Farewell to Deborah Goodwin and Johnny Polk

Recent deaths of two Goodenough College Governors announced

We are saddened to announce the recent loss of two Governors of the College, Deborah Goodwin OBE, who was a good friend of the College since 2017, and Johnny Polk, who served the College as a Governor for 39 years.

Johnny Polk gave over 39 years of exceptional service to the College. He became a Governor in 1978, was a Vice-Chairman of the College (2003-14) and on his retirement from the Board in 2017 was made an Emeritus Governor of the College.

Here in the College, Johnny is remembered as a super colleague and a truly outstanding supporter. Everyone at Goodenough who came in to contact with him viewed him as one of life’s real gentlemen. Johnny was excellent company, extraordinarily committed and insightful, and thoroughly respected by all who knew him. He passed away on 8 June 2020 and will be sorely missed by the Goodenough family.

Deborah Goodwin OBE (pictured), passed away on 20 May 2020. Deborah had a distinguished career in accountancy becoming Pannell Kerr Foster’s youngest ever partner at the age of 22, and holding senior positions at Deloitte where she helped create and run a new advisory service line, Human Capital, which continues today.

On leaving Deloitte, Deborah developed her accountancy and her HR interests, especially in the Further and Higher Education Sectors, and her extensive charitable work included The Prince’s Trust and the Women’s Refuge Movement. All of this led to her receiving an OBE in the 2008 New Year’s Honours for services to the Community and Education.

In 2017 Deborah became a Governor at Goodenough College and a member of its Finance and Audit Committees.

Deborah is remembered warmly by her Goodenough colleagues and friends for her generosity, her work ethic, her modesty and her sense of fun.