Governing Body

The Governing Body at Sutton College is made up of members from the business and local communities, the local authority and staff.

There are appointed members plus the College Principal who is ex officio. Membership is voluntary and Governors are selected according to the skills, experience and expertise they can offer.

The main role of the Governing Body is to provide advice, support and challenge to the Senior Leadership Team and ensure effective management and use of resources. The Governing Board meets six times a year and is responsible for the strategic direction of Sutton College Adult Education.

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Catherine Winslow
Business and Community Governor (Chair)

Catherine has lived in Sutton for twelve years and has been a member of the Sutton College governing board since 2013/4. After a career in brand and communications which took her round the country and abroad, Catherine has retired from full time work. She was previously marketing & communications director for an insurance company and is a judge for the Financial Services Forum Marketing Awards.

She has completed a Level 3 Diploma course at Sutton College and has seen the top-quality teaching and support for herself. “I am a great believer in adult education to build a better future for yourself,” she says.

Catherine is married with an adult son, loves reading, dog-walking and coffee with friends.

Elspeth Clarke, MBE
Business and Community Governor

Elspeth’s background is in entertainment – TV, theatre and commercial radio, with a stint in publishing and book printing. At the end of 2004, she took early retirement and was able to continue with one of her “passions” – modern foreign languages. As a non-achiever at school (“only 3 O levels to my name”), she decided it was time to see if her little grey cells were functioning and, thanks to adult education, achieved GCSEs, AS and A levels. “Thank you, Sutton College”, she says. She is also a governor at a Merton Primary school, and on a variety of NHS-related committees. She enjoys gardening, seeing friends and looks forward to going back to the theatre. She has been a governor at Sutton College since 2012.

Jim Gritton
Business and Community Governor

Until 2015, Jim was Deputy Head of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling at the University of Greenwich, a role he combined with his teaching duties as principal lecturer in leadership and management in health and social care.

Jim originally studied German and linguistics before retraining as a probation officer. After a long career in criminal justice and completion of an executive MBA, he co-founded a learning and development consultancy in 2004 and taught adult learners for the Open University Business School.

Jim is currently studying for a doctorate in education and has several master’s degrees, including an MLitt in Viking studies. He has been a governor at Sutton College since March 2018.

Raywen Ford
Business and Community Governor

Raywen started her career as a secondary school art teacher, and following a pottery course at Sutton College with Brian Starkey, she taught pottery at a Merton high school. She then became the Merton Borough Advisor for Art Craft and Design running courses for teachers across the borough and working in classrooms with children from 4 to 18.

As the size of LEA’s was reduced in the 1980’s, she left Merton and became Head of Art Education at, the then, Roehampton Institute (RI) training both primary and secondary student teachers in Art, Craft and Design.

Following 6 years in that role she was appointed Deputy Principal of Froebel College (one of the 4 constituent colleges of RI) a post she held for 13 years. This role not only involved college management, but also the welfare of the 2,000 students assigned to the college. Raywen became Director of Student Services in 2005, responsible for the welfare of the 10,000 students across a range of university services at Roehampton University, a post she held until she retired in 2011.

During her working life, Raywen was a governor of a Sutton primary school for 6 years, a Sutton secondary school for 6 years and a member of Council, the governing body of the university. She has been a member of the Sutton College governing body since March 2018 with a special interest in diversity issues and equality.

In retirement Raywen has returned to her first love of art, craft and design, visiting museums and galleries, sewing quilts and travelling following course at Sutton College in Italian and quilting. She is married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren – who keep her busy.

Jenny MacDonnell
Business and Community Governor

Jenny is an experienced research programme manager, employed in professional membership organisations covering the property, finance and health sectors.

Jenny completed her Social Sciences degree course with the Open University in 2001 and followed this with a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Bristol from 2003 to 2005.

Both were completed as an adult learning, studying part-time while in full-time employment.

She has been a governor at Sutton College since March 2018.


Cllr Ed Joyce
Co-opted Governor

Ed is a councillor for Beddington South Ward of the London Borough of Sutton, where he has been a councillor since 2010. He is also a member of the People Committee of LBS, which deals with education.

Ed is a secondary PGCE qualified state school teacher and has taught in two local schools, Wallington County Grammar School and Cheam High School. He was a teacher of Computer Science and Economics.

Ed has been running an 11+ tuition facility, Learner League, since 2017.

John Dodds
Student Governor

John has been a student at Sutton College and its predecessor SCOLA for many years studying and attending courses as diverse as Guitar Playing, Keep Fit Classes, Creative Writing and Italian.

He’s a great believer in lifelong learning particularly in what used to be called Evening Classes as a means of not only offering opportunities to learn new skills and develop new interests but also to potentially gain qualifications alongside the chance to meet a wide range of people from varied backgrounds and interests.

He became a Governor to better represent the Student experience to the College Board.

He’s lived locally for over 30 years and is currently employed as a Director at a large Multi-National Hospitality Business.


Dates of Governing Body Meetings:

Mondays at 6pm.

Governing Body (pdf link, opens in a new window)

Instrument & Articles of Government (pdf link, opens in a new window)

Governing Body Code of Conduct (pdf link, opens in a new window)

Role: Governor
Basis: A voluntary post which will require attendance at termly meetings usually held at Sutton (online at the moment) early evenings on weekdays.
Details: Sutton College is an Adult Education organisation based in Sutton Surrey, serving around 7000 local residents each year. The College is overseen by a Governing Body and is seeking to find an individual in the local area to join the voluntary team of Governors.

Being part of this organisation offers the opportunity to help shape a College that has a real and lasting effect on many students’ lives – helping with issues such as isolation, digital inclusion, employability and more. It offers over 1000 part-time and evening courses per year to adults of all ages, receiving funding from the Skills Funding Agency. Students aged from 16 to 96 study from a widely varied programme offering both qualifications, upskilling and employability options as well as more leisure and hobby orientated subjects. Full information on the college can be found at

As a member of the Governing Body, you will make an invaluable contribution to the development of excellence in the college, by contributing to the mission and strategic direction of the college. It is a voluntary position, however becoming a governor provides many opportunities to contribute to your local community and is an excellent way of developing strategic leadership skills.

In seeking to fill any vacancy, the College endeavours to maintain a balance of skills and experience amongst its governing body membership. We would particularly welcome applicants from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are currently under-represented at the College.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please see person specification and complete the application form before the closing date.

Please contact us at should you wish to discuss the role before submitting your application

Closing Date: 9am Thursday 18th March 2021
Interview: tbc
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