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.
Graham Ward has been a Governor of Goodenough College since 2004, in addition to being an Ex-Officio Governor in 2000/01 and until 15 October 2019 was also Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee. He had been a Board Member since 2011.
He has broad international experience, having carried out work at a senior level in approximately 70 countries. Graham has also held a number of senior roles in the UK.
Graham was appointed CBE in the 2004 Birthday Honours, for services to exports. He is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held many roles in charitable organisations. More details on his career achievements can be found in Graham’s full biography.
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.