Board of Trustees

Certa Board of Trustees

 Open College Network Yorkshire and Humber Region is a registered charity (number 1088839) and a company limited by guarantee (Registered in England Company number 3773914), operating under the name of Certa.

Certa is governed by a Board of Trustees, the members of which are also Directors of the Company.

The Board of Trustees is made up of elected individuals. These people are voted for by the wide membership Certa serves at our Annual General Meeting. They are elected to represent key constituencies of membership, rather than individual organisations’ interests. For example, we ensure that there is a mix of further education, higher education and schools-based Trustees to reflect the broad needs and demands of those communities of interest. Local Authorities are represented, too, as are employers’ interests, and the voluntary and community, or Third Sector, which has always been key to Certa's development.

Additionally, included in the total Board membership of 15, Certa has the facility to co-opt a maximum of five members who are predominantly independent experts in their field, who volunteer their time to further the aims of the charity and company. These may include learner representatives or independent education consultants, or specialists in a particular field such as marketing, finance, human resources, or quality assurance.

If you would like to serve as a Trustee with Certa, please contact Louise Perry, our Committee Secretary at who will send you a Trustee Information Pack.

To find out more about Certa's Trustees, please view their individual profiles in this section of our website.

Please click here to view the Certa Governance Structure and Reporting Lines.

The Certa Board of Trustees has in the past been short-listed for the National Council of Voluntary Organisation's (NCVO's) Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize for the use of the 'Good Governance' guide to evaluate and improve its own performance and impact. 

The Charity solicitor, Malcolm Lynch LLP, Partner of Wrigley's in Leeds has commented:

Certa is an awarding organisation with high standards of governance. It recognises the importance of maintaining those high standards to deliver services to its beneficiaries.

Malcolm Lynch, Partner, Wrigleys Solicitors LLP