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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

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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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    Paul Frammingham

    Paul Frammingham, Chief Finance and Information Officer, joined the Coal Authority in 2008 as Finance Director. He was appointed as a Board member in April 2011 and became Chief Finance and Information Officer in 2014. At the Coal Authority, Paul is a member of the Executive Team accountable for the strategic leadership of the organisation. He is responsible for the financial management of the organisation, as well as the development of its information assets, ICT and property, planning and licensing functions.

    Paul’s previous role was as Financial Controller of Babcock Networks, a subsidiary company of Babcock International Group. Before this, Paul held various finance and accounting roles at Rolls-Royce Plc and Balfour Beatty Railway Engineering.

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    Jane Hawksford

    Jane works in student support at Vision West Nottinghamshire College. She has worked at the college for over 18 years but the college has been part of her life since 1988. Jane has gained extensive knowledge, experience and qualifications in customer service, business administration and how the Further Education sector has changed over the years. Jane is also the chair of the Staff LGBT group and sits on several steering groups.

    Jane likes to see those that she supports, either staff or students, achieve their potential and be happy.

    Jane is currently studying psychology and mental health.

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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. Also Lay Member on the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Audit & Risk Committee.

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

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    Mary Mamik

    Mary Mamik is an experienced director within the FE and Skills sector.

    A life-long resident of Mansfield, she is passionate about the college and ensuring it delivers an exceptional service to the communities of Mansfield and Ashfield.

    She brings proven experience of providing strategic direction and leadership on all matters relating to academic and vocational teaching, learning, and assessment. Her experience to date has been gained across a range of educational establishments and FE provision, including private providers and GFECs delivering apprenticeships, traineeships, study programmes and adult skills.

    Mary is a former fully-qualified Ofsted inspector, with practice inspecting and making clear judgement on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment of apprenticeship provision. Mary brings credible experience of designing and delivering improvement strategies for a range of organisations.

    Mary has a wide professional skill set which includes a genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, the quality of UK apprenticeships on the world skills stage.

    Previous roles include:
    Strategic Quality Improvement Consultant supporting a range of FE providers.
    Associate Ofsted Inspector.
    Director of Quality Independent Training Provider.
    National Quality Manager – Independent Training Provider.

    Mary enjoys making the most of the countryside on Mansfield’s doorstep, spending time with family and friends and skiing whenever time allows.

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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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    Lee Radford

    Lee is the Deputy Director for Training, Education and Development for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is responsible for a wide range of portfolios such as leadership and management development, medical and nurse education, lifelong learning, NVQs and apprenticeships, professional workforce training and knowledge management services.

    Before working for the NHS Lee spent 24 years working in Further Education within staff development, teacher training and IT training and support.

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    Martin Rigley MBE

    Martin is the managing director of Lindhurst Engineering Ltd which provides engineering services to the UK coal mining industry. The company spans a broad range of sectors; utilities, energy, transport, construction, original equipment manufacturers, food and drink and bio science. His career began with British Coal as a student apprentice electrical engineer, leaving after 15 years to join the family business at Lindhurst in 1994. He is a chartered engineer and holds Eur Ing status (FEANI European Engineer) as well as being an Associate of the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials. Martin has a keen interest in promoting British engineering excellence and steering the agenda for developing technical skills within the sector. He is chair of N2 Employment and Skills Board, a member of the CBI East Midlands Regional Council and a member of the CBI National Enterprise Forum. Martin was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for his services to business and innovation.

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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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    Melanie Stirland

    Melanie’s background is in early years and primary. She is extremely passionate about her job and loves to see the progression the students make during the academic year.

    Melanie has previously been a teaching assistant in several schools and nurseries, supporting children with complex individual needs and helping them to access mainstream education. She has been working for West Nottinghamshire College since 1996, fulfilling a variety of roles including assessor, internal verifier, teacher and tutor for the Early Years department. Melanie now coordinates the Level 2 Childcare programme and also mentors PGCE students.

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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.

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    Mark Williams

    Mark joined the Board in March 2016. A former winner of a ‘Construction News Future Leader Award’, Mark is the North West European Director for Development at award-winning ground engineering specialist, Keller, where his responsibilities include marketing, opportunity, market and revenue development. A software engineering graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Mark has gained significant business experience over the years and he is a keen advocate for the role of business in supporting our educational establishments, young people and developing opportunities to work closer together. He works closely with the Chamber of Commerce, UK Trade and Investment and regularly presents on behalf of the wider industry at national and international conferences and meetings.