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Our Governance and Charitable Status

Corporate governance arrangements at Plymouth College of Art set and monitor the organisation’s strategy and objectives. The governing body aim is to give assurance and improve performance within the organisation by strategically focussing on clear and robust systems and control processes.

Exempt Charity Information

Legal name: Plymouth College of Art

Correspondence Address: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT

Constitutional Documents:

Board of Governors

Other charity trusteeships

Full audited consolidated financial statements

The governors are responsible for corporate governance which includes the leadership, direction and control of the organisation, with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness within the organisation through the relationship with management and the organisation stakeholders and the pursuit of objectives in the interests of the organisation and its stakeholders.

The governing body discharges its responsibilities of the duty of care by ensuring that the public funds received are spent for the intended purposes and that value for money is obtained.

Risk management is an integral part of any decision made by the governing body. The Audit Committee monitors progress and advises the governing body regarding controls on risk management.

The Corporation has a structure of four Committees and one Working Group to undertake strategic business control and monitoring:

  • Finance and Estates Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration and Employment Committee
  • Capital Build Working Group

Within each Committee or Working Group specialist members (Independent Committee Members) join the governors to provide professional advice and guidance. The Corporation meeting schedule ensures that the Committees and Governing Body are able to deliver their responsibilities and business in a timely manner, and to meet external bodies’ requirements.

Governors are recruited taking into account, wherever possible, equality and diversity issues. In particular, the Nominations and Governance Committee consider individual’s skills and experience to make certain there is a fit with the mission, vision and objectives of the College. High standards of ethical, personal and corporate conduct are expected from members, in accordance with the Standards in Public Life, commonly referred to as the ‘Nolan’ principles. All governors are encouraged to participate in development and training programmes, briefings, seminars and workshops. Members regularly receive routine circulations of a range of printed information and briefing material.

 

Andrew Brewerton

Andrew Brewerton - Principal & Chief Executive

Andrew Brewerton is Principal & Chief Executive of Plymouth College of Art (PCA) and, since 2000, Honorary Professor of Fine Art at Shanghai University. He is founding Chair of Governors and Director of Trustees of the Plymouth School of Creative Arts at The Red House and PCA is a founding associate of Tate Exchange. Andrew currently serves as Vice Chair of GuildHE, one of two formal representative bodies for UK Higher Education, and of UKADIA, and is a member of the UK Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation, the Cultural Learning Alliance Steering Group, and the Crafts Council’s Advisory Group

A former Principal of Dartington College of Arts and Dean of Art & Design at the University of Wolverhampton, Andrew is an English graduate of Cambridge University and from 1984 worked for a decade in glass crystal manufacturing for five years, latterly as head of design and development at Dartington Crystal. He has held a number of academic and public appointments: at the Università dell’Aquila, Italy; with Professorships at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Plymouth; as a Council member of Arts Council England; and as Vice-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Higher Education (PMI2).

His international work has involved the catalytic development of academic glass programs at Shanghai University and Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria), as well as public art projects in China and the UK. A book-length Chinese monograph on his contribution to Art & Design education in China was published in Shanghai in April 2011.

He has given guest lectures and seminars internationally – recently at Art in Action, Révélations at Grand Palais, Paris; Loheland Stiftung, Germany; Ateliers d’Art de France, Assises 2016; Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea; and Beijing Design Week. Andrew is the author of more than sixty journal and catalogue essays and books on glass and contemporary art, including extended essays on artists including Antoine Leperlier, Colin Reid and Keith Cummings, the Chinese performance artist He Yunchang and the painter Xue Guangchen. Glass Tantra, his book on Buddhism and the glass art of Yang Hui-shan, was published in Taipei (2012) and Shanghai (2013).

Andrew’s poetry publications include Via (2010); Raag Leaves for Paresh Chakraborty (2008); Cade l’uliva (2003) and Sirius (1995), and his work is cited in ‘Poetry after 1970’ in The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004).  An Italian edition of his poetry is due from Edizioni Kolibris (Ferrara) in 2017.

