Governance - Writtle University College

Governance

Board of Governors

Legal Name

Writtle University College

Correspondence Address

Writtle University College
Lordship Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 3RR

Legal Status

Writtle University College is a higher education corporation established under section 124A(3) and (4) of the Education Reform Act 1988. In May 2016 the Privy Council awarded us University College status and our name changed from Writtle Agricultural College to Writtle University College.

Charity Information

Writtle University College is an exempt charity subject to the provisions of the Charities Act 2006 (subsequently consolidated in the Charities Act 2011). From 1 June 2010, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) became the principal regulator for all higher education institutions (HEIs) in England that are exempt charities.

Constitutional Documents

Instrument of Government
Articles of Government
Historic Instrument of Government

Financial Statement

Report and Financial Statement 2016
Report and Financial Statement 2015
Report and Financial Statement 2014
Report and Financial Statement 2013
Report and Financial Statement 2012
Report and Financial Statement 2011

Membership

The Instrument of Government of the University College determines the overall size of the Board, its categories of membership and it limits the numbers within each defined category. Its composition is as follows:
Photograph of Mrs Julia Smith<br>(Chair of the Board)

Mrs Julia Smith

(Chair of the Board)

Profession:
Maths Specialist Advisor and Author

Committees:
Chair of the Board of Governors from May 2015
Member of the Further Education Committee from July 2010
Chair of Search and Governance Committee from July 2015

Served as governor since:
July 2010

View Julia Smith's full profile here
Photograph of Dr Steve Waite

Dr Steve Waite

Profession:
Vice-Chancellor of Writtle University College

Committees:
Member of the Personnel and Remuneration Committee
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Member of Search and Governance Committee
Member of the Further Education Committee

Served as governor since:
April 2013

View Steve Waite's full profile here
Photograph of Ms Penny Judd<br>(Vice-Chair of the Board)

Ms Penny Judd

(Vice-Chair of the Board)

Profession:
Chartered accountant, regulator, corporate financier and compliance professional

Committees:
Chair of the Audit Committee

Served as governor since:
October 2011

View Penny Judd's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Paul Van Damme<br>(Vice-Chair of the Board)

Mr Paul Van Damme

(Vice-Chair of the Board)

Profession:
Landscape Architect.
Parks and Heritage Services Manager, Chelmsford Borough Council.

Committees:
Chair of Personnel and Remuneration since October 2012
Member of the Personal and Renumeration Committee since March 2011
Member of Search and Governance Committee from July 2015

Served as governor since:
July 2010

View Paul Van Damme's full profile here
Photograph of Mrs Sophy Aitken

Mrs Sophy Aitken

Profession:
Marketing Director, Felsted School

Committees:
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee from July 2015

Served as governor since:
March 2015

View Sophy Aitken's full profile here
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Ms Delia Bittner

(SU President)

Profession:
3rd Year BSc Landscape Architecture Student and SU President

Served as governor since:
July 2016

View Delia Bittner's full profile here
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Mr Simon Brice

Profession:
Farmer and Golf Course Proprietor

Committees:
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

Served as governor since:
October 2012

View Simon Brice's full profile here
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Prof. David Church

Profession:
Vice Principal (Academic and Clinical Affairs) and Professor of Small Animal Studies at the Royal Veterinary College

Served as governor since:
July 2012

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Mr Alexander Creed

Profession:
Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer

Committees:
Member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee

Served as governor since:
May 2017

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Mr Paul David Downer

Profession:
Managing Director of Oak View Ltd

Committees:
Member of the Further Education Committee since July 2008
Representative of the Governing Body on the Health, Welfare and Safety Committee since July 2008
Link Governor for: Horticulture & Horticultural Technologies and Health & Safety

Served as governor since:
March 2008

View Paul David Downer's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Robert Eveleigh

Mr Robert Eveleigh

Committees:
Member of the Personnel and Remuneration Committee

Served as governor since:
November 2013

View Robert Eveleigh's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Roger Gochin<br>(Non Board Member)

Mr Roger Gochin

(Non Board Member)

Profession:
Consultant and Formerly Principal of a College of Further Education

Committees:
Chair of the Further Education Committee since July 2008 till March 2012
Non-Board Member of the Further Education Committee since March 2012

Served as governor since:
March 2008

View Roger Gochin's full profile here
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Mr Fergus Howie

