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 recently been 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 am currently Director of Operations & HR for WMG (formerly known as Warwick Manufacturing Group) at the University of Warwick. I have worked at the University for eighteen years in a range of roles, including Assistant Director of HR. External (voluntary) roles have included membership of an OCR Qualifications Committee and Equality & Diversity related roles across the region. I have a strong commitment to lifelong learning and people development and bring an in-depth knowledge of the Higher Education sector to the Corporation. Full Governor – appointed 2010. Vice-Chair of the Curriculum and Quality Committee.

jane coleman - vice-chair

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

Born and educated in Birmingham, I trained as a Chartered Accountant with Kidsons in Birmingham. After qualifying, I spend time working abroad before returning to the UK and working in various high level roles. As a Director and Company Secretary for Airport Company, day to day responsibilities include supporting the delivery of the Runway Extension, Human Resources, Health & Safety, Insurance and Company secretarial responsibilities. I am a member of the Board of Governors at Birmingham City University, and sit on the Executive Committee of the British American Business Council. External Member of Finance Committee. Appointed 2012.

joe kelly


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

I joined the NEC Group in November 2007. I am Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of The National Exhibition Centre Ltd and am responsible for all legal matters within the Group together with responsibility for health and safety, property and insurance. I qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 at UK law firm Hammonds, following 14 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Full Governor – appointed 2010. Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee.

keith marriott

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


new helena stockfordA tribute to the legacy of Helena Stockford, Chair of Governors.

Our Chair of Governors [2013 – 2016] , Lena Stockford , sadly passed away on 19 May 2016. Lena worked tirelessly for the College with enthusiasm and warmth and is greatly missed by us all.

College Governance

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.

Governors’ Handbook 2016-2017

The Governors’ Handbook contains information under the following headings

  • Governance Statement of Principles
  • Instrument of Government
  • Articles of Government
  • Standing Orders
  • Scheme of Delegation
  • Committee Terms of Reference
  • Procedure for handling complaints against the Corporation
  • Procedure for seeking independent professional advice

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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 Theresa Lynch, Clerk to the Corporation – governance@solihull.ac.uk

Please see below for additional information about the college:

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Governance Minutes


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.

The Corporation’s Instrument and Articles of Government and Standing Orders provides further details on how information about the Corporation’s business may be accessed.

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Minutes from Audit Meetings

Minutes from Corporation Meetings

Minutes from the Search & Governance Committee

If you have any further queries or would like to get in touch with the Corporation or any of its members, please contact the Clerk to the Corporation

Clerk to the Corporation
Solihull College
Blossomfield Road
B91 1SB
Tel: 0121 678 7000
Email: governance@solihull.ac.uk

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