Dr Sue Brownlow - Member of Remuneration and Employment Committee

Sue retired as Director of the Combined Universities in Cornwall in 2013, since when she has undertaken a range of consultancy and non-executive director roles including chairing the Diocese of Truro’s Academies Trust and serving on the advisory board of Cornwall Chamber.  She moved to live in Cornwall in 2002 where initially she headed up the RDA’s work in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, leading large-scale development projects and grant funding agreements and working extensively with the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and other local HE institutions including Dartington College of Arts.  Prior to this she had been human resources director in a large regional law firm and a senior manager with the further education development agency, where she gained experience as an HE inspector and FE funding council advisory committee member, and a specialist consultant in the education sector.  In Bristol she also served for four years as an elected local councillor and member of the planning and development committee, in which capacity she was also a board member of Bristol Airport. 

 Sue lives just outside Liskeard where she and her husband own Looe Valley Vineyard.  She is a local school governor, an active member of the Church of England and enjoys singing in the voluntary choir at Truro Cathedral.

Kim Charnley - Staff Governor

Dr Kim Charnley is a staff governor at Plymouth College of Art and Programme Leader for postgraduate courses at the college. He is an art theorist and contemporary art historian, with a PhD awarded in 2015 from the University of Essex. His research focuses on the legacies of political debates of the 1960s and 1970s in contemporary art, with a particular focus on the educational experiments that were part of much conceptual art. 

At Plymouth College of Art, Kim is responsible for delivering the ‘Graduate School Interdisciplinary Programme’ a course shared among the practice-based Masters and MFA courses at PCA, which creates opportunities for innovation and interaction between programme areas. He is also responsible for developing new Masters programmes in collaboration with staff across the college, and sits on the Research and Scholarship committee.

Janie Grace - Member of Audit Commitee

Janie Grace spent the body of her career in Broadcasting. Having joined the small group of pioneers who launched BBC Local Radio, she soon began to specialise in making programmes for children, moving on from radio to BBC Children’s Television as a director of the story-telling programme known as ‘Jackanory’. There followed many happy years making children’s programmes of all genres for both the BBC and ITV, progressing through the ranks to become Meridian Broadcasting’s first Controller of Children’s and Daytime Programmes.

Janie moved into Management when she was appointed Managing Director of Nickelodeon UK, taking the channel from start-up to maturity and launching the UK’s first dedicated pre-school channel Nick Jr.

She then returned to the ITV Network to become Controller of Children’s and Youth Programmes before switching to the Arts, having been invited to take up the position of Managing Director of English National Ballet.

After retiring from full time employment Janie served as Member of the Board of Governors of Teachers.TV for the DCSF and subsequently the DfE, and also as Chair of Soundart Radio, Dartington.

A Fellow of the Royal Television Society, Janie is currently the Vice-Chair of Theatre Royal Plymouth and Founder and Director of Jack and his brother, a TV channel for children, airing on YouTube

Kiran Haslam - Member of Finance and Estates Committee

Born in Australia, based in Plymouth, Kiran Jay Haslam is on the Executive Committee Board at Princess Yachts International as Marketing Director, and is currently responsible for re-positioning the British brand as a leading luxury yacht manufacturer, globally. 

Kiran studied Science and Engineering, and after graduating from Deakin University in Melbourne went on to complete a Masters in Guitar and Music Production with the Berklee College of Music. With a wealth of experience in marketing disruption, he has been instrumental in rebranding top luxury brands, and in his years at Bentley Motors helped establish the iconic brand in Asia and the U.K., and spearheaded several key marketing innovation initiatives. 

In the diverse fields of Advertising, PR, Publishing, Hospitality, Automotive and Maritime - and with a career as an internationally acclaimed musician - he has toured, lived, and worked in over 11 different countries, including, Oman, China, Brasil, Taiwan, Bahrain, Cyprus and the UK. Kiran has composed and recorded music for film and television, and recently authored an illustrated children’s story book to raise funds for marine conservation.

Kiran has always been a proponent of further education, whether that be for art, science or music, and with a resonance towards the Live:Make philosophy at the college, it is with great excitement and conviction that he joins our Board of Governors.

