South West College has a governing body made up of people from a range of backgrounds and who bring extensive experience and knowledge to their role. The governing body is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the college, including its financial performance and the quality of its teaching, learning and assessment.

Minutes of Governing Body meetings are also provided as well as the Instrument of Government, Articles of Government and Standing Orders which outline the constitution, functions and procedures of the Governing Body.

Governance related enquiries or correspondence should be addressed to the Secretary to the Governing Body, Fiona McCauley at

Chair - Dr Nicholas O’Shiel

Dr Nicholas O’Shiel is Chief Executive of Omagh Enterprise Company and Chairman of Enterprise Northern Ireland, the network of 28 Local Enterprise Agencies in Northern Ireland. Former roles include President of Omagh Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Omagh Local Strategy Partnership and Chairman of Omagh Business Forum Ltd. In recognition of his achievements, Dr O’Shiel is a recipient of the Queen’s Award for outstanding contribution to enterprise. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds a Doctorate in Management from the Ulster University and Masters in Management from Trinity College, Dublin.

Dr O’Shiel has been Chair of the Governing Body of South West College since January 2019. He previously served as a Governor of South West College, and during his tenure served as Chair of the Education, Quality & Performance Committee and as a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

  • Chair

  • Interim Chief Executive

    Leo Murphy

    Interim Chief Executive

Current Governing Body Members

  • Mr Gerard O'Hanlon

  • Mr Michael Skuce

  • Mrs Patricia McCaffrey

  • Mr Michael McGukin

  • Mr Seamus McCaffrey

  • Mrs Deborah Brown

    Staff Governor
  • Siobhan Breen

  • Joanne Moore

  • Gillian McDowell

  • Caitlyn McLoughin

    Student Governor
  • Mrs Sandra Isherwood

  • Dr Lynsey Quinn

  • Ms Alana Jones-Campbell

  • Ms Elaine Grier