Read about Solihull College’s Governors here
barbara hughes - chair
john callaghan - principal
stan baldwin - vice-chair
stuart lyons - h e student governor
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.
Recruitment of New Governors
The College has vacancies for governors of the Corporation and external members of the Audit and Remuneration Committee.
If you are interested in applying please see the following information:
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 the Clerk to the Corporation.
Clerk to the Corporation
Tel: 0121 678 7000
Staff Governor Election 2020 Result
Congratulations to Carol Harvey-Barnes who was elected Staff Governor and who will take up the role on 1 September 2020
My background at Stratford-upon-Avon College spans an 11-year period. I was first employed as a sessional lecturer, then as a full-time lecturer and the last three years as a part-time lecturer at the college. During a brief time away from the college between 2014 and 2017, I worked for the awarding organisation, Trinity College London as Drama Development Manager. My work involved working with key stakeholders and the development of initiatives within the organisation. I am an Examiner and Moderator for Trinity, an External Moderator for UAL, and Standards Verifier for Pearson. As a Drama Consultant I work in a range of contexts including as a Voice and Presentation coach at the Houses of Parliament for the Equality and Diversity department working with paid interns from a range of backgrounds who have been marginalised through socio-economic or cultural backgrounds. Lastly, I am the Equality rep for UCU at SUAC.
In April 2017, I was appointed a Trustee of Creative and Cultural Skills which is a sector support organisation for the creative and cultural industries. In April 2020, I completed 18 months as Interim Chair, leading the Board in the development of the Organisational review, Business review and ensuring the Board, CEO and Senior Management Team worked in a cohesive and progressive way. My main duties involved the appointment of the CEO and the incoming Chair, working with the Board on the business plan and KPI’s, reviewing policies, chairing meetings and two AGM’s. I have gained a considerable amount of experience in governance and the need for compliance and strategic policies to ensure the organisation mission and aims are met with robust scrutiny and accountability.
The relationship between the Board of Governors and the Principal is key to a successful support to the college mission and strategic plans. My experience including business, academic, socio- cultural and professional give me an understanding of how a supportive board can navigate the Corporation through difficult and challenging times. I am passionate about young people’s access to learning and particularly those from marginalised backgrounds. Inequality in education is of a focus to me. My belief is that the Principal and senior management teams have the opportunity to ensure access to education is a right for all and as a Governor I would wish to make a difference in supporting the Principal, the Corporation, the strategic vision, mission and policies through which the college operates. I have a strong sense of community, inclusivity, and accessibility to education. I fully understand the challenges ahead for the college in the current environment and I would sincerely hope to be a part of the college’s future as Staff Governor.