Members and Trustees
Chief Executive & Trustee
Mark joined the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College as Principal in January 2016 and is also the Chief Executive of the Potteries Educational Trust. Having moved from his previous post as Deputy Principal at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge this is Mark’s sixth post in a sixth form college in his almost 30-year teaching career.
Mark has experience in training groups of teachers (including primary) in maths and statistics, delivering training modules for maths primary school under-graduate trainee teachers. During the course of his career he has also been involved in taster and master class sessions in primary schools.
Mark began his teaching in Oxford as a mathematics teacher, working his way up to Head of Mathematics, to Head of Faculty before re-joining King Edward’s where he had been Assistant Head of Mathematics for four years.
Mark heralds from Liverpool, where he studied maths, F maths, physics and economics A Levels at King David High School (a part Jewish state school) and then went on to complete a mathematics degree at Leeds University, followed by a PGCE and then a masters degree in statistics at Sheffield Hallam.
Mark has served on Mathematics in Education and Industry’s Curriculum Committee since 2006 and for some 15 years acted as an examiner and is trustee of an international publication.
Away from education Mark is a church warden at his local Anglican Church, and in his spare time leads worship in his church (playing a 12-string guitar and mandolin). He is also a photography enthusiast and keen walker and enjoys reading and spending as much time as he can with his family, as well as following Liverpool Football Club.
Professor Trevor McMillan became Vice-Chancellor of Keele University in August 2015. Before moving to Keele as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost in January 2014 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Lancaster University, where he led several major academic developments and was the lead for many partnerships with other Universities and external organisations in the UK and abroad.
Prior to being PVC at Lancaster Professor McMillan was Dean of the Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Professor McMillan was educated at Birtley Lord Lawson Comprehensive School before studying biological sciences at Lancaster, graduating in 1981. He was awarded a PhD in Biophysics at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London in 1984.
His early research was carried out at the Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden Hospital and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. A radiation biologist, Professor McMillan has published widely on the use of X-rays in radiotherapy and the harmful effects of long wavelength UV radiation in sunlight. In particular his research has examined the role of DNA damage and repair in the efficacy of radiotherapy and the harmful cellular effects of UVA following environmentally relevant exposures.
On the basis of his research, Professor McMillan has worked on several national committees that have examined the harmful effects of radiation in the environment. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists and Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
He has taught at all levels in Universities and to medical professionals around the world on the biological basis of cancer treatments.
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Carol Shanahan OBE
Carol is a successful local business woman. She is Chair of Synectics Solutions and Port Vale FC.
Carol started her Career in the IT industry at the tender age of 17 as a main-frame computer operator. In September 2015, Carol was appointed Managing Director of Synectics where she acted as the fulcrum from which the entire business changed, adapted, innovated, and delivered organisational growth and in January 2020 Carol was promoted to the position of Chair.
In 2018, building on her work to tackle food poverty among school children in Stoke-on-Trent, Carol launched the Hubb Foundation which aims to provide fun and engaging activities for youngsters, as well as nutritious meals, in a safe environment during school holiday periods.
In May of 2019 Carol took the reins as Chair of Port Vale FC, following her family’s acquisition of the League Two club. Carol has been the driving force behind the Vale’s resurgence on and off the field and helped to build the club’s reputation with its supporters and nationally within the industry. When the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown occurred in March 202o Carol oversaw the creation of the Port Vale Community Hub which brought together club staff, the Hubb Foundation, Synectics Solutions, Summit Hospitality, the Port Vale Foundation, volunteers and local businesses. To date it has delivered more than 170,000 meals to families in need across Stoke-on-Trent.
In 2021 Carol joined the English Football League Trust Board, the charitable arm of the EFL, as an EFL nominated representative and was appointed as Chair of the Advisory Group.
Carol is committed to our local area and is passionate about the opportunities for children, young people and their families. She served as co-chair of the Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area Board from 2017 to 2022.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 Carol, was awarded an OBE for services to the communities of Stoke-on-Trent.
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Mike is a native of North Staffordshire with over 40 years’ experience dealing with commercial property in the Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire area.
He trained as a Chartered Surveyor with the Inland Revenue Valuation Office in the 1970’s, spent 10 years in private practice with Louis Taylor Chartered Surveyors before joining St. Modwen in 1990.
Mike has been responsible for St. Modwen’s developments and properties in North Staffordshire for over 25 years. St. Modwen has delivered massive regeneration and redevelopment of major brownfield sites, creating a wide range of commercial development opportunities, bringing about over £900m worth of investment into the area and about 12,500 jobs.
He is also Director of Trentham Estate and Gardens, owned by St. Modwen, and has led the major restoration and redevelopment of the important historic Gardens, Park and Estate creating a very popular tourist and leisure destination attracting over 3m visitors per year.
Mike is also Deputy Chair of Governors of Staffordshire University and a Director of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. In his spare time, Mike enjoys his family, now including grandchildren, attempts long distance cycling and tries to play golf.
