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The Corporation, the Governing Body of South Thames Colleges Group

South Thames Colleges Group (STCG) is one of London’s largest providers of post-16 education and training and is an ongoing and significant contributor to its local communities. STCG was created by a merger in 2017 and operates from four main College campuses located at Carshalton, Kingston, Merton and Wandsworth spread across four London Boroughs. STCG has established itself as one of the top Colleges in London having made impressive progress since its creation, and the Corporation is keen that the College will continue making this progress.

The Corporation (Governing Body) is an independent institution set up under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. On 1st August 2017, the Corporations of Carshalton College and South Thames College merged with Kingston College – the Corporations of the two colleges were dissolved and all students, employees, assets and liabilities were transferred to Kingston College. Kingston College’s name was changed to South Thames Colleges Group to reflect its regional position.

The Corporation operates as a non-executive Board and has specific responsibilities for overseeing the strategic direction of the College, its academic performance and financial health. Governors help to drive up the performance of the College by attending regular meetings and participating in active scrutiny and questioning of management. The Corporation shapes the strategic direction of STCG whilst ensuring that its educational provision meets the needs of the students and the wider community.

The Corporation is made up of individuals who are committed to education and training and volunteer their time and act in the best interests of the College and its learners. There are up to 22 Governors with a range of backgrounds, skills and experience reflecting the varied communities which the College serves including students, staff, the Group Principal / CEO and representatives of the local community, businesses and education institutions.

Governors maintain contact with College life through staff-governor links, formal presentations, and attendance at College events. Governors have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own practice and the Corporation undertakes a programme of rigorous self-assessment both of the College’s and its own performance.

Current governor vacancies and details of how to apply to become a governor are posted on the Kingston College website- Current jobs or are available from the Head of Governance. Any comments, questions or enquiries in relation to governance of the South Thames Colleges Group should be directed to:

Helen Meredith
Head of Governance
Kingston College
Kingston Hall Road,
Kingston upon Thames

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Governance documents


Audit Committee

Corporation policies

Finance, Planning & Resources Committee

Quality, Learning & Standards Committee

Corporation Minutes

Search and Governance Committee

Terms of reference

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Independent Governor - Jonathan Hick
Governor Jonathan Hick

Member of the Finance and Resources Committee

Jonathan is currently an Investment Associate at Social and Sustainable Capital – a fund manager which invests into charities, social enterprises and other third sector organisations. Jonathan is responsible for assessing new investment opportunities, performing due dilligence and closing transactions. 

Prior to that he worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers for six years in the Advisory department, supporting private equity funds and large corporates in cross border mergers and acquisitions transactions. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Management and Chinese Studies from the University of Nottingham.

Independent Governor - Kazi Hossain
Governor Kazi Hossein

Member of the Audit Committee

Works for HM Treasury Department as an Policy Advisor, liasing with the financial sector, the Bank of England etc. Previous roles with the Department of Energy and Climate Change on Ministerial and Stakeholder Engagement, Policy Development and undertook project management roles.

Kazi has an MSc in Environmental Technology and Energy from Imperial College London and has a BA in Geography (1st Class Honours) from UCL.


Academic Staff Governor - Karen Fullman
Karen Fullman staff governor

Member of the Quality and Performance Committee

Karen has worked part time for South Thames College for 11 years as an Early Childhood Studies lecturer Levels 1 to 5, for the Department of Health and Social Care. She also works for Kingston University as an Early Years Teacher assessor.

Karen has a Masters in Early Childhood Studies and has Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Previously, Karen worked in a nursery and voluntarily at the Royal Hospital for Neuro disability. She is a member of the Institute for Learning.


Support Staff Governor - Michael Helene
Michael Helene staff governor

Member of the Audit Committee

Michael is currently the Senior Youth Worker based at the Merton Campus. He has been in post since Feb 2005. His job involves delivering a fun and exciting enrichment programme for College 16-18 learners.

