The College’s Board of Governors (also known as the Corporation) is responsible for:

  • the leadership and oversight of the College – it plays a strategic role; and
  • the educational outcome of the College

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 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
Shrewsbury
SY2 6PR


Shrewsbury Colleges Group - Exempt Charity Status

Sixth-form college corporations are the legal entities that operate one or more colleges.

The status of the corporation is both:

Every college has charitable status (for the charitable purpose of advancing education) and so is subject to the requirements of the Charities Act. Further education (FE) corporations and sixth form college (SFC) corporations are classified as 'exempt' charities (Schedule 3 to the Charities Act 2011). An exempt charity has charitable status and is required to comply with charity law, but unlike other charities, they are not regulated by the Charity Commissioners but by a separate regulator – in the case of further education and sixth form corporations, the Department for Education (DfE).

What is a ‘Corporation’?

Colleges operate within a national framework, which is set by legislation and by Government and its agencies.
Every college is under the overall direction of a governing body known as the Corporation. A FE or sixth-form college is an activity through which the corporation achieves its charitable purpose. The college is not a separate legal entity from the corporation. Colleges with statutory corporate bodies have a legal identity that is distinct from the identities of the governors or members. This legal identity facilitates the ability of a college to assume liabilities, rights and duties in its own name.

In Shrewsbury College’s Group’s case, the governing body is a sixth form college corporation established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. This Act removed colleges from local authority control and set them up as freestanding public bodies. Corporations are empowered by Section 18 of the Act for the charitable purpose of advancing education.

The Act requires every college to have an Instrument and Articles of Government setting out how it will conduct its business. Schedule 4 to the Act (which was substantially revised by the Education Act of 2011, pages 115 and 116) states what the Instrument and Articles must include.

More information on exempt charities is available here.

This explanation is required under Paragraph 72 of the Office for Students.


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.

Governor Application Form


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.

There is also information on the role of a Student Governor on the NUS website.


Governors

  • Roger Wilson

    Roger Wilson Chair of Board / Chair of Search and Governance Committee

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

  •  Dr Julian Barratt

    Dr Julian Barratt Parent Governor

    Julian is a clinical academic nurse practitioner who is Regional Faculty Lead for Advancing Practice with Health Education England in the Midlands, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, and Nurse Coordinator with a charity, Festival Medical Services.

  • Albert Benghiat

    Albert Benghiat Independent Governor

    Albert is the H.E. Link Governor. Albert is a former Associate Lecturer (Geology) at University of Derby and Clinical Director of Cancer Services and Consultant Oncologist, University Hospitals of Leicester.

  • Aggie Caesar-Homden

    Aggie Caesar-Homden Independent Governor

    Aggie is Mid-Wales Regional Skills Partnership Manager.

  • Belinda Greenaway

    Belinda Greenaway Academic Staff Governor

    Belinda is the Academic Staff Governor for the English & Welsh Bridge Campuses. She is a Curriculum Leader at the English Bridge Campus.

  • Rob Harrison

    Rob Harrison Independent Governor

    Rob has over 40 yrs. of experience working in the FE Sector, undertaking various posts from Lecturer to Executive Manager/Consultant, specialising in MIS and IT Systems Management.

  • Graham Mills

    Graham Mills Vice Chair of Board / Chair of Finance, Business & Operations Committee

    Graham is an Entrepreneur Club Development Consultant and Workplace Pensions Consultant. He is a former TSB/Lloyds Bank Commercial Manager.

  • 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.

  • John Rowe

    John Rowe Independent Governor and E&D Link Governor

    John is a very experienced and successful primary headteacher with over 17 years of headship experience in a variety of primary school settings. He is currently working for Shropshire Council, providing support and challenge for Shropshire schools, support for schools to prepare for Ofsted inspection, providing training for school leaders and staff.

  • Rex Sartain

    Rex Sartain Independent Governor

    Rex is a School Bursar and retired Lieutenant Colonel. Rex is the Board’s Health & Safety Link Governor. Rex is the Board’s representative on the Radbrook Foundation Board.

  • Colin Sharp

    Colin Sharp Independent Governor

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

  • Jo Sharrock

    Jo Sharrock Independent Governor and Safeguarding and Prevent Link Governor

    Jo is Head of Shrewsbury High School, which is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the largest network of independent girls’ schools in the country. Before entering the teaching profession, Jo worked in the finance industry for HSBC, ABN AMRO, and Goldman Sachs.

  • James Staniforth

    James Staniforth Principal & CEO

    Marches Local Enterprise Partnership Representative.

  • Natasha Stitch

    Natasha Stitch Independent Governor

    Natasha is a professional business leader in the Cyber Security Industry, leading a team of technical engineers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa region as well as the Asia Pacific.

  • Mike Thompson

    Mike Thompson Independent Governor

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

  • 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.

  • Lucy Wright

    Lucy Wright Parent Governor

    Lucy is a Specialist Teacher for Children Looked After for Powys Council and has significant experience as a teacher, SENDCo and education adviser. She currently works as an advisor, providing support and challenge to schools and social care in respect of the education of children looked after. She is a member of the Quality, Curriculum & Standards Committee.


Policies, Documents & Minutes


Corporation and Committee Organisation and Membership Chart from 1 August 2022.

BOARD

Membership = All Governors
Julian Barratt, Albert Benghiat, Aggie Caesar-Homden, Belinda Greenaway, Rob Harrison, Graham Mills, John Rowe, Rex Sartain, Colin Sharp, Jo Sharrock, James Staniforth (Principal/Chief Executive), Natasha Stitch, Mike Thompson, Paula Tucker, Roger Wilson (Board Chair) and Lucy Wright.

FINANCE AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS

G Mills (Chair)
D. Pulford (co-opted committee member)
J. Staniforth
N. Stitch
P. Tucker
R. Wilson

SLT attendance: Finance Director, GVP – H&D


AUDIT

J. Barratt
R. Harrison
R. Sartain
C. Sharp (Chair)
M. Thompson

SLT Attendance – Finance Director & Principal/CEO

QUALITY STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM

A Benghiat
J. Barratt
A. Caesar-Homden
J. Rowe
J. Sharrock
R. Wilson (ex-officio)
L. Wright

Co-opted members – student governors
SLT attendance: HoSF, GVP – CS&BD, GVP – I&SD

SEARCH & GOVERNANCE

B. Greenaway
J. Rowe
J. Staniforth
R. Wilson (Chair)
SLT attendance – Nil

REMUNERATION

G. Mills
J. Sharrock
R. Wilson

SLT attendance: GVP – HR&D

 

Governor Links – J. Barratt – Apprenticeships & Careers, A. Benghiat – H.E., J. Rowe - SEND & E&D, J. Sharrock – Safeguarding, PREVENT, R. Sartain – H&S. Radbrook Foundation – R. Sartain

The Board also has one co-opted committee member: D. Pulford (Finance, & Business Operations). This does not count towards the Determination of the Corporation, which currently stands at 19.