Members of the Board of Governors 2016/17


Professor Chris Painter – Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

Chris Painter has been Chair of Governors since September 2012, having been Vice Chair the previous academic year, and a governor at the College since September 2010. This followed a career as a university academic.

He was appointed Head of the School of Public Policy at what was then the University of Central England in 1996. From 2002 until 2010 he was Head of the School of Social Sciences in what became Birmingham City University (BCU).

In 1995 he was awarded a University Chair and became a Professor of Public Policy and Management, in recognition of his extensive contribution to that academic field.

Since 2010 he has been an Emeritus Professor at BCU. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Public Sector Executive magazine. His biography is to be published in the 8th Edition of 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, produced by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge.

Chris Fonteyn – Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Chris Fonteyn is the Vice Chair of Governors having been a governor at the College since 2010. He was born in Stourbridge where he continues to live. Chris was educated at King Edward’s in the 1960’s when it was a Grammar School.

He has been a member of the Board of Governors for 4 years and finds it an interesting and rewarding role. He worked for Barclays Bank for almost 35 years, mainly in branch banking and fraud prevention and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Chris has been a magistrate for 10 years and is a past President of Stourbridge Rotary Club. He is Chairman of the Governors at Wollescote Primary School and also Chairman of the RNLI Stourbridge Branch (raising funds for over 30 years) and of the Wyre Forest and District section of the National Trust. He is a member of Worcester County Cricket Club and regularly attends CBSO concerts at Symphony Hall.

Jeff Caseley - Support Staff Governor

Jeff is the support staff governor and was recently appointed as the Assistant Principal Admissions and Marketing. Jeff has worked in the Further Education sector for more than 30 years in a wide variety of roles including student guidance and support, community education, marketing and public relations, health and safety and part-time teaching in the visual arts.

He has previous board experience as Staff Governor at North East Worcestershire College and as a Trustee for Artrix, Bromsgrove’s theatre and community arts centre. Away from College Jeff is a keen amateur musician, motorcyclist and follower of West Bromwich Albion FC.

John Cunningham – Chair of the Audit Committee

John has worked in the education and training sector for over thirty years which has included working for private training providers and various funding and planning bodies including the Further Education Staff College, Sandwell Training and Enterprise Council and the Black Country Learning and Skills Council.

John was the lead on a number of projects including Dudley 14-19 Area Review, Black Country Area-wide Inspections, Further Education Strategic Option Reviews and College Feasibility Studies. John has experience across all post-16 sectors working with school sixth forms, further education colleges, specialist providers and private training providers.

His role with the local authority involves funding and commissioning of post-16 education and training provision as well as provision for learners with high needs aged 16-25. John leads on FE college and apprenticeship planning and is the skills lead for Dudley at a sub-regional level.

Alan Cutler MBE

Alan is currently the longest serving governor and is also Chairman of the Foundation Trustees.

Alan graduated in Physics at Birmingham University but his professional background has been in Marketing and Publicity specialising in exhibitions and display etc. In addition to his voluntary activities for the College, Alan is a board member of the Birmingham & Black Country (B&BC) Local Nature Partnership; he chairs both the (B&BC) Biodiversity & Geodiversity Partnership, the B&BC Nature Improvement Area Partnership and is Hon Treasurer of national body GeoconservationUK. He’s produced a number of geology themed leaflets for each of the Black Country boroughs as well as trail guides for Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve Dudley and Barr Beacon, Walsall. He has had a keen interest in fine wine since his teens and occasionally tutors tastings mostly at the Stourbridge Old Edwardian Club where he is responsible for the wine-list. Although officially retired he now works part-time for Natural England (the Government’s advisory body for nature conservation).

Dr Peter Hancox

Peter is a Foundation Governor nominated by the Council of the University of Birmingham. He is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in the University, specialising in language processing within the field of artificial intelligence, and Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School. He is a member of the Audit Committee.

Andrew Hollies – Chair of the Search Committee

Andy has been a police officer for over 17 years. Experienced the high and lows that a career in the police has to offer. Has had several roles from ‘normal’ frontline policing duties through to positions within highly trained specialised departments. Currently in a specialist Crime Prevention Design Advisor role covering the whole of the force and a Football Intelligence Officer at West Bromwich Albion, travelling home and away with the team supporting football policing operations across the UK.

