Governance

Governance

Stratford-upon-Avon College functions as an independent corporation with exempt charity status and was formed under the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992.

The corporation is similar to the board of non-executive directors and made up of influential and representative members from the business and local community, local authorities, stakeholders, partners, student and staff members.

The Instrument and Articles of Government detail the Corporation’s powers, membership, role and responsibilities, and are supplemented by a Financial Memorandum and the Audit Code of Practice. The Corporation also adheres to general law relating to employment, equality and diversity, health and safety.

The Principal is a member ex officio and the only executive member. The Corporation is accountable for the use of public funds and has a duty of care for the assets of the College.

The Corporation is advised is advised by a Clerk who is independent of the College Management team and has access to independent professional advice.

Our Governors

Lord Digby Jones

Lord Digby Jones

Chair of Governors

Digby was born and raised in Alvechurch, attending the local Primary School and winning a Scholarship to Bromsgrove School. From there he went to University College London where he read law and was awarded a 3 year University Cadetship in The Royal Navy where he learned about leadership, teamwork and the importance of constant communication. After graduating, Digby joined Birmingham based lawyers Edge & Ellison where he spent 20 years working his way through the ranks and becoming Senior Partner. During this time Digby developed a vision for business and its role in society.

In 2000 Digby was made Director General of the CBI, a post he held for 6 and a half years. He became well known for his candid, forthright attitude and his many media appearances. After being knighted in 2005 for his services to business and upon leaving the CBI, Digby spent 12 months in the private sector as business adviser and was also the unpaid UK Skills Envoy where he quickly became outraged at the levels of adult illiteracy and innumeracy in the UK, and made the point that we cannot hope to have a safer and healthier society if people lack self-respect or aspiration.

In July 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment and became a life peer taking the title, Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kb. Now, in addition to his role as an active crossbencher in the House of Lords he serves as Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Unipart Expert Practices (UEP) Division and Chairman of Grove Industries. He advises in a number of other paid and unpaid roles, fulfilling his vision of promoting socially inclusive wealth creation and travelling regularly throughout the UK and overseas.

Digby is Chairman of Thatcher’s Cider and of Cell Therapy Ltd and Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar.

Digby holds Honorary Doctorates at the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, Wolverhampton, Aston and Birmingham City. He is Chairman of the Birmingham University Business School Advisory Board.

Digby lives in Warwickshire with his wife Pat and he enjoys rugby, football, cricket, the theatre and military history.

Patricia Knauff

Patricia Knauff

Vice Chair of Governors

Pat is the director of a property development company together with her husband, and prior to this spent many years enjoying the challenges inherent within the sales and marketing sphere, pertinently the white goods industry.

In 2009 Pat became a mature student with the Open University and six years later attained a BSc Honours degree. Based on this truly rewarding experience Pat is most enthusiastic about enabling and strengthening the dynamics that encourage and promote further education. In fact she hopes to go on and complete a Master’s degree. Pat is a lover of anything to do with nature and wildlife and is a keen amateur photographer.

Andrew Cropley

Andrew Cropley

Principal and Chief Executive and Executive member of all the Committees excluding Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee
Maxine Bagshaw

Maxine Bagshaw

Clerk to the Corporation

Maxine has been the college Clerk to the Corporation since November 2015. She has been a Clerk in the FE sector since 2003 and before that time was a practicing solicitor based in Leeds. She works for a number of colleges and therefore has an opportunity to actively and quickly share developing and identified good practice. She also works in the schools sector as a clerk and has a wide range of experience supporting primary and secondary education, including the development of a multi-academy trust and Studio Schools.

Anthony Patrick Michael Bird, OBE

Anthony Patrick Michael Bird, OBE

Independent Member

Tony was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and spent his childhood at Alveston Manor which his mother converted into a hotel in 1947. He was educated at Ratcliffe College.

Tony was the longest serving Captain at Stratford Rugby Club (8 years) in which time the team achieved the best playing record in the Club’s history.

Two years’ military service in Germany with the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, then into the family business which was trading in buses and heavy commercial vehicles. Later, he and his brothers changed the course of the company to become the UK’s largest metal reclamation group, breaking up ships, aircraft, power stations, bridges and 1.5 million motor cars per annum in their giant fragmentiser plants.

Tony became UK President of the Metals Recycling Industry in 1979 and year later, European President and in 1996 World President of the International Recycling Federation, BIR, representing 80 nations. Served 4 years in this position and 8 years as its Treasurer. A leading Government advisor on metal recycling and research and development to the UK Departments of Industry and the Environment and also a Regional Council member of the CBI.

He is Chairman of several companies and charitable trusts, a KES Governor and Chairman of the KES Trustees and served 7 years on the Warwickshire Police Authority.

Awarded his OBE for Services to Industry and the Environment in 1991, winner of the Prince of Wales Award for Industrial Innovation and Production in 1986 and also won the Tomorrow’s World Award for Technological Innovation and Development. He was awarded both the Gold and Jewelled Medals of Paris by President Chirac for enhancing the bonds of friendship between the two countries through sport.

Tony’s property company has been responsible for many developments in the area including the Maybird, Rosebird and Morrisons Shopping Centres.

He lives with his wife, Janet at Upper Billesley and has a large family. His interests are architecture, rugby football, field sports and agriculture and he has a particular affection for trees.

Stevie Gray

Stevie Gray

Independent Member
Visiting Fellow to Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University.

