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Jeremy Cartwright Role: Chair Start of Service: 8th September 2017 Jeremy is Chair of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and a member of the Transformation, Finance & Resources Committee […]

Last updated: 15 September, 2021

Jeremy Cartwright

Role: Chair

Start of Service: 8th September 2017

Jeremy is Chair of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and a member of the Transformation, Finance & Resources Committee and the Governance Committee. He is currently Chairman, Trustee and Rider of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood-bikes, as well as an international freelance consultant & interim manager. Prior to this, he was Supply Chain Director and HR Development Director for PZ Cussons PLC and has spent many years leading & developing overseas operations in Asia & Africa.

A consistent theme throughout Jeremy’s career has been a people centred approach to change and a desire to be at the forefront of the change. He has extensive experience in project and change management and enjoys helping others succeed through coaching and mentoring. Jeremy has an MBA in Business Administration from Leeds Metropolitan University, a BSc (Hons) Biochemistry from Birmingham University and an NVQ in Coaching and Assessing from the Open University.


Stephanie Talbot

Start of Service: 1st October 2018

Stephanie is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and the Transformation, Finance & Resources Committee. She is currently CEO / Co-Founder of Alice Charity which provides practical and emotional support to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable families in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme. She drives the growth and impact of this charity utilising skills learned over her finance career.

Stephanie has 16 years’ experience in senior finance roles including roles at Seatriever International, Antler UK Ltd and Payzone UK Ltd.

She is currently a member of the Stoke on Trent Hardship Commission, the Staffordshire Collaborative Network and the Stoke on Trent Children, Young People and Families Strategic Partnership Board. In July 2020, Stephanie completed an MBA at Staffordshire University, and also has BA Hons in Accounting and Finance and CIMA Professional Studies qualification.


Pritpal Singh Nagi DL

Start of Service: 6 December 2013

Pritpal is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and a member of the Audit Committee.  He is also the link governor for Equality and Diversity and Access. He has been a self-employed businessman for most of his working life, owning a number of successful businesses and commercial properties in West Midlands.

In 2000, he started Authentic Indian Restaurant (The ELMS ) and first Indian Restaurant to receive the “AA Rosette” in Midlands. In 2003, Pritpal was founder / Chairman of Minority Business Association in Staffordshire and engaged local businesses in Shelton with Staffordshire University and Stoke on Trent College.

Pritpal holds many positions locally including various associations with Keele University. He is the founder member of College of Fellows at Keele University and was Honorary Council Member of North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce; Member of a local enterprise and innovation group and is also a Trustee the Ramgharia of Sikh Temple – Stoke on Trent.

In 2007 he started “Sanja”. He is the founder and Chairman of the ‘Sanja’ (raising money for local causes) which has raised nearly £250,000.00 for charities in Staffordshire with his annual Hollywood and Bollywood Ball. In 2014, Pritpal was appointed Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Of Staffordshire. In 2017, Pritpal was awarded MBE on Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday Honour list for his services to Business and Charities in Staffordshire.


Sue Blake

Start of Service 12th September 2019

Sue is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation, a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee and link Governor for Safeguarding.

Sue has worked in the education, learning and skills sector for over 30 years. Prior to becoming a freelance consultant and project manager, Sue worked in various senior management roles at local and national level for the former Learning and Skills Council and was also the West Midlands Regional Development Manager working on strategic quality improvement at Learning & Skills Improvement Service.

Sue is a qualified and experienced project manager with substantial experience in quality improvement and partnership working. As a trained coach and mentor Sue has worked with several individuals and organisations going through organisational change and transition.

In 2013, working with the Association of Colleges, Sue established a Quality, Improvement & Innovation network in the West Midlands working with leadership teams, to support quality improvement, sharing of effective practice and facilitate peer-to-peer networking & development.

Sue works for the Education and Training Foundation as the Area Relationship and Development Lead for the West Midlands, supporting colleges, providers and schools to prepare and deliver the new T Level qualifications.

Sue holds an ILM level 5 Coaching and Mentoring in Management certificate and is a Riding for the Disabled Group Coach/Instructor and volunteer for Wyre Forest Riders in Stourport.


Tom Nadin

Start of Service: 21st May 2021

Tom is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation, as well as a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee and Audit Committee.

