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The Corporation meets at least termly and has established a number of Committees to take forward its work. As a publicly-funded institution, the Corporation is committed to transparency and accountability in its provision of information to the public. All minutes of the meetings of the Corporation and its Committees are placed on this website and remain there for 12 months following the meeting:

Name Next Meeting View Minutes
Corporation Tue, 12 July, 2022
Audit Committee Tue, 28 June, 2022
Quality, Teaching and Learning Committee Tue, 5 July, 2022
Resources Committee Tue, 15 November, 2022

The Corporation

The Corporation (the governing body) has overall responsibility for the way in which the College is run, that is, its mission, strategic policy and direction and the future development of the College.  The Governors at Franklin College are volunteers from all walks of life who join together with the common goal of supporting the educational ethos of the College and ensuring its financial integrity together with an excellent quality of provision for the students.  They do not manage the College and are not involved in its day to day operations.

Corporation Members

The Franklin College Corporation comprises 11 members from all walks of life who are independent and external to the College, 2 student members, 2 parent members, 2 staff members and the College’s Principal. Student and staff members are elected to Corporation by students and staff respectively; other Corporation members are appointed by the Corporation on the advice of the Search Committee:

Independent Members

    • Alex Baxter (Chair of the Corporation)

      Appointed as an independent Governor in 2010 and as Chair of the Corporation in January 2016, Alex has had a successful career in the Royal Navy and the commercial aviation sector. Having been a Director of a global IT company, then Chief Executive of a US-based company, Alex moved to join Smiths Detection UK Civil Businesses (a division of Smiths Group plc (FTSE 100 Company) as its President, also serving as a Director of Smiths Military Division.  He continues to undertake consultancy work in defence.

      He is currently Managing Director of the Armed Forces Major Events Team for North East Lincolnshire and Armed Forces Champion for North East Lincolnshire Council and is the lead organiser of the local Armed Forces Day event. Previously a Justice of the Peace and a local councillor, he served as Mayor and Chairman of North East Lincolnshire Council in 2014/15. He also holds other public service appointments and trusteeships.


  • Alan Bird

    Alan became a governor of Franklin in 2016 just over a year after retiring as Group Director of Finance at the Grimsby Institute (GIFHE). During his nineteen years at the Institute, he gained extensive experience and knowledge of the F.E. sector.

    Whilst at GIFHE, he was the link person organising college funding for the Institute charity, St Andrews Hospice. Having retired, he is now a voluntary driver for a Louth based organisation, transporting and accompanying patients to doctors and hospital appointments throughout the county and beyond.

    He is also a trustee of a local charity which runs the leisure centres, swimming pools, libraries and Grimsby Auditorium. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sport, is a Grimsby Town FC season ticket holder and also enjoys live music.

  • Joshua Briggs

    Joshua was formerly a student and returned to Franklin College in his capacity as a governor in April 2017, currently sitting on the Remuneration and Resources Committees. 

    Joshua is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution department at Wilkin Chapman LLP, the region’s leading law firm, advising business and individuals on a range of property-related and commercial disputes utilising all forms of dispute resolution including court proceedings, arbitration, mediation and expert determination.

    In his spare time Joshua spends time with his young family, following and watching the Mighty Mariners and playing the guitar.

  • Geoff Hirst


    Geoff is one of the longest serving Governors of the College and has chaired and vice chaired several committees. Currently he chairs the Audit Committee and sits on the Search and Remuneration Committees

    Prior to finishing paid employment, Geoff was Personnel Director of a large, global chemical company and he continues to act as a Human Resources adviser. For five years he served as a university external examiner. A former chair of the North East Lincs Education Business Partnership, until quite recently he was a non-executive Director of the local hospice. Presently he acts as a Chair of Conduct Panels for his professional body and chairs the Trustee body of the organisation providing library and youth centre services in his locality.

    Geoff spends his limited spare time competing in MG Car Club events. Originally from Leicester he remains a keen supporter of Leicester Tigers rugby club where he is also a member of a committee.

  • Sabine Holmes (Vice Chair of the Corporation)

    Until her retirement, Sabine worked in the education and training sector for 25 years.  She is a qualified teacher and has always enjoyed studying, which culminated in her gaining a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Management.  Her years of working first as a teacher and then as a manager helped to provide the guidance and support that Governors are expected to give to the college staff and students.  Being a member of the Corporation is a fantastic way of staying in touch with this ever-changing environment.  She particularly enjoys meeting the staff and students at various events throughout the year.

    She enjoys travelling, cooking for family and friends, listening to all kinds of music and reading books in her first language, German. In 2018, Sabine became a grandma for the first time, which is undoubtedly the best job in the world!

  • Greg Marsden

    Greg has a wealth of experience in the education sector, being a former Local Leader of Education (LLE) and a retired primary Executive Head Teacher, based in a school which was the first in the area to convert to a standalone academy. He is a Director of both the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education and of the Lincoln Diocesan Academy Trust and is Chair of the Learning and Development Committee of the former and the Finance Committee of the latter. Greg is also a member of the governing body of a local secondary academy with special responsibility for pupil behaviour and is a local community leader. In his spare time, he is Vice Chairman of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society.

    Greg was appointed as an independent Governor in July 2015, and has a particular interest in teaching and learning within the College. He sits on the Search, Remuneration, and Quality, Teaching and Learning Committees and is Chair of the Resources Committee.

