Start of Service: 8th September 2017
Jeremy is Chair of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation Board, a member of the Transformation, Finance & Resources Committee, the Governance Committee and Chair of the Capital Projects Committee.
He is also Chair of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood-Bikes, a registered charity supporting the NHS, as well as running his own business as an international consultant & interim manager. Prior to this, Jeremy was Supply Chain Director and HR Development Director for PZ Cussons PLC and has spent many years leading & developing overseas operations in Asia & Africa.
Jeremy has 35 years’ employed experience that includes strategic development, senior operational management, project, change, and IT management and continues this variety through his freelance work. He enjoys developing & helping others to succeed often through coaching or mentoring individuals and teams.
Jeremy has an MBA in Business Administration, a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and a number of other qualifications including one for Coaching and Assessing from the Open University & one for Mental Health in the Workplace, which he studied recently at Stoke on Trent College.
Role: Principal & CEO
Start of Service: 25th January 2022
Lisa 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 & Standards Committee, the Transformation, Finance & Resources Committee, the Governance Committee, the Capital Projects Committee and the Skills and Apprenticeships Task and Finish Group.
Lisa leaves Nacro, the national social justice and education charity, to join Stoke on Trent College as the CEO and Principal from 25th January. Lisa has overseen the turnaround of Nacro’s national Education and Skills Provision from a low base to Ofsted Good in 2019. This includes a national network of Further Education Centres, Totton College, a High Needs Unit and several education contracts for secure youth justice and prison education.
She has pioneered the work of Nacro Education creating a respected brand and voice on issues relating to disadvantaged young people such as the Learn Without Limits campaign, second chance learning, a national youth voice Knife Crime report and parliamentary roundtables on alternative provision. She was the Chair of the National Safeguarding Board and led Service User/Learner Voice for the Charity. Prior to joining Nacro, she was Vice Principal Schools of an Ofsted good FE college for four years and Executive Director of a successful Academies Trust.
Lisa was previously a senior civil servant in Further Education in both the Department for Education and Department for Business for over 10 years, leading on adult Literacy and Numeracy Skills for Life initiative, founding the commission on adult vocational education, and the prestigious Worldskills London 2011 for which she won the Permanent Secretary’s award. She is an Independent Governor of De Montfort University and until recently the Chair of the National Deaf Children’s Society.
Lisa was brought up in Northwich, Cheshire and her first vocational role was aged fourteen where she set up play-schemes on the estate where she lived. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to progress regardless of background or where they live.
In January 2021 she was awarded the MBE for Services to Young people.
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 leading on the development of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Skills Improvement Plan. Tom also has a BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield.
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, and in the last year was voted the best NHS trust in the country. 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.
Start of Service 20th May 2022
Hannah is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation, as well as a member of the Audit Committee, the Capital Projects Committee and the Skills and Apprenticeships Task and Finish Group.
Hannah is currently Head of Customer Success at UNLEASH Limited, a leading global media and events company in the HR Tech sector. Hannah has over 16 years of leadership and management experience with a strong emphasis on development, strategy and business principles.
Hannah has also worked for the Donna Louise Hospice as the Head of People and Community Engagement and Compliance Manager. Hannah is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management and has a Masters in Employment Law from Staffordshire University.
Start of Service 12 May 2017
Steve Sawbridge is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation Board and a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards, and Audit Committees
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 until retirement in June 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.
Steve has been a non-executive Board member of a number of organisations including Crescent Purchasing Limited and the West Midlands Regional Observatory. He has also been an elected staff governor at a Further Education college in the West Midlands.
Steve has an MA in Education Management from the University of Wolverhampton and recently completed an MA in Garden and Landscape History at the University of London. Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Role: Vice Chair
David is Vice Chair of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and Chair of the Transformation, Finance and Resources Committee. He is also a member of the College’s Skills and Apprenticeships Task and Finish Group.
