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The roles and responsibilities of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group Board (or Governing Body) are many and varied. But the main roles and responsibilities (as determined by the Instruments and Articles) are summed up as follows:

  • The determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and for the oversight of its activities
  • approving the quality strategy of the institution
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Board and for safeguarding their assets
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk including, where the Clerk is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, the Clerk’s appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay in the capacity of a member of staff
  • setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

Other areas that are considered by the Board include:

  • Monitoring and evaluating the College's activities and services
  • strategic planning of long term issues as well as the short and medium term
  • involvement in the recruitment of other staff as well as senior post holders and the Clerk
  • promoting the College (where appropriate)
  • assessing the effectiveness of the Board (self-assessment)
  • ensuring compliance with legislation and policies adopted by the Board.

All Governors can only be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors - Tracy Cottee by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or postal enquiries sent for the Clerk’s attention to:

Shrewsbury Colleges Group
London Road Campus

Become a Governor

If you would like to know more about the work of the Board and are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk for more information or complete the enclosed and send to the Clerk at the address above.

Student Governors

The Education and Training Foundation has commissioned a short film explaining the benefits of volunteering to be a governor and why people should consider putting themselves forward.

Student engagement is vital to the work of the Governing Body when it comes to improving the quality of teaching and learning and the student experience, and indeed wider governance issues in relation to the College. It is the day-to-day practice, people and resources that enable students to be effective and fully involved in relation to the College’s decision making processes.

Student Governors are a vital part of the College’s Leaner Voice. They work closely with the Student Council, to ensure the Board is made aware of issues affecting students, and that student experience is an integral part of all the Corporation’s decision-making. Find out more on the role of a Student Governor.


  • Gordon Channon

    Gordon Channon Chair of Governors

    Former Board Director working in several high-profile companies. He formerly worked in the field of Finance and General Management. He is a Trustee of the Roy Fletcher Estates Trust and is Trustee and Chair of Board of Woodside Academy Primary School, Oswestry.

  • Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Chair of Quality, Standards & Curriculum Committee - Independent Governor

    Andy is Organisational Development Manager, Harper Adams University. He is a former Learning & Development Manager for NACRO and has extensive experience of supporting education partnerships, including creation and supervision of work experience programmes. Lead Governor for Apprentices and Marketing.

  • Christine Davies

    Christine Davies Independent Governor

    A former deputy head teacher who has extensive experience of the education sector.

  • Christina Gore

    Christina Gore Independent Governor

    Retired Speech and Language Therapist, Princess Royal Hospital who worked with Strokes and Voice Disorders. Retired Magistrate Shropshire Bench. She is the Board's Lead Governor for Equality & Diversity, Safeguarding and SEND.

  • Nigel Merchant

    Nigel Merchant Chair of Audit Committee / Parent Governor

    Nigel is a Chartered Internal Auditor. He currently works in the field of Security and Business Continuity strategy. Audit and Risk Lead Governor.

  • David Pulford

    David Pulford Co-opted Finance & Business Operations Committee Member

    David has 40 years' experience in commercial property, town centre regeneration and retail facilities management. He is formerly an Independent Governor of both Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

  • Rex Sartain

    Rex Sartain Independent Governor

    Rex is a School Bursar and retired Lieutenant Colonel.

  • James Staniforth

    James Staniforth Principal & CEO

    Marches Local Enterprise Partnership Representative.

  • Mike Willmot

    Mike Willmot Chair of Search and Governance Committee / Independent Governor

    A retired Assistant Principal for strategic planning at Newcastle under Lyme College, he continues with roles in the voluntary sector including Chair of North Staffs Community Rail Partnership and Trustee of the Burslem Ethical Trust. HE Lead Governor.

  • Richard Heath

    Richard Heath Independent Governor

    Richard is Head of Financial Performance at Harper Adams University.

  • Paula Tucker

    Paula Tucker Staff Governor (Support)

    Paula is the Progression Specialist for our Creative Arts and Media students, based at our English Bridge Campus.

  • Joshua Harry

    Joshua Harry Academic Staff Governor

    Joshua is the Academic Staff Governor for the English Bridge and Welsh Bridge campuses. He is a teacher of maths and joined the Board on 1 August 2018.

  • Kari Quant

    Kari Quant Independent Governor

    Kari is Summer Course Director at Concord College.

  • Roger Wilson

    Roger Wilson Vice Chair of Governors / Independent Governor

    Roger is Group Chair, Vistage, Peer Group Advisory. He is formerly a Co-opted Finance & Business Operations Committee Member.

  • Colin Sharp

    Colin Sharp Co-opted Audit Committee Member

    Colin is over 20 years’ FCA qualified with recent experience in a Finance Director role for a £28m turnover company in the manufacturing/ retail sector.

  • Helen Hawksworth

    Helen Hawksworth Academic Staff Governor

    Helen is the Academic Staff Governor for the London Road Campus. She is a teacher of English and Maths/Access to Higher Education.

  • McKenna Wood

    McKenna Wood Student Governor (16 – 19 Cohort)

    McKenna is currently in her second year of her A level studies. She is also a Student Rep and Student Ambassador.

  • Robert Lopez

    Robert Lopez Parent Governor (London Road Campus)

    Robert is self-employed and is also currently a volunteer with the Nescliffe Conservation Society.

  • Claire Wassall

    Claire Wassall Student Governor (Higher Education)

    Claire is currently in studying for her Foundation Degree in Counselling.

  • Mike Thompson

    Mike Thompson Independent Governor

    Mike joined the Board in November 2019. He is a former Parent Governor (London Road Campus).

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