Tom is currently the Head of Business Services and Projects at Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and has worked at the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce since 2012. He is a member of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Skills Advisory Panel, a Board member of Staffordshire Partnership for Employment and Skills and a member of the Staffordshire Careers Hub Steering Group.

Tom is a Staffordshire born, experienced Project Manager who has delivered on numerous public sector and private sector funded projects. Tom was instrumental in the successful bid for the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Skills Hub, the bid for a Staffordshire Careers Hub and positioning Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce as the region’s leading Gateway for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme. Tom also has a BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield.


David Rogers

Start of Service: 25 February 2020

David is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and Chair of the Audit Committee.

David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with what was then Price Waterhouse, specialising in insolvency and corporate recovery. After 18 years, he operated independently, being appointed non-executive chairman of a range of businesses. More recent assignments were in the rail industry and in offshore windfarm construction.

David later became involved in the public sector, helping Stoke and Staffordshire local authorities develop longer term strategic plans and leading on the regeneration of Burslem. About 7 years ago, David joined the Board of Combined Healthcare, the NHS trust which is responsible for mental health services across North Staffordshire.

For the last six years he has chaired the trust, during which time its CQC rating has improved from Requires Improvement to Outstanding. He is a regular executive reviewer on CQC inspections of leaderships across the NHS.

David holds a first-class honours degree in engineering and is an active trustee of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.


Denise Brown

Principal / CEO

Start of Service 17th July 2017

Denise is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and Principal & CEO of the College. She is also a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee, Transformation, Finance & Resources Committee and the Governance Committee.

Denise has 30 years’ experience in Further Education management and prior to joining the College has been Principal and CEO at Newham College of Further Education in East London and Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality at South Essex College. Denise is particularly specialised in curriculum management and quality improvement. Denise has seen two colleges through three inspection frameworks never achieving less than ‘Good’ and achieving ‘Outstanding’ in one inspection. Denise is passionate about inclusion and open access to Further Education.

Denise is Vice Chair and trustee of the Further Education Trust for Leadership. Denise holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University, a Masters Social Science – Race and Education from the University of Birmingham and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Birmingham.


Stephen Sawbridge

Start of Service 12 May 2017

Steve Sawbridge is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation Board, as well as Chair of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee. Steve has a 32 year career in further education and has worked in teaching and management roles in colleges; as a freelance consultant working with colleges on a number of further education improvement initiatives including leadership and governance; and on further education policy and strategy at the former Learning and Skills Council.

From 2007 to 2017, Steve was the West Midlands Regional Director for the Association of Colleges responsible for promoting, representing and supporting the 35 member colleges in the region. As a member AoC’s senior management team, Steve contributed nationally to AoC’s policy work on quality, funding and, more recently, on skills devolution.

From 2013 to 2017, Steve was a board member and trustee at Crescent Purchasing Limited, the principal purchasing organisation for Further Education colleges, and from 2007 to 2011 was a board member at the West Midlands Regional Observatory.  He has also been an elected staff governor at a Further Education college in the West Midlands.

Since retiring from AoC in June 2017 Steve continues to be actively involved in further education providing consultancy services on quality improvement and strategy to colleges and other organisations across the country. Steve has an MA in Education Management from the University of Wolverhampton and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


David Boughey

Role: Vice Chair

Start of Service 8th September 2017

David is Vice Chair of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and Chair of the Transformation, Finance and Resources Committee.

He is currently Managing Director of KMF Precision Engineering and, prior to this, he was Chairman of MGS Precision, which operates across a range of demanding markets including automotive, motorsport, aerospace, nuclear energy, military and industrial power. He was previously Director at Abnormal Load Engineering and Managing Director at Howden Compressors Limited.

David is a very experienced Group Managing Director who has succeeded in a number of senior business role within equipment manufacturing, energy industries and service sectors. In all the businesses David has led, he has established successful, graduate and apprentice schemes.

David is very active within Stoke Rugby Club holding a number of appointments including Mini and Junior Chairman, as well as recently being responsible for Sponsorship and serving on the Finance Committee.

David holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Production Engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University, a Diploma in Management Studies from North Staffordshire University and a Fellowship in Manufacturing Management from Cranfield University.


Sibgha Amin

Independent Governor

Start of Service: 5 November 2019

Sibgha is an Independent Governor and Student Ambassador at Stoke on Trent College. Sibgha was a student at the College and completed her Health and Social Care course in May; she was Student of the Year 2019, which led onto the role as Student Ambassador. She is looking forward to starting University in 2020 to study Psychology with Counselling, where she will have gained some experience from working with current students, and supporting them emotionally.