Tim Jones - Member of Finance and Estates Committee

Tim Jones is a Board Member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (having served as Chairman from its inception) and Chairman of Devon & Cornwall Business Council.  He is also involved in a number of other organisations including the executive of the Business Forum South West, Board Member of Water Share Panel, Board Member of Plymouth Chamber, Vice Chairman of Plymouth Area Business Council and Board Member of North Devon +.  Board Member of the Local Transport Board and Tim is the national lead for the LEP Network on the Great Food Plan (a Defra initiative).

Outside business related activities, Tim is also involved in a wide range of Criminal Justice Issues being a Special Advisor to HM Prison Services serving on the South West Regional Offending Board, is Chairman of Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, Chairman of Broadreach which deals with a wide range of Drug and Alcohol Services and is a Patron of Tomorrow’s People.  Trustee for the Dartington Hall Trust, Trustee for the Outset Foundation and Trustee for Fort Bovisand. Tim also served for 22 years as Chairman of the Princes Trust for Devon & Cornwall and as a South West Regional Board Member.

Tim has active business interests and has been involved for over 30 years in a wide range of property issues.  Tim is now extensively involved in Commercial Property Development across the South West Peninsula and is a Director within Belstone Fox Project Management Ltd and Wessex Investors Ltd.

Hilary Lade - Member of the Finance and Estates Committee

Hilary Lade has just completed her term as Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and as a Board member at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

After a degree in Chinese at Cambridge and several years postgraduate study in the USA at Harvard and Berkeley she joined Shell and worked in various senior management roles culminating in Managing Director of Shell Gas for Shell UK.  Leaving the oil industry after 8 years, she worked as Property Manager for the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and then Director of Historic Properties for English Heritage.  In 1999 she marked the transition from full time work by walking from end to end of the Alps with a tent.  Since then she has enjoyed Board roles in organisations as varied as Southern Arts (then part of Arts Council England), the Royal Parks, Visit Britain, the National Forest and Oxford University.  She was a member of the selection panel for the 2008 European Capital of Culture (where Liverpool was successful) and subsequently joined Oxford Inspires as Vice Chair.

In addition to her work with Plymouth College of Art she is a member of the Plymouth Culture Board and the Stakeholder Board of the History Centre.

She lives in Saltash and alongside her work spends her spare time sailing a small wooden yacht with her husband, playing chamber music on the viola and working with textiles.

Sylvia Lahav

Dr Sylvia Lahav - Member of Nominations and Governance Committee

Sylvia Lahav has worked in museum education since the mid 1980’s, at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A. She gained her MA in the History of Art from Birkbeck College in 1981 and in 2010 was awarded a doctorate from the University of London for her work on text- based interpretation in museums of art, looking specifically at the way in which reading text may be changing our experience of looking at paintings. She has lectured in France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Abu Dhabi and Doha and written many articles on interpretation in museums.

 

Dr Larry Lynch - Member of Nominations and Governance Committee 

Larry Lynch is a writer, artist and teacher. Through a long association with Dartington College of Arts, where he completed his undergraduate (1997) and doctoral (2006) degrees, he became an active and key figure in the development of the field of practice and research known as Performance Writing.

Larry’s practical and academic work is particularly concerned with philosophical and compositional relationships between questions of ‘writing’ and questions of ‘performance’. He has published numerous essays in this area, and his live and mediated performance works have been presented at venues and festivals across the UK, mainland Europe and North America. He often works collaboratively with composers and sound artists. His poetry has appeared in a number of small press editions, online, and in art journals.

Between 1997 and 2014 he ran Acts of Language - an artist-led initiative publishing and producing new, interdisciplinary, text-based work.

In 2008, just after the merger with Falmouth University, Larry became Director of Performance Writing at Dartington. In 2009, he became Acting Director of The School of Art and Performance (a division comprising the Dartington operation and Falmouth School of Art) taking a leading role in supporting colleagues and students through a relocation process, and in the development and completion of a major capital project. In 2010 he became founding Director of Falmouth’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, a post he left in 2015, to work with Belarus Free Theatre as Director of Education and Co-Executive Director.

