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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 25 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. For the last eighteen 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.

Michael Curry ACMA CGMA (Governor)

Michael Curry

I was born in Little Thorpe Hospital in 1964 and have lived in Peterlee all of my life. I started school in North Blunts Primary and continued my education at Dene House.  Early jobs in the area were in administration at Saluki Fabrics, porter handyman/care assistant at Glendale home in Blackhall, labouring for Easington District Council, dry lining fitter nationwide for WA Brown in Billingham and eventually joining the Civil Service at National Savings in Durham in 1986. It was there I eventually began my studies to be an accountant, qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in 2001. I subsequently went on to be the CIMA President for the North East Coast in 2005 and still have an active part in accounting activities in the region, representing the area in the regional committee.

I have always loved sport, playing football and basketball to a high standard in my youth. I even played for Peterlee College when the basketball team moved there from Dene House. I also coached and refereed at the college too.  I have always been an avid Sunderland AFC supporter and still go along to most home games.  I am married with two grown up sons, the youngest of which is currently a student at the college.

I am proud to say I am from Peterlee and have a great love for the town and the county. I see this opportunity to join the college as a Governor as my chance to give something back. My position on the Audit committee is a great place to start, using my accounting experience to its best advantage.

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.

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

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.

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.

Geoff Field (Governor)

Details to follow soon.

Ruth Woodhouse (Governor)

Details to follow soon.

Richard Harrison  (Governor)

Details to follow soon.

Holly Lightowler (Student Governor)

Holly Lightowler, who is studying on the BTEC Applied Science is the current student governor.

Karen Hartis (Staff Governor)

Karen Hartis is a lecturer at the College's Houghall Campus in the Foundation Department.

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Samantha Pritchard (Clerk to the Corporation)

Samantha Pritchard