He is currently Managing Director of Technocover Limited, immediately prior to this, he was Managing Director of KMF Precision Engineering and previously , 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 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.
is has been very active within Stoke Rugby Club holding a number of appointments including Mini and Junior Chairman, as well as previous responsibilities 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.
Start of Service 29th June 2022
Kevin is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee.
Kevin is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University which includes oversight of delivery of education by the academic schools; responsibility for the internationalisation strategy, research and enterprise activities and collaborations and local civic responsibility for Staffordshire University’s engagement with businesses, enterprise zone activity and the wider community in the region.
He also acts as deputy for the Vice Chancellor as appropriate. Kevin was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Academic Strategy at The Open University. Kevin has a BA (Hons) First Class in Geography and Sociology from the University of Leeds and a PhD from the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. He is also a Professor of Cultural Geography.
Start of Service 9th November 2022
Sally is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee. She is also Chair of the Skills and Apprenticeships Task and Finish Group and the College’s Safeguarding Link Governor.
Sally is currently CEO at the Petty Pool Trust, a charity delivering education programmes for young people who are neurodiverse to support them into employment and lead independent lives. Prior to her role at the Petty Pool Trust, Sally was the Director of Operations for the LTE Group where she had 17 years delivering education contracts for learners in secure settings. Sally is an experienced strategic leader in organisation development and change with a focus on quality improvement and colleague engagement, she also has experience in developing business plans, solutions for curriculum design and delivery to support employer and sector need. Sally is also an Executive Coach working with leaders to develop their teams.
Sally holds a BSC (Hons) in Health and Social Care, is a qualified teacher, Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead and has a post graduate diploma in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Liverpool.
Start of Service 27th July 2023
Bernard is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and a member of the Transformation, Finance and Resources Committee.
Bernard is an experienced senior executive with a wealth of sector experience in aerospace engineering; waste water engineering; TV post production, commercials and film production; direct marketing; commercial property investment and letting; aviation security services; education foundation trust. Bernard has been Strategy Director and then CEO of a £30m AIM plc; CEO of a £17m to £100m+ MBO; Divisional Managing Director in a FTSE 250 plc and Finance Director and Commercial Director in a mid-sized charity environment.
Bernard is Trustee of the William Hulme’s Grammar School Foundation Trust in Manchester and is a fellow of the ICAEW.
Academic Staff Governor
Start of Service: 20th January 2022
Lyndsey is Academic Staff Governor for the Stoke on Trent College Corporation and a member of the Curriculum, Quality & Standards Committee.
Lyndsey is Head of Learning for Care, specialising in early childhood, education and health and social care. She oversees the day to day running of the Services to People department and quality assures the teaching, learning and assessment within the department. Prior to this, she was a Child Studies Lecturer at the College, as well as a Teaching Assistant at local Primary/Infant schools. Lyndsey has a passion for student support and the development of young people’s social and emotional learning.
Lyndsey has a BA (hons) in Childhood Studies from Manchester Met University, as well as a Diploma in Teaching in Lifelong Learning.
Start of Service: 1st October 2018
Rob is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation, Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Audit 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.
Start of Service: 1st October 2018
Jo is a member of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation, as well as a member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee, the Governance Committee and the Skills and Apprenticeships Task and Finish Group.
Jo is a Senior HR professional with over 25 years of experience in the Hospitality & Leisure industries. She has most recently 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. She is proud of having helped many young people get 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.
Clerk to the Corporation
Start of Service 12th December 2022
Jules is the Clerk to the Corporation at Stoke on Trent College. She has worked in the FE sector for 10 years now but has a career in governance roles in charity, further education and multi academy trust settings spanning over 20 years. Her role at the College is to support the Board of Governors and provide independent advice and guidance.
She is also the Company Secretary for Stoke on Trent Limited and Education Business Services (Stoke) Ltd.
Jules is also the Head of Governance at the College of West Anglia.
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