidiary companies which all have their own Boards and a memorandum of understanding is in place for each subsidiary company.  The subsidiaries are SharEd and Liverpool Business Services.  Each subsidiary company has at least one College governor appointed as a Director.  

On 31 March 2015, AoC Governors’ Council published the new Code of Good Governance for English Colleges which has been adopted by the Board at The City of Liverpool College.  The full Instrument and Articles of Governance can be found here.

The Board maintains a level of openess wholly in keeping with being a body that operates in the public interest. It also includes both elected staff and student members as part of its Board of Governors.  Board agenda, papers and minutes are available for public inspection.  Please contact the Clerk to the Board for further information.

The Board must bear in mind that much of its business can be commercially sensitive. However, in some circumstances the Board may agree - by special resolution - to admit members of the public, students or staff to address the Board.  This would be decided at commencement of meetings.

Those wishing to attend a Board meeting should direct requests to the Clerk to the Board, ideally one week before the date of next Board meeting.

The same process would apply at committee level. Should a non-committee member wish to attend a meeting of one of the Board's committees, a request should be made to the Clerk to the Board, ideally one week before the meeting. For further details of the Board's public disclosure policy click here.  

The privacy notice applicable to governors is here.

Self-assessment and Evaluation

Public value


Financial statements are available below.

Financial Statements for 2010-11 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2011-12 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2012-13 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2013-14 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2014-15 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2015-16 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2016-17 can be found here




Click here to view Board Minutes from our Board Meetings.


If you would like to register your interest for any future vacancies, please send a CV/profile to  Roles are unpaid, but reasonable expenses can be met. The Board is currently seeking additional members for the Group Audit Committee, either as a co-opted member or full Board member.  Applicants should have a strong background in auditing.  If you'd like information regarding any other vacancies, please contact the Clerk.



Elaine Bowker

Dr Peter Tavenor

Tony Cobain

Louise Barry

Heather Bebbington

Frank McKenna

Clare Crowther

John Denny

Lydia Field

Sir George Sweeney

Hilene Henry

Cllr Patrick Hurley

Viv Lacey

Benjamin McGowan

John Nolan

Ian Pollitt

Hamrah Khan Amran

Stephen Sankson

Phil Sheard

Gill Williams

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