I provide occasional consultancy on FE funding and related matters. Until recently I was a senior manager at KPMG where I provided advisory services to education, particularly with the funding of post-16 learning. At KPMG I was seconded to the Skills Funding Agency to support them develop their current funding system. I am nationally known for my knowledge of further education funding. Before joining KPMG I spent eight years as Head of Funding Policy Implementation at the national office of Learning and Skills Council. Previously I had worked in several FE colleges for 25 years in a variety of roles from main-grade lecturer to vice–principal responsible for MIS and funding. In 2008 I was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Association of Colleges for my contribution to further education.

john bolt - chair

I started my career with Birmingham City Council in 1977 and ultimately trained as a software specialist. I then joined Tamworth & Lichfield College in 1988 and worked as Vice Principal and was seconded part time to the Learning and Skill Council. I moved to Derby College in 2004 where I was Vice Principal and left to work for RSM Tenon & KPMG. I re-joined Derby College in 2006 as Deputy Principal before joining North East Worcestershire College in 2010 as Principal. I was appointed as the Principal of Solihull College in June 2014 and have been previously appointed as President of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce. I sit on the Governing Board of the Solihull Strategic Partnership group and Chair the national Funding External Technical Advisory Group / Skills Funding Agency. I have been nominated as the FE Principals representative for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and also on the Employment and Skills Board for Solihull.

john callaghan - principal

I have worked in most sectors of education teaching, organising and as a Chair of College Governors (Kidderminster). I have Masters Degrees in Education and in Public Sector Management. My experience includes posts as Principal of Community Education in Birmingham, Director of Sport and Leisure Services, and Chief Executive of Wyre Forest District Council. I have worked as a consultant for agencies such as the Audit Commission, the Sports Council and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. I have just completed nine rewarding years as a Non-Executive Director of a large health trust. Full Governor -appointed 2013. A member of the Curriculum and Quality Committee and nominated as the Governor with responsibility for Student Voice.

stan baldwin vice-chair

I have worked at Solihull College, School of Engineering, since August 2009. I am currently teaching across the curriculum in General Engineering, Aerospace, Motor Vehicle and apprentice provision. I moved into education in 2002 with a Birmingham college in the engineering department, teaching full time, part time and 14/16 schools provision and contracts for Central Motorways Police Group, Hillhire Trucks, Cummins Engines and Remit. Before moving into education I worked for 22 years in motor vehicle and engineering in both civilian life and the military. I have previously served as a governor at three schools in my community, Castle Bromwich Infants School, Castle Bromwich Junior School and Park Hall Secondary School. In the last instance steering it through special measures and its conversion to an academy.

mark hayes staff

Geraldine is a Legal Director at SGH Martineau LLP and a member of the firm’s Education Team. She has been providing legal advice to colleges and universities for 15 years, focusing on equality, discipline and contractual matters, as well as constitutional, charity and information law. Geraldine has also worked in education in the UK and overseas and has a keen understanding of the sector.

geraldine swanton

Lucy is a Chartered Accountant working for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council as Finance Manager – Managed Growth, providing strategic financial advice to major Council projects and partnership groups. She has extensive involvement in cross-Council project teams working towards the regeneration of the Borough. She is also a governor at a local primary school.

lucy lee

A Chartered Accountant, Tony leads an Internal Audit Team for a large Building Society, responsible for its Finance, Treasury and Risk functions. Tony has previous experience of external audits of businesses in the financial services, telecommunications, residential construction and manufacturing sectors.

tony worth

In 2015 I opened my own business in Solihull town centre, Sipsey Lingerie, and have been active in the local business community, working with the Chamber of Commerce, other SMEs in the area and as a trustee of the Charity “Cysters”. I have a strong interest in education and the empowerment of women and am keen to make a contribution to raising awareness of health and body confidence issues. Before returning to the Midlands to be near my family, I had a ten-year investment banking career in the City of London, during which time I also completed a Masters degree in Investment Management at Cass Business School, City, University of London.

sukhy nijjar

I recently retired from my post as Director of Quality & Standards for a large general further education college in the West Midlands, following a career in Further Education and Skills spanning 40 years. I am an experienced senior manager and specialist in quality, contributing to improvements in teaching, learning and assessment as part of post-Ofsted inspection planning. I spent 9 years as ‘Her Majesty’s Inspector’ with Ofsted, the Adult Learning Inspectorate and Training Standards Council. Previously as Quality Director for a national welfare-to-work and skills provider, I had responsibility for quality, equality and safeguarding for many branches, subcontractors and learners. A high profile project was leading the inspection of training establishments across the Armed Forces, including in Basra, Iraq, resulting in the national report “Safer Training”. I enjoyed the many successes of leading diverse teams, managing multiple job roles and high profile projects with key stakeholders including government departments, assessment agencies, training providers and employers.

barbara hughes

I have worked at Oxford Brookes University since 1997, in a variety of senior roles including University Registrar, Director of Finance and Legal Services and most recently, in a part time role as the Senior Management Team lead on the development and implementation of the University’s Estates and Student Residences Strategies and the governance arrangements for the implementation of IT and Estates projects. I have also acted as non executive director / Trustee on the boards of UMAL (a mutual insurance fund for Universities); SUMS (a subscription based consultancy service for higher education); and, Oxford Brookes Students’ Union. I qualified as an accountant (CIPFA) in 1986 and worked for the Further Education Funding Council as well as for KMPG. My early career was spent in local government and the NHS.

paul large

I run Worktaster.com, an App and online service helping schools organize work experience placements for the 14-18 year old students. Prior to Worktaster, I spent almost twenty years working within the distribution and logistics sector, latterly as HR Director. As a maths graduate and part-qualified Actuary, I am passionate about giving young people the chance to make informed career choices early on.

