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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.

The 2021 - 22 meeting schedule is online here

Corporation members

The members of the Corporation are: -

Chair of Nescot Corporation: Vince Romagnuolo joined the governing body in March 2019, and became Chair in August 2022. He is a project manager by background, with more than 25 years' project management experience gained primarily in IT and financial services. Vince started his career in the Royal Air Force as an apprentice, graduating with a technical qualification in electronics. He left the RAF to pursue a career in computing, eventually establishing his own consultancy company delivering project management services to a variety of corporate clients in the UK and Europe. Vince was an Epsom & Ewell Borough Councillor for 12 years and also a Governor at Southfield Park primary school. He lives locally in Ewell.

Vice 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.

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.

Frances Rutter is Chief Executive and Principal of Nescot and a Governor of the College. She has a degree in law and prior to joining Nescot was Chief Executive of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council for eight years, and before that was Deputy Chief Executive at Elmbridge Borough Council. 

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.

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.  

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.

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Felicity Fletcher is the Academic Staff Governor for the academic year 2021-22. 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 2021-22. 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.

Alper Bakici is one of this year’s FE Student Governors. He is currently undertaking his second year of Uniform Public Services at Level 3. Alper is interested in going into the UK Border Agency after completion of his course at Nescot.

Aaron O'Conner is the second FE Student Governor for 2021-2022. He is studying his second year of Uniform Public Services at Level 3. Following completion of his course, Aaron hopes to study Law at university.

Kirsty Shaw is the HE Student Governor for the academic year 2021-22. She is a trained beauty therapist, who had her own beauty business that sadly took a huge blow during the pandemic. Covid encouraged Kirsty to take her career into teaching a little earlier than expected, and she is currently studying for a PGCE at Nescot.

Sandra Dessent is the Clerk to the Governors.


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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 February 2020

Standing Orders:  Approved July 2021