Our Corporation help to make the key decisions which impact on the direction of the Chesterfield College Group. Here you will find the list of Corporation Board members as well as the latest minutes from meetings that discuss College functions.
Governors Handbook – currently being revised
The contents of this page are currently being updated, if you require any information in the meantime –
please contact the Clerk to the Corporation, Sandra Stewart by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01246 500 508.
Should you need to contact our Corporation Chair, the contact details are below:
Keith Dennis, Chesterfield College Group Corporation Chair, Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road, Derbyshire, S41 7NG
Audit Committee Minutes
- Audit Committee Minutes 21 June 2016
- Audit Committee minutes 22 November 2016
- Audit Committee minutes 28 February 2017
- Audit Committee minutes 20 June 2017
- Minutes of the Corporation Meeting held on 14 July 2016
- Minutes of the Corporation Meeting held on 29 September 2016
- Minutes of the Corporation held on the 8 December 2016
- Minutes of the Corporation Meeting held on 9 February 2017
- Minutes of the Corporation Meeting held on 30 March 2017
- Minutes of the Corporation Meeting 6 July 2017
- Part 1 Corporation Minutes 28 Sept 2017
- Part 1 Corporation Minutes 14 Dec 2017
- FGP Minutes 16 June 2016
- FGP Minutes 20 October 2016
- FGP Minutes 10 March 2016
- FGP Minutes 15 December 2016
- FGP Minutes 29 June 2017
- FGP Minutes Pt 1 - 21 Sept 2017
- Standards Minutes 14 June 2016
- Standards Minutes 13 October 2016
- Standards minutes 6 Dec 2016
- Standards minutes 7 March 2017
- Standards minutes 13 June 2017
- Standards Minutes Pt 1 - 03 October 2017
- Standards Committee Minutes 7 November 2017
- Standards Minutes 5 Dec 2017
- Standards Minutes 6 March 2018
- Standards Minutes 15 May 2018
Chair of Corporation
Member of the Corporation Board since 2014
Keith Dennis was co-opted to the Governors Standards Committee in 2012 before becoming a Corporation Board member in 2014. He retired in 2010 following a career including secondary education, further education (including eight colleges and two principal roles), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, the voluntary sector, management roles, consultancy and considerable governance experience. Prior to his election as Chair of Corporation, Keith has served as Vice Chair of Corporation, Chair of Standards Committee, and Link Governor for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Classroom Based/HE/Quality Assurance and Workforce Development) and Strategic Direction.
Principal and Chief Executive
Julie Richards was appointed Principal and CEO of the Chesterfield College Group in 2017. She joined the college as an Executive Director of Business Enterprise in 2009 before being promoted to Deputy Principal in 2011. Julie has a master’s degree in strategic leadership and has worked in Further Education for almost 30 years, spending the last 20 years in senior management roles.
Managing Director of Future Life Wealth Management
Member of the Corporation Board since 2017
Link Governor for Finance and Corporate Services
Jill Thomas is a member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee and managing director of Future Life Wealth Management. She has a huge amount of knowledge and experience in the world of finance. As a previous president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce she has a keen interest in the local economy.
Retired Head Teacher
Member of the Standards Committee
Member of the Safeguarding Board
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Link Governor for Teaching, Learning and Assessment – Workbased
Link Governor for Safeguarding/Prevent Duty
Geoff Leyland is currently a primary school adviser supporting schools in Derbyshire. He has 38 years teaching experience including 18 years in Headship’s. Geoff has also worked in HE for three years in initial teacher training. He brings a wealth of experience to the corporation where he has served for 10 years. Geoff is the link adviser for work based placements and the designated governor for safeguarding. Geoff provides training throughout the local authority in governance with a particular interest in welcoming new governors to their roles and responsibilities.
Partner, BHP Solicitors
Member of the Audit Committee
Link Governor for Student Futures
Dominic Staniforth has been a partner at BHP Chartered Accountants for over 20 years. Throughout his career he has become an expert in audit, accountancy, advisory and outsourcing. Dominic has built up experience in a number of industry sectors including manufacturing, engineering, automotive and social enterprise in health care. Dominic is Chair of the Audit Committee and also holds various positions within the community.
Director at Learning Curve
Member of the Corporation since 2014
Link Governor for Employer and Stakeholder partnerships
Beej, a governor for four years, is well-known in the education sector and has an excellent reputation for his skills as a consultant and trainer, and as an expert in education policy, management, teaching and learning, funding and finance. He has held senior management roles in schools, FE colleges and in the private sector with Network Training, Tribal Education, Sector Training and Pearson Education. In 2015, he became a director of the Learning Curve Group to establish and grow their professional development and improvement services. He is also a director of e-Memoir, a web based CPD provider, and of The White Rose Schools of Beauty.
Chief Executive Chesterfield Borough Council
Dr Huw Bowen is the Chief Executive of Chesterfield Borough Council, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Huw brings a wealth of public service experience to the Corporation both from the perspective of the council as an important local strategic partner for Chesterfield College, and through his extensive knowledge of sub-regional government structures such as local enterprise partnerships and combined authorities. His particular strengths are strategic planning, policy development, financial management, governance, standards and audit.
Chief Executive Officer Chesterfield FC Community Trust
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Link Governor for Equality and Diversity and Marketing
John joined the corporation in 2013 and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes and Remuneration committees. He has a wealth of experience in the football industry and has worked his way up to become the Chief Executive of Chesterfield Football Community Trust. During his career, John has successfully led, negotiated and delivered multi-million pound projects within football, and has also developed his family business to meet consumer needs.
Students’ Union Representative
Member of the Corporation Board since 2016
Gunter Scheidt joined the Corporation Board as Student Governor in September 2016 upon being appointed the Student Union President at Chesterfield College. As a student representative on the Board he is able to share the experiences and needs of students. This is an important part of ensuring that the college is governed with students at the core of decision making.
VACANCY - Staff Governor
Co-opted member of the Standards Committee sicne 2017
Tony Cawthorne is a plant quality manager at Bosch Thermotechnology. He started his career as an apprentice in the quality department at GKN Powder Metallurgy, from there he has progressed through different companies and industries whilst still remaining in the quality domain. During his current role at Bosch he mentors apprentices and provides a point of contact for them.
Co-opted member of the Standards Committee since 2017
Martyn Glossop is a technical director at AECOM with 30 years’ experience in highway projects. He is experienced in quality assurance reviews, working with clients to set targets, monitor performance and drive continuous improvements. He works in collaboration with project partners to ensure that good working relationships are made and maintained to drive positive outcomes.
Clerk to the Corporation
Joe Battye (photo to follow)
Joe Battye is currently Director of Economy and Regeneration with Derbyshire County Council and was a former Chair of Governors at a primary school in Barnsley. As a town planner/ urban designer by trade, Joe’s real passion is making sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed and believes that education, vocation and life skills are the key to success. Member of Corporation Board since 2017