At home a husband of 23 years and a father for 18! His daughter completed her studies at KEDST in July 2016.

Andy is a lifelong Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter despite the ups and down that that can bring. Never academic during school years and never involved in FE before becoming a governor in September 2015.

He does however brings a wealth of investigative experience which can be put to good use in the roll of governor and he to use the experience and enthusiasm to help keep KEDST the outstanding college it is

Kath Jackson – Chair of the Quality and Standards Committee

Kath is a Foundation Governor having previously been appointed as a parent governor. She has three children, the eldest and youngest both attended Kind Edward’s.

Kath lives in central Stourbridge with her husband having moved to the area over 25 years ago. Kath has worked in further education for 30 years initially as a lecturer in the creative industries; currently she is involved with employer engagement and the development of apprenticeships. Kath has a special interest in all the student journey, enrichment and support.

Remley Mann - Principal

Remley has held the post of Principal at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge since 1 September 2015.  Having started her career in New York as the Chair of the Foreign Language Department in 1989, Remley became the Head of Modern Foreign Languages at a school in Birmingham in 1993, moving to King Edward VI College in 1998.  Remley has held various roles at the college including Head of Quality Improvement and she was appointed as Vice Principal in 2012.  In her role as Vice Principal, Remley had responsibility for leading quality improvement and staff development.  She also has extensive experience as the designated safeguarding lead and leading the college provision in pastoral support.  Remley holds a B.A. in Letters (history, literature and philosophy) from Wesleyan University, USA and an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Connecticut, USA

Robin Morrison

Robin was born in Stourbridge and attended King Edward VI Grammar School before studying at the University of Birmingham for a Civil Engineering Degree.

A Chartered Civil Engineer, Rob’s early career at Dudley MBC involved major civil engineering works and setting up internal maintenance and service operations as profitable businesses competing for work. After various roles in a wide range of local authorities, he moved to South Wales in 1996 as a Corporate Director in the newly formed Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.

After successfully improving many services Robin was promoted to the position of Chief Executive. He led the transformation of social care and worked closely with Health colleagues on improving a wide range of services to facilitate the council’s Independent Living Strategy, including being a member of a programme board which had the role of overseeing the construction of a new hospital in Ebbw Vale.

Having developed key skills in regeneration he was tasked with leading the transformation of the former steelworks site in Ebbw Vale, one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, attracting funding for projects in excess of £300m, which included the new hospital and a Lifelong Learning Campus.

Robin retired in 2011 and re-located to Wolverhampton, where he lives with his wife Jenny, a retired teacher. He has a daughter who lives in Derbyshire.

Since 2012, he has been Chair of Engaging Communities Staffordshire, a CIC that provides Healthwatch services to Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

He is an active Rotarian and past President of clubs in Tettenhall and Crickhowell as well as being actively involved in amateur operatics as a stage manager and occasional actor.

Mayson Taylor - Student Governor

Mayson is currently studying Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics and Accounting and has an offer from Oxford to study economics and management commencing in 2018.

During her gap year she is hoping to complete a placement in consulting with Deloitte for which she is currently interviewing.

In her spare time she works for the Tipton and Coseley Building Society as a cashier and at Showcase Cinemas.  She also spends time walking her sausage dog called Lila and feeding her tortoise called Beetroot.

Mayson is also a member of the Quality and Standards Comimittee.

Ruth Waterhouse – Parent Governor

Ruth worked for the Civil Service for thirty years and took voluntary redundancy in 2015.  She is now a self employed therapeutic Counsellor and works at home which she finds very rewarding.

Ruth has dedicated fourteen years to voluntary organisations such as Cruse and Cancer Support and helped bereaved people over the years to come to terms with their grief.

She has been married for twenty years and has two children.  Her son completed his studies at KEDST in July 2016.

Ruth was also a parent governor at her children's primary school and has enjoyed the experience of getting involved with education.  She also enjoys walking and travelling when she has the opportunity.

Ruth is also a member of the Quality and Standards Committee and the Search Committee.