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Member Profiles

All members of the Corporation are holders of public office and abide by the Nolan Principles of public life. The Corporation has several different categories of members to reflect the community it serves, below is the current list of members. 

The Corporation meets 10 times a year to undertake its responsibilities and ensure the strategic aims of the college are met. The Instrument and Articles of Government require the Corporation to have an Audit Committee and a Search Committee working alongside the Corporation with terms of reference agreed by the Corporation. Each Committee has a membership made up of representatives of the Governing Body and report back to the Corporation on a regular basis.

The Governance and Search Committee of the Corporation always welcome applications from interested members of the community to join the Corporation. If you wish to know more about applying you can download the following information or contact the Clerk by going to the Contact Us page.

Find out more about our members by viewing the profiles below.

Chair | Carole Thorogood

Career History:

Carole qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and for the next 15 years practiced in the area of property law at Eversheds where she was a partner from 1986 to 1997. During this time she also had responsibility for graduate recruitment and training. She joined Freeth Cartwright Solicitors in 2000 where she currently manages the Human Resources department. The firm employs approximately 500 professional and support staff based in 8 locations in England.

Experience:

Carole joined the College in August 2005 and is currently the Chair of Governors. She is also the Chair of Central Academy Trust.

Personal Statement:

Young people today have to work harder and smarter than ever before to be successful. I believe It is our responsibility to see that they are equipped to rise to that challenge. We must inspire and motivate them to aim higher. We must through learning raise their aspirations. Whether they choose an academic path or a vocational one or a combination of both we have to see that they can access the best possible education that we can provide.”

External Member | Richard Cox

Career History:

Richard is a lawyer, specialising in corporate law. Richard advises corporates, individuals and institutions on the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions, buy outs and joint ventures. He has worked at Browne Jacobson since 1994 and is based in their Nottingham office.

Experience:

Richard became a governor in 2012. He is currently a member of the audit committee.

Personal Statement:

My professional experience in the corporate and education sectors hopefully allows me to make a contribution to some of the opportunities and issues faced by the College. As part of my professional career I have had various dealings with the Further Education institutions, becoming a governor has enabled me to get an experience from a different perspective. I have lived and worked in Nottingham for most of my life, having gone to school in West Bridgford. It is great to have an opportunity to be involved with a progressive organisation in the local community where I have spent so much of my time.”

External Member | Larry Greenwell

Career History:

Larry is a Chartered Surveyor, who has worked as a Quantity Surveyor and consultant Project Manager in Nottingham since his graduation from Nottingham Trent Polytechnic in 1981. He has been involved in delivering numerous significant construction projects in the region and beyond, including the Leicester Curve, the National Forest Discovery Centre, and the Newton & Arkwright redevelopment for Trent. Whilst he was a Director of Turner and Townsend, a prominent national consultancy, Larry was responsible for the successful development of Stephenson College, Coalville and Bilborough College in Nottingham.

Experience:

Larry joined Castle College as a Governor in December 2009, and upon merger joined the Corporation of Central College Nottingham and currently assists the Corporation on matters relating to property and estates.

Personal Statement:

Having been involved in numerous education projects I have seen the benefit to students of new purpose designed buildings and facilities. Whilst all colleges can’t always have new buildings, I am determined to help Central provide an improved environment for students.”

External Member | Stephen Russell

Career History:

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and worked for thirty years in the textile industry in both financial and general management. Although based in the UK he travelled widely in his job and has been responsible for companies in North America and China among other places.

Experience:

Stephen was appointed a governor of Castle College in September 2010 and served on the Finance Committee. He was appointed a Governor of Central following the merger with Castle College in June 2011 and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee.

Personal Statement:

I have an interest in education as two of my three children are teachers. Although I do not have long experience of working in education, I believe that my knowledge of industry can be of help in the ever changing world of Further Education and I strongly believe that all should have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge throughout life.

Vice-Chair | Clive Rix

Clive is a freelance Business Adviser, in the fields of strategic planning, marketing and regulation. He is also a visiting lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Leicester, where he specialises on business and other practical applications of mathematics, and on the history of mathematics. He was Chief Business Adviser to the UK Competition Commission until 2002. Prior to that, he was Head of Marketing Operations for British Coal, leaving after privatisation. In addition, he is Chair of Principia, Partners in Health, a not for profit organisation providing primary healthcare in Rushcliffe and Treasurer of Nottingham Credit Union. Before the merger between SNC and Castle College, Nottingham, he was Chair of Castle College. He holds a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Bristol in the History and Philosophy of Mathematics.

Vice Chair | Gill Lane

Career History:

Gill ran her own small business before becoming a Senior Lecturer in communication at Nottingham Trent University, retiring in 2008 after 15 years. She has a BA in English Literature from Nottingham University, is a qualified teacher and gained an MA as a mature student. She was a founder member and Chair of the Nottinghamshire Association of School Governors ( NAGS ) for 10 years and a school governor for more than fifteen years representing Nottinghamshire schools both locally and nationally. Gill undertook a research project into school and college governance in 2004.

Experience:

Gill was appointed to the South Nottingham College Board in February 2003. She was elected a Co-opted member in March 2004 and is currently joint Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance and Search Committee. 

Personal Statement:

I am passionate about education: I enjoyed and benefited from my own and want to do what I can to ensure that others’ experiences are as positive as mine. My interest in progression routes through education and availability of provision, especially for 14-19 year olds and strong feelings about access for all learners brought me to the FE sector. My previous experiences of governance within the schools sector and teaching within HE are extremely helpful to my role at Central.”

External Member | Mark Dunwell

Career History:

Mark has extensive experience in manufacturing operations in the chemicals, textiles and coating industry’s. He is currently Production Director at Advance Tapes International Limited based in Leicester.

Experience:

Mark became a business member in August 2000.

Personal Statement:

Becoming a governor was a chance to experience education from a totally different perspective while hopefully providing some useful input. Different to what I expected but still interesting, rewarding and a great opportunity for personal development.”