The Corporation works with College management to shape the strategic priorities for the College.

The Corporation operates within the legislative framework of the Further and Higher Education Act and the Education (Government of Further Education Colleges) Regulations 1992. It also has requirements placed on it by the Department for Education (DfE), and the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The responsibilities of the Corporation are laid out in the Instruments & Articles and cover key areas of the College’s activity. These include:

  • the determination of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;
  • approving the quality strategy of the institution;
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the appointment, grading, pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts;
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

The Corporation has set the following mission and strategic objectives for the College:


Becoming a Corporation member

Join our Corporation and help transform lives through learning. Over 3000 students choose to study at Ashton Sixth Form College each year. Corporation member’s contribution and commitment can help young people, adults and employers to fulfil their potential. As a Corporation member your knowledge, skills and experience can widen the perspective of the Corporation.

We're keen to involve people of all ages, skills and backgrounds. You may have experience in business, community or the third sector, financial or legal practice, or even be an entrepreneur. 

This voluntary role brings many professional rewards such as boardroom experience adding to your CV and a positive step towards long-term career development.

Recommendations are made by the Governance & Search committee to the Corporation before appointing new members. If you are interested in joining the Corporation contact the Clerk to the Corporation and Company Secretary at

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct aims to assist Corporation members in discharging their role and responsibilities, distinct from those of the Principal, both of which are prescribed in clauses 3(1) and 3(2) of the instrument and articles of government. 

Register of Interests

The Corporation is guided by its Instruments & Articles and each Corporation member must declare any interests that may conflict with their role with Corporation – these are recorded in the Register of Interests. 

The college is required to maintain and publicly disclose the register, which is available on request by contacting


Quality & Planning Committee

The Quality & Planning Committee look at all aspects of the College which relate to students, including courses, performance, support and improvement strategies. They have responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the college’s provision to students and advise Corporation accordingly.

Committee members:

The following members serve on the Quality & Planning committee:

  • Stephen Foote (Chair)
  • Keith Trelfa 
  • Anton McGrath
  • David Smith
  • Elaine Grisdale
  • Barrie Cheshire
  • Luke Wigglesworth
  • Hazel Kindley 

Finance & Resources Committee

This committee oversees the college’s financial dealings, such as annual budgets and on-going accounts. It is also responsible for protecting the college's assets.

The Finance Committee, inter alia, recommends to the Corporation the College’s Financial Statements and its annual revenue and capital budgets and monitors performance in relation to these approved budgets. The Committee also considers procurement arrangements, estates and Human Resources. 

Committee members

The following members serve on the Finance & Resources committee:

  • Keith Trelfa (Chair)
  • Colin Challenger 
  • David Smith
  • Steven Pleasant
  • Dr Sarah Heath
  • tba

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee reviews and determines the Corporation’s policy on the terms and conditions of employment of senior staff.

Committee members

The following members serve on the Remuneration committee:

  • Keith Trelfa (Chair)
  • Stephen Foote
  • Malcolm Sugden
  • Kala Mandviwala 
  • Colin Challenger
  • Anton McGrath 

Governance & Search Committee

The Governance & Search Committee seeks to identify suitable external candidates for nomination to the Governing Body. The Committee also advises the Governing Body on matters related to governance.

Committee members:

The following members serve on the Governance & Search committee:

  • Colin Challenger (Chair)
  • Barrie Cheshire
  • Keith Trelfa
  • Stephen Foote
  • Gordon Tow
  • Anton McGrath

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee ensures that the internal control systems and audit activities of Ashton Sixth Form College Corporation are objectively and actively monitored. It reinforces the effectiveness of the internal audit function, providing an independent medium of communication with the Corporation’s auditors, who it invites as required.

The Committee considers detailed reports together with recommendations for the improvement of the College’s systems of internal controls and management’s responses and implementation plans. It also concerns itself with the monitoring the College’s arrangements for risk management, fraud and irregularity, and value for money.

Committee members

The following members serve on the Audit Committee:

  • Malcolm Sugden (Chair)
  • Kamlesh Rajput (Vice Chair)
  • Barrie Cheshire
  • Stephen Foote
  • Chris Lyness
  • Richard Allanson 

Terms of Reference

All Committees of the Corporation have written remits, referred to as Terms of Reference. A synopsis of these remits is given below.

Minutes of Meetings 

These documents cover information relating to the way the College is governed and how decisions are made. In some instances information from Corporation and committee minutes will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information, information that may damage the commercial interests of the College or that may threaten the health and safety of specific individuals.

Corporation Membership

Annual Report and Financial Statements

The latest Annual Report and Financial Statements, for the year ended 31st July 2018, can be found here.