Member & Trustee
Martin Jones (CHAIR oF TRUST Board)
Martin was appointed as the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University on 1 January 2022, having been promoted from his role as Deputy Vice Chancellor. He was previously the Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.
Prior to these appointments Martin worked at Aberystwyth University as the Dean of Social Science, Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Pro-Vice Chancellor.
Martin has also worked at the University of Manchester in the School of Geography.
Martin is a graduate of the Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Programme (TMP28) and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and an Academician of Social Sciences.
John has more than 30 years experience as a senior manager and business consultant, working across a whole range of sectors and sizes of organisation. John has two passions, one is helping people think differently, encouraging an environment that allows people to be both creative and innovative and secondly, harnessing that innovation to develop digital technology solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
John is semi-retired and, until recently, was Managing Director and Chair of Kapability Consultants Ltd with global clients ranging from blue chip to start-up enterprises. Prior to this, John was head of Training and Development Services and Technical Training for British Telecommunications plc. He was previously a Board Member, the Head of Business Psychology and Distance Learning for the British Telecom Management College. John has a Master’s degree in Business Studies, and is an Enterprise Fellow at Keele University Mathematics and Computing School. He is an Executive Coach, NLP practitioner and licensed ThinkBuzan Instructor.
For the last five years John has helped to develop and expand the renowned Student Led Consultancy Programme at Keele University. He also provides mentoring support for SMEs and start-up enterprises via the Chamber of Commerce.
John has been an advisor to a number of organisations including The World Bank and International Telecommunications Union. He is currently Chair of Digital Staffordshire, a committee of the LEP and Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Trustee of Silitoe Housing and a board member for the Stoke-on-Trent Place Board.
Kath joined the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College Corporation in July 2015. She has worked in the field of further education most of her adult life. During her time as a lecturer at Stoke-on-Trent College she began to specialise in in the field of special education and in 1987 co-founded an independent specialist college for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. She became a principal of the college in 1994.
During this period as director and principal of the college, she spent two years as a board member of the Staffordshire Learning Skills Council until 2004 when she joined Ofsted as a full time HMI. Since retiring from Ofsted in 2011, she continued as a part-time inspector, whilst also providing consultancy support to general further education colleges and specialist providers.
Kath has now retired from inspecting, and has more time to devote to her own interests, which include travelling and volunteering for the CAB. Having been brought up and educated in the area, she is keen, through her role as governor, to support the College in providing the opportunities and raising the aspirations of students to help them succeed.
Paul spent the whole of his 39 year career in the Sixth Form College initially at Winstanley College, joining the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College in 1981 as a Head of Department. Paul was promoted to a senior manager position in 1993 and was closely involved in the to move independence at Incorporation in 1993.
Appointed to the post of Deputy Principal in 2002, Paul demonstrated his extensive experience of the further education sector, with a particular expertise in leadership and management, quality assurance, and information systems. Following the relocation of the college in 2010, Paul was promoted to Principal in September 2012.
Paul has represented the Sixth Form College sector on a number of national representative bodies responsible for the development of funding and information systems policy. For over ten years, 1995 to 2005, Paul was a registered part-time Inspector with the Further Education Funding Council and subsequently transferred to OFSTED. Paul also has extensive experience of curriculum development and assessment. Over a period of 20 years, the period Paul held the position of Chief Examiner for a national assessment board and was subsequently Chair of Examiners. Within the local context, Paul has extensive contacts across educational partnerships and was Vice-Chair of governors at a local school for over 12 years. Since retirement in 2015, Paul has increased his involvement in school governance in two local Academies.
Peter is retired from his employment as a lawyer and Managing Partner of Freeths LLP’s Stoke office (formerly KJD Solicitors).
Peter is born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent and after high school spent 3 years at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College before joining KJD Solicitors in 1982. He undertook part time study for his law degree and graduated from Staffordshire University where he also undertook his Legal Practice Course.
Peter advised and acted for Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College for over 25 years and was part of KJD’s team which oversaw the College’s relocation from Fenton Manor to the current Stoke site.
Peter joined the Trust Board following conversion to Academy status in 2017.
Charles has served the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College as Governor since 2002 and has been Chair of the Corporation since September 2010, he is also Vice-Chair of a number of the Corporation Committees. From May 2000 to August 2008 he served as Headteacher of Wolstanton High School, Newcastle-under-Lyme which is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school with 1100 pupils coming under Staffordshire Local Authority.
Previously Charles was Deputy Head in a similar sized school in Hampshire and prior to that he was Head of Year in two schools also in Hampshire. Charles is also Chair of Governors of St. Margaret’s (CE) Junior School, Newcastle-under-Lyme, having been a Governor since 2008. He has a wealth of experience working with staff and pupils from primary and secondary sectors from 1976 to the present day. Having studied Physiology and Biochemistry at Southampton University and then researched a Biochemistry Ph.D. (Mechanistic Aspects of Cholesterol Biosynthesis!!) it is not surprising that he taught Science as his main subject. In September 2008 Charles retired from teaching after 32 years service but he continues to provide voluntary support to education in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on various committees and panels.
