Governing Body


The Governing Body is responsible for securing the "efficient and effective management of College activities and it's property". It is also the employer of all managers and staff of the College.
Gareth Hetherington

Mr Hetherington is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He worked in economics and public policy for over 10 years as a management consultant. More recently, Mr Hetherington took up the position of Associate Director in the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy, based in the Ulster Business School at the University of Ulster. He brings to the Governing Body particular strengths in public accountability, analytical thinking and a detailed understanding of the role of further education in the economy. He does not hold any other public appointments.

Ken Webb Principal and Chief Executive

Ken has a wide and varied professional background, including working in Central Government, Local Government and the Private Sector. His extensive roles have included leading and managing diverse areas from PPP/PFI projects, through national advertising campaigns to international sales in Agri-food industry and IT consultancy. Ken is a former student of the FE College in Lisburn, a qualified teacher, and Chartered Accountant. He holds a number of further qualifications from Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster and Warwick University Business School.

Heather Reid

Mrs Heather Reid is a retired Grammar School Head teacher with over thirty-five years’ service in Education. She is experienced in Curriculum Development, Pastoral Care, Safeguarding, Special Education Needs, Resource Management and Policy Development. Mrs Reid has been involved across the Secondary, Comprehensive and Grammar sectors of Post Primary provision. Her Governance experience in the public sector at School, College, and Further Education level spans over thirty years. As Chair of one of the Area Learning Communities she was engaged in activities to encourage a more collaborative approach between schools and Further Education Colleges. Within the Area of Human Resources she has experience in the recruitment and selection of teaching, lecturing and senior staff and she has chaired Disciplinary Committees. In the Voluntary sector Mrs Reid has been a Governor and has held the position of Chair of an Area Management Committee for a Charity since 2012.

Mrs Reid continues to be engaged within the world of Education and Training, she Chairs Independent Appeals Tribunals addressing Expulsion, Curriculum, and School Admissions at Nursery, Primary and Post Primary level. She has an interest in and works with students requiring special access arrangements for examinations. Mrs Reid has carried out no political activity in the last five years.

Barbara Larkin

Barbara Larkin joined SERC as a Member of the Governing Body in August 2013. In her career to date Barbara worked in banking and financial services in the UK and Ireland since 1986. A native of Newry, she began her career at Northern Bank working in Retail and Business Banking. She studied at the, University College, Dublin, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, graduating from there in 1995 with an Honours Degree in Financial Services. Moving to England to work within National Australia Group, Barbara gained further skills in business banking, managing and growing new business across sectors as diverse as manufacturing, retail, services, logistics, technology, property and export.

Her skill set then grew to incorporate business analysis and planning as well as supporting with HR issues. Moving back to Northern Ireland in 2003 she took up a role with Ulster Bank working with existing and new business and corporate clients With her career in banking Barbara has gained widespread experience in a variety of industry sectors working with companies at varying stages in their development.

Christine Goodwin

Ms Goodwin has worked in the telecommunications industry for two decades and is currently employed in a Senior Strategic Planning role. She has a number of tertiary level and professional qualifications in marketing, human resources, finance, business improvement and project management and has led teams in a number of disciplines including property and facilities management, learning and development, health and safety, quality and ISO standards, supply chain management, MIS and benchmarking, environmental management, fleet management and responsibility for budgets in excess of £65m. A Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she previously served on the Northern Ireland Executive Committee as Treasurer and Secretary for the Strategy and Policy Sub Committee. She has held different directorship posts and currently holds one other public appointment. Ms Goodwin has been a member of the governing body since August 2015.

Steve Pollard

Steve is a Senior Lecturer in Ulster University Business School where he is Development Lead for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship. An experienced Non-Executive Director and Business Adviser Steve has held senior roles in the public, private and third sectors. This includes experience in the Further & Higher Education sector as well as running privately held training organisations. Steve has a long-standing interest in Local Development including the promotion of Enterprise, Skills and tackling Inequality. Steve is also on the Board of Mallusk Enterprise Park Ltd.

