Governance

Governance

The Governing Body of South West College is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the college, including its financial performance and the quality of its teaching, learning and assessment. It is comprised of committed Governors from a range of backgrounds who bring extensive experience and knowledge to their role as Governor. A pen picture of each Governor is provided in this section.

 

South West College - Board of Governors 2016

Minutes of Governing Body meetings are also provided as well as the Instrument of Government, Articles of Government and Standing Orders which outline the constitution, functions and procedures of the Governing Body.

Governance related enquiries or correspondence should be addressed to the Secretary to the Governing Body, Fiona McCauley at fiona.mccauley@swc.ac.uk.
 

Download Governing Body Minutes


 
Chair
Mr Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin has spent all his professional life in education, firstly as a Teacher and then as an Education Officer in the Western Education and Library Board. He was the Board’s Chief Executive from 1995 until 2004. He has chaired a number of education bodies in Northern Ireland including the Committee for the Early Professional Development of Teachers and Classroom 2000. He was Vice- Chairman of the Area Based Planning Central Group, established in 2008 by the Minister for Education in connection with the implementation of the Entitlement Framework.

Mr Martin has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2007 and Chairman since September 2010.
Chief Executive
Mr Michael McAlister
Michael McAlister has been Chief Executive of South West College since September 2017.  He joined the FE Sector in 1987 as a lecturer in the Built Environment and since then has held a number of senior roles within South West College, and the former Omagh College, including Deputy Chief Executive, Deputy Director for Curriculum and Business Development and Head of Technology Department.

Prior to working in the Education sector, Mr McAlister worked in the Construction Industry and is a Chartered Construction Engineer, a Chartered Project Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.  He is a member of the Institute of Knowledge Exchange and the Chartered Institute of Building.  He has served on a number of sectoral bodies related to the development of Foundation Degree models and is a former Chair of the Board of the Regional Support Centre for Northern Ireland.
Business, Industry and Professional
Mr Peter Archdale
Mr Peter Archdale served in the Royal Navy until his retirement in 2006, during which time his service took him all over the world.  He has had extensive involvement in wildlife and conservation issues and has served as Vice Chair of the Ulster Wildlife Trust and as a board member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.  He is currently a board member of Camphill Community Trust Northern Ireland, the Strule River and Tributaries River Trust and Ulster Wildlife.

Mr Archdale has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2012.
Mrs Margaret Martin
Margaret Martin has spent all of her professional life in education and was Principal of St Catherine’s College for 15 years.  She has served on many educational bodies including the Post-Primary Review Working Party, the BBC Education Councils NI & UK, the Council of CCEA, the Area-Based Planning Strategy Group and the Review of Home to School Transport.  She is a trustee of Gaelscoil Aodh Rua, Dungannon and consultant to Gaelcholáiste Dhoire.

Mrs Martin is currently the Network Co-ordinator for Sacred Heart Schools and Chair of Mount Anville Education Trust.  She served on the executive of Trócaire, the radio authority of RTE, the management committee of the trauma organisation RAFT and chaired the board of Foras na Gaeilge for 8 years.

Mrs Martin has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2011.
Mrs Monica McGeary
Monica McGeary is owner and manager of Source Business Leads, a lead generation, appointment setting and market research company based in Edendork.  She previously worked as a director of international operations and client business development with the Frantz Group in Wisconsin, USA, prior to starting her own business in 2001.  She is also part of Enterprise Ireland’s mentor panel, offering sales development and export marketing insight to businesses across Ireland and is a member of the Parent Support Group in her local primary school.

Mrs McGeary has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2011.
Mr Gerard O’Hanlon
Gerard O’Hanlon is Project Manager for Change with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, implementing the introduction of new ways of working and lean management methodologies. 

He is a former Director and Senior Consultant at Stredia, a risk management consultancy specialising in the management of workplace stress, and has led a large number of workplace stress reduction projects in both the public and private sectors.  He is also a member and past president of Omagh Chamber of Commerce.