Governor - Ross Maloney
Ross Maloney

In 2009, Ross was appointed Operations Director for a significant international vocational skills and careers event delivered by UK Skills. He went on to become Chief Executive at Find a Future which delivers a range of programmes and initiatives with the objectives of raising the standards of mainstream teaching and learning and increasing the profile of further education, skills and apprenticeships. Ross studied Information Management in Dundee then moved to work in London at the national headquarters of The Scout Association where he held a range of policy and operational roles supporting the local provision of non-formal education opportunities for young people.

Ross is also a Trustee of the national youth organisation Ambition UK and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee.

Governor - Katie Driver

Member of the Audit Committee

Katie works as a business coach and freelance trainer across London and in her home borough of Merton. She helps people and organisations to improve the quality of their thinking in order to thrive professionally.

She was previously a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Education, leading development of education policies and improving the quality of policy-making through better assessment of potential impact.

Katie has lived in Merton for over 20 years and has two children at Merton schools. Committed to support institutions in the borough, she was previously a Governor at a local primary school and currently volunteers at her local sports club.

Governor - Principal & Chief Executive - Sue Rimmer OBE

Sue Rimmer has been Principal and CEO of South Thames College for over 12 years and has worked in the further education sector for more than thirty years. Sue has a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Psychology and a postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Sue was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Years Honours list for services to Further Education. Sue is actively engaged in a range of local, regional and national groups and committees related to further education and skills.

Membership and posts include:

• Chair of London Capital Colleges

• Vice Chair of the Principal's Professional Council

• Trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation

• Commissioner and member of the Associate All Parliamentary Group for Skills

Previous posts include:

• WorldSkills London Regional Champion

• Chair of the Association of Colleges (AoC) London Region

• London Development Agency (LDA) Board Observer.

Independent Governor - Godfrey Allen

Chair of the Corporation South Thames College

Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Member of the Search & Governance Committee

Godfrey is a Member of the Association of Colleges, London Region Committee and the AoC Governors Council.

Godfrey is the former Chief Executive of the national employment charity, Apex Trust, a position he held for 17 years.  A presiding magistrate for over 20 years Godfrey is also Chair of Governors at South Thames College of Further Education (incorporating Merton College). Formerly, a Government Inner City Task Force Leader, he is currently a non-executive director of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust having served 7 years as a non-executive director of Wandsworth NHS Primary Care Trust. 

Godfrey is a Trustee of several charities and a former CEO in the public, private and charitable sectors, Godfrey is the England & Wales Council Member on the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates, London Region representative on the Association of Colleges Governors Council, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Institute of Management. He also holds a master's degree in public service management from South Bank University London.

Governor - Professor Martyn Jones

Chair of the Quality and Performance Committee.

Martyn is currently the Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Relations at Kingston University, London. His academic interests are programme design, business strategy and HRM. He came to Kingston University from the University of Kent where he was the Director of the Business School. Prior to this he was the Head of the School of Management and Business at the University of Wales.

He is a member of the International Accreditation Advisory Board and the International Accreditation Management Board for the Association of MBAs. Academic appointments have been at the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham and at Cranfield School of Management, where he was Director of the MBA. Prior to this he was a Colonel in the Army.

Independent Governor - Daud Ilyas

Chair of the Audit Committee
Practicing Barrister specializing in commercial and financial matters

Starting at Shell's London headquarters, he served as legal adviser to several international financial institutions.  He was Assistant General Counsel and Head of Financial Policy at the Asian Development Bank, Senior Legal Adviser and Deputy Secretary General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, and General Counsel of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank in Greece. 

He has drafted founding documents of several educational entities such as the Commonwealth Education Centre at Cambridge, and has extensive experience of code of conduct issues, dispute settlement proceedings and mechanisms for resolution of employment matters.


Academic Staff Governor - Adedamola Aminu

Member of the Quality and Performance Committee

Adedamola Aminu is a lecturer in Business and Computing at South Thames College. Adedamola is also a local Councillor in Lambeth representing Tulse Hill ward, he is currently the Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People for London Borough of Lambeth, a school governor and Trustee for a charitable organisation. Cllr Aminu currently sits on Joint Meeting of the Appointments, Overview and Scrutiny Committees, School Organisation Advisory Board for the London Borough of Lambeth and other outside bodies such as London Councils - Children and Young Peoples Forum, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Greater London. He holds bachelor honour degrees in Business Studies from London Southbank University, Diploma in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing, Masters Degree in Marketing from Greenwich University and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE cantab).

