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The public value delivered by The City of Liverpool College

The City of Liverpool College Group is one of the leaders in Further Education, and a key delivery vehicle of skills across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

With an annual turnover of c£40m and thousands of enrolments in Liverpool alone, the College provides wide ranging services to employers, other providers and students.

At the heart of the group is The City of Liverpool College. It is the only general FE college within the city of Liverpool and the largest FE college in the city region. The City of Liverpool College serves the people of the Liverpool City Region, supporting employers in creating a skilled workforce, responding to economic priorities and drivers for growth and supporting our students to achieve and progress in either education or employment. The College has the ability to respond to a wide range of demands, delivering with the impact and reach of a national training provider but retaining the flexibility and responsiveness to meet local needs.

In an educational landscape that is changing ever more rapidly, the College occupies a unique space. It delivers the largest and most diverse vocational curriculum across the city region; offers a range of courses from entry level to degree; provides bespoke training hand-in-hand with employers in state of the art facilities; and continues to recruit students from a diverse range of backgrounds, supporting the college ethos of inclusivity.

The College recruits from thirty of the hundred most deprived areas in England; 93% of our students go on to education or employment. We believe that the socio-economic character of our student body makes high aspirations more important, not less, and that every student who stays with us should be supported to achieve and progress.

The College supports students, communities and employers, and the Board of Governors believe whole-heartedly that the sum is more than its component parts – that each of the three can benefit the other. The College has worked with business to realise the biggest and best opportunities for students, and to play its part in creating a skilled workforce for the future.

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 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.

Financial Statements

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.

Governor

Gill Williams

Head of School for Hospitality, Sport and Travel

Governor

Phil Sheard

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Governor

Stephen Sankson

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Governor

Hamrah Khan Amran

President of the Students Union

Governor

John Nolan

Staff Governor - Support

Governor

Benjamin McGowan

Student Governor

Governor

Viv Lacey

Vice Chair

Governor

Cllr Patrick Hurley

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Governor

Hilene Henry

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Governor

Sir George Sweeney

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Governor

Lydia Field

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Governor

John Denny

Chair of the Audit Committee

Governor

Claire Crowther

Link Governor Service Industries & Access to Education

Governor

Frank McKenna

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Governor

Heather Bebbington

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Governor

Louise Barry

Link Governor Equality & Diversity

Governor

Tony Cobain

Chair

Governor

Dr Peter Tavenor

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Executive | Governor

Elaine Bowker

Principal and Chief Executive of The City of Liverpool College