Governance & Policy

Our Board of Governors steers the activities of the College.

Please use the right-hand links to find out more about being a Governor, our key policies and procedures and our most recent Board and sub-committee meetings.

Board Committee Dates 16-17

Our Governors represent a cross-section of the creative, educational, media, business and financial sectors.  The skills and experience our Governors bring is invaluable to the College. The Board also includes Governors who represent staff and students:

Our Board of Governors:

Nancy Albert (Independent Member)
Lynn Forrester-Walker (Independent Member)
Professor Daniel Howard (Chair of Governors)
Mervyn Jones
Alison McLean (Vice Chair)
Kate Murrie (Independent Member & Designated Safeguarding Governor)
John Nicol (Independent Member)
Scott Rolfe (Independent Member)
Mike Rookes (Independent Member)
Tim Newsholme (Independent Member)
Katie Seekings (Independent Member)

Neil Hadfield (Staff Governor nominated by academic staff)
Wendy Tolley (Staff Governor nominated by support staff)

Rachel Alferoff (Student Governor FE)

Abigail Appleton (Principal and Chief Executive)

Graham Briscoe (Co-opted Member Audit Committee)
Xaviere Hughes (Co-opted Member AQ&S Committee)

Members of Committees

Audit Committee
Mike Rookes (Chair)
Alison McLean
Graham Briscoe (Co-opted Member)
Katie Seekings

Search and Governance Committee

Tim Newsholme (Chair)
Abigail Appleton
Alison McLean
Nancy Albert
Professor Daniel Howard
Katie Seekings

Finance and General Purposes Committee
Lynn Forrester-Walker (Chair)
Abigail Appleton
Professor Dan Howard
Mervyn Jones
Scott Rolfe

Academic Quality and Standards Committee
Kate Murrie (Chair)
Abigail Appleton
Tim Newsholme
John Nicol
Mike Rookes

The Board of Governors has adopted the AoC Code of Good Governance.  

If you would like any specific information relating to governance arrangements at Hereford College of Arts please contact Linda Watkins, Clerk to the Governors, by telephone on 01432 379351, or by emailing