Members of the Board of Governors 2018/19

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Members of the Board of Governors 2018/19

John Hodt - Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee

 Recently appointed as Chair at King Edward's, John has almost 20 years experience as Chair of Ridgewood High School, Stourbridge Educational Trust, and Project Gambia Trust, and has also been a board member of Amblecote Primary School, King Edward's and Halesowen Multi Academy Trust, and the Worth Unlimited Charity. John has worked for almost 4 decades in private, voluntary, and public sectors, which gives him personal experience and understanding of work, leadership and governance in a broad range of organisations. His career experience includes emergency planning, business continuity, preventing extremism, performance management, information governance, and coaching and mentoring.

As the father of 2 daughters who are former students of the College and who are now enjoying successful careers in teaching and accountancy, John understands the importance of academic success so that our students are able to realise their potential in terms of career choices. Formerly a youth worker, John is committed to supporting young people enjoy opportunities to mature and develop as adults able to contribute to the moral and social fabric of our communities and the wider world.

Craig Holden - Vice Chair

Craig was originally appointed as a Parent Governor in June 2016, his younger daughter Mary having completed her A levels at roughly the same time. He is also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee. His earliest memory of King Edward VI College Stourbridge is from 1980 when, as a Solihull School Boy, he played rugby against the College.

Craig has run his own specialist digital marketing company, based in Birmingham, since 2000, having started his career with Unilever in the mid 1980s.

To date, Craig’s interest in education has been through business. He plays a leading role locally with the Institute of Directors’ Student Mentoring Scheme. This scheme helps prepare final year business students at Wolverhampton University for the world of work, above and beyond their academic qualifications: fine tuning CVs, practice interviews and working on the crucial ‘soft skills’. He has also been involved in raising money for educational bursaries at Oriel College Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics between 1982 and 1985.

Craig is married to Lisa, and has one other daughter, Emily. Away from work he is addicted to Rugby, and enjoys cycling, walking and playing the bass guitar.

Richard Auger – Staff Governor

Richard was appointed as Staff Governor in January 2019. He has been working at King Edwards since September 2018 and is the subject leader for Economics, teaching both Macro and Micro topics.

Richard has over 15 years’ experience of teaching in both schools and colleges and has held a number of senior middle leader positions including head of department and faculty leadership. Richard has also held whole school responsibility for Enterprise and Work Related Learning. His experience also includes teaching Business Studies, EPQ and Financial Management at GCSE BTEC and A Level. Richard has also been a senior examiner for Economics, Business Studies and Accounting.

Prior to teaching Richard spent 20 years in the IT industry in a variety of Sales and Marketing roles. Outside of work Richard is an experienced photographer with several competitions to his credit and a keen walker and drinker of good coffee.

Permjit Basi

Permjit recently joined the Board as a Foundation Governor and also serves on the Finance & Resources Committee. In addition, he is also a member of the Local Governing Body at a Primary School that requires improvements and has recently been taken over by a new Multi-academy Trust.

He believes in the real value of education and that this is his way of giving back to support learners in reaching their true potential.

 Permjit is a Chartered Global Management Accountant & graduate with over 30 years’ experience in finance in both public & commercial settings. As well as establishing new performance driven teams and reporting to numerous Boards & Committees he has successfully delivered delayed system implementations and savings projects.

Mike Burns – Operations Staff Governor

Mike is the operations staff governor and is the College Information Systems Manager.  Mike only joined us in September, but has worked in the education sector for over 25 years, with the last 16 years as a senior manager in a nearby Sixth Form College.  Prior to this he has an eclectic range of past roles, including the owner of a computer shop, a HE teaching assistant of Economics, a part time IT tutor, and the treasurer of the North Wales Autistic Society.  Away from College, Mike can still be found glued to a computer, either programming or gaming, but is also a keen amateur photographer and numismatist (coin collector).

John Cunningham – Chair of the Audit Committee

John has worked in the education and training sector for over thirty years which has included working for private training providers and various funding and planning bodies including the Further Education Staff College, Sandwell Training and Enterprise Council and the Black Country Learning and Skills Council.  John was the lead on a number of projects including Dudley 14-19 Area Review, Black Country Area-wide Inspections, Further Education Strategic Option Reviews and College Feasibility Studies.  John has experience across all post-16 sectors working with school sixth forms, further education colleges, specialist providers and private training providers.  His role with the local authority involves funding and commissioning of post-16 education and training provision as well as provision for learners with high needs aged 16-25.  John leads on FE college and apprenticeship planning and is the skills lead for Dudley at a sub-regional level.