In his spare time Charles is an avid gardener, wildlife photographer and all things practical. He is an expert rifle shooter having shot for the Great Britain Junior team in his younger days, but ageing vision mean that he no longer reaches such dizzy heights of achievement.
Following 12 years in headship, Michelle was appointed to the role of Lead for School Improvement for the Orchard Community Trust. Prior to her current role Michelle was an executive Headteacher working across two large primary schools and a nursery school in Stoke-on-Trent. She is a qualified teacher and has extensive senior management experience in schools as a Headteacher and as a local authority adviser, supporting and challenging schools within the primary sector and leading the early years quality improvement team.
She has particular expertise in early years, primary education, pupils for whom English is an additional language and supporting schools which are deemed inadequate. Michelle has recently qualified as an Ofsted Inspector.
Her employment history is as follows:
- Teacher at Holden Lane Primary School Sep 1990 – 1998 Deputy
- Headteacher at Oakhill Primary School Sep 1998 – 2004 Advisory
- Headteacher with the LA from Sep 2004 – 2010 (role changed, primary SIP and lead for Early Years Quality Improvement Team.
- Headteacher for St Mark’s Primary School from Sep 2010 – became Exec Head in Jan 2014 for Thomas Boughey Nursery School and then in Feb 2014 for Etruscan Primary School.
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Robert is the Senior Executive Leader of the Orchard Community Trust. He is an experienced education professional with many years of experience in this field. He is a qualified teacher and during his career has been a teacher, deputy Headteacher and a Headteacher of two schools. He has worked for different local authorities as an Advisor, Strategic Manager and Acting Assistant Director for Learning Services.
Robert is experienced in supporting and challenging schools to help them to improve and has experience of developing teaching and learning across Early Years settings and primary schools. He is also skilled in developing leaders to sustain improvement in their schools. He has managed a wide range of LA education services, including Schools improvement, Special Educational Needs, Admissions, Traded Services, Governor Support and Employment Learning and Skills. Robert is a skillful negotiator, communicator and can motivate colleagues to learn and do well.
He has experience as an OfSTED Inspector, School Improvement Partner and a Primary Assessment Moderator. He has been an Opportunity Area board member in Stoke-on-Trent.
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Clare is a risk professional with 19 years’ experience, 6 years’ experience in Higher Education as the Business Risk Manager for Staffordshire University and 13 years’ experience across the Co-operative Bank. Her role includes working with regulatory bodies from the Financial Conduct Authority to the Office for Students and through changes in regulatory bodies frameworks and requirements.
Clare has attained a number of accolades throughout her career including Staffordshire University Celebrating Staff Success, Living the Values Award for the management of the Covid Pandemic and The Vice Chancellor outstanding contribution award for The Covid Recovery. Externally Clare has received the Higher Education Business Continuity Award for Incident management twice, once for a flood affecting residencies affecting 400 students, and secondly a fuel spillage in the drainage system again affecting residencies and 300 students during Covid.
Clare has served as a governor of Moorside High School for a number of years including being elected as Vice Chair of Governors from 2020 and was elected as Chair of Governors in 2022.
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John is a retired IT professional educated to Masters degree level in Mathematics. He has extensive experience of IT systems and IT and physical security. He has managed many large IT projects and has a strong knowledge of project finance and accounting. He has several years’ experience of school governorship and currently serves as Chair of Governors at Biddulph High School.
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Rosie is the Finance Director of Synetics Solutions Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent. She leads the finance department and works with the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Teams to ensure all leaders of the business have access to and understand the financial information that enables them to make better business decisions. Rosie works closely with the CEO at Synetics Solutions Ltd on strategic planning.
Rosie works alongside her co-director in overseeing the finance of Port Vale Football Club and the Hubb Foundation.
Rosie is passionate about the power of education to transform a person’s future and recognises the importance of education that goes far beyond teaching people new knowledge or skills, to provide opportunities to build self confidence and self worth. Through her work with the Hubb Foundation, Rosie recognises the challenges faced across the City of Stoke-on-Trent.
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Kristyan Spelman Miller
Kristyan is the Pro Vice Chancellor for Education at Keele University, providing senior leadership for education and student experience, portfolio development, and curriculum development, quality assurance and enhancement. In her role, Kristyan is a member of the University Executive chairing a range of university committees and project groups.
Kristyan has over 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining Keele University she was the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Liverpool and held senior leadership positions at Winchester and Reading. Prior to joining the higher education sector, she had a successful career as a lecturer and teacher of linguistics.
Kristyan is keen to contribute to the local community and make new connections with partner organisations.