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 or telephone 01246 500 508.

Should you need to contact our Corporation Chair, the contact details are below:

Frank Smith, Chesterfield College Group Corporation Chair, Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road, Derbyshire, S41 7NG

Corporation and Committee Organisation Chart

Instrument and Articles of Government Update

Corporation meeting dates

Audit Committee Minutes

Corporation Minutes

FGP Minutes

Standards Minutes

FS HeadshotFrank Smith OBE 

Chair of the Corporation

Retired Human Resources Director

Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

Chairman of the Search and Governance Committee

Member of the Remuneration Committee

Frank Smith OBE is a retired company director with extensive experience as a human resources director for a variety of manufacturing companies. He has been a member of the Corporation Body of Chesterfield College for 25 years, serving 10 of those years as vice chair, until being elected Chairman in 2002. He also chairs three other sub committees of the Corporation Board. Frank has become a respected figure in the Further Education field and the local community. He has served on the Association of Colleges East Midlands Regional Committee of Governors and Principals for 12 years and acted as Chair for four years during this period. Frank is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD).


JR Headshot 2Julie Richards

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.


Gill ThomasJill Thomas

Managing Director of Future Life Wealth Management

Member of the Corporation Board since 2017

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.


GL HeadshotGeoff Leyland

Retired Head Teacher

Member of the Standards Committee

Member of the Safeguarding Board

Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

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.


DS HeadshotDominic Staniforth

Partner, BHP Solicitors

Member of the Audit Committee


BK HeadshotBeej Kaczmarcyk

Director at Learning Curve

Member of the Corporation since 2014

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.


HB HeadshotHuw Bowen

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.


JC HeadshotJohn Croot

Chief Executive Officer Chesterfield FC Community Trust

Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee


KD HeadshotKeith Dennis


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.


GS HeadshotGunter Scheidt

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.


NA HeadshotNicola Adams 

Manager, BHP Accountants

Member of the Corporation Board since 2013

Nicola Adams is a co-opted member of the Audit Committee; she is a qualified Charted Accountant and a member of a specialist charity and academy team at BHP, Charted Accountants. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience of auditing and business advisory, working with a number of key clients in the academy and charity sector.


David BinksDavid Binks

Member of the Corporation Board since 2017

Career Pathway Leader, Construction

David Binks is currently a career pathway leader for brickwork, carpentry and professional studies within the construction department. A plumber by trade, David has managed gas and plumbing training centres and has worked in both private and college education. He has also been a primary school governor.


Tony Cawthorne

Co-opted member of the Standards Committee sicne 2017

(Photo coming soon)

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.

Martyn GlossopMartyn Glossop

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.


Sandra StewartSandra Stewart

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