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Members of the Local Governing Body 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.

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.

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.


Jonathan Wilding - Foundation Governor

Appointed Foundation Governor in December 2019. 

Jonathan has been involved in Education since 1980 starting life as an Economics, Accounts and Business Studies teacher in a range of Birmingham schools.  In 2003 he became head teacher at Frankley Community High School.  He has worked on various governing bodies since the mid-1990s.

For relaxation he watches rugby and football, plays the guitar and sings, while also teaching Maths to keep his hand in

Vicky Smith - Foundation Governor

Appointed Foundation Governor in November 2020.

Vicky is an architect who works as the Head of Projects and Delivery at Dudley MBC. As an architect she has designed and delivered many education buildings and believes in the importance of how the design of teaching and social spaces can improve learning outcomes. She believes that good education should be available to all and that  education provides stability in life and is something no-one can ever take away from you.

Dilshan Arulkumaran - Student Governor

Appointed Student Governor on 1 May 2021.

Hi, my name is Dilshan, but people know me as Dilly. I am one of the student governors here at King Edward's. I am studying Mathematics, Further Maths, Economics and Physics. In the future I hope to do mechanical engineering at university followed by entrepreneurship after!

Kylan Sandhu - Student Governor

Appointed Student Governor on 1 May 2021. 

Hi, I'm Kylan, one of your student governors. I take Biology, Physics and Maths, and I would like to go to university to study something mathematical related. 

Aimie Chatfield - Staff Governor (Operational)

Appointed operational staff governor on 1 February 2021.

Aimie is our Medical Welfare Officer and has been with the college since April 2018. She supports our staff and students with their physical and mental health as well as being an integral part of the Health and Safety and Disaster Management teams. Aimie is a fully qualified medic and first aid instructor, with over 10 years pre-hospital experience.

Heather Andersen - Parent Governor

Appointed Parent Governor on 1 February 2021.

Rebecca Gater - Parent Governor

Rebecca was appointed as Parent Governor in January 2021. Rebecca is a former King Edward's student herself;  her eldest two daughters completed their studies at the college during the Summers of 2017 and 2021, and her two youngest daughters are still in secondary education locally.

Rebecca has over 20 years' experience working in education, starting her career as a Business Studies lecturer in a local FE college. She currently works as Vice Principal for Curriculum & Quality in a large West Midlands College, and is a practising Ofsted Inspector.  She is currently working towards a Doctorate in Education, and hopes to submit her thesis on Senior Leadership in Further Education during the Autumn of 2021. Rebecca is also a member of the NSPCC Birmingham Business Advocate Network. Her core values, as a professional as well as in governor and charity advocate roles, are to give young people the best educational experience possible, in order to enhance their future lives and careers.

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