She has been involved with the Home Office and attended meetings with members of the community, home office members and members of the government; to discuss problems and solutions related to islamophobia, radicalisation and far right, as there has been an increase within these areas. She has also become a spokesperson for young people on the Stoke-On-Trent City Council Prevent Board, where she shared best practice and influenced future policy to ensure young people’s safety.

As a student, she got involved with fundraising, community cohesion, peer mentoring, student council and taking part and leading enrichment activities. This has helped her realise her potential, and from that she aspires to become a counsellor in the future and be able to open and manage her own counselling firm.


David Hopley

Staff Governor

Start of Service 23 October 2015

Dave is the support staff Governor for the Stoke on Trent College Corporation.

Dave is Director of Student Services at the College; ensuring that the College offers the highest quality service to its students and fosters a culture of high aspiration which inspires and empowers students to achieve their full potential.

Dave is the named College Careers Leader, Mental Health Lead, and a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Dave’s holds a Batchelor of Science Degree (Bsc) in Computer Studies, a Post Graduate Level 5 Diploma in Management and a Post Graduate Level 7 Award in Careers Leadership.  Dave is a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Member of the Chartered Institute of Managers (MCMI), and a Member of The National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS).


Rob Fisher

Start of Service: 1st October 2018

Rob is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and Chair of the Governance Committee. Rob is a fully CIPD qualified Human Resources professional with a first class Business Management degree. He is currently Managing Director at Strategi Solutions Group Ltd and is experienced in a wide range of sectors but with particular experience within the Manufacturing and Transport sectors.

Prior to his Director role at Strategi Solutions Group Ltd, Rob was the HR Business Partner at Ornua Nutrition Ingredients and Group HR Manager at Steelite International Plc. Rob has a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, as well as a BA (Hons) Business Management from Staffordshire University.


Jo Mountney

Start of Service: 1st October 2018

Jo is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee.

Jo is currently HR Director for both Alton Towers Resort and Warwick Castle, as well as being the People Partner to the Managing Director of Merlin’s Resort Theme Park division. She has worked at a senior level within the Merlin Entertainments Group for over 15 years. Jo is passionate about enabling individuals to fulfil their full potential, and creating an environment which engages people and enables them to flourish. Jo, and the HR team at the Resort, love the part they play in helping people into work and giving them skills that will take them through life. Jo has a CIPD Level 7 qualification from Staffordshire University, as well as a HND in Hospitality, Catering and Institutional Management from the University of Wales.



Jason Carrigan

External Co-optee

Start of Service: 1 September 2018

Jason is a member co-opted member of the Stoke on Trent College Transformation, Finance & Resources Committee.

Jason is currently Primary Care Project Manager at the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit where he takes operational responsibility for the delivery of complex primary care solutions – acting as a prime point of contact for clients and the CSU. He has 26 years’ experience in public sector accounting in the NHS and has worked in various sectors of the NHS including acute, commissioning and now the Commissioning Support Unit.

Jason is a Chartered Accountant (CIMA) and has BA (Hons) in Business Studies.


Neil Hoskinson

Start of Service 21st May 2021

Neil is the Assistant Director for Learning Services for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, having taken up this post in June 2020. A former secondary school teacher, he converted to primary becoming the headteacher of five schools across Greater Manchester and Knowsley, as well as a Local Leader of Education. Since 2012, he has worked as a School Improvement Officer and as the Lead for Education Outcomes in a range of local authorities.

In his current role, he has responsibility for the Council’s education strategic responsibilities, including further education. Recently the Council has launched new strategies for inclusion and improving education and he is currently leading on the development of a new 14-25 strategy.

Maxine Bagshaw

Clerk to the Corporation

Start of Service 1 January 2011

Maxine is the Clerk to the Corporation at Stoke on Trent College. She has worked in the FE sector for 14 years now and prior to that was a solicitor in private practice. Her role is to support the board and provide independent advice and guidance.

She is also the Clerk and Company Secretary to Alpha Academies Trust, which includes Maple Court Academy, Eaton Park Academy, the Discovery Academy, the Excel Academy and Sneyd Academy schools.

Maxine is also the Clerk/Director of Governance at West Nottinghamshire College and RNN Group.

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