Governor of the Month: Martin Brunner

June 27, 2018

Martin Brunner has been a Governor at Havant & South Downs College for over two years and has said he is most impressed with the ‘can do’ culture of the College.

As well as being a Governor, Martin chairs the Standards and Quality Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee.

Talking about his journey to becoming a Governor, Martin said: “My background has been varied and started with Hotel Management in the UK and abroad.

“I then moved into Further and Higher Education, specialising in Hospitality, Tourism and Service Management combined with various leadership roles.

“For the last 18 years I have been involved in organisational and business consultancy working with a number of partners. My previous experience in the FE and HE sectors led me to apply to become a Governor at the College.”

Outside of his work at HSDC, Martin is involved with an international service improvement consultancy and is currently working on a project for the National Institute for Service Excellence in Barbados.

He added: “I am also a member of the Patient Participation Group for my local doctors practice and undertake patient satisfaction research for them. I also play tennis and racket ball and am a member of a rock band.”

Talking about his highlights of his role within the College, Martin said: “I particularly enjoy meeting and relating to all my College colleagues in what I know are challenging times.

“I have been really impressed with the ‘can do’ culture that exists and am really proud of the College for the excellent improvements to student results over this past period.”

Martin continued to say that it is ‘really important’ as governors to remember that they are not directly involved with the operational side of the College and that the role is more strategic.

He added: “At Havant & South Downs College Governors are actively encouraged to link to specific areas to more fully understand the work of the College, the successes and the challenges. This really helps us in our deliberations and decisions-making.”