Stevie has a wide range of expertise, having worked in HR Management for nearly 20 years, for the largest hotel in Stratford upon Avon. Stevie has previously been a lecturer of Hospitality Management here at the College and before that a Purchasing Manager. She is also a Visiting Fellow of Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University.

Stevie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. She also has been a Trustee of two Pension Schemes and a Parish Councillor. Amongst her qualifications she has gained an MA in Human Resource Development from the University of Warwick, a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health and Advanced Food Hygiene Certificate. She is passionate about education and the development of people at whatever level.

Other interest of Stevie’s include; horse riding, history and reading. Her holiday destinations are the North Norfolk Coast and the West Coast of Scotland. She has also done a solo parachute jump!

Judith Humphry

Judith Humphry

Independent Member

Judith is Headteacher at Welcombe Hills School an all-age 2-19 generic special school. She has been in education for thirty-three years spending the first twenty years in mainstream secondary schools as a teacher of mathematics and a senior leader. During her leadership at Welcombe Hills School it has twice been judged a good school by Ofsted and pupils have been increasingly able to contribute to their local community and enrich the lives of others. Judith believes passionately in the development of opportunities for young people and adults with special needs both within education and employment.

Betty LeFeuvre

Betty LeFeuvre

Staff Governor

Betty currently works as a Facilities supervisor and is responsible for the efficient running of the catering department, and has worked at the college for 23 years.

In 1991, she became a mature student at Stratford-upon-Avon College and gained her catering qualifications.

She has a wide knowledge of the College and has seen many changes over the years.

She is passionate about the success of the College and believes that all young people should have the opportunity to achieve their chosen professional qualifications.

Ian Lumley

Ian Lumley

Independent Member

Ian has worked across five industries in Education, Regional Management, Sales, Film and Television. He has run his own retail business and sub-Post Office, and, he is a published novelist and has also taught creative writing.

Ian is very experienced and qualified in Safeguarding and Equality & Diversity, useful and relevant expertise which benefit the Board enormously.

Other interests include, playing guitar and brewing craft beers. Two hobbies, he says, ‘which go together very well.’

Nigel Taylor

Nigel Taylor

Independent Member

Nigel is head of learning and development for a large national PLC in the health and social care sector, Nigel’s experience spans over 25 years of being involved at management and director level of workforce development, training and education.

Over the last 12 years Nigel has worked within the social care sector, primarily around workforce development, working with national employers, delivering their own government funded contracts, this includes developing the infrastructures required for effective delivery, Nigel is passionate about developing the skills for the workforce to meet employer’s needs. Nigel is actively involved in the sector championing innovative ways to recruit and retain the social care workforce, outside of his day job of delivering workforce development across a multi sited operation for over 5,000 staff, Nigel sits on several project boards with the sector skills council, skills for care, these include, workforce development forum, and the following steering groups, apprenticeship employer, social care commitment, recruitment and retention, I care ambassadors. Nigel is a care and apprenticeship ambassador for the sector and is the national employer representative on the trailblazer apprenticeships task and finish groups for both adults and children’s services.

Nigel is also active with research projects on the sector through the centre for workforce development (CFWI), also member of the following, National institute for care (NIFC) advisory board, industry qualifications (IQ) awarding organisation board, and the employer’s network for equality and inclusion strategy group (enei).

Nigel is committed to making a difference and believes that Further education can play a key role in working with employers to develop the workforce.

Eric Wiles

Eric Wiles

Independent Member

Born and brought up in East Yorkshire, Eric attended Warwick University gaining a BA in Pure Mathematics in 1978. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, having trained with 3 of the “Big 4” firms of accountants in London and Birmingham.

Eric was a member of the Corporation of Worcester College of Technology between 1997 and 2012 and the Chairman for 12 years.

Eric represented Birmingham and the West Midlands on the National Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1994 until 2011.

A former Trustee of Asthma (UK) 2003-2012 (Treasurer 2005-2012), and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) 2004-2013 (Treasurer 2004- 2008 and Chairman 2011-2013), he is currently Chairman and Treasurer of the Pershore and District Volunteer Centre.
In 1986 Eric joined HSBC Asset Finance where he was; Group Tax manager, Financial Controller, Head of the Customer Support function, and the regional Business Development Manager for the Midlands, Wales and the North.

With HSBC’s acquisition of HSBC Rail (a train leasing company) in 1997, Eric transferred to London to undertake a Business Development role. He explored and developed markets in continental Europe and the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa).

When HSBC sold the train leasing business to Eversholt Rail Group, Eric became a member of the management board as Head of Finance.

Eric is currently Managing Director of Wiles-Capella, a freelance consultancy.

Charlie Flavell

Charlie Flavell

Student Governor

Charlie is a 17 year old student with a wide set of skills in a variety of hobbies. Throughout his years of education Charlie has always put himself forward for activities outside of school and college to prove that he can overcome challenges. People have always seen Charlie struggle but have never seen him quit.

To Charlie’s friends he has always been a good listener as well as a loyal friend. Charlie is always honest and trustworthy. Charlie always volunteers for charity work as well as events for the college.

In 2015-16 Charlie completed the level 2 uniformed public service course, which helped him with his physical fitness and team working skills. Charlie has learnt so much about his intended future career in the Army. During the holidays Charlie has been working on his fitness as well as his part time job. Charlie will be starting level 3 of the uniformed public services course in September 2016 and will also be sending his application form to the Army to join the reserves.