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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 five Committees and one Working Group to undertake strategic business control and monitoring:

  • Finance and Estates Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Employment Committee
  • Remuneration 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.



Tom Archer - Staff Governor

Tom Archer is the Head of Management Information & Data Services and Business Support Staff Governor at Plymouth College of Art. He Joined the College in September 2000 and took up his current post in 2015.  An active member of the College community, Tom sits on numerous committees, including Academic Standards & Quality, Learning, Teaching & Enhancement and Equality & Diversity.

He has a professional interest in data analysis and using data to implement change. Tom is committed to supporting student success and also coaches football at youth level in his local community.

Andrew Brewerton

Andrew Brewerton - Principal & Chief Executive

Andrew Brewerton is Principal & Chief Executive of Plymouth College of Art 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 Plymouth College of Art 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, 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 2019.

Sue Brownlow

Dr Sue Brownlow - Deputy Chair of Board of Governors. Chair of Remuneration Committee and Chair of Employment Committee. Member of Audit Committee and Nominations & Governance 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.

Mark Greaves - Member of Finance and Estates Committee, Remuneration Committee and Employment Committee

Mark is a Corporate Finance partner at Francis Clark, where he is also responsible for developing their international network PKF and leading an internal change programme. His international duties have included arranging trade visits to China and building close links with Australian, European and American firms. Mark is also a non-executive director at Delt Shared Services, an IT business jointly owned by Plymouth City Council and New Devon CCG.  Finally, Mark is also treasurer at Plymouth Arts Centre.

Mark has advised on many high profile deals such as the Management Buy Out of Sutton Seeds and Plessey Semi-Conductors. He also led the sale of Goonvean’s clay operations to Imerys SA. He has a particular interest in media and consumer branded businesses, having helped South West media group Bray Leino on numerous deals and advised on the sale of the skin care brand business Dr Organic to Holland & Barrett.

Unusually for the 1980’s, Mark entered the accountancy profession without a degree, only later studying for an MBA from Warwick University. He therefore is a keen advocate for lifelong learning and equality in education.

Mark is a keen traveller and has been to many places around the world from South Africa to Norway and Japan to Alaska. He also managed to walk across Beirut in the relatively short period of peace the city enjoyed in 2005.


Jamie Halton - Student Governor

James (Jamie) Halton is a current student of BA (Hons) Photography at Plymouth College of Art. He was elected vice-president of HE in November 2019 and also works for the college as a student ambassador and the students’ union’s steward supervisor.

Jamie represents all students of Plymouth College of Art and sits on student voice and student-staff liaison group meetings (SSLGs).

Jamie has previously held a variety of positions with companies including Royal Mail and Volkswagen Group.



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.


Andrew James - Staff Governor

Andrew James is the joint Subject leader for BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts and BA(Hons) Digital Media Production. Andrew has a Masters in Contemporary Film Practice and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew is a filmmaker, performer and artist with over 30 years of experience working freelance both in the UK and internationally. He has extensive experience working in the art departments for TV, advertising, animation and theatre. Core to his practice is a  focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration and he has written on this topic for The International Journal of Screendance.

In his role as a lecturer, Andrew has developed a range of skills and approaches to supporting students’ creative development, including innovative practical workshops where the creative, technical and conceptual aspects of the art form can be experienced, comprehended and applied.


Tim Jones


Tim Jones - Chair 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.




Rowena Murphy - Student Governor and Member of Remuneration Committee, Employment Committee and Audit Committee

Rowena Murphy Graduated from Plymouth College of Art with a BA (Hons) Fashion in 2018. She worked for the College as a Student Ambassador for the duration of her HE Studies, and has been elected as the Student Union President for 2018-19. 

She is the representative of all students at Plymouth College of Art and chairs the Student Voice and Executive meetings, as well as sitting on various boards and committees within the College. These include Academic Board and Business Development Committee. 

David Noyce

David Noyce - Chair of Board of Governors. Chair of Nominations & Governance Committee, Member of Finance & Estates Committee, Remuneration Committee and Employment 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 George's University of London.

Ian Parry - Member of Audit Committee

Ian qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1990 and has since worked in a variety of audit, assurance and accountancy roles in both the public and private sectors. He worked as an external auditor for Touche Ross and the District Audit Service of the Audit Commission and as an internal audit manager in local government and the National Health Service.

He joined HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) in 1999 and became Head of Institutional Risk in February 2009 and Head of Assurance in September 2012. At HEFCE Ian managed the assurance team overseeing the financial health risk assessments of higher education providers across England. Ian left HEFCE in Summer 2017 since when he has been providing audit and risk services on a contract and consultancy basis including the insurance and health sectors.

Ian has a strong professional interest in corporate governance, risk management and counter fraud as well as a personal passion to see young people develop their talents and succeed in their chosen field of endeavour.


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.

Paula Sanderson - Member of Audit Committee 

Paula is currently Registrar and Secretary (Chief Operating Officer) at SOAS University of London and is responsible for leadership of all professional services teams. 

Paula was previously Chief Operating Officer at the University of Reading Malaysia where she was responsible for establishing, development and leadership of all non-academic functions, in particular managing a period of significant growth and complexity as the institution transitioned to a new campus.

Prior to her current role, Paula held senior operations management roles at the University of Exeter and at the University of Sydney. In both roles she helped to support the institutions to achieve significant positive change in their organisation and delivery of services. 

With a background in internal and performance audit, Paula is a Chartered Accountant, has an MBA from the University of Exeter, a Masters in Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration (Higher Education Management) at the University of Bath on the subject of Inclusive Development in Transnational Education.

She is passionate about data led Strategy, a positive change agent, she is committed to developing excellence in professional services.





Duncan Tringham - Chair 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.