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The Corporation

Corporation board

The Corporation Board is the group’s governing body and comprises of members drawn from a range of backgrounds and experience, reflecting the varied communities which the college serves. Our subsidiary companies have their own boards which meet on a regular basis.

The Board is responsible for the quality of service that the college offers to learners and the local community, as well as the financial health and strategic direction of the college. They are also responsible for the employment practices of the college and for setting our vision and mission.

A large team with a broad blend of skills, the board meets monthly to consider strategic developments, systematic monitoring of college and management performance and prescribed compliance reports.

Robust discussion is encouraged at meetings of the board within the conventions of standing orders and committees form a key part of the governance process.

The board members have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own practice and annually conduct a rigorous self-assessment

View a copy of our Public Values Statement

View the Instrument and Articles of Government

View the Standing Orders Annual Review Document

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    Sean Lyons

    Chair of the Corporation Board

    Sean is an accomplished industrial executive with more than three decades of experience in the steel and manufacturing sectors, where he held high-ranking positions at some of the world’s leading steel firms.

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    Maxine Bagshaw

    Clerk to the Corporation Board

    Maxine qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and worked in private practice for over 10 years before becoming a clerk. She joined the college in 2007 and works on a part-time basis. Maxine successfully completed the ICSA qualification in FE Governance in 2008.

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    David Gillies

    David has a technical, engineering education coupled to 30 years of business experience. He has held several leadership roles in engineering organisations operating within the power, oil & gas, food & beverage and pharma market sectors. His career, much of which has been globally placed, offered a unique insight into multiple business philosophies and cultures to aid his continued development and career progression.

    David lives in Mansfield and started his further education journey at West Nottinghamshire College in 1987. He remains passionate about people, development and continued learning, and looks forward to using his career experience to deliver value in his role with Vision West Nottinghamshire College as an active member of the Corporation Board.

    David currently holds the role of chief executive officer for ERIKS UK & Ireland

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    Charles Heaton

    Charles joined the board in September 2019 and has a wealth of financial management experience. His career spans many years with roles both long and short term, with a focus on changes needed to bring about financial recovery/financial optimisation. He has previous experience in non-executive roles, including committee Chair experience and volunteering as a school governor. He has a commitment to education and offered his time as a Young Enterprise Advisor over a number of years. He has worked as a Finance Director and Business Advisor for companies ranging in turnover between £10m and £1bn. He describes himself as having a pragmatic approach combined with a strategic view. He understands the role of a governor and the careful balance to be struck between support and challenge.

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    Rebecca Joyce

    Rebecca joined the board in October 2018 and is an experienced Board-level professional and former senior executive at RPC Group Plc, a global, FTSE 250 FMCG manufacturing group. She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Governance Professional who offers extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management and operational and corporate financial management and reporting and directors’ remuneration policy and practice.

    She is experienced in acquisitions and debt financing, with collaborative and influencing skills to support business turnaround and development. She is currently an Independent Trustee on the Board of IOSH (a Chartered professional membership institute and registered charity), Chair of its Finance Committee and Chair of the Board of IOSH Services Ltd. Rebecca was also Lay Member on the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Audit & Risk Committee from October 2017 until September 2020.

    She is a member of the college board as well as a member of the Audit Committee.

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    Neil McDonald

    Neil joined the Corporation Board in November 2018. He has 38 years’ experience in the rail industry having started out as an engineering apprentice. After 27 years in engineering he moved into general management as Managing Director of the Industrial business unit of EWS Railways/DB, followed by a period as Head of Sales. In 2015, he became the Chief Operating Officer of the first heavy haul Railway in the UAE, a joint venture between DB and Etihad Rail. For five years he was a Non-Executive Director of the Railway Safety and Standards Board, representing freight members. He brings 15 years’ executive management experience to the corporation board.

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    Spencer Moore

    Spencer joined the board in September 2019 and has over 18 years’ senior experience in the Education industry. He is the Director of Strategy at the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). This is the lead agency for sport workforce development for the sport and physical sector. He has a wealth of education sector knowledge and connections and also has previous board experience, including time as a school governor and committee chair. He is a former college employee and was the Head of the Centre for Sport between 1997 and 2004. He has lived locally for the last 25 years.

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    Angela Newton-Soanes

    Angela joined the Corporation Board in 2021, bringing with her a strong understanding of governance and a wealth of experience in the further education sector. She has a proven record of strategic quality improvements across the sector and has extensive experience in leading curriculum change and quality initiatives. Angela is a highly knowledgeable individual with exceptional skills in all elements of learning, teaching, assessment, quality and inspection for FE. Angela has a passion for positive outcomes for people with learning difficulties and disabilities and those who come from disadvantaged back grounds and areas, and she uses her exceptional expertise to further this aim.

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    Ben Owen

    Ben is an experienced senior leader who has worked at several outstanding colleges over the course of his career. He brings to the Corporation Board his considerable experience in developing and leading cross-college strategies that deliver positive reputational and commercial impact. During his time in the sector, Ben has been involved with numerous national initiatives, including the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) project. Ben has also sat on various AoC groups that support areas such as mental health, SEND and internationalism (in particular the opportunities presented from the Erasmus+ programmes).

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    Jane Peacock

    Jane Peacock joined the board in March 2022. The early stage of her career was in teaching and education management in a wide variety of settings including sixth form, further education, secure, and SEND. Jane then moved into public administration. She has led development initiatives and regulation within several government bodies, most recently the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Jane currently works freelance in the education sector.

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    Sardip Sandhu

    Sardip Sandhu brings to the board over 20 years of commercial and general management experience from the global retail and brand organisation Walgreens Boots Alliance. She specialises in building strategy, operational change, brands teams and people.

    She holds a degree in Materials Technology and a postgraduate certificate in executive coaching.

    She loves food, music, travel and shoes!

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    Keith Spiers

    Keith started his formative career as a horticulturalist with Nottingham City Council in 1986 achieving the role of business development manager in 1999, where he was responsible for ICT development and implementation for all he front line services, before moving to Nottinghamshire County Council in 2004. He then took time out to serve in Iraq as an infantry company commander and returned to NCC as service delivery manager in 2006, responsible for all information services and strategies in service management. Keith returned to the MOD to develop his career in the military space, some of his roles included working in Brussels with the European Military service,, commanding officer of 3 Royal Anglian and now responsible for Army’s civilian engagement across the East Midlands and East Anglia.

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    Steve Sutton

    After an early career in retail, Steve got the bug for leading change programmes at Tesco. Since then he has set up a business that has been leading pragmatic and customer-focussed change for the past 12 years – leading some of the most challenging change and transformation programmes in the UK for a wide-ranging set of clients.

    Working across a diverse set of sectors, from legal to private equity-backed media businesses, he leads by putting the customer at the centre of the initiatives and building strong capability in the teams across the entire customer journey.

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    Kate Truscott

    Kate is a very experienced Director of Human Resources. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

    Kate has been a Board Director with the NHS for over 25 years. She has also been a Non-Executive Director with responsibilities for governance and quality assurance. Kate is Chairman of the charity Children’s Links, and has a long-standing commitment to lifelong development.

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    Tony Westwater

    Tony joined the board in October 2018 and is an experienced, hands-on technical Head of IT with a proven track record within retail, e-commerce, B2B, B2C, support services, sportswear, supply-chain, corporate and commercial markets. He is currently the Head of IT for the Sports Direct Group Plc and has been with them since 1999. He has strong commercial experience within a pressured retail environment. He is results-orientated and delivery-focused within e-commerce department, infrastructure and systems development skills.

    He has experience of strategic marketing planning, project management, advertising and direct marketing, CRM, database management, branding. He has experience of business-aligned IT infrastructure, strategy definition, technology roadmaps, EPOS systems, remote PDA systems, integrated supply-chain, warehousing and retail solutions, business process re-engineering, SLAs, IT support, help desks, team management & technology deployment. Tony is a member of the Board and also sits on the Finance and Estates committee.