Larry is a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the Association for Medical Humanities, and an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

Stephanie Martin - Student Governor 

Steph Martin Graduated from Plymouth College of Art with a BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2016. She was a student rep throughout her HE studies, and was been elected as Student Union President for 2016-2017. She chairs the Student Voice meetings and Executive meetings and sits on various boards and committees within Plymouth College of Art, including Academic Board and Business Development Committee. 

 

Rebecca Moore - Staff Governor 

Becky Moore is the Careers & Employability Manager at Plymouth College of Art, supporting HE students embarking on their creative careers, through a range of information and guidance that offer opportunities for professional and personal development.  Becky joined the college in 2012 as the Apprenticeship Manager, working with industry in recruitment and training delivery.

 Since her young daughter's diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes, Becky has been instrumental in setting up a support network for children and their families living with Diabetes in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.  She is secretary to the support group 'Plymouth Sugar Zappers' and is an active volunteer fundraiser for diabetes research charities.

David Noyce - Member of Finance & Estates Committee

David Noyce worked for over twenty years in a senior position at the funder and regulator of higher education in England, HEFCE.  Latterly he was responsible for universities and colleges in London, Kent and the East of England and led HEFCE’s relations with the NHS and with specialist institutions.

Over a long career he directed major expansions of medical and dental education; was a prime mover in the Combined Universities in Cornwall partnership, a transformative project in one of the most deprived areas of the country; and initiated numerous regional projects addressing widening participation, research collaboration and reach out to business and the community.

David holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and is a qualified teacher and community worker.  He currently lives in Devon where he pursues his interests in philosophy, education, and Buddhist meditation.  David is also a Governor of the University of East London and an Honorary Fellow of St

Dame Janet Ritterman - Member of Audit Committee

Much of Janet Ritterman’s professional career has been in higher education, first at Middlesex Polytechnic (now Middlesex University), then at Goldsmiths (University of London) and from 1987 at Dartington College of Arts, initially as Head of Music and latterly as Principal. Between 1993 and 2005 she was Director of the Royal College of Music and Visiting Professor of the University of Plymouth. It was during this period that she helped to establish, and served as the first Chair of Conservatoires UK, the body which now serves as the voice of specialist higher arts education in the United Kingdom.

She has served as Governor and adviser to a number of higher education institutions, among them Falmouth University, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, and was formerly an Independent Public Appointments Assessor. She has extensive experience in the accreditation and review of higher education programmes both in this country and in other parts of the world. Appointed as a founder member of the Austrian Science Board (Wissenschaftsrat), where she was responsible for working with the country’s six state arts universities, she helped to create and develop the Austrian research funding programme for the arts, PEEK, for which she chairs the international board.

A Trustee of the European Union Chamber Orchestra and of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Vice-President of the Royal College of Music and since 2013, Chancellor of Middlesex University, she was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to music in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2016 the Austrian Government conferred on her the Ehrenkreuz (Cross of Honour, 1st Class) for Science and Art.

Mary Schwarz

Mary Schwarz - Deputy-Chair, Chair of Remuneration and Employment and Member Nominations and Governance Committee

Mary Schwarz has been working for the last 10 years as an independent consultant in the arts and cultural sectors. She specialises in research, strategy development, evaluation and facilitation, working with a wide range of arts organisations, local authorities, regional and national cultural bodies. Current and recent clients include ArtWorks Alliance; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Devon County Council; engage (the National Association for Gallery Education); University of Exeter; Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter; and Torbay Development Agency. She has been a board member of several arts organisations and was chair of Aune Head Arts for five years.

 Mary worked at Dartington College of Arts from 1999 to 2005, first as Lecturer in Culture, Creativity and Work, contributing to the delivery and development of the Arts and Cultural Management programmes, then as founding Director of the Centre for Creative Enterprise & Participation. In this role, she led a team working across widening participation, careers, knowledge exchange and alumni relations and was a member of Academic Board. Mary has been an External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University, London South Bank University and University of Sussex and an External Advisor at University of the Arts London. She has also worked in the Governance Unit at Deakin University, Australia, supporting Academic Board committees.

