Welcome to the governance section of the Portsmouth College (part of City of Portsmouth College) website.

Here you can access information on the Corporation and its Committees, our governance policies and procedures, minutes of meetings and details of how to become a governor.

On the 1 August 2021 City of Portsmouth College was formed by the merger of Portsmouth College and Highbury College. Over the coming academic year, Portsmouth College and Highbury College will retain their individual identities and will be unveiling the new City of Portsmouth College brand in September 2022.

The Corporation (or governing body) is responsible for the educational character, mission and strategic direction of the new College; it determines policy and monitors the performance of the College.

Governors have education, business and/or community backgrounds and include one staff and one student governor, nominated and elected by staff and students respectively. Together they form a robust and enthusiastic team, committed to the success of all our students and determined to bring the best of their personal expertise, experience and strategic skills to maximise the future of City of Portsmouth College and the communities it serves.

City of Portsmouth College governors include:

Jafor Ahmed
Shahalam Ali
Prue Amner
Bernie Collins
Mark Cooper
Ashley Cullen
Adele Hodgson
Tim Jackson
Tim Mason
Robert Nitsch
Mark Pembleton
Paul Quigley
Jeanette Smith
Paul Walton
Penny Wycherley (CEO designate)

Click here to download the City of Portsmouth College Corporation Membership. 


The Corporation (Governing Body) is an exempt charity, formed by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The Governing Body is responsible for setting the College’s strategic direction and ensuring that the College delivers excellent outcomes to students and the local community.

The powers and responsibilities of the Governing Body are set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government. The Governing Body also has to comply with the Financial Memorandum, Post 16 Audit Code of Practice, Charities Act as well as general laws relating, for example, to equality, health and safety, freedom of information and employment.


The role of the Governing Body is to agree the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the College and oversee its educational and financial performance. The main responsibilities laid out in the Instrument and Articles of Government are:

  • To determine the educational character and mission of the College and have oversight of its activities
  • To review and approve the quality of provision
  • To ensure the College remains solvent, approve annual estimates of income and expenditure and to monitor the effective and efficient use of resources
  • To maintain the security of the College’s assets
  • To appoint holders of senior posts and the Clerk, and to set their pay and conditions of service
  • To approve the framework for the pay and conditions of employment of staff


Corporation meeting minutes for the last 3 years can be found below. For individual committee minutes, please see the links above (under College Corporation) to access the committee page and associated minutes. Older minutes can be obtained on request from The Clerk to the Corporation.



For further information, or if you feel that you could contribute to the work of the College by being a governor please contact:

Paola Schweitzer, Director of Governance, on 023 9232 8630 or email

Director of Governance

City of Portsmouth College




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