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:

Lynn Forrester-Walker (Independent Member)
Dr Elizabeth Halford (Independent Member)
Mervyn Jones (Chair of Governors)
Alison McLean (Vice Chair)
John Nicol (Independent Member and Designated Safeguarding Governor)
Scott Rolfe (Independent Member)
Mike Rookes (Independent Member)
Tim Newsholme (Independent Member)
Kay Sandford-Beal (Independent Member)
Katie Seekings (Independent Member)
Oliver Tomlinson (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)
Kate Murrie (Co-opted Member Academic Quality and Standards Committee)


Members of Committees

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

Search and Governance Committee

Tim Newsholme (Chair)
Abigail Appleton
Professor Daniel Howard
Mervyn Jones
Alison McLean
Katie Seekings

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

Academic Quality and Standards Committee
John Nicol (Chair)
Abigail Appleton
Dr Elizabeth Halford
Tim Newsholme
Mike Rookes
Oliver Tomlinson
Kate Murrie (Co-opted)

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