Members and Trustees

Chief Executive & Trustee
Mark Kent

Mark Kent

Mark Kent

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.

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Liz Barnes

Liz Barnes

Liz Barnes

Professor Liz Barnes was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University and came to post on April 1, 2016. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University where she worked for two years and her responsibilities included shaping the academic portfolio, enhancing the student experience and developing partnerships with Colleges, International Institutions and employers.

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Trevor McMillan

Trevor McMillan

Trevor McMillan

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.

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Ian Starkie

Ian Starkie

Ian Starkie

With a four year break in the 2000s, Ian was a member of the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College Corporation between 1993 and 2015. He had spells as Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and the Audit Committee during this period. A history graduate who converted to accountancy, Ian was previously Director of Finance at Staffordshire University and Director of Corporate Affairs for Foundation Degree Forward.

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Mike Herbert

Mike Herbert

Mike Herbert

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.

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Member & Trustee
Martin Jones

Martin Jones

Martin is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Staffordshire University. 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.

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Trustees
John Smart

John Smart

John Smart

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.

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Kath Smith BA, PGCE, MA, MBA

Kath Smith BA, PGCE, MA, MBA

Kath Smith

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.

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Paul Mangnall BSc

Paul Mangnall BSc

Paul Mangnall

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.

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Peter Gavin

Peter Gavin

Peter Gavin

Peter Gavin is an employment lawyer and Managing Partner of Freeths LLP’s Stoke office (formerly KJD Solicitors).

Peter is a born and bred Stokie who left High School and spent Peter Gavin is an employment lawyer and Managing Partner of Freeths LLP’s Stoke office (formerly KJD Solicitors).

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Charles Freeman PhD, MA(Ed), BSc

Charles Freeman PhD, MA(Ed), BSc

Charles Freeman

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.

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Michael Astley

Michael Astley

Michael Astley

Michael graduated in International History and Educational Studies and gained his PGCE at Keele University.

He became a History teacher at Sandon High School in Stoke on Trent and soon became a Head of Year and led a team of Learning Mentors across six secondary schools. Michael then became Head of Humanities at Hagley Park in Rugeley.

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Michelle Johnstone

Michelle Johnstone

Michelle Johnstone

Michelle Johnstone is 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.

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John Hunter

John Hunter

John Hunter

John Hunter has been a Trustee of Biddulph High School since 2014. He is a retired IT professional having had a career in Software Design and Project Management. John was educated to Masters level in Mathematics at Manchester and Hull Universities.

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