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Members of the Board of Governors 2020/21

John Hodt - Chair of Governors

John was appointed as Chair at King Edward's in September 2018. 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 of Governors and Chair of the Search & Governance Committee

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 was elected Vice Chair in August 2018 and is also the Chair of the Search & Governance 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.

Mike Burns – Operational Staff Governor

Mike is the operational 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).

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 Edward VI College 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.


Angie Perry - Chair of Audit Committee

Angie was appointed as Foundation Governor in December 2019. She strongly believes in the value of education and is passionate that all young people deserve an enjoyable, enriching experience in terms of academic quality and pastoral support. She is Vice Chair of Governors of a local primary school and was previously Chair of Governors at an Academy High School.

She is currently the Chief Finance and Resources Officer within a Multi Academy Trust and has a wealth of experience in both finance and HR. She began her career with the NHS, working in Accountancy before moving to local government where she worked in Internal Audit. She became a Principal Investigator within a local authority Corporate Investigation Team and subsequently set up her own consultancy business delivering employment investigations, mediation and training. She has also worked as a Senior HR Consultant in a not for profit organisation providing HR advice, support and training to the company and its clients, which included both maintained and academy schools.

Jonathan Wilding

Appointed Foundation Governor in December 2019.

Vicky Smith

Appointed Foundation Governor in November 2020.

James Jackson - Student Governor

Hello, my name is James Jackson and I am currently one of the Student Governors here at King Edward’s. I study English Literature, Biology, Geography and Drama & Theatre Studies; I also sing in the College Choir and outside of college I am a keen Scout and fence for my local club. Previously, I attended Redhill School where I was Head Boy and where I took part in all musical productions.

Aaliya Williams

Hi, my names Aaliya Williams and I'm one of the student governors. I'm currently taking Politics, Geography and Geology and planning to take Geology further on in university. 

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