 An English graduate, originally training and working as an English teacher in comprehensive schools, Mary began her arts and cultural management career at Yorkshire Arts (now Arts Council England) and was the first Arts Development Officer at East Devon District Council, where with colleagues she established the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. 

Vicky Sewell

Vicki Sewell - Chair of Audit Committee and Member of Remuneration and Employment Committee

Vicki is a qualified charted accountant and works within the public sector audit team at KPMG.  She has worked in the education sector for over 15 years with experience of financial statements preparation and audit, business planning, risk management and governance.  Within KPMG, Vicki is responsible for providing training on accounting and audit issues to education providers and has clients across the education spectrum including Academies, Independent Schools, FE colleges and HE institutions.  In addition Vicki works with a number of other publically funded bodies including housing associations, social enterprises and charities.

Vicki is currently the audit chair at PCA and is also a board member and audit chair for Tamar Housing in Plymouth.  She brings to her role on the audit committee in-depth experience of financial accounting and audit; current experience of working in the sector; and wider links to the business community in Plymouth. 

Ivan Sidgreaves

Ivan Sidgreaves - Chair of Board of Governors. Chair of Nominations & Governance. Member of Finance and Estates Committee & Remuneration & Employment Committee.

Having spent a career in Higher Education, first in Teacher Education and then as a senior manager at the University of Plymouth, being a Governor has provided an exciting opportunity to be closely involved in the development of Plymouth College of Art, as it has evolved from a specialist Further Education College to a respected, University-sector College of Art.

After graduating in History and Politics, Ivan trained as a teacher of French and later qualified professionally as a librarian. He held a variety of posts in higher education, including Lecturer, University Librarian, Dean of Academic Services (Libraries, IT, Student Services, and Educational Development Services) and Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching & Learning), all of which have involved managing large numbers of staff and significant budgets, as well as operating strategically in large higher education institutions. He also worked nationally with several professional bodies, as well as validating and quality assurance organisations. He has acted as a consultant to Universities in the UK and in Australia, and has also been a Director of a company providing information management systems to University libraries

Outside work, his main interest is music. He plays trumpet with Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and also serves as its Vice Chairman and Treasurer. For a number of years he has also chaired the Trustees of the Ten Tors Orchestra, a professional chamber orchestra based in the south west.

Ivan has two sons, one living and working  in Plymouth, the other working in South Korea, and three grandchildren.

Jon Stacey

Jon Stacey - Chair of Finance and Estates Committee

Jon is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at Riley Chartered Accountants where he specialises in all aspects of SME business advice. Jon has a degree in Geography & Archaeology and a Masters in Sports & Leisure Management. In a previous life he was a hotel and pub manager for Greenall Whitley and De Vere Group.

 Jon helps out with various community projects and is currently the Chair of Finance and Estates committee at Plymouth College of Art.  In his spare time Jon is semi-retired racing sailor, interested but ultimately poor wine-taster and lapsed pianist and chorister with the vinyl to prove it. 

Duncan Tringham - Member of Audit Committee

Duncan is a partner and head of the education practice at Foot Anstey LLP, a leading regional law firm which advises college and universities in the South West. Duncan has worked in the FE and HE sectors his entire career supporting a variety of institutions including Cornwall College, Exeter College, SGS College, Plymouth University, Bristol University and Bath Spa University amongst many others.

 He specialises in collaborations, property management and development and has broader legal expertise in charity law, grant funding, procurement and governance. He is ranked nationally in both the Legal 500 and Chambers Directories.

 Duncan is an active member of the local business community. He advises and supports a network of key regional businesses and organisations including Cornwall Council, Plymouth City Council and the Eden Project. He is a member of the Plymouth Area Business Council and Devon Chamber of Commerce and regularly participates in a variety of local business events.

 Duncan is passionate about the vital role of the education sector to social and economic development, community cohesion and personal well being. He is also an advocate of renewable energy and supports a variety of initiatives in the education and energy sectors including a nationally acclaimed community energy project which has delivered community owned solar energy generation on schools and public buildings in the Plymouth area.