sally tomlinson

As a class representative of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Studies group, I would like to use the role of Student Governor as an opportunity to positively influence the course of our College and University Centre and to gain more experience and consolidate the skills needed to progress onto an entrepreneurial career. Being originally from Romania and settling in the UK about 3 years ago, I have quickly adapted to the British culture, language and its people and learnt that fast progress can only be made with hard-work, consistency and determination. Currently, I am on the participation list for the DoE Award organised in the College and in my spare time I enjoy jogging and playing tennis, reading books and socialising with friends.

adriana mihai

Stevie has a wide range of expertise, having worked in HR Management for over 20 years, for the largest hotel in Stratford upon Avon. Stevie has previously been a lecturer of Hospitality Management at Stratford upon Avon College and before that a Purchasing Manager. She is also a Visiting Fellow of Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University. She has worked in Stratford upon Avon for 45 years and attended schools and college in Solihull, London and Dorset. 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 numerous 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!

stevie grey

Born in Solihull, I spent my early years living in Birmingham and thereafter always near Stratford upon Avon. Much of my working life was spent within the sales and marketing sphere, pertinently the white goods industry and I am the director of a property development company together with my husband. I am also a Trustee of the South Warwickshire Academy Trust which provisions high quality special needs education. Disappointed with my academic achievements at school, I later studied with the OU and in 2015 attained a BSc Honours degree. This truly rewarding experience reinforced my enthusiasm in enabling and strengthening the dynamics that encourage and promote further education and my time as Vice Chair of Governors at Stratford upon Avon College certainly helped to broaden my knowledge. I am passionate about British wildlife, an inspirational source as an amateur photographer.

patricia knauff

Matthew has a long association with Stratford-upon-Avon College, having studied on a drama course before going on to study at Oxford University. He worked as a professional Actor and Director for over a decade with organisations ranging from the BBC and Channel 4 to small rural theatre. He then completed teaching qualifications with Warwick University, and has been a Performing Arts Lecturer at Stratford-upon-Avon College since 2013. Whilst teaching, Matthew continues to maintain his professional practice and experience in theatre through his company, Heart of Oak Theatre, for which he has written and directed pieces that have toured nationally, through close contact with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and through an attachment with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where he regularly writes and directs work for Open Door nights.

matthew warburton

Eric was Chairman of the Audit Committee at Stratford-Upon-Avon College, until the merger in February 2018. He was a Governor at Worcester College of Technology 1997-2012 (Chairman 2000-2012). Eric came to the Midlands, from East Yorkshire, in 1975 to read Pure Mathematics at Warwick University. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. Eric represented Birmingham and the West Midlands on the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Council 1994-2011. Joining HSBC Asset Finance in 1986 he undertook a number of finance and sales roles, before transferring to HSBC Rail, where he was responsible for market development across Europe and the Middle East. When Eversholt Rail Group acquired the business from HSBC, Eric joined the Management Board as Head of Finance. Formerly Asthma UK’s Treasurer and RoSPA’s Chairman, Eric is currently MD of Wiles-Capella; Chairman of Pershore Volunteer Centre and Vice-Chairman of Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance.

eric wiles

Betty currently works as a Senior Catering Supervisor at Stratford upon Avon College and is responsible for the efficient running of its catering department. In 2016 she became one of two Staff Governors at Stratford Upon Avon College, who both joined Corporation on the merger of the two Colleges in February 2018.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 25 years she has worked there. She is passionate about the success of the Colleges and believes that all young people should have the opportunity to achieve their chosen professional qualifications.

betty lafeurve- staff 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.

charlie flavell

I graduated in Computer Science from Mysore University in India and have since worked in numerous roles in BP in the UK. This has given me great insight into the management of people, technology and processes to deliver business outcomes and change. My corporate and community background, combined with me not having gone through the education system in the UK, offers me a unique perspective in looking at challenges, opportunities and supporting the College management team with an ‘out-of-the-box’ view. Giving back to the community has been my passion for a number of years. I have set up a local community group in the area where I live. I have also founded a national faith-based registered charity and worked over the last 8 years to establish an operational centre in Slough, Berkshire.

badri gargeshnari - external governor

College Governance & Governance Documents

The Corporation is comparable to a board of non-executive directors. It is composed of members from the local community, stakeholders, student and staff members. Working closely with the Principal, the Corporation is responsible for approving the College’s mission statement, establishing college strategy and maintaining the overall framework of policies and procedures within which the college operates. Governors help the college to maintain a long term focus whilst working on its shorter term goals and plans. The day-to-day management of the college is very much the responsibility of Principal John Callaghan and the Executive Management Team.

The Corporation is advised by a Clerk who is independent of the College Management team and has access to independent professional advice. Governors making up the Solihull College Corporation bring with them a wealth of business, academic and community experience. This ensures that strategic decisions impacting on the College are made in a professional, progressive and responsible way.

Please download the PDFs below to view detailed information on the College’s governance arrangements and key policy statements and procedures.

The Corporation conducts its business in an open and transparent manner and information which is routinely published about the College is contained in its Publication Scheme.

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Solihull College is a large and complex organisation with a large number of staff and thousands of students. The Corporation is responsible for establishing College strategy and maintaining the overall framework of policies and procedures within which the College operates. College Governors are volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds – and from the many communities the College serves. Governors make a valued and positive contribution to outcomes for learners at Solihull College and play an important role in helping to set and maintain its strategic direction through evaluating performance and ensuring accountability.

Note: External members are full members of the Committee, but not members of the Corporation. Attendance is expected at all Committee meetings (3 or 4 per year) and external members are invited to college events and governor development sessions. If you are interested in becoming a College Governor, please contact the Clerk to the Corporation governance@solihull.ac.uk