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Board of Governors

City College Brighton and Hove Governor Information

The Board of Governors is the governing body of City College. It is responsible for setting the College's mission and strategy and ensuring that its resources are used efficiently and effectively.

The Board consists of external governors, a staff governor, a student governor and the CEO. External governors bring a range of experience and knowledge from the business, public and voluntary sectors as well as local schools and community groups. The full Board of Governors meets every month, apart from August. An Audit Committee, which is made up of governors and co-opted members, meets on a termly basis.

Our governors uphold the highest standards of conduct, in accordance with the Nolan Principles of Public Life. In the spirit of our commitment to openness and accountability, the minutes of Board and committee meetings are available on this website.

Agendas and supporting papers (within confidentiality rulings) can also be made available during office hours to any person wishing to review them. Please contact the Clerk to the Board of Governors, Melissa Drayson, on 01273 667788 ext 404 or clerk@ccb.ac.uk for further information.

Julie Nerney, Chair of the Board

Julie spent the first twelve years of her career as an entrepreneur, starting, running and selling a number of businesses in the UK and overseas across a range of industry sectors. She has spent the last twelve undertaking Board level interim assignments centred on business transformation, organisational turnaround and delivery of complex projects. She played a key role as part of the leadership team in delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

These assignments are complemented by a portfolio career which includes Non-Executive roles in the public, private and third sectors. She is the vice chair and Senior Independent Director for Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Julie undertakes voluntary work with the Princes Trust and ambassadorial roles for the Government in respect of diversity in public life and as a Chartered Director for the Institute of Directors. Julie is also a member of the steering group for the London branch of the Two Percent Club, supporting women into senior roles.

Julie Nerney

Julie Nerney

Gary Anderson, Vice Chair of  Board and Chair of Audit Committee

Gary enjoys a portfolio career advising companies and senior executives in consulting, NED and mentoring roles. He spent the first 18 years of his working life in corporate roles and for the last 18 has been an owner manager in various ventures. He has strong commercial experience that includes restructuring and M&A activities.

His experience, passion for business and unshakeable belief in the power of education has led him to serve, firstly as entrepreneur in residence and now vice chair and chair of the audit committee in his governor role with the College.

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson

Joy Mercer, Vice Chair of Board

Joy Mercer is the former director of education policy at the Association of Colleges. Before that she worked as a teacher and in senior management positions in colleges in London, Sussex and Kent.

Her particular expertise is in issues of quality, curriculum, information advice and guidance and teaching and learning. Since retirement from AoC Joy does consultancy work for colleges and is a Citizens Advice volunteer.

Joy Mercer

Joy Mercer

Nick Juba, CEO

Prior to becoming CEO at City College in September 2015, Nick was a Director of the University of the Arts London - Europe's largest arts school - and responsible for improving the quality of pre-degree education in the arts. He has previously worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, an agency of the Department for Education, as a senior advisor and for the European Commission as consultant and rapporteur.

Nick has held a number of non-exec roles including Chairman of Northbrook College, and is currently a Trustee of the Brighton Fringe Festival a Director of City Academy Whitehawk, the City Education Trust, FE Sussex and SISSC. He is also a member of the City Management Board, the Brighton Economic Partnership and the Greater Brighton Economic Board.

Nick Juba

Nick Juba

Natalie Brett, Governor and Audit Committee member

Natalie is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Communication.

She was previously Dean of Camberwell College of Arts and has taught at Chelsea College of Art.

Prior to joining UAL, Natalie lectured at institutions including London Business School, and she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for clients such as Penguin, Pentagram, Saatchi & Saatchi, Marks & Spencer and the Guardian.

Natalie Brett

Natalie Brett

Jim Hynes, Staff Governor

Jim spent the first 21 years of his career in banking and insurance working for Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Sun Alliance where he built up a wealth of experience in the call centre industry including customer service, coaching and mentoring, training, sales, risk, marketing and strategic planning.

Jim then changed career direction joining City College in 2010 as a Sessional Lecturer within the Business and Professional team up until the current day where he is now the Curriculum Lead for Business and Commercial and teaches on AAT, CIPD, ILM and courses for the unemployed under our Opening Doors programme.

Jim Hynes

Jim Hynes

Tony Mernagh, Governor

Tony Mernagh is the Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Business Forum which administers the city’s multi-award winning Business Crime Reduction Partnership [the largest in the UK by membership] and established the city centre Business Improvement District [BID] in 2006 – the first on the south coast and only the second in the entire south east region. The Business Forum also outsources a range of services to BCRPs in other parts of the country.

He has held this position for sixteen years and has had extensive experience of representing the Brighton & Hove business community on a wide variety of bodies including Brighton & Hove’s Strategic Partnership, the Strategic Housing Partnership, the Public Service Board and the Employment & Skills Steering Group.

Before this role he was a retailer for 15 years with 5 shops in Brighton and Oxford. Before that he was the Head of Upper School at the British School in El Salvador in Central America during the civil war years between 1980 and 1985.  

Tony is married with one daughter, who is a social worker and he lives in Hove.

Tony Mernagh

Tony Mernagh

Karen Norquay, Governor

Karen trained as a photographer in London and was commissioned by various national magazines and arts organisations such as The Sunday Times, The Observer and the Crafts Council. She also taught part time in Tower Hamlets and Camberwell.

She relocated to Brighton and over the last twenty years graduated from part time lecturer to Associate Dean of the Faculty of Art at the University of Brighton. Latterly she took on the central role of developing community engagement with the Faculty, working in partnership with local schools, colleges and arts and media organizations such as Lighthouse, Fabrica and Open House.

She was an elected governor of the University of Brighton, a trustee of Photoworks and recently advised AQA on Art and Design A-level provision. She believes passionately in opportunity for all in further education and in creating an environment of nurture and fulfilment in which to do so.

Karen Norquay

Karen Norquay

Sal Wilson, Governor

Sal started her career in residential social work and therapeutic care for young people. In the last 17 years she has specialised in successful delivery of public infrastructure projects and complex capital programmes, including a £9bn government secondary school rebuilding programme.

Sal has been a resident of Brighton for 26 years and is seeking to enhance opportunities for young people in the City. She is also a Board Member of the West Pier Trust.

Sal Wilson

Sal Wilson

Kathleen Downes, Audit Committe Co-opted Member

Kathleen is a qualified Chartered Internal Auditor, with 25 year’s experience working in the profession. Moving between local government, education and the NHS around Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire she has worked alongside political change and ever decreasing finances to deliver high quality services through a mix of in-house provision, shared services/consortia and also outsourced contracts.

Kathleen has worked for Brighton & Hove City Council since 2003 and during this time has also studied as an adult learner at City College, completing an NVQ in reflexology and a short course in creative writing.

Kathleen Downes

Kathleen Downes

Bryan Foss, Audit Committee Co-opted Member

Bryan is an active Independent Director, Board Member and Chair of key assurance committees (Risk, Audit, Noms etc) with a UK listed company, challenger bank Civilised Investments, a number of start-ups and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.

Bryan has previously been an Independent Director with UK Government Departments DWP and DCLG and currently sits on the FRC Audit & Assurance Advisory Council. His primary executive experience was with IBM financial services industry sector for 20+ years, working across both emerging and mature international markets. Bryan is a Chartered Director, has an MBA from City University and is Visiting Professor with Bristol Business School. His early education was through Higher Education colleges at Bath and Cheltenham, which have strong similarities to CCBH.

Bryan Foss

Bryan Foss