Sue Davis

Sue was appointed as a Governor in October 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee.  Her interest in education stems from her early career teaching adults in further education and she progressed to hold a range of senior roles in Human Resources in various corporate organisations.  Sue has worked with senior Managers in the public and private sectors and brings practical experience of working with under-represented groups to develop self-confidence and improve diversity at board level.

Continuing the theme, Sue runs her own business which focuses on leadership development, coaching and assessment working with a range of blue-chip companies.  Sue’s passion is helping individuals to realise their potential, whatever direction this may take.  Based on her experience as a parent, she has a keen interest in ensuring that young people receive the correct advice and guidance at crucial points to help with their decision making and ensure there are strong links between education into employment.  With this in mind, she provides voluntary support to various education establishments providing careers advice and practical support such as preparing CV’s and interview skills.  She is also a member of the CIPD Steps Ahead Mentoring Programme which provides practical support to job seekers, particularly aimed at improving employability. 

Dr Peter Hancox

Peter is a Foundation Governor nominated by the Council of the University of Birmingham. He is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in the University, specialising in language processing within the field of artificial intelligence, and Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School. He is a member of the Audit Committee.

Sapreena Kumari

Saprenna was appointed as a Foundation Governor in July 2018.

Sapreena has worked in post-16 education since 2007 at a variety of further education colleges. She joined Aston University as Director of Admissions, Student Recruitment and Outreach in August 2016 and since then she has taken an instrumental role is shaping the university’s approach to widening participation. She is passionate about fair access for all and in particular enabling people of all ages to take advantage of life changing educational opportunities.

Sapreena is very proud of her West Midlands roots and is committed to ensuring her community flourishes, particularly through social engagement and education. Sapreena is also an executive member of the Titan Partnership and a board member of Birmingham’s Child Poverty Forum. 

She hopes her experience in education will help King Edwards VI to meet its strategic aims.

Remley Mann - Principal

Remley has held the post of Principal at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge since 1 September 2015.  Having started her career in New York as the Chair of the Foreign Language Department in 1989, Remley became the Head of Modern Foreign Languages at a school in Birmingham in 1993, moving to King Edward VI College in 1998.  Remley has held various roles at the college including Head of Quality Improvement and she was appointed as Vice Principal in 2012.  In her role as Vice Principal, Remley had responsibility for leading quality improvement and staff development.  She also has extensive experience as the designated safeguarding lead and leading the college provision in pastoral support.  Remley holds a B.A. in Letters (history, literature and philosophy) from Wesleyan University, USA and an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Connecticut, USA.


Robin Morrison - Chair of the Audit Committee

Robin was born in Stourbridge and attended King Edward VI Grammar School before studying at the University of Birmingham for a Civil Engineering Degree. A Chartered Civil Engineer, Rob’s early career at Dudley MBC involved major civil engineering works and setting up internal maintenance and service operations as profitable businesses competing for work. After various roles in a wide range of local authorities, he moved to South Wales in 1996 as a Corporate Director in the newly formed Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.

After successfully improving many services Robin was promoted to the position of Chief Executive. He led the transformation of social care and worked closely with Health colleagues on improving a wide range of services to facilitate the council’s Independent Living Strategy, including being a member of a programme board which had the role of overseeing the construction of a new hospital in Ebbw Vale.

Having developed key skills in regeneration he was tasked with leading the transformation of the former steelworks site in Ebbw Vale, one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, attracting funding for projects in excess of £300m, which included the new hospital and a Lifelong Learning Campus.

Robin retired in 2011 and re-located to Wolverhampton, where he lives with his wife Jenny, a retired teacher. He has a daughter who lives in Derbyshire.

Since 2012, he has been Chair of Engaging Communities Staffordshire, a CIC that provides Healthwatch services to Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Walsall. He is an active Rotarian and past President of clubs in Tettenhall and Crickhowell as well as being actively involved in amateur operatics as a stage manager and occasional actor.

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