Neil Bodger

Mr Bodger is currently a Trustee Member of the Audit Committee and Member of the Capital Development Committee of National Museums, Northern Ireland. He does not receive any remuneration for this position. He is also Chair of the Audit Committee of Stranmillis University College, for which he also receives no remuneration. He is a member of the NI Social Care Council for which he receives £6242 per annum. He has held various Board positions during the last 10 years including Chair of the Appeals Tribunals for the Southern Education & Library Board. Mr Bodger is retired and lives outside Rathfriland. He has carried out no political activity in the last five years.

Alan Woodside

Professor Alan Woodside serves as Emeritus Professor in Highway Engineering at the University of Ulster. He has a background in civil engineering and higher education and is the current chair of the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum for Northern Ireland and a public director on the Board of the Lagan Canal Trust. Professor Woodside is an elected member of council of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and acts as the national vice-chair of its Education and Membership Committee. He is actively involved in the promotion of STEM in schools as an Ambassador for Sentinus and W5 and serves on the Board of Governors of both a local primary and grammar school. He is credited with more than 200 technical publications and holds an OBE for services to highway engineering and higher education.

Karen Fraser

Mrs Fraser has 14 years’ experience working in pedagogic research and educational development. She started academic life as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Computing & Mathematics at the University of Ulster & is currently an Educational Developer at Queen’s University in Belfast. Mrs Fraser has a research background in student engagement and student retention and has extensive experience designing, developing and delivering academic enhancement projects & workshops in employability, assessment & feedback, students as partners, MOOCs and getting started in pedagogic research. She also manages research projects and has a particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Mrs Fraser is a Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a professional member of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a professional member of SIGCSE (Special Group Computer Science Education), a member of the JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group (Curriculum Design) and a Member of Computing Science Graduate Employment Steering Group (HEFCE & BIS).

John Mackell

Mr John Mackell graduated in law from the Queens University of Belfast in 2001 and went on to complete his legal studies prior to admission to the rolls of Solicitor for Northern Ireland in 2004 and the roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 2008. While at QUB he was President of Queen's Student Union and latterly a member of the University Senate as well as an Officer Board Member for the Union of Students' in Ireland. Mr Mackell has been the lead solicitor on a number of high profile complex criminal cases. He is currently employed as a solicitor in the public sector. Prior to this Mr Mackell worked for 10 years in private practice, specialising in Criminal, Litigation and Public Law. An experience Court Advocate, Mr Mackell is also an accredited mediator. He was appointed by the Minister for Justice as Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Civil Legal Services Appeals Panel for the period 1st April 2015 until 31st March 2020, with remuneration of £350 per sitting to include preparation required and attendance at each sitting of the Appeal Panel. He is also an appointed Legal Chairman of the Health and Social Care Board's Disciplinary Committee.

Carolyn King

Carolyn King is the Corporate Services Staff representative on the Governing Body. She worked in various roles in the private and public sectors in the UK and Europe and joined the college in 2001, moving into her current role as Work Placement Officer in 2008. Carolyn actively promotes a more collaborative approach to placements in FE and conceived, developed and implemented the Business Engagement & Student Tracking System (BEST) across HE, FE and the Training Organisation. Her continued personal and professional development has led to her co-authoring two work placement papers and presenting at HE Work Placement Conferences in the Universities of Leicester and Greenwich. Her exploration of work placements continues through participation in a two-year funded project in collaboration with European partners. Carolyn is a former student of the FE College in Bangor and is a Chartered Manager with CMI.

Andrew Corbett

Andrew studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh before returning to take up a position with a Design Consultancy in Belfast. He established his own consultancy soon afterwards and combined this work with part time lecturing. He was appointed an Associate Lecturer and subsequently became a full time lecturer with SERC. He is currently a Deputy Head of School in the School of Performing and Creative Arts and represents the Lecturing Staff on the Governing Body.

Any correspondence to the Governing Body should be sent to the Secretary to the Governing Body, Claire Williamson cwilliamson@serc.ac.uk or Tel: 07919597703.

The Secretary can also be contacted by writing to the address below:

Secretary to the Governing Body
South Eastern Regional College,
Lisburn Campus,
Castle Street,
Lisburn,
Co. Antrim,
BT27 4SU

Governing Body Documents

The Governing Body publishes minutes of all its meetings and those of its committees soon after they are approved by members.