Mr O’Hanlon has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2011.
Mr Michael Skuce
Michael Skuce was a senior police officer in the PSNI up until his retirement in November 2010.  Prior to his retirement, he was the District Commander for the South West region for four years where he successfully implemented a significant change program in delivering a new style of policing under the Patton Report.  He has significant experience in leadership, change management and strategic and contingency planning.

Mr Skuce has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2011.
Mr Derek Weir
Derek Weir is employed by The Queen’s University of Belfast as Head of Legal Administration.  He is an Engineering graduate who has worked in several local manufacturing companies, in disciplines as varied as electronic components, medical devices and quarry equipment, before moving to the public sector where he has worked in Invest Northern Ireland and both local universities.

Mr Weir has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2011.
Mrs Patricia McCaffrey
Mrs McCaffrey has been Head of Finance at Waterways Ireland since its establishment in 2002.  A Chartered Accountant, she has worked in various roles in both the public and private sectors and has a Masters Degree in Executive Leadership.  She also sits on the Audit Committee of The Ulster Scots Agency and on the Board of Irvinestown Credit Union.

Mrs McCaffrey has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since May 2014.
Mr Michael McGuckin
Mr Michael McGuckin was Chief Executive of Cookstown District Council for a period of twenty years until his retirement in 2011.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.  He has been a director of Cookstown Enterprise Agency for over twenty years and is presently its vice chairman.  He is also a director of Lissan Trust, a charitable trust charged with the restoration and preservation of Lissan Demesne.

Mr McGuckin has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2015.
Mr Seamus McCaffrey
Mr Seamus McCaffrey is Managing Director of SP McCaffrey & Co Accountants, which he formed in 1983 and which operates throughout the UK and Ireland.  He is a member of a number of business networks including Business in the Community, the Institute of Directors and Omagh Chamber of Commerce.  Mr McCaffrey is also a livestock farmer and a member of the Fermanagh Grassland Society as well as a past non-executive board member of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute.

Mr McCaffrey has been a member of the Governing Body of South West College since August 2015.
Staff Governors
Mr Stephen Moss
Stephen Moss is a Curriculum Manager in South West College.  An Ulster University graduate, he began his career in the construction industry working for a number of local architectural practices.  He then worked for both Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council and Omagh District Council as a Building Control Officer during which time he served on the Building Control NI Marketing Panel.  Mr Moss has lectured in Further & Higher Education Colleges for over 17 years and currently sits on the NI Construction Skills Network Observatory Committee.

Mr Moss has been a staff member of the Governing Body of South West College since November 2015.
Mrs Joanne Lucas
Joanne Lucas has been in her current role as Cookstown Campus Manger for 10 years. Joanne is a graduate of the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. She commenced her career as a Town Planning Officer in South Wales and moved into further education initially as a part time lecturer in IT, and more recently in her current role. Joanne also manages the College’s extensive programme of community courses for adults with learning difficulty and coordinates the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

Mrs Lucas has been a Staff Governor of the South West College since September 2016.
Student Governor
Education Authority Nominee
Mr Wilbert Mayne
Wilbert Mayne has been involved in Rural Development for 20 years.  He is a past chairman of the Ulster Farmers’ Unions (UFU) Rural Development and Legislation Committees and is vice chair of its Environment Committee.  He also represents the UFU on various external committees and is a past member of DARD’s Rural White Paper Stakeholder Advisory Group.  Mr Mayne is chair of CDM Community Transport and Shopmobility Mid-Ulster and is a member of the new Mid-Ulster LAG.  He is also a governor of two local Primary schools, a trustee of Agri-Search and a board member of the Agricultural Wages Board.

Mr Mayne is a past member of the SELB and was nominated by it to serve on the Governing Body of South West College and has been a Governor since October 2010.
Co-Optees
Mr Wilson Matthews
Wilson Matthews has held Director of Finance positions in a number of public sector organisations most recently in the Northern Health & Social Services Board.

Mr Matthews has been a co-opted member of the Governing Body of South West College since June 2010.