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. Here is the Corporation & Committees Organisational Chart
Should you need to contact our Corporation Chair, the contact details are below:
Beej Kaczmarcyk , Chesterfield College Group Corporation Chair, Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road, Derbyshire, S41 7NG
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.
CEO and Principal, The Chesterfield College Group
Julie Richards was appointed CEO and Principal 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.
Vice Chair, Chair of Standards and Performance Committee, Link Governor for Work-Based Learning
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.
Chair of Audit Committee
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.
Chair of Finance & Corporate Services Committee, Link Governor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
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.
Member of Audit Committee
John joined the Corporation August 2018. John is a retired solicitor and former Director of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer for Derbyshire County Council. He has wide experience of solving the problems which public bodies face and he has a particular interest in sound decision making and high ethical standards.
Member of Standards & Performance Committee
Allison has worked in a variety of roles across economic development, social regeneration and place making. Allison has led on challenging developments including the Coalite site in Bolsover, the Avenue in Chesterfield, award-winning employment and town centre regeneration projects and the Urban Design Academy.
Staff Governor, Link Governor for Health & Safety
Richard has worked at Chesterfield College since 2014 championing the Mental Health agenda in his role in the safeguarding team. Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. Although his early career started as an electrical and IT engineer, he retrained to follow a passion to work with people and tackle social injustice. He qualified as a Mental Health Nurse from Dundee University and then worked with young people, high risk offenders, homeless people and those with substance abuse. In 2009 he helped to develop a service model for people experiencing homelessness which won the East Midlands Cabinet Office Award for Innovation. He recently qualified as a certified tutor for two Mental Health First Aid England programmes.
Megan studied A Levels at Chesterfield College after her GCSEs and is now a student on the Access to Healthcare course. She is hoping to study child and mental health studies at university next year.
Member of Finance & Corporate Services Committee
Jan has been a Technical Director at In Control Systems Ltd for the last two decades. He has particular expertise in process control, automation and information systems as well as digital transformation. In his role on the Corporation Jan uses his knowledge and experience to help drive areas of key focus for the organisation.
Member of Standards & Performance Committee
Leigh’s experience in employment, education and training spans over 30 years. Working in both the public and private sector, Leigh’s career began when he worked in frontline services for the Local Authority. He then progressed to managerial and director level positions.
Leigh says he is honoured to be offered the opportunity to support Chesterfield College students; helping to support their journey to achieve their aspirations.
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