Goodenough College is a charitable foundation and relies on generating its own income from rents, catering, conferences and events and donations from Alumni and supporters.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Patron of Goodenough College. She has visited many times and takes an active interest in College affairs. Her most recent visit took place on 1st December 2016.
The College is governed by an Advisory Council which may consist of up to 50 Governors, most of whom have to be elected to the role. There are currently 30 elected and nine ex-officio Governors.
Up to 15 Governors are also elected to the Board, the executive body responsible for the management of the College. The Board Members are the Trustees of the College as a charity. The Board regularly refers to the Advisory Council for advice concerning the direction and strategy of the College.
René Weis is Professor of English Literature at University College London (UCL) where he has taught for many years.
He is a Shakespearian scholar and has edited King Lear, Henry IV Part 2, and most recently Romeo and Juliet. He has also edited the plays of John Webster and is the author of Shakespeare Revealed: A Biography, and of Criminal Justice: The True Story of Edith Thompson. His book The Yellow Cross: The Story of the Last Cathars has been translated into seven languages.
In 2009 he was awarded a three-year Major Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for a book on the genesis of Verdi's opera La Traviata. He is the University of London Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is an Alumnus of Goodenough College.
Eric Tracey was elected Chairman of the Board of Goodenough College in September 2016, having served as a Governor since 2005. He has a Master of Commerce degree from Auckland University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was a partner of Deloitte in London from 1980 to 2004 and subsequently completed a number of commercial Finance Director and Non-Executive Director roles. He is currently also Chairman of a small Investment Management Company and the UK Friends of Auckland University, a Council Member of the Stroke Association and a Non- Executive Director of Findel Plc.
He and his wife, Patricia, divide their lives between Westminster and Wiltshire and an annual holiday in New Zealand. He still plays cricket (including annually hosting a match against the College) and he and his wife enjoy opera, ballet, theatre and international rugby and cricket.
The College has over 30 formally elected Fellows whose role is to act as ambassadors for the College in the wider community, assist in recruitment of strong candidates for College Membership and add to the kudos of Goodenough College through their own distinguished standing (academic or otherwise).
Within the College they act as mentors and careers advisers for Members and Alumni in their area of expertise, bolster the College's extra-curricular programme of events by giving Port Talks, chairing debates and seminars and generally act as inspirational role models.