Governance and Policies

In this section, you can meet our governors, find out more about Hartpury’s Corporation – effectively the board of directors – and its responsibilities, as well as wider governance, accounts, structure and policy information.

The College currently operates six governance committees. These are the Audit Committee, the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee, the Remuneration Committee, the Search and Governance Committee and a Special Committee that meets to discuss matters outside of the remit of the other committees and extraordinary matters.

You can find the minutes from all committee meetings and Corporation meetings below.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

UWE’s academic regulations in conjunction with Hartpury’s variant regulations assure our academic standards and ensure all students are treated consistently and equitably. Students enrolled on a programme at Hartpury agree to abide by these Academic Regulations and Procedures.

View UWE and Hartpury variant regulations

Meet the Governors

  • Alfred Morris CBE DL

    Job title:
    President Hartpury College

    Alfred Morris was Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England in 1997 when Hartpury became an Associate Faculty. He is currently Chairman of Higher Education Associates Ltd, a strategic consultancy firm with an international client list. He has appeared in The Sunday Times lists of 'The 500 Most Powerful People in Britain' and was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to Higher Education.

  • Edward Keene

    Job title:
    Chairman of the Corporation

    Edward manages the family farming business.  He is Chair of the UK Blackcurrant Committee and a committee member on the Steering Group for the Orchard Network of Excellence for the cider industry. He joined the Corporation in August 2006. He is Chair of the Corporation and Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee, Remuneration Committee and Search and Governance Committee.

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  • Russell Marchant

    Job title:
    Chief Executive and Principal

    Russell joined the College in September 2012 as Chief Executive and Principal after having held a similar position for 12 years at a land based college in Scotland. Russell has spent 30 years in land-based education and has an MBA. Russell sits “in attendance” on the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee and the Search and Governance Committee.

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  • Charlie Whitehouse

    Job title:
    Governor

    Charlie is a local farmer and business man and has been a member of the Corporation since June 2005.  Charlie is Vice Chair of the Corporation and Vice Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Search and Governance Committee and Remuneration Committees. 

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  • Graham van der Lely

    Job title:
    Governor

    Graham is a local nurseryman with business interests in both the horticultural and equestrian industries and is a Governor of the University of the West of England. His association with the governance of Hartpury College precedes Incorporation. Graham is a past Chair of the Corporation and also sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Search and Governance Committee and is Link Governor for Animal Management.

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  • Barbara Buck

    Job title:
    Non-executive Governor

    Barbara was elected to become a non-executive Governor in September 2015 after being a Staff Governor for the previous seven years. Barbara retired in July 2015 from her position as lecturer in BTEC Sport/Outdoor Education and has considerable experience in Further Education as well as previously managing Catering, Residences and Student Services Departments. Barbara is a member of the Audit Committee and is Link Governor for Equality and Diversity and the Students’ Union.

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  • David Crawford

    Job title:
    Governor

    David became a governor in October 2009. He graduated from Loughborough University and took up a career in education latterly becoming Headmaster of Colston’s School in Bristol. He is a school governor and acts as a mentor to new Heads. David also Chairs the Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee and is Link Governor for HE Sport.

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  • Chris Moody OBE

    Job title:
    Governor

    Chris joined the Board in March 2012. Chris is currently Chief Executive of Landex and was Principal of Moulton College from 1992 to 2011. Moulton College has been Ofsted “Outstanding” and LSIS Beacon since 2004. Chris was awarded the OBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for his services to further education and training. He is a trustee of the Agrifood Charities partnership (AFCP), a member of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) Grants Panel, and represents the land-based sector on a wide range of committees and external organisations. He is a past Chair of Landex, and a past Board member of the Association of Colleges and Principals Professional Council. Chris is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee and Link Governor for HE Animal and Land. 

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  • David Seymour

    Job title:
    Governor

    David was elected to the Board in October 2010 as a Parent Governor and had a daughter studying at the College. David for most of his career has been a journalist. He was Political Editor of Mirror Group Newspapers for 12 years and has also had several books published. He is also the founder and editor of Student Mirror, a termly newspaper distributed to 500,000 university students, a Trustee of Headliners and is a former board member of the Countryside Alliance. David is Chair of the Audit Committee and Link Governor for FE Sport, Outdoor Adventure and Uniformed Public Services.

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  • Ingrid Barker

    Job title:
    Governor

    Ingrid became a Governor of the College in January 2015. She is Chair of the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and has worked in senior positions within the NHS for ten years. Ingrid is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Search and Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee and is Link Governor for HE Equine and Veterinary Nursing.

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  • Graham Papenfus

    Job title:
    Governor

    Graham became a Governor in January 2015. He has worked predominately in the charitable and educational fundraising fields as well as management training and brand identity. Graham is currently Director of Fundraising, Kingswood School, Bath. He is a member of the Search and Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Audit Committee and Link Governor for FE Agriculture.

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  • Dr John Selby

    Job title:
    Governor

    John became a governor of the College in March 2015 and is now retired after many years working in the university sector, latterly as Director (Education and Participation) at the Higher Education Funding Council for England. John has taught at all levels of higher education; his specialist area has been in Political Sociology and he has been involved in research and managed a large academic department. John is still actively involved in Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation through work with the University of the West of England, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow, and the University of Bristol.  He chairs the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Brightside Trust.  John is also Vice Chair of the Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee of the College and Link Governor for FE Equine.

