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Meet the Governors

Governing Body

The Governing Body, consisting of 13 governors, meets formally once each term, with meetings spread throughout the year. The Governors take responsibility for setting a strategic direction, which has seen the student population grow by nearly 100% over 6 years, and for monitoring the performance of the College across a wide range of academic and non-academic targets. They also set the budget and monitor the financial performance.


The Governing Body forms an integral part of a very effective and efficient management team. Close links between Governors and curriculum areas are maintained by the appointment of link Governors in all subject areas (including one for the 6th Form). Links with Adult/Community Education are maintained via the appointment of a co-opted Community Education Governor. 


On this page you will find details of the names and terms of office for all of our Governors, together with details of their category of Governor, positions of responsibility and details of any additional committees that they serve on. We have also included details of the business and financial interests of each Governor and information about any Governance role they play in other schools, as well as a full breakdown of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body of our school.

To contact the governors please email:


The structure and remit of the FLT Members, Trustees, and its committees including the LGBs is available on the Trust website and can be found here


Melinda Tilley (Chairman)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 06-2-2019 to 05-2-2023

Melinda was elected a Member to Oxfordshire County Council 2005 and retired in May 2017. During her time at the council, she served on the following committees: Cabinet– Statutory Member for Children’s Services and Education, Teachers Joint Committee (Chairman), Social Inclusion Group (Chairman), Safeguarding Children Board (Chairman), Ox Governors Association (Voting Member), Children in Care Council meetings (Voting Member), Foster & Adoption Panels (Voting Member), Schools Forum (Voting Member). Melinda was also a Governor at John Blandy Primary School for about five years. In 2019 Melinda was appointed as a Community Governor at FCC and wanted to continue to give something to the Community. Melinda has two grandsons are at the College.



Paul Ray (Vice Chairman). Link Role: Health and Safety and Facilities & Finance 

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 06-2-2019 to 05-2-2023

Paul joined the FCC governing body on a 4-year term in February 2019. He is a Community Governor and is now the vice chair. He is Managing Director of an electronics testing business which has given him skills in a number of areas; including strategy, recruitment, and financial planning. He previously worked in a procurement, gaining useful experience in negotiation and project management. Paul has two sons who are due to join FCC. He said that “it is important to provide the school leadership team with the support of the governing body and to provide constructive challenge. I am keen to see the school continue to develop.”




Vanessa Curran (Parent Governor). Link Role: Modern Languages. 

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 26-11-2019 to 25-11-2023

Vanessa started her 4-year term as part of FCC’s governing body in November 2019. Vanessa has two boys at the school. Her professional life has mostly been spent working for large firms in a range of corporate communication disciplines including consumer PR, managing communication in crisis situations, working with business leaders on their communication strategies for both press and employees, and engaging with political and NGO stakeholders on behalf of the business."FCC has been a really positive part of my family’s life for five years now, and I joined the governing body both as a balance to my fairly corporate working life, and because I have a genuine interest in education - my first jobs after graduating in Modern Languages (French/Spanish) were in Spain and London working as an EFL teacher, and then as a language assistant at Goldsmiths University, also in London. With the time on my hands that comes when your kids grow up, I’m really delighted to be part of the FCC governing body and look forward to supporting the school however I can."


Christopher Preece (Parent Governor) Link Roles: Science and Design and Technology 

Chris joined the school in November 2019 for a term of 3 years. This is his second post as a school governor , the first being a parent governor at a Primary in Abingdon for two years before moving to Faringdon. Chris says he became a Governor "to make sure that parents’ voices are heard and that we as a community are responsible for the running of our local school. I listen to what parents and pupils say in person or on social media and I bring those questions to the committee. I want every pupil who goes to FCC to have the best possible learning experience and to leave well prepared for the wider world." As a researcher in an Oxford University laboratory with woodworking and baking as hobbies, it makes sense that Chris' link roles at the school are Science and Design & Technology.


Jane Braddy (Parent Governor). Link Roles: Special Educational Needs & Pupil Premium.

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 29-11-2017 to 28-11-2021

Jane Braddy started a 4 year term as a Community Governor at FCC in 2017. She had been volunteering as a governor at a local primary school for six years prior to taking on the role at FCC. She has two boys currently attending the college and one more due to join in 2021.

Jane works as a GP, at the local White Horse Surgery, three days a week. She has a special interest in the health of women of all ages and has also held several extended roles, in the past, working in Mental Health and Paediatrics.

As well as her various roles as a governor, Jane also attends the school each week with her PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog, Lego. Lego works with FCC students to help promote positive mental and emotional well-being.



Alex Bond (Community Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 22-04-2020 to 21-04-2024


Mirabelle Stobbs (Community Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 22-04-2020 to 21-04-2024

Mirabelle has two children at FCC and joined as a community Governor 22/04/20. Working full time for Swindon Borough Council responsible for the Carriage Works Regeneration projects. Currently building a Cultural Heritage Institute for the Royal Agricultural University, which has spurred in interest and desire to understand more about the inner workings of the British education system. Becoming a Governor is about supporting the school that her children attend. Understanding what challenges the teaching and administrative staff face and helping to find solutions or at least be involved in the discussion to consider what may be effective to best support Secondary age students in Faringdon achieve their best. 



Malcolm Sperrin (Associate Governor). Link Role: Safeguarding 

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 14-10-2019 to 13-10-2023


Kevin Turner (Community Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 20-11-2019 to 19-11-2023


Kathleen Thomas (Staff Governor). Link Role: Pupil and Staff Wellbeing 

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 15-12-2018 to 14-12-2022

Kathleen has been a member of staff at FCC since January 2007 where she trained as a Design and Technology teacher in 2009. She continued her interest in educational studies with the support of FCC by completing an MA in Education in 2012. Prior to joining FCC Kathleen worked in the clothing industry both as a Production Consultant and Quality Control manager suppling most major High St Stores. Kathleen believes that the experience gained working in industry has helped her to have a balanced view of what working life should be for staff. She is keen to keep pupils at the centre of everything we do and is very grateful for the positive experience both of her children have had during their time at FCC. 


Michael Mayes (Community Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 26-11-2019 to 25-11-2023

Mick has a daughter in Year at the school.  He is a serving soldier and has been since 1985.  By trade he is a logistics specialist and has been heavily involved in managing inventory, procurement contract management and have also been an inspector of accounts. Mick is currently employed in looking after the welfare of serving personnel and their families, including safeguarding.  Mick says "I wanted to become a governor so that I could have some input into the into the school environment, and in a small way, help the pupils to achieve the best they can.  I want to be able to support the school, the staff and the pupils in any way that I can.  In my spare time I like to read and watch sports.  I am an England Boxing Major Panel official and spend a lot of time officiating at various competitions."



Liz Holmes (Associate Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 22-04-2020 to 21-04-2024


Clerk: Hattie Clay


Governor Membership Details and attendance Register

For any information about the governors please contact the Clerk Hattie Clay at