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.

Hartpury currently operates six governance committees. These are the Audit and Risk Committee, the Strategy, Finance and Resources, 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

The Academic Regulations describe how an Award can be gained, including conditions for enrolment, achievement and graduation of awards. These are an important part of our contract with our students.  The Academic Regulations are set by the Awarding Body, Hartpury (or the University of the West of England, Bristol for some existing students), and are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are consistent and equitable.

Hartpury University and College Boards of Governors
Members of the Boards of Governors are mostly external to the College and University, they are local, regional and national people with a range of skills, knowledge and experience to help Hartpury take forward its strategic objectives. The Boards include in their membership the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, staff and student governors.

Any person wishing to become a Governor, or correspond with the Boards should contact the Clerk to the Governors.

Gillian Steels
Clerk to the Governors
Hartpury College and University
GL19 3BE


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Meet the Governors

  • Russell Marchant

    Job title:
    Vice-Chancellor, Principal and CEO

    Russell joined Hartpury 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.

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  • Edward Keene

    Job title:
    Chair of Governors for Hartpury University and Hartpury College

    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 is Chair of Governors for Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

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  • Chris Moody OBE

    Job title:
    Hartpury University and Hartpury College 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 Moody OBE is a governor of Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

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  • Charlie Whitehouse

    Job title:
    Hartpury University Governor

    Charlie is a local farmer and business man and has been a member of the Corporation since June 2005. He's a governor of Hartpury University.

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  • Ian Robinson

    Job title:
    Hartpury University 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.

    He is a governor of Hartpury University.

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  • William (Bill) Marshall

    Job title:
    Hartpury University Governor

    Bill is passionate about the University and what it stands for.

    He has 25 years of experience in Higher education at Board level, most recently at the University of West of England (UWE). His work focused on Finance, Commercial Development and enterprise. He left UWE to start a portfolio career in 2018. UWE awarded him the title of Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus to recognise his contribution to the University.

    He has over seen and directed capital projects of over £300m and been involved in Financing £160m of investment, land sales of £60m and producing  an affordable UWE estate masterplan. He has been project director for the construction and financing of over 3000 new student bedrooms in that time. He was also key to developing a University Enterprise zone.

    Bill has been involved with the partnership between UWE and Hartpury from the start in 1996 and was delighted to become a part of University when it was founded in 2018. He is the FE and HE Equine Link Governor.

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  • David Seymour

    Job title:
    Hartpury University Governor

    David was elected to the Board in October 2010 as a Parent Governor and had a daughter studying at Hartpury. 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 a governor of Hartpury University.

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  • Dr John Selby

    Job title:
    Hartpury University Governor

    John became a governor of Hartpury 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 research as a Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. From 2011 to 2018 he chaired the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education and since 2011 has been a member of the Board of Trustees of The Brightside Trust.

    He is a governor of Hartpury University.

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  • Lisa Oliver

    Job title:
    Hartpury University Governor

    Lisa is an Associate Director with LHP Chartered Accountants in Pembrokeshire, having previously been an Associate Director at a Gloucestershire accountancy firm.  She grew up on a family farm in Leicestershire and graduated from Harper Adams University College, before embarking on a career in agricultural accountancy.

    Lisa joined the Board in 2018. She is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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  • Henry Hodgkins

    Job title:
    Hartpury University Governor

    Henry was appointed to the Board in February 2018. He is the link governor for FE and HE agriculture.

    Henry was educated at Dean Close School in Cheltenham and upon leaving joined Lloyds Bank, departing after 15 years to help set up and run a local Independent Financial Advisers business for 20 years until it was sold in 2013. Henry is now a Financial Planner with Oculus Wealth Management in Cheltenham.

    He is a Member of the Council of the Dean Close Foundation, Chairman of the Cheltenham Business Lunch Club and also runs an evening networking club and is well known in the Cheltenham business community.

    Henry has been married to Caroline for over 30 years and they have three children and live in Charlton Kings. He enjoys watching Gloucester Rugby and Hartpury University RFC and likes ski-ing and watching Motor Racing. He attends Holy Apostles Church in Cheltenham.

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  • Barbara Buck

    Job title:
    Hartpury College Governor

    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 governor of Hartpury College.

    Photo of Barbara Buck
  • Helen Wilkinson

    Job title:
    Hartpury College Governor

    Helen was appointed as a governor for the College in 2018. She currently works in a Gloucestershire/Wiltshire Multi Academy Trust and is based in a rural Wiltshire Comprehensive as Deputy Headteacher. As Chair of the North Wiltshire CPD group - across 10 schools - she ensures good quality training is provided for those aspiring to middle or senior leadership level and joint training opportunities are maximised. She is also an Olevi Outstanding facilitator and coach. She has substantial experience in education having worked in independent, grammar and state sector schools during her career. For most of that time she has been involved in school improvement work as a senior leader and is very committed to ensuring all students are given a good start in life through the education and opportunities they receive.