Committees:
Member of the Personnel and Remuneration Committee from July 2015
Student Liaison Governor

Served as governor since:
June 2014

View Fergus Howie's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Iain Hutton - Jamieson

Mr Iain Hutton - Jamieson

Committees:
Member of the Audit Committee from July 2015

Served as governor since:
November 2014

View Iain Hutton - Jamieson's full profile here
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Mr Nick Spenceley

Committees:
Chair of Academic Standards & Quality Enhancement

Served as governor since:
March 2017

View Nick Spenceley's full profile here
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Mr Nigel Kirby

Profession:
Information Services & Technology Team - Coordinator at Writtle University College

Served as governor since:
June 2014

View Nigel Kirby's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Bryn Morris

Mr Bryn Morris

Profession:
Registrar & Secretary, University of Essex

Served as governor since:
July 2013

View Bryn Morris's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Keith Moule

Mr Keith Moule

Profession:
Curriculum Area Manager for Further Education (Sport) at Writtle College

Committees:
Member of the Further Education Committee

Served as governor since:
March 2013

View Keith Moule's full profile here
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Mr Graham Page

Committees:
Member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee

Served as governor since:
September 2015

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Dr Anya Perera

Profession:
Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator at Writtle College

Served as governor since:
March 2013

View Anya Perera's full profile here
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Mr Alan Radford

Profession:
Chartered Accountant

Committees:
Vice Chair of the Audit Committee

Served as governor since:
October 2011

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Photograph of Mrs Bella D'Arcy Reed<br>(Non Board Member)

Mrs Bella D'Arcy Reed

(Non Board Member)

Profession:
Garden Designer & Garden Historian

Committees:
Non-Board Member of the Equality and Diversity Steering Group

View Bella D'Arcy Reed's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Jonathan Swan

Mr Jonathan Swan

Profession:
Finance

Committees:
Member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee

Served as governor since:
March 2017

View Jonathan Swan's full profile here
Photograph of Mr Patrick Swan

Mr Patrick Swan

Profession:
Gardens Consultant to the National Trust

Served as governor since:
November 2014

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Photograph of Ms Suellen White

Ms Suellen White

Profession:
Vice Principal, Quality, Policy and Regulation, ifs University College

Served as governor since:
October 2015

View Suellen White's full profile here


Minutes

Non confidential minutes of the Board of Governor's meetings are available on request from the Clerk to the Governors.

Committees of the Board of Governors

The Governing Body of Writtle University College delegates some of its powers and some of its work to Committees of the Board of Governors.

The Articles of Government for the College specify that there will be a Personnel Committee and a Finance and General Purposes Committee, and the Board may also establish committees for any purpose or function. In addition, the Higher Education Funding Council for England requires the College to have an Audit Committee to provide independent and authoritative advice to the Board of Governors.

The University College has established the following committees:

  • Personnel and Remuneration Committee
  • Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Search and Governance Committee
  • Further Education Committee
The structure and members of the Committees are detailed in a Committee structure diagram.

Trustees

As at 1st January 2017, also indicating other charities of which they are trustees:

Sophy Aitken None reported
Simon Brice None reported
David Church None reported
Paul David Downer British Association of Landscape Industries
Robert Eveleigh None reported
Delia BittnerNone reported
Fergus Howie None reported
Iain Hutton-Jamieson None reported
Penny Judd None reported
Nigel Kirby None reported
Nick SpenceleyNone reported
Bryn Morris UCS, Wivenhoe House Hotel, University of Essex Knowledge Gateway Ltd and Gateway Holdings Ltd, University of Essex Enterprises Ltd, Universal Accommodation Group Ltd, University of Essex (Elmstead Road) Ltd (Dormant), East 15 Acting School Ltd (Dormant), University of Essex Campus Services Ltd, The Bean Trust for Blake Studies, Edge Hotel School Ltd, South Essex College, Colchester Institute Board.
Keith Moule None reported
Graham Page None reported
Dr Anya Perera None reported
Alan Radford Brentwood & District Mental Health Association
Julia Smith None reported
Patrick Swan None reported
Paul Van Damme None reported
Dr Steve Waite None reported
Suellen White None reported
Contact Writtle University College

Address

Writtle University College
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 3RR

Telephone

Switchboard: +44 (0) 1245 424200
Fax: +44 (0) 1245 420456

Email

info@writtle.ac.uk