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

    • Angela has previously lead HR at a publishers and University of Warwick and was the director of human resources at BCU. She is also a member of the British Psychological Society.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Ryszard was a lecturer for 25 years at Doncaster College. He is currently a director of Ulogix Ltd, who are a software and electronic development company.

    • 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 a retired banker and on the ITV Central Diversity Advisory Panel. He is also chair of the Irish Quarter Partnership Board and champions ethnic committees in the West Midlands.

    • Heather has taught in secondary schools, two colleges as well as being head teacher of Yardleys School, Birmingham. 

    • 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.

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

    • Shireen Avari

      Shireen is an IT professional.

    • 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.

Ian Richards — Chair (Independent Member)

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.

Shaun Pitt — Independent Member expected to be appointed as Chair of Audit Committee in October 2015

Shaun was appointed to the Corporation in July 2015 and became Chair of the Audit

Committee in October 2015. Shaun has an impressive range of experience, including 35 years with PWC where his roles included Senior Audit Partner. His work with PWC involved considerable experience of both the UK and overseas.

Shaun also has extensive experience of college governance, having spent six years as a governor of Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham, including in the role of Chair of the Audit Committee.

Shaun also has a range of interests outside of his employment and governance experience, including the arts, culture and heritage. He is the National Honorary Treasurer of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies.

Marianne Coward — Independent Member

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.

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