    Helen is the link governor to A-Levels and Access to Higher Education. She also chairs the Quality Enhancement and Standards Committee.

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  • Patrick T J Brooke FCA

    Job title:
    Hartpury College Governor

    Patrick was an equity partner in Grant Thornton until 2009 and now runs an independent consultancy business.

    Patrick's career involved the management of a significant portfolio of clients, covering a wide range of businesses both in the UK and overseas.

    In the not-for-profit sector, Patrick was Chair of the Cotswold Nuffield Hospital Support Group, a member of the Development Committee of Cheltenham Festivals Ltd, Council at the University of Gloucestershire and Council at Cheltenham College.

    Patrick is the link governor to FE equine, is a member of the Remuneration and Employment Committee and chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

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  • Alison Blackburn

    Job title:
    Hartpury University Governor

    Alison’s career in HE extends over a period of more than 30 years. She has held a number of senior roles in UK universities and has worked with other higher education institutions and agencies nationally and internationally on project and consultancy work.

    Most recently Alison was Registrar and Secretary at the University of Salford, and a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Team. As Registrar she was responsible for Student Administration, Student Experience and Support, Quality and Enhancement, School Operations, the Library and Legal and Compliance. As University Secretary Alison advised the Chair of Council (the University’s governing body), ensured effective corporate governance and supported members of Council in fulfilling their responsibilities.

    Alison is a long-standing Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Reviewer.

    Alison was appointed to the University Board in October 2019. She is a member of the Quality Enhancement and Standards Committee.

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  • Mary Heslop

    Job title:
    Hartpury College Governor

    Mary has been a passionate and enthusiastic professional in the Further Education sector for over 30 years as a teacher, manager, leader, governor, adviser and policy maker.

    After 11 years as a teacher and manager in FE Colleges, she moved on to regional and national posts in the Further Education Funding Council and the Department for Education. She then became a National Director at the Learning and Skills Council from where she was seconded to the Andrew Foster Review of Further Education and then to the 157 Group of Colleges as its founding Director. She also served on an FE College Board for 5 years.

    Mary returned to FE College roles in 2008, joining Warwickshire College as VP Strategy and then Deputy Chief Executive of the Warwickshire College Group, followed by Group Executive Director People and Partnerships. As part of the Warwickshire College Group roles, her senior leadership responsibilities ranged across the Group’s 6 Colleges, including the 2 land-based ones.

    From 2015 to 2019, she was an independent FE College consultant and adviser, working mainly on College mergers, including a successful 3-way London Colleges merger. Most recently, she led on a College Structures and Prospects Appraisal (SPA) process and supported the College Board on the merger outcome, acting in the process as Interim Clerk to the Corporation.

    Mary was appointed to the College Board in October 2019.  She is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

    Photo of Mary Heslop
  • Kam Nandra

    Job title:
    Hartpury College Governor

    Kam currently works as Director of Quality at Hertford Regional College. This is alongside running his consultancy business supporting colleges to improve their achievement rates and OFSTED grades. Previously an Additional OFSTED Inspector, he has experience of over 30 inspections.

    Kam joined the College Board in October 2019.  He is also a member of the Quality Enhancement and Standards Committee  (QuEST)

    Photo of Kam Nandra
  • Gareth Smith

    Job title:
    HE Student Governor

    Gareth is in his first year at Hartpury studying BSc (Hons) Canine Training and Performance, having completed a foundation year in 2020/21. During this time, he helped to champion the voice of students at Hartpury by working with the Students’ Union as a course representative and a committee member for student societies.

    Gareth’s education began in Spain, so he is a fluent Spanish speaker. He is returning to study in his late 20s after being in retail management in the UK for the best part of a decade.  After his degree he hopes to continue his formal education and start a business in the dog behaviour sector, supporting dogs and promoting canine welfare. In his free time Gareth can be found in the gym or on the track - he is a 100 and 200 metre sprinter with Gloucester Athletics club. Other times he might be found following his passion for restoring classic motorbikes.

    Gareth is proud to be representing students on the Hartpury Board of Governors this year and looks forward to being involved in the future development of the University for the benefit of all students.

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Hartpury Policies

Student – General

Student – University


Equality and Diversity

Admissions Data

The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.

The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.

The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.

The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.


Committee Structure

Hartpury 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.

University Committees

Strategy, Resources and Finance Committee Minutes

Minutes of Strategy, Resources and Finance Committee meetings can be downloaded below:

Corporation Minutes

Minutes of Corporation meetings can be downloaded below:

College Committees

Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes

Minutes of Audit and Risk Management Committee meetings can be downloaded below:

Strategy, Resources and Finance Committee Minutes

Minutes of Strategy, Resources and Finance Committee meetings can be downloaded below:

Quality Enhancement and Standards Committee Minutes

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

Corporation Minutes

Minutes of Corporation meetings can be downloaded below:

Archive pre-September 2018

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: