Clive is a University of Birmingham graduate and chartered accountant who was a partner in a big 4 accounting practice. 

Lucy is Managing Director of Larch Consulting, an independent FM strategy consultancy practice that provides advice, innovation and implementation programmes to some of the world's best-known brand names. Lucy has been voted by her peers as a Pioneer of FM and one of the 20 Most Influential Women in FM. She co-founded Women in FM and has held positions on the Board, Executive and Members Council of the BIFM as well as previously serving as Deputy Chair. She is Relationships Director of FMP360, a Governor of South & City College Birmingham, and a Trustee of the Workplace Management Framework.

Mike has been with the college for 16 years and was appointed as principal of the college in 2007. He was born and raised in Birmingham and is very personally committed to the city.

Zahoor graduated with a PHD and has worked overseas in Asia and the US in the education field. He returned to the UK to work in education as a school advisor to the council.

Paul has over 25 years experience of working in the housing sector. His background as a director with Prime Focus Group and head of housing for Midland Heart in Birmingham has included the successful integration of two BME RSL’s into a group structure.

Pat is the Chair of the local community sports foundation. Dealing with young people involved in knife crime and drugs, working with police to persuade them that Boxing for example is a better path. In addition, Pat works for Focus Birmingham looking after people with visual impairment.

Heather was Headteacher of Yardleys School for a number of years, Birmingham for 17 years and has also taught in two colleges. She is Chair of Yardley Educational Foundation and is a trustee of Yardley Great Trust’.

Gerry is a former solicitor, Sheffield City Councilor and MP for St Helens South between 1983-2001. He is a barrister and governor of FE colleges, schools and various other bodies.

Governor profile Alex Stephenson

Alex has held senior roles within the transport and motor industry and has a 30 year association in education. 

Shireen Avari

Shireen is a graduate of MSc Business Information Technology and BA (Hons) in Business Studies both acquired at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a Business Analyst at DXC technology, an American multinational corporation that provides B2B IT services which was founded in 2017 when the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) spun off its Enterprise Services business and merged it with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Shireen has 20+ years’ experience in the IT Services Industry as well as other public sector services such as Retail and HMRC.

Nasir is a successful businessman and holds a number of voluntary positions within various organisations.

John is a graduate in economics and a chartered accountant. He has been a partner in a major accountancy firm and has run the finance department of a FTSE 250 group, to which he was also group company secretary.

Governor profile Ian Richards

Ian is a member of the General Purposes Committee, Finance Committee, Appeals Committee, Remuneration Committee and Search Panel.

Ian joined the Corporation in 2015 and is a qualified chartered accountant and experienced senior finance manager, including a number of appointments as Finance Director. He has extensive experience of college governance, including in the roles of Chair of Audit Committee and Vice Chair of Corporation. Ian also has experience as a Deputy Principal and Clerk of the Corporation at Rugby College, a general college of further education.

Ian has been brought onto the Corporation to improve the level of financial and strategic skills, and to increase its further education sector expertise.

Ian is also a trustee for ABPlus Ltd, a charity providing peer support and mentoring to people living with HIV, and for YSS Ltd, a charity providing support to young people in the criminal justice system.

Governor profile Shaun Pitt

Shaun is a former partner of PWC where he was a partner for 22 years, including roles as Senior Audit Partner and managing partner of the Birmingham office.

He spent six years as a governor and Chair of the Audit Committee at Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham.

He is also in the arts, culture and heritage sector, having been a past national treasurer of the Arts Society, the UK’s largest arts education charity, and is currently chair of the Arts Society-Royal Leamington Spa.

Governor profile Marianne Coward

Marianne is a member of the Standards Committee, Search Panel and Special Committee. She is also Lead Governor for Safeguarding.

Marianne joined the Corporation in July 2012 and became a member of the Audit Committee for a number of years before moving to the Standards Committee. Since becoming a governor, Marianne has taken part in training relating to FE governance, audit and accountancy practice, college leadership, safeguarding, and curriculum quality and improvement. Marianne also accepted the role of Lead Governor for Safeguarding in 2014.

Marianne had a successful career in marketing and public relations before joining West Midlands Fire Service, where she was a Community Safety Manager, developing projects and programmes through which communities at risk could be supported. Between 2001 and 2006, she was a visiting lecturer in Business Design Communication. Marianne is a local resident and brings to the Corporation a broad range of skills and expertise in public relations, social inclusion and community safety. Her knowledge and experience made her an ideal candidate to take the lead governance role in safeguarding matters.

Sarah Dolman - Teaching Staff governor

Sarah is currently an educator who has 18 years experience of working in FE across a variety of curriculums and levels. Prior to this she worked in media production using both a technical and production skillset. She has also been a director for a Terrence Higgins Trust Charity in which she carried out health promotional work based on research findings. Her degree was in English, Media and Communications and her honours were earned through a public relations dissertation. Her main vocational interests and activities are centred around sustainability, wellbeing and equality which she sees as inseparable values and missions in making the world a better place for us and for our future generations.

Ros Boyne - Governor for the HE Oversight Committee.
Before retiring Ros was the Academic Registrar at BCU and served as a governor of another large FE college for 8 years.

Wade Smith - Co-opted Governor

Audrey Bathley -Non-Teaching Staff Governor

Sam Elton - Student Governor