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Nigel Duncan

MBA, MHCIMA, Cert Ed, FIfL, External Co-opted Governor

Board of Governors

Role at Solent

Nigel joined the Board of Governors in August 2016, and is currently a member of the Resources Committee.


Nigel studied Hospitality and Catering Management at University College Birmingham. Following a successful London career in the hospitality industry, Nigel commenced a career in further education as a lecturer at Solihull College of Technology in the West Midlands. Joining the College in 1981 to establish a new Department, Nigel also studied for a level 7 management Diploma in Hotel, Catering and International Management, graduating in 1984.

In 1988 Nigel moved to Lowestoft College as Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department. In 2002 Nigel left Lowestoft as Director of Faculty for Vocational and Technical Studies and moved to West Herts College as Director of Curriculum.  In 2004 Nigel graduated with a Master's in Business Administration in Educational Management from the University of Leicester. Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning.

In 2005 Nigel moved to Fareham College as Vice Principal Curriculum and Corporate Development, responsible for all aspects of curriculum design, development and delivery, quality and the student experience. Nigel was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive of Fareham College in March 2012 and has the executive strategic responsibility for the direction and quality of the College’s provision, its financial integrity and the safety of all that use the College. Nigel serves on the Board of Fareham College Corporation and is a member of all Corporation Committees, except the Audit and Search Committees. 

Nigel also serves on a wide range of external educational and employer bodies, including the Solent LEPs Marine and Maritime Steering Group, the Hampshire Principals’ Group and the Fareham and Gosport Heads and Principals.


  • MBA Educational Management, University of Leicester
  • CNAA Certificate of Education, University of Wolverhampton

Committee membership

  • Resources committee

External bodies

  • Fellow, Institute for Learning
  • Member, Association of College Managers
  • Member, Hotel, Catering and International Management Association
  • Fareham College Corporation
  • Solent LEP’s Marine & Maritime Steering Group
  • Hampshire Principals’ Group
  • Fareham and Gosport Heads and Principals