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After 24 years as a governor John Short has retired as Chair of the Governing Body at York College.

John became a governor at York College of Further and Higher Education in 1990 and had a brief spell as Chair before the merger with York Sixth Form College in 1999. In 2004 he became Chair of the York College Governing Body, and ever since has provided unstinting support to the College’s Senior Management Team and his fellow governors. During all this time he enjoyed a busy career in senior marketing and general management roles with Rowntree and Nestlé UK and in recent years John has worked as a consultant and personal/business mentor. John has also been a member of the Association of College’s Governors’ Council and Chair of AoC Create which provides specialist consultancy and professional services to the college sector.


Principal of York College, Alison Birkinshaw says: “We thank John for his significant commitment in leading our Governing Body over the last 24 years and for steering the College through important changes during that time, including the move into the College’s new building. I am particularly pleased that his high standards and strong work ethic were rewarded this last year when the College was graded Outstanding by Ofsted. The College community join me in wishing him well for the future, and we know that he will always remain a significant advocate for the work of the FE sector and York College in particular.”

John is succeeded as Chair of the York College Governing Body by Shirley Collier, who also serves on the College’s Governing Body as Chair of Personnel Committee and a member of Property; Search and Governance committees. Shirley is an Executive Coach and Organisation Consultant who has held operational and strategic management roles in museums and galleries. She was CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust, Deputy Director of Collections at the Imperial War Museum in London and held posts at the National Maritime Museum, the Tate, the Royal Air Force Museum and the British Film Institute. Shirley is also a Trustee of Kala Sangam, a South Asian performing arts organisation in Bradford, and a member of the judging panel of the European Museum of the Year Awards. Her previous non-executive board appointments have included the Arts Council of England Regional Council of Yorkshire, and The Ragged School Museum Trust, East London.

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