East Durham College principal Suzanne Duncan, College Governor John Harding, and Chair of the Corporation David Butler

Long Term College Governor Comes To End of Service

East Durham College has honoured a long serving Governor for his continuous hard work over 32 year association with the College.

John Harding, 60, from Peterlee, took up the role as a Governor at East Durham College in May 2003.

In line with best practice, the College has rules regarding the maximum time a person can remain a Governor, and after serving for three terms, covering 12 years, John is now set to leave his role.

But John’s service at East Durham College started long before taking up the role on the College Board; he spent 20 years between 1981 and 2001 as a sports lecturer.

John’s association with sport in the region has seen him take up a number of roles including Chair of Durham Basketball Association, A Member of the Northern Regional Management Committee for Basketball and Durham Sport Basketball Committee. He also sits on the AQA Exam Board for GCSE P.E. and has been Head Coach for the College Basketball Club and Assistant Coach for the England Schools Team.

His day job now is Easington District School Sport Co-Ordinator so hopefully he will still have a presence in and around the College.

During his time as a Governor, John has served on every Committee that has been in place over the last 12 years.

The Chair of the Corporation thanked John on behalf of the College and the Board for all his hard work, input and commitment.

Chair of the Corporation, David Butler, said: “John has been a Governor for 12 years. These posts are totally voluntary and he has worked very hard to help make the College the success it is today.

“Taking account of his time as a lecturer before that, John has given 32 years of his life to East Durham College and we wish him all the best for the future. He will be a huge miss.”