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Current Governors

Please find below the Governors' Profiles of the current Members.

The Corporation or Governing Body at East Durham College consists of 16 Members.

  • The Principal 
  • 12 External Members
  • Two Student Members, who are nominated and elected by the Students at the College
  • One Staff Member, who is nominated and elected by the Staff at the College

David Butler (Chair of the Corporation)

David Butler

David Butler retired from full time employment in 2008 after a 40 year career in housing and local government which included 15 years as Director of Housing at Newcastle City Council and 10 years as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He was also President of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1992/93.

During the past 5 years he has been a member of the Learning and Skills Council for the North East and an Advisor to Dunelm Property Services, part of the Esh Group of Companies. He is currently Chair of Cestria Community Housing and is a member of Durham Cathedral‘s Property Committee. David was appointed as Chair of the Corporation on 13th February 2014.

Suzanne Duncan (Principal & Chief Executive)

Suzanne Duncan

Suzanne Duncan, a BA (Hons) graduate in Travel and Tourism Management, was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive in March 2012, taking up post in September 2012. Suzanne has worked in the Further Education sector for 18 years, in teaching and management roles at a number of colleges in the North East. This included previously working at East Durham College as Assistant Principal from 2003 to 2007. Most recently she held the post of Vice Principal – Quality and Business Support at Sunderland College. For the last ten years, Suzanne has also undertaken work as an inspector for Ofsted.

David Boyes (Vice Chair of the Corporation)

David Boyes

David Boyes was born at Little Thorpe, Easington in 1963. He attended North Blunts Infants, North Blunts Primary, and then Shotton Hall Comprehensive School, leaving in 1979. Since then he has worked in a variety of occupations, including as a driving instructor from 1990 until 2008. In 1998, he returned to full-time education, gaining a degree in Politics/History from Sunderland University. He then gained a Masters degree, and then a Ph.D from Durham University. In 2002 he became a Parish Councillor on Easington Colliery Parish Council. In May 2008, he was elected as a County Councillor on Durham County Council.

He currently chairs the Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Committee and is a Member of the County Planning Committee. David is a Governor at Easington Colliery Primary School, as well as Easington Academy. He chairs the Easington Housing Steering Committee, and is a Board Director at East Durham Homes. He was recently appointed on to the Police and Crime Panel which oversees and scrutinises the Police and Crime Commissioner. His pastimes include playing chess. He is also a season ticket holder at Newcastle United Football Club. David was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Corporation on 12th December 2013.

James Bromiley (Governor)

James Bromiley

James was brought up in Durham City. He is a chartered accountant and a senior civil servant. He has worked in the field of education for over ten years and is passionate about making sure that every individual has the opportunity to achieve their full potential through an educational route which works best for them. He is also driven by trying to get the maximum value from public money and brings that skill set to the College.

Outside of work, James is a non-executive director of Northumbria university and the Horizons Academy Trust in Stockton. He also coaches under 9s cricket at Yarm Cricket Club and enjoys running, drinking wine and looking after his two children.

Lisa Crichton (Governor)

Lisa Crichton

Lisa was appointed to the Board in April 2013 and brings with her a wide range of Human Resources (HR) and training experience from primarily within the NHS. She is currently Director of Workforce and Organisational Development for one of the largest mental health and disability providers in the UK, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, based in Newcastle. Lisa has significant experience in operational HR issues and in recent years has spent time leading and supporting the workforce aspects of organisational and more recently transformational change. In more recent years she has gained experience of managing a large leadership, training and development function within her portfolio of responsibilities.

As well as generic HRM qualifications, she has also formally studied Strategic Workforce Planning and Leadership through Effective Human Resources Management. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her dog in the Northumberland countryside and travelling. She also mentors young people through the Steps Ahead Programme as well as being involved with her local community in raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

Fred Harrison (Governor)

Fred Harrison

Having taught in East Durham since 1975, mostly in the College, I have a sound understanding of the needs of the district and the complexities involved in running the multifunctional institution which it is. As a senior manager I was aware of the need to deliver a high quality relevant curriculum within the ever tightening financial constraints evident throughout the public sector. As a Governor I look forward to contributing to the development of the college for the benefit of the community in any way I can.

Carole Lattin (Governor)

Carole Lattin

Carole took up the role of Governor in April 2014. Originally from the North West, Carole came to Durham as an undergraduate and has made the North East her home, ever since. She has worked in further education for over 25 years, first at New College where she became Head of the Adult Opportunities, before moving to Bishop Auckland College as Vice Principal. She then spent four years as a full-time inspector of FE, travelling the country inspecting FE colleges, before returning to FE and her final position as Deputy Principal at North Tyneside College (Now Tyne Met). She continued to work as an associate inspector.

After her retirement, she continued her work as a counsellor. She has worked in a voluntary capacity for Citizens’ Advice, the local Health Authority and continues to work for St. Cuthbert’s Hospice. She is the Chair of the Durham and Chester le Street locality Patients Reference Group. Her interests are travelling, yoga, walking and looking after her six grandchildren. She has always passionately believed in the positive part FE can play in offering a second chance to previously disenchanted people, young and old, and is delighted to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to its value to people of the north east.

John MacIntyre (Governor)

John MacIntyre

John is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland.

As Pro Vice Chancellor, he has a brief covering Research, Innovation, Knowledge Exchange, Employer Engagement and Regional Economy. He works closely with Sunderland City Council to support the delivery of the City Economic Masterplan and works with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership on elements of their work on economic development for the region.

As Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, he leads a large and diverse portfolio of academic activity across four academic departments: Computing, Engineering and Technology; Pharmacy, Health and Well-being; Psychology; and Sport and Exercise Sciences. His personal areas of expertise and research are in artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, bioinformatics, and business and organisational change. He has published over 140 papers including invited contributions to international journals and conferences; and is a member of many regional, national and international organisations linked to his own research, or on behalf of the University.

John took up the role of Governor on the Board at East Durham College in April 2014. He is keen to make a contribution to EDC as Governor because of the College’s ambitious plans, strong educational mission and values, and to support developing links with employers in engineering and manufacturing. He is a Member of the Audit Committee and has also been appointed as the Link Governor for Engineering and Manufacturing.

Vivienne McFarquhar (Governor)

Vivienne McFarquhur

Vivienne was appointed to the Board from 1st August 2015. She recently retired from Further Education after 36 years in the sector. She began teaching firstly as a part time lecturer and then progressed to full time teaching in 1985, where she gained her Certificate in Education. She worked in various colleges around the region. During the last 15 years Vivienne held senior management positions and has gained significant experience in quality and curriculum.

She was educated at Seaham Grammar School, South Tyneside College, New College Durham and Northumbria University where she gained a masters degree in Quality Management in 1999. 
As a Governor she is also involved with the Search Committee and the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee; and is the Link Governor for Teaching and Learning.

Liz Oughton (Governor)

Liz Oughton has degrees in agriculture, agricultural economics, and rural development from London and Oxford Universities. Her PhD from Newcastle University followed two years of fieldwork on food security in Western India. She has lived in Durham since 1984, and has taught at both Durham and Newcastle Universities. She has conducted research on rural businesses, farming, and the effects of flooding on rural communities throughout the North of England. She has worked on curriculum development and degree design for degrees in environment and development and agricultural marketing. Her research has always involved working closely with rural communities and rural households. Liz enjoys travelling and has been lucky enough to work in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, the Middle East, Chile, and eastern Europe, as well as the Northeast of England.

Liz has always had a keen interest in agriculture and the countryside. She has  kept a horse at Houghall and has enjoyed riding as a hobby for many years. She is presently working at the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University, and has just begun a full time degree in Fine Art at Newcastle.

Liz believes passionately that all young people should be given opportunities to develop their interests and capacities so that they can live a fulfilling and engaged life.

Jane Weeks (Governor)

Jane Weeks

I was born in Newcastle and educated at Central Newcastle High School and Westfield school in the city. I qualified as a Veterinary surgeon in July 1981 and have worked full time in the profession ever since, mainly in agricultural practice, but since 2002 in 100% small animal practice. I became a Governor of East Durham College in April 2011. I went to Liverpool University School of Veterinary Science where I found time to enjoy my studies, but also to become involved with wider student activities both riding and fencing for the university, and also being a member of the veterinary school riding team and being involved with the final year Leahurst society.

Since qualifying, my work has been involved with mainly hands on general practice dealing with day to day agricultural and family animal problems, for some time in mixed practice in the Cotswold, and then Durham, and currently with small animals needing the care of a national veterinary charity. I was for some time the lead veterinary surgeon to Houghall Farm and the enterprises found there. There are three farmers and an agricultural economist in my family so all matters land based are close to my heart.

As a Governor of East Durham College I am involved with the Search Committee and hope to protect and encourage the land based activities of the College, and see them thrive. I still find time to ride (and keep a pony at the College), play tennis, and get involved with local veterinary politics. This year, I am president of the North of England Veterinary Society.

Ian West (Governor)

Ian West

Ian was asked to join the Board of Governors in 2016 and also serves on the Audit Committee. Ian is the Operations Director for Seaward Electronic Ltd who is a manufacture of Safety Electrical Equipment based on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee.

Ian has worked in manufacturing since leaving school and has undertaken various roles from purchasing to operations, returning back to part-time education to gain a degree in Business Management from Sunderland University. Outside of work, Ian is also a Governor of St Cuthbert’s Primary school in Seaham and is also Chair of East Durham Business Service based in Peterlee.

Eleanor Weir (Student Governor)

Eleanor Weir

I am currently a second year A-Level student at ED6, studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I hope to go on to study Veterinary Medicine at University.

I am the current Student Union president. This role involves organising and running events, attending meetings, taking student views to the right people, but most importantly, being part of the Student Union team.

Outside of college I work with a number of charities. I am a Marine Mammal Medic with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, and I am also a Marine Mammal Surveyor with ORCA, involved in the conservation and documentation of the worlds Cetaceans.

My work with these charities has given me so many amazing memories and has opened my eyes to our local, fascinating marine life.

I am both proud and honoured to represent our students as a Student Governor.

Jim Blower (Staff Governor)

Jim Blower

Jim Blower was born and raised in Teesside. Never really a scholar, he joined the Army (Royal Engineers) at the age of 16. Jim served in numerous parts of the world and left in 2013 after nearly 24 years service, some of which included teaching an artisan construction trade and several years as a military instructor. Whilst in the Royal Engineers, Jim was heavily involved in the construction and maintenance of bridges, buildings and infrastructure, so it came naturally to him to move into Facilities Management on his return to civvy street in 2013. His first job involved the management of the facilities at Catterick Garrison, responsible for the maintenance, repairs and projects for over 100 military buildings.

A move into Estate Management within an educational setting came next when he moved to Redcar and Cleveland College as the Buildings and Estates Manager. In 2014, Jim was appointed the Director of Estates, Services and Resources at East Durham College and has been instrumental in the £12m redevelopment of the Houghall Campus.

With two grown children currently at university, money is tight but he can still afford a season ticket at Middlesbrough Football Club.

Samantha Pritchard (Clerk to the Corporation)

Samantha Pritchard