Cllr Aminu has ten years teaching experience and has lectured at various FE Colleges and sixth forms. He also has taught across a broad range of disciplines notably the Business & IT, Marketing and Management.

External Co-opted Governor - Tim Morris

External Co-opted Member of the Audit Committee

Independent Governor - Andrew Brown

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee 

Andrew is currently COO of an investment management business, which he co-founded in 2010. In this role, Andrew has responsibility for finance, operations, IT and risk management. Before this, he worked in banking, in both strategic advisory and operational roles. Andrew started his career in a Corporate Strategy Consultancy after graduating from Cambridge with a Masters of Engineering.



Independent Governor - Cllr Brenda Fraser
Governor Brenda Fraser

Member of the Quality & Performance Committee

Brenda has worked in the NHS for twenty-seven years, holds various Nursing and Midwifery qualifications and has extensive knowledge and understanding of Health issues.

A Lecturer in Further Education for fourteen years and an Associate Lecturer with The Open University, Brenda brings knowledge and understanding of the Education System to the post of Governor at South Thames College.

A Degree in Law and a Masters in Business Administration, Brenda's expertise supports her present role as member of the Audit Committee and Quality and Performance Committee at South Thames College.

In addition, she is also a Magistrate at the Local Magistrate Court, a Local Councillor at South Thames affiliated Borough (Merton – re-elected May 2014), and a Primary School Governor. Brenda is delighted to be a South Thames Governor and is passionate about the teaching and learning of young people.


Governor - Lucy Ashman
Lucy Ashman

Member of the Quality & Performance Committee

Lucy is an education professional and innovation expert currently based in London, where she is an integral member of the Teach First Innovation Unit, which seeks to support the inception and growth of innovations which can help to close the gap in educational opportunities for young people in the UK.

As part of the founding team of Teach First's Innovation Unit, Lucy is in charge of designing and delivering activities which inspire new innovations and which also support early - stage innovations to be developed into sustainable, effective social enterprises.

Lucy has an Outstanding PGCE in Citizenship, which she gained by completing the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in Birmingham, UK, where she loved her role as Head of Citizenship at a secondary school in Birmingham.

Prior to this, she spent time working at Oxfam GB in communications and innovation; at the UN Agency for Refugees in Geneva; and she also has campaigning experience from running UK's biggest Climate Change campaign, Climate Week in the education sector in 2012.

Lucy is also completing a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Warwick. She has a degree in Philosophy & Politics from the University of Durham and is a qualified teacher.


Governor - Cllr James Maddan

Chair of the Search and Governance Committee Member of the Remuneration Committee

Member of Finance & Resources Committee

Cllr Maddan was re-elected in May 2014 and serves as a Ward Councillor in the Borough of Wandsworth.

He is a Trustee of London Neighbourhood Watch Association and a Trustee of Putney & Wandsworth’s Crime Prevention Panel.

Independent Governor - Cllr Stuart Thom

Member of the Search & Governance Committee

Cllr Thom was re-elected as a ward Councillor for Fairfield Ward in May 2014, where the main Campus for South Thames College is situated. 

Stuart is a graduate of Edinburgh University and Manchester Business School. He has spent his life in international business, working in Africa, and subsequently joined the Foreign Office where as First Secretary (Commercial) at the British Embassy in Moscow he assisted British exporters promote their products to Russia. He then joined Ernst & Young, the consultants and accountants, to set up their office in Moscow. As Business Development Director he advised clients on how to do business in Russia and Central Asia.



Independent Governor - Yvette Stanley

Chair  of the Quality and Performance Committee

Yvette has worked in Education and Children's services since 1986. Having begun her career in the Inner London Education Authority and subsequently holding senior education management posts in several authorities, she is now Director of Children Schools and Families for Merton.

Yvette has a passion and commitment for education and learning and for ensuring that young people have access to education and learning opportunities that support their personal development into adulthood as well as enabling them to participate actively in the social, economic and civic life of their communities.