Chair of Governors & Link Governor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Ian Mehrtens

CEO and Principal

Rebecca Conroy

Independent Governor

Graham Cook

Governor & Link Governor for Student Voice

Mark Fisher

Independent Governor

Catherine Manning

Governor & Link Governor for Safeguarding, Prevent and SEND

Gill Short


Andy Davy

Independent Governor

Angela Smith

Independent Governor

Becky Cooke

Independent Governor

Nicola Taylor

Independent Governor

Priscilla Kendall

Independent Governor

Dr Aly Coleman

Independent Governor

Charles Dudley

Independent Governor

Sue Maynard

Student Governor

Alexandra Cheeseman

Student Governor

Len Senior

Staff Governor - Lewes Campus

Carol Tomsett

Staff Governor - Eastbourne Campus

Penny Coppins

Staff Governor - Hasting Campus

Ashley Heminway

Director of Governance

Belle Howard

Co-opted members of board committees

Our independent governors are joined by external co-opted governors. These members sit on a number of the Board’s committees to complement the experience and skills already present. Co-opted members contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to Board’s committees in a non-executive role. Unlike independent governors on the Board, co-opted members don’t have a full-time commitment or take on the full range of responsibilities.

We are delighted to welcome the following members as co-opted governors:

Kim Butler

Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Tom Sanderson

Local College Board Members

Local College Board Members attend Local College Boards in Hastings, Lewes and Eastbourne.

Local College Boards are an integral part Governance structure. These ensure our Colleges connect and deliver more fully for their localities, firmly embedding them within the community.

Members consist of volunteers drawn from the local areas, staff representatives, student representatives and Governors from the Governing Body who act in the capacity of Chair.

Unlike independent governors on the Board, Local College Board Members don’t have a full-time commitment or take on the full range of responsibilities.

Joining the Board

The East Sussex College Group strives to create and maintain a diverse Board that is representative of the communities it serves. Some governors are appointed directly by the Board from the general public and others are elected by the staff and students of the College.

Governors help us to meet the needs of our local campus communities by bringing insight, experience and ideas. We're keen to involve people of all ages, careers and cultural backgrounds. We seek to foster an environment where differences are respected and valued, and where everyone is encouraged to contribute fully.

Volunteering to be a College Governor at East Sussex College Group is an enjoyable and rewarding experience, providing an opportunity for people to gain boardroom experience, enhance their leadership skills or simply give something back to the local community. The role is not remunerated but reasonable expenses for travel and relevant expense, such as childcare, are provided.

The East Sussex College Group Board appointment process uses governance best practice models of appointment and abides by the Nolan Principles of public service.

For further information on the appointments process please contact:

Belle Howard
Director of Governance


Find out more about East Sussex College Board membership

Roles and Responsibilities

The statutory roles and responsibilities are set out in the Instrument & Articles of Government. The role is similar to that of a non-executive director, working with the executive management of the college to steer the college to success.

The main duties are to determine the mission, ethos and values of the college, monitor performance, ensure financial health and protect assets. The Board is fully involved in determining the college’s strategic direction, is committed to raising standards and providing a quality experience and environment for its learners.

All members are required to declare financial and other interests, which are held by the Director of Governance in a Register open to inspection. In addition, eligibility is confirmed on appointment and annually thereafter. All members are required to annually sign a code of conduct. Members are also required to undergo DRB checks. As a member you will be expected to achieve an attendance record of at least 75%. Contribution outside formal meetings is also valued. As well as monitoring the college’s performance, the Board also undertakes an annual review of its own effectiveness and takes action to ensure continuous improvement.

The Full Board meets a minimum of four times a year and all meetings and Board business are scheduled to address the Board’s Cycle of Business.