Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

The Corporation is the overarching body that governs the day-to-day operations of the College. The Corporation Board, which is a Non-Executive Committee, meets at key stages throughout the academic year.

The board is made up of 13 external members, two members of College staff (one teaching staff member/one support staff member), two student members and the College Principal.


Our Governors

Di Roberts CBE – CEO/Principal/Governor

Di has been Principal and Chief Executive of Brockenhurst College since September 2006. Brockenhurst College, situated in the heart of the New Forest, is a Tertiary College, providing education and training to 3,000 full-time 16-18 year olds, c 900 apprentices and over 5,000 mainly part-time adults.

The College has a significant LLDD provision, providing discrete and supported mainstream education.  The College attracts c.150 full-time international students from 25 countries each year and also delivers A-Level education in China.

She has taught across the ability levels and has significant experience in education, training and business, including time as an Ofsted Inspector. She was Deputy Chair of the AoC from 2009 to 2015 and during this time chaired the AoC LLDD Portfolio Group, of which she remains an active member. In 2011, in recognition of her services to further education, Di was awarded a CBE.

Graham Beards

Graham was appointed to the board in September 2014 and is Chair of the Corporation. He is also member of the Employment and Personnel, Finance and Standards and Capital Project Committees.

He is the Finance Director for Bournemouth University where he is responsible for the financial management and financial performance of the university, providing strategic and operational direction to ensure the effective utilisation of financial resources.

In addition, he has overall responsibility for procurement. Graham is a graduate of Manchester University; a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a postgraduate qualification in education from Huddersfield University.

Jane Milone

Jane was appointed to the Board in March 2010 and is a Vice Chair of the Board. Jane is also a member of the Employment and Personnel Committee and Remuneration Committee.  Jane is Human Resources Manager (Policy and Strategy) at West Berkshire Council.

She was previously HR Adviser, Education and Schools at Southampton City Council and has held various HR roles at Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council.

Jane is also a chartered member of CIPD. She has a BSc degree in Psychology at the University of Bristol and a Diploma in Personnel Management at Portsmouth Polytechnic.  Jane’s son and daughter were students at the College.

Dave Yates

A member of the board since 2000, he is also a member of the Remuneration, Governance and Search, Employment and Personnel, Finance and Standards and Capital Project Committees.  He became Chief Executive of the New Forest District Council in April 2000 and retired from this post in October 2015.

Prior to joining the New Forest District Council he was the Borough Treasurer for Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council and has held other posts in local government.  He has an MA (Oxon), and an MSc in Public Policy Making.

Gary Cooper

Gary is a member of the Audit committee and Employment and Personnel Committee. Gary originally joined the Corporation as a Governor in 2008, retiring from the Board in 2013 but continuing as a co-opted member of the Employment and Personnel Committee until 2018.  

He was also re-appointed to the Corporation as a Governor in 2018. Gary is also the Health and Safety Governor Champion for the College. Gary retired from the Police force in 2015 having served in both the Metropolitan Police Service and Hampshire Constabulary for over 30 years.

Gary was first involved with the College whilst he was the Chief Inspector in charge of policing the New Forest District. Gary is now a security consultant and provides advice and guidance for International sports teams and events.

Both his children went to Brockenhurst College and his daughter graduated from Cardiff University this year as a junior doctor.

As a governor and local person originally from Lymington, I am delighted to help all learners at Brock College develop their skills and maximise their opportunities in life whilst attending this brilliant college

Professor Alex Neill

Alex was appointed to the Board in September 2014 and is a member of the Finance and Standards Committee and the Capital Project Committee.

Alex graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in 1990.  He was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton in October 2012, and University Vice-President in 2016; in this role he leads the development and implementation of the University’s education strategy.

He has previously held academic appointments at Universities in the UK and USA.

Alex is a Member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and other memberships include British Philosophical Association, American Philosophical Association and American Society for Aesthetics.

Hannah Coast

Hannah is our Teaching Staff Governor and has been at Brockenhurst College for 10 years.

Hannah joined the college after studying BSc Psychology at the University of Southampton.

Hannah is a member of the Staff Association and has attended consultations regarding various college policies.

Hannah teaches Psychology A level and recently was part of a team which successfully implemented and delivered the new Criminology Diploma.

Laura Whitcher

Laura is our 16-18 Student Governor and the Student Union President.

Laura is studying A Level Sociology, A Level Classical Civilisation and A Level Law.


Tim Pearce

Tim was appointed to the Board in July 2015 and is also a member of the Audit Committee. He has a BA Honours degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and is a trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

His professional life has been spent working in the European technology sector, employed by large US brand names and in-between by a pre-revenue start-up in a mix of operational, programme management and marketing roles.

Currently employed in a European service offerings and marketing leadership role at Xerox, where he is responsible for the co-development, deployment and marketing of software-enabled document services, Tim is particularly interested in how STEM-related education is evolving and ‘connects’ with available roles in the technology industry.

More generally, he is keen to contribute to and connect with the local community he has recently moved in to with his family, and to help further strengthen the college experience for the students it serves (which one day will include Tim’s son).

James Hiley-Jones

James was appointed as a member of the Board in July 2015 and is a member of the Employment and Personnel and Governance and Search Committees. He is also the Governor’s representative for the Student’s Union.

James is currently the Operations Director of Greenclose Hotels and is responsible for the day to day running of three hotels in the group who employ around 300 staff. Prior to this he was the general manager of Carey’s Manor and was responsible for the daily running of the hotel.

James is committed to developing the skills, knowledge and understanding of all age ranges, but in particular nurturing young people.

Locally, he is known as a promoter of young talent, particularly from his own workforce. James’ son and daughter were both students at the College.

Davina Hawkins

Davina was appointed as a co-opted Member of the Employment and Personnel Committee in June 2012 and appointed to the Board as a Governor in July 2015.

Whilst studying an Access Course from 2007-2008, she was an Adult Student Govenor. She then completed a degree in Applied Biology (Health) at Bournemouth University, graduating in 2013 and using her degree knowledge working for Hildon Ltd.

She also has a NEBOSH qualification in Health and Safety. Davina is now undertaking a PGCE through School Direct in collaboration with Southampton University, in order to teach Biology and Science at secondary school.

John Blowers

A member of the Board since 2016. John is a member of the Finance and Standards Committee and also the Governor Champion for the Apprenticeship program.

John worked for Esso/ExxonMobil for 35 years and retired from the company in 2016. He fulfilled a number of management roles in his working career with several international assignments.

John was the Refinery Manager of Fawley Refinery between 2010 and 2013 and his last role was as North America Manufacturing Excellence Manager based in Houston, Texas with oversight of the nine ExxonMobil refineries in Canada and the United Sates. He has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry.

Rebekah Donawa

Rebekah Donawa is Head of Marketing and Communications at Brockenhurst College and was appointed to the Board of Governors in December 2017.

As Head of Marketing and Communications she leads the marketing team, and is responsible for the College’s external perception, maintaining and promoting its brand and recruiting new students.

Rebekah holds a degree in Business, a masters degree in Event Management, and has chartered-member status within the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Ian Fry

Ian was co-opted to the Audit Committee in December 2017 and appointed as a member of the Board in March 2018.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Chartered Accountants, Australian and New Zealand.

Ian is currently the Finance Director of the Greenclose Hotels Group and is responsible for the finance, commercial and IT functions of the Group. Prior to this he was Head of Business Performance at Southampton Airport and before that the Company Secretary of the Kenwood Appliances Group.

His career in the accountancy/finance profession extends over 32 years beginning in public practice and has included finance roles in a variety of industries.

Mi Trinh

Mi was appointed to the Board in March 2017 and is currently a member of the Audit Committee. She was an international student in Brockenhurst from 2013 to 2015, coming from Vietnam on a scholarship, and was awarded “International Student of the year” in 2015.

After A-levels, Mi decided to take a gap year in which she joined Vietnam and Friends – an NGO in Vietnam – and became Assistant Director. She has now moved on to be currently reading for Her BA Hons. (Cantab.) in Natural sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Mi’s experience working with young students from different backgrounds, especially those with learning difficulties, and organising educational outreach, combined with her recent experiences as a student at Brockenhurst allow her to make valuable contributions to the perspectives available on the board.

Christian Underhill

Christian Underhill was appointed to the Board in July 2013 and is a member of the Capital Project and Governance and Search Committee.

Christian obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2003 and an MA (Hons) in Human Resource Management in 2005.

He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) since 2002.

Eleanor Stanbridge

Eleanor Stanbridge is our Adult Student Governor.

Ellie is studying Access to Higher Education Psychology, Access to Higher Education Biology and Access to Higher Education Chemistry.

Becoming a Governor

Are you interested in becoming a Governor in an outstanding College? We are currently seeking applications from people of diverse backgrounds who are interested in becoming Governors.

As a Governor, you will play a key role in the future of our College. You will receive regular training and an induction programme arranged to support you in your role.

Correspondence for Governors can be sent to Brockenhurst College, it will then be forwarded on to the relevant board member.

Committee & Board Terms of Reference & Minutes


For more information about the Corporation, its structure, or for information about the meeting dates, agendas and minutes, contact:

Clerk to the Corporation

Lynn Payne

Please contact via the Corporation Administrator.




Brockenhurst College
Lyndhurst Road
SO42 7ZE

Corporation Administrator

Lisa Marshall

   01590 625505