  • Mark Midgley


    A qualified Talented Leader with 20+ years of experience in educational leadership, including Executive Leadership and School Improvement Partnership roles, teaching and industry, engaging in challenging and innovative educational opportunities that truly benefit young people, their families and their communities.

    With creative, analytical and dynamic approaches, Mark is successful at leading secondary schools and coaching heads of primary schools through school improvement and sustainability programmes including substantially raising quality of teaching and learning, creating and embedding successful school partnership networks and significant improvements in student achievement, behaviour and attendance.

  • Jerry Woolner

    Jerry has been an independent Governor since 2015, and is the Chair of Governors at a Grimsby primary school, having overseen its transition to a standalone academy. He is also a Governor at an independently-funded local junior and senior school, is Chair of a seventeen-school Multi-Academy Trust and has previously served on the governing body of a local secondary school. He, therefore, understands the continuing needs of students throughout their education. In addition, Jerry was appointed as a National Leader of Governance in 2015.

    In his working life, Jerry is the founder and Managing Director of a training company, has been a management consultant working for many large, blue-chip food companies, and has held senior positions within the food manufacturing industry.

    His interest in careers advice and guidance for young people has led him to become lead Governor for the College in this field. He is also the Safeguarding Link Governor, sits on the Search, Remuneration and Resources Committees and is Chair of the Quality, Teaching and Learning Committee.

  • Katy Elliott

    My name is Katy, I was born and live locally. My eldest is currently studying at Franklin and has secured a place at UAL (University of Arts London) to start this September.

    My youngest of 15 years is currently at Caistor Yarborough Academy, doing very well in the Sciences, Math and History. I have worked within small businesses for many years, most recently at a local Accountancy firm after successfully completing AAT level 4 at The University Centre Grimsby.

    In my limited spare time I love to spend time with my partner travelling, watching live music and or a good film. I like to try new adventures and visit and learn about new places.

Student Members

Rhys Childs

Libbi Sinderson


Parent Members

  • Katherine Bruning

My name is Katherine Bruning, I was born in Cleethorpes and have lived in the area for most of my life. I’m married to Tim and we have two sons. One of whom is currently in the first year at Franklin, studying maths and science. My older son is in his final year at university. 

I qualified as a primary school teacher in the 90’s and have worked in several schools in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area since then. Currently, I work part time at a church school in Cleethorpes, teaching year 3. I am the subject leader for Religious Education. Alongside my teaching I sit on the local SACRE, and am currently Vice Chair. I’ve been published in the journal RE Today and support other local schools in their RE curriculum journey. 

I have lots of governor experience. I was a teacher governor in my first post, and I have been the  Chair of both a local primary and a secondary school. 

When not working I enjoy reading, baking and during lockdown I got my sewing machine out again and have been enjoying sewing. When we’re able we love to travel. As a family we follow cricket and attend matches whenever we can!




Staff Members

  • Helen Forman
  • Catherine Stephens


Peter Kennedy

Access to Corporation Papers

Copies of all agendas, minutes and associated papers for each meeting of the Corporation and its Committees are available for inspection by members of the public on request at the College Reception during normal working hours or through the Clerk to the Corporation.  However, some of the business conducted by Corporation is confidential and is unavailable to the public. 

Attendance at Corporation Meetings

Any member of the public who is not a member of the Corporation, the Clerk or the Principal may request to attend or be invited to attend Corporation or Committee meetings.  Any request or invitation will be at the discretion of the Chair and should be made via the Clerk to the Corporation.  However, such persons may only speak if invited to do so or with the prior agreement of the Chair of the Corporation or the appropriate Committee Chair.

Becoming a Governor of Franklin College

From time to time, there are vacancies on the Corporation. If you are interested in taking on the varied and demanding role of Corporation member or you would like further information on the work of the Corporation, please contact the Clerk to the Corporation at the following address:

Sharon Stenton,
Clerk to the Corporation, Franklin College, Chelmsford Avenue, Grimsby, DN34 5BY

Instrument and Articles of Government

For full details of our Instrument and Articles of Government please click here

Details of Governance Committees

Audit Committee:

Chair: Geoff Hirst

Vice Chair: Mark Midgley

Remit: This Committee assesses and advises the Corporation on all matters relating to internal and external audit activities and internal control systems at the College. It also advises and supports the Corporation in explaining its annual report and accounts and the measures it has taken to ensure it has fulfilled its statutory and regulatory responsibilities. The Audit Committee meets at least three times a year.

Resources Committee:

Chair: Greg Marsden

Vice Chair: Alan Bird

Remit: This Committee advises the Corporation on the efficient and effective use of resources (including finances, estates, human resources and IT), the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets. It also considers the annual estimates of income and expenditure and monitors the implementation of the budget. The Resources Committee meets at least once a term.

Quality, Teaching and Learning Committee:

Chair: Jerry Woolner

Vice Chair: Greg Marsden

Remit: This Committee advises the Corporation on matters relating to curriculum, quality, teaching, learning and assessment, student outcomes and the student experience. It meets at least once a term.

Search Committee:

Chair: Alex Baxter

Vice Chair:

Remit: This Committee advises the Corporation on the appointment of new Governors and on the reappointment of existing members with particular regard for the various skills, interests and communities to be represented. It meets at least once a year.

Remuneration Committee:

Chair: Jerry Woolner

Vice Chair: Greg Marsden

Remit: This Committee deals with matters relating to the pay and conditions of service of senior staff and the Clerk. It usually meets once a year.