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Forster Community College  


At Forster Community College Trustees of the Board work alongside the appointed Chief Executive and his/her staff to ensure the organisation is effectively and properly run and meets the needs as identified in its Objects of Association.  Trustees are elected for a 3 year term with an option to extend a further 3 years.

The Board has adopted the following principles (outlined in A Code for the Voluntary and Community (2005), Good Governance) as the basis from which there is an understanding of the role of each Trustee; selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The role of the Board of Trustees at FCC is to agree the budget and financial statements, to assure itself of the proper use of funds, and to provide challenge and support to the CEO in respect of the quality of provision made to learners.

Our trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds and are all deeply committed to the college's continuing success.

The board meets at least six times a year and holds other meetings that may be necessary, for example specific meetings to agree the annual budget and to validate the college annual self-assessment report. Our governors make a valuable contribution to the development of the college.

Whilst the board provides a strategic input to the college, the day-to-day management of the college is very much the responsibility of the CEO and management team.

Nick Beanland has twenty-six years management experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors, in Children and Youth Services, Youth Homeless Sector, Social Housing Sector and Neighbourhood and Community Investment.  His last position was Head of Neighbourhood Investment which included work and enterprise, funding and fund raising and community investment which included a portfolio of community buildings and managing a community investment fund donating £254,000 of grants annually and the total Neighbourhood Investment budget was £880,000 which income generated up to £3 million annually.

Some of his career achievements include Charity Times Fund Raising Manager of the Year, Princes Trust – Volunteer for 14 years, publication of two Fund Raising booklets, Equality and Diversity Champion for a National Housing Association.

He set up Beanland Community Consultancy during 2009 and during this period of time has had over 28 contracts, carrying out fund raising strategic planning work, developing feasibility and business planning studies for organisations, enabling community groups to manage their community buildings more effectively, customer journey mapping, mystery shopping projects, performance information panels, developed team building and group work training days, devised a fund raising interactive game, reviewed trustees and management groups.
  Nick Beanland
Gerry Daly is a Chartered Accountant who has been employed within the Financial Services sector for a number of organisations in a series of senior financial management roles.

He understands the challenges that the college faces (having conducted a consultancy assignment in late 2010) and wishes to use his financial management expertise, together with his general business experience, to help Forster Community College to overcome these challenges.

Gerry is also currently Treasurer and Trustee for Bingley Parochial Church Council, a registered charity.
David Leigh Aged 63, David has “been around” Forster Community College for about ten years, as a friend, admirer and learner, and has served as a Trustee of the College since August 2009. 

Originally from Cheshire, David has served in the forces (nine years in the RAF), followed by a varied career in design, sales, marketing, recruitment, training and product management in the fitted furniture industry

He is now self-employed as a freelance designer in the West Yorkshire area.  He has experienced periods of unemployment, and knows the value of a sound educational background when it comes to “getting that job!“.
Dr John Jevron Samuel  was born in the Caribbean where he grew up and had his early education. He moved to the UK after undergraduate university study in Mumbai, India, under the Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Scheme. He is a longstanding resident of the city of Bradford and he has extensive experience of teaching and leadership/management in further, higher and community education spanning some 32 years.

Dr Samuel in the early part of his career worked as a full-time lecturer at Bradford College for a period of nine years. He has recently retired from full-time employment as a University Lecturer (Principal Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University)- a role which latterly involved teaching, research and coordination/management of some of the University's programmes and projects in Africa. In retirement, he operates as a freelance Education and International Development Consultant, drawing on his vast experience of such international work in South Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean in a variety of educational and management roles, including managing projects for his employing University and for the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Assistance (CFTC) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. 

Dr Samuel has always been actively engaged with local communities in Bradford in various capacities. His unique and vast experience of community activism in areas concerned with educational underachievement, equality and diversity, socio- economic disadvantage, access, inclusion and widening participation, community cohesion, etc has been built up over 34 years of residency in Bradford. Currently, he is Vice-Chair of Governors at St Matthews Catholic Primary School in Allerton, a member of the Executive Committee of Leeds Race Equality Council, a member of the Board of Trustees of Bradford City of Sanctuary and a member of the Bradford Refugee Forum.
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