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  • Ian Robinson

    Job title:
    Governor

    Ian Robinson was appointed as a governor in September 2016. An electrical engineer, Ian completed a short career commission in the Royal Navy, before moving to Sheffield Hallam University and later to Edge Hill University. Roles included Head of Department, Director of Undergraduate Programmes, Dean of Quality Enhancement and Graduate School Director. Following retirement, he continues as a long-serving academic reviewer with the Quality Assurance Agency. He served as a Naval Reservist for over 35 years, and he is currently Board Chairman of a national “arm’s-length” government body responsible for providing and managing the real estate for the country’s Reserve Forces and Service Cadet Organisations. A Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Higher Education Academy, Ian was appointed OBE in 2010. Ian is a member of the Quality Enhancement and Standards Committee and Link Governor for A Levels.

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  • Rachel Cowie

    Job title:
    Governor

    Rachel Cowie is the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England’s nominee to the Hartpury Board and was first appointed in September 2015. Rachel has a background in higher education and is the Director of Academic Services at the University. Rachel is Link Governor for Safeguarding, Welfare and Health and Safety.

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Hartpury Policies

Student

General

Equality and Diversity

Governance

Committee Structure

The College currently has the following committee structure:

Financial Accounts

To download and read detailed yearly accounts for the college, please use the links below: 

Policy Documents

Policy documents relating to Governance can be downloaded below:

Structure of the Corporation

The Corporation is a legal body constituted under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and consists of 17 members from all walks of life and a cross section of the community which it serves including staff and students from the College. In business terms it equates to a board of directors in a company.

Under the current Articles of Government the Corporation is responsible for:

  • the determination of the educational character and mission of the institution and for the oversight of its activities;
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
  • approving the quality strategy of the institution;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the clerk (including, where the clerk is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, his appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay in his capacity as a member of staff);
  • setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

Through amendments to the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (inserted by the Education Act 2011) a wide range of restrictions and controls on college corporations have been removed, putting colleges on a similar footing to charities operating within the private/independent sector. The Secretary of State will no longer have the power to amend or revoke a corporation’s instruments and articles. Instead this power will sit with the corporation, which will be able to change the Instrument and Articles to help meet their needs. The legislative requirements for the instrument and articles are now reduced to a minimum core of essential elements.

The College's Instrument and Articles of Government have been automatically changed from 1st April 2012 by the Modification of Instruments and Articles of Government Order 2012. Further changes were approved by the Corporation in July 2012 and October 2013.

The Hartpury College Corporation membership is comprised of:-

  • 12 Non-executive Members
  • 1 Staff member
  • 2 Student members
  • Representative of the University of the West of England
  • The Principal

Attendance at Corporation Meetings

The Corporation is required to meet at least once per academic term and is quorate only when at least 40% of its Members are present. The Corporation agrees annually its Governance Targets which includes targets for attendance at Corporation and Committee Meetings.

The Clerk to the Corporation attends and minutes all Corporation and Committee meetings. The Vice Principals are normally 'in attendance' for all or part of each Corporation meeting.

The Clerk to the Corporation

The Clerk to the Corporation is responsible for organising the proper conduct of the Corporation's business. The Clerk is appointed by the Corporation, works directly for the Corporation and is answerable directly to the Corporation for the proper discharge of his duties as Clerk. The Clerk must provide independent advice to the Corporation and work closely with both the Chairman and the Principal in managing Corporation business. Specific duties of the Clerk include, but are not limited to:

  • Summoning meetings
  • Preparing agendas and papers
  • Minuting meetings
  • Advising the Chairman on procedure
  • Ensuring that the decisions of the Corporation are conveyed to those with responsibility to implement them
  • Undertaking correspondence on behalf of the Corporation

Terms of Office

Terms of Office and Filling Vacancies

Corporation Members can serve a term of office up to four years and, on retirement at the end of their term of office, they are normally eligible for reappointment. Student Governors serve a term of office of generally one year. The Student Governors are elected and nominated by Hartpury students on an annual basis.

A number of circumstances, such as having been adjudged bankrupt or holding a criminal record, make certain individuals ineligible for office and these are laid down in section 8, Persons Ineligible to be Members, of the Instrument and Articles of Government.

Corporation Members appoint both the Chairman and Vice Chairman from amongst their number and both can hold office for as long as is determined by the Corporation. Neither the Principal nor any staff or student member is eligible to be appointed Chairman or Vice Chairman.

The process for making appointments to the Corporation has to be both open and transparent. The Corporation takes advice and recommendations from its Search Committee in respect of new Members. The Corporation must formally approve the appointment of all Members.

A Member can resign at any time by giving notice in writing to the Clerk to the Corporation and the Corporation can remove a Member from office if it is satisfied that he/she has been absent from meetings for a period longer than 6 months without permission from the Corporation.

Members of the Corporation are required to declare and sign a ‘Register of Interests' annually and to agree to take note of the current 'Code of Conduct for Corporation Members' on appointment.

Committee Minutes

Audit Committee Minutes

Minutes of Audit Committee meetings can be downloaded below:

Corporation Minutes

Minutes of Corporation meetings can be downloaded below:

Finance and General Purposes Committee

Minutes of Finance and General Purposes Committee meetings can be downloaded below:

Governors Management Committee

Minutes of Governors Management Committee meetings can be downloaded below:

Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee Minutes

Minutes of Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee meetings can be downloaded below:

Search and Governance Committee Minutes

Minutes of Search and Governance Committee meetings can be downloaded below: