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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, 9 February, 2021
Audit Committee Tue, 30 March, 2021
Quality, Teaching and Learning Committee Tue, 16 March, 2021
Resources Committee Tue, 26 January, 2021

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

  • Mr George Baker

  • Prior to his retirement, George worked in the chemical industry, finishing his career as an Explosives and Environmental Manager. Since then, he has worked assiduously in the voluntary sector, particularly in connection with mental health services. He is also very much involved in local government politics.

    Appointed as an independent Governor of Franklin College in 2000, he has taken on the roles of both Chair and Vice Chair of the Corporation, as well as chairing various committees. George is the

    College’s Link Governor for Welfare, Health, Safety and Wellbeing and currently sits on the Audit Committee.


    Mr 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.

  • Mr 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.

  • Mr Joshua Briggs

  • Mrs Carole Faulder (Vice Chair of the Corporation)

    Carole is the mother of four grown-up children, two of whom attended Franklin College.  She worked for the Education department (mostly Special Educational Needs and Inclusion) of North East Lincolnshire Council for many years until she took early retirement in 2016. She continues to work on a part-time basis in a small, family-run special school and undertakes voluntary work providing administrative support and as a driver for a local car service.

    Carole has been an independent Governor since 2006 and is currently Vice Chair of the Corporation. She sits on the Audit, Search, and Quality, Teaching and Learning Committees and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Shae is also the link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

  • Ms Joanne Hewson

    Joanne took up the post as Chief Operating Officer of North East Lincolnshire Council in 2018 and was previously the Deputy Chief Executive which included holding the statutory roles of Director of Children’s and Adult Services. She has worked for the local authority since 2000.  Her career started in the Early Years and Childcare Department and she was instrumental in the development of Nursery Education provision across the borough.

    Joanne has 25 years’ experience of working with Children and Family Services, working in the private, voluntary and public sector.  Prior to her appointment as Deputy Chief Executive and as a Strategic Director, Joanne has led on many programmes and initiatives. More recently, she has led on a whole scale system change programme across the Council and with its partners, developing an Outcomes Framework for the borough on which all future commissioning will be based, and developing ‘Place Based’ partnership arrangements for delivery of outcomes for the people of North East Lincolnshire.

    In her spare time, Joanne is a keen gardener. She lives locally, is married and has four children and 3 grandchildren.

  • Mr Geoff Hirst

    Geoff has been an independent Governor at the College since 2002, and has chaired and vice chaired several committees during this time. He sits on the Search and Remuneration Committees and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee. 

    Prior to finishing paid employment, Geoff was Personnel Director of a large, global chemical company. He continues to act as a Human Resources consultant and as a Director of the local hospice. He also serves as a Chair of Conduct Panels for his professional body and is a Councillor in his village where he chairs the trustees’ body providing library and youth centre services.

    Geoff spends some of his spare time competing in MG Car Club events and remains a keen supporter of Leicester Tigers rugby club where he is a member of a committee.”

  • Ms Sabine Holmes

    Until her retirement earlier this year, 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. Last year, she became a grandma for the first time, which is undoubtedly the best job in the world!

  • Mr 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. He represents the diocese on the Scrutiny Committees of both North and North East Lincolnshire Councils. 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.

    Mr 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.

Co-opted Member

  • Mrs Sharon Wroot

Student Members

Lacey King

Libbi Sinderson


Parent Member

  • Mrs Sara Wood
  • Ms Nicki Jarvis

    Nicki’s background is in arts and heritage administration and she currently teaches part-time. She is also the Artist in Residence at a local museum. She describes her work as ‘socially-engaged practice’ which seeks to promote community engagement, particularly from people in struggling circumstances. She volunteers for Louth’s Zero Degrees Festival and has previously been a voluntary Museum Mentor.

Staff Members

  • Mrs Helen Forman
  • Miss Catherine Stephens


  • Mr 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:

Mrs 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: Sabine Holmes

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: Carole Faulder

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: Carole Faulder

Vice Chair: Geoff Hirst

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.

Visions & Values