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Nescot governance


Nescot Corporation & Governance

Nescot Further Education Corporation is the governing body of the college. It consists of up to 21 members, who are drawn from business, the local community, education institutions, students and staff. The Principal of the College is also a member. Further Education corporations are independent institutions, which were set up under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The Corporation works through a number of specialist committees who are delegated by the Corporation to provide detailed scrutiny in particular areas of the College's work. These are Audit Committee, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Curriculum and Quality Committee, Search and Governance Committee and Senior Staff Performance and Remuneration Committee.

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Corporation members

The members of the Corporation are:

Chair of Nescot CorporationChris Muller has been a member of the Nescot Corporation since 2011. He is currently Head teacher at a secondary school in Surrey. A classicist by background, Chris has a passion for excellence in education and brings many years’ experience in a number of schools to the College Corporation. Chris is the designated Safeguarding Governor.

Vice Chair: Nick Vaughan-Barratt joined the Corporation in 2020. Nick is a BAFTA-winning TV producer, director and executive, latterly specialising in major live events. He was the creative leader and executive producer of the BBC’s Children in Need appeal shows for over a decade and also head of the BBC’s events department responsible for many royal documentaries and covering countless royal, ceremonial and music live events, as well as producing The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast on a number of occasions. Nick now does consultancy work in event TV and has begun to undertake some occasional mentoring and teaching of media students at Nescot. He is a member of the Curriculum & Quality Committee. 

Julie Kapsalis is Acting Principal and Chief Executive of Nescot and a Governor of the College.

Lynn Reddick joined Nescot Corporation in 2016 and is a member of the Curriculum and Quality Committee. Lynn works as the Head of Learning at an independent specialist college in Surrey that provides learning programmes, supported housing and domiciliary care service for students between the age of 18 and 25 with learning and/or physical impairments. Lynn has 22 years’ experience in FE colleges and Special Educational Needs. Lynn lives locally in Ewell. 


Simon Enoch joined Nescot governing body in November 2018. A solicitor by background, Simon has significant executive-level experience in major international businesses in retail, property and software sectors across the UK, Europe, Australia, Japan and the US. Specialisms include mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and governance. He has operated as a non-executive director of a UK public company, a UK defined benefit pension scheme and a charity. Simon believes in young people and wants to use his knowledge and skills to support the College. Simon is the Chair of Audit Committee of the Corporation.

Margaret Martin joined the College Governing Body in October 2017 and is a member of Finance and General Purposes Committee. She is an experienced HR professional who runs her own successful company with a focus on outplacement, career counselling, and retirement planning services. Margaret has worked in a number of senior roles with major multi-national businesses and has developed a strong interest in training and development. She also worked with the Prince’s Youth Business Trust earlier in her career. Margaret lives locally and is active in local charitable organisations in Surrey.

Martin Butterfield joined the Corporation Board in May 2021 and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Martin is a Nescot alumnus, who studied Chemistry and Physical Sciences, before embarking on a long career as a product specialist for power and water industries, providing sales and technical support for analytical equipment. He has worked for various companies and has been with Hach Lange Ltd since July 2010 as a Senior Sales Consultant and, more recently, as Application Development Manager.  

Angela Cross-Durrant joined the Corporation Board in May 2021 and is the chair of the Curriculum & Quality Committee. Her career began in hospital administration, before moving to Adult and Further Education (FE). Angela has much FE experience that includes senior roles in FE Research and Development and inspection policy and planning in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (FE). She has also a wide experience as an FE consultant, and Award assessor for Governance & Management. She brings a wealth of experience to the Board, including having served eight years previously as a governor in a college on the south coast.  

Dr Asa’ah Nkohkwo joined the Corporation Board in May 2021 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Dr Nkohkwo is a chartered clinical scientist and public health consultant with experience at bench and senior levels in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. His career has focused on patient-centred healthcare systems and quality improvements to reduce hospitalisation.

Nadine Guy

Nadine joined the Governing Body in early 2022. She has worked in HR for more than 10 years, and holds a Level 7 CIPD and CMI in Human Resources Management and Leadership Development.

Paul Ford has 24 years’ policing experience, having served within front line policing, firearms, custody, specialist protection, training, counter-terrorism, and extreme threats strategic policy development. He currently serves in Hampshire Constabulary as Deputy Head of Learning and Professional Development. He is passionate about developing policing and supporting training and development across learning organisations, with a track record in delivering people-focussed transformational culture that prioritises officers and staff while delivering strong outcomes. Paul has a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge, and has authored a number of papers. Paul has won a number of awards and accreditations, including the UK’s highest performance benchmark-assessed score from Investors in People.

Professor James Knowles joined Royal Holloway University London (RHUL) in 2017 as Vice-Principal and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences. He then became Senior Vice-Principal (Education) in 2019. He has also served as Deputy Principal (Academic). His current role covers all aspects of teaching and learning across the university, including its Access and Participation Plan, and he holds final responsibility for quality assurance and standards. He is also responsible for curriculum change and teaching and learning development, especially technology-enhanced learning, and for ensuring the valuing of teaching and educational activities and innovation. He has developed new portfolio areas, such as the Integrated Foundation Degree, in STEM, Humanities and social science subjects. At RHUL, James works closely with the student union to ensure the effectiveness of student representation and the recognition of the student voice in education. He is an advocate of wider access to higher education and works in collaboration with schools and universities to raise attainment and educational opportunities in disadvantaged areas. James is leading on the development of RHUL's West London strategy, supporting with projects that help bring educational opportunities to areas in West London. Currently, he is working with the Reach Academy as part of the Feltham Convening Project, an initiative that aims to improve outcomes for children and young people in Feltham. James is a member of the AQA board of trustees (formerly the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, an examinations board and a charity that researches assessment policy and practice), and was a School Governor at Sir William Ramsay School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He was also Professor of Renaissance Literature and Culture and Vice-Dean (Research) at Brunel University, London, and Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at University College, Cork

Felicity Fletcher is the Academic Staff Governor for the academic year 2022-23. Felicity completed her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at Nescot in 2018-19. She then went on to teach English in prison education before returning to Nescot at the start of 2020. Felicity is currently a lecturer in the English Department.


Sylvia Ofei-Kwatia is the Support Staff Governor for the academic year 2022-23. Sylvia’s career started in Further Education as a sessional lecturer in 1999. Since then, she’s moved through different roles, from being a full-time lecturer to Deputy Director of Department. In 2010, Sylvia moved from teaching to work with FE systems, data reporting and training. She has a wide range of experience of FE, in both teaching and support services, and is a qualified teacher and manager. Sylvia took a year’s break from FE when she worked for HNS, an IT networking services and solutions company, which added to her skillset. Sylvia joined Nescot as Head of Data Services in 2017.

Charley Johnson (HE Student Governor) 

Cody Downs (FE Student Governor) 

Chelcie Rudkin (FE Student Governor)


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Instruments and Articles

The Instrument and Articles of Government form the legal basis under which the governing body operates and set out its powers and responsibilities. Its key statutory responsibilities are:

  • the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution
  • publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and safeguarding the College's assets
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal, appraisal and determination of pay and conditions of the Principal, designated senior post holders and the Clerk

Nescot Instrument and Articles of Government

The Corporation has developed a committee structure and a series of policies to enable it to carry out its responsibilities in accordance with the Instrument and Articles of Government, and to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the agencies which provide funding, and that it operates within the laws relating to employment, health and safety, equality and diversity, and the openness of public organisations.

Instrument and Articles of Government: Revised December 2022 

Standing Orders: Approved March 2023