AoC East Midlands Networks

PRINCIPALS' COMMITTEE

This is a forum which brings together principals from across the region to discuss key issues facing the sector and is an opportunity for principals to be provided with updates on a range of topics. The forum also hears from speakers from the funding agencies, government departments and from AoC's national office.

Chaired by Dr Nigel Leigh, Principal and Chief Executive, Stephenson College

GOVERNORS' NETWORK

The Governors' Network provides information and guidance and seeks views and feedback from regional Governors. The Network recieves regular updates from external agencies including Ofsted, Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency.

Toni Fazaeli, Chair of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

REGIONAL CLERKS NETWORK

This Network looks to promote excellence in governance across colleges in the East Midlands and benefits from updates from a range of external organisations on issues like company law and funding. Colleges also share experiences of how they are responding to the challenges of local accountability and as well as feeding back from inspection on governance.

Chaired by Catherine Duro, Director of Corporate Services and Clerk to Corporation, Stephenson College 

MIS MANAGERS NETWORK

The MIS Managers Network provides regular updates from extrnal stakeholders including the Skills Funding Agency. The Network also looks to share best practice amongst colleges and share any specific issues relating to the use of data within colleges.

Chaired by Carolynn Thurlbeck, Head of MIS, RNN Group

REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORK

The Network supports the development of all aspects of sport-related activity in colleges and forms a key regional component of AoC Sport's wider strategy – Fit for College, Fit for Work, Fit for Life‎.


The Network agenda adapts to include topical issues with the focus changing between each meeting. College staff with responsibilities for curriculum delivery as well as sports facilities and student participation are invited to attend. The network meetings provide updates and sharing of innovative practice in the areas of study programmes, sport development and student employability.

Chaired by Dan Burns, Head of School for Sport, Travel and Public Sector

HEALTH AND SAFETY NETWORK

The Health and Safety Network looks to support college staff working in this remit. The Network is provided with a policy update and discusses issues relevant to colleges across the region, it also receives an update from AoC and members share best practices. The Health and Safety Network holds a joint meeting with the Estates and Facilities Network once an academic year.

Chaired by Pam Stanley, Environmental Compliance Manager, Derby College

ESTATES AND FACILITIES NETWORK

The Estates and Facilities Network looks to share best practice on estates, sustainability and site management issues. The Network holds a joint meeting with the Health and Safety Network once an academic year. John Griffiths, Head of Estates and Health and Safety, Central College Nottingham

HR DIRECTORS NETWORK 

The Network supports college staff working in HR. The Network receives updates from AoC on employment matters and also hears from a range of external speakers on topics such as employment law, coaching and continuing professional development.

Chaired by Jan Hutt, Director of HR, Northampton College

PR AND MARKETING NETWORK

This Network supports college staff working in marketing and communications. It receives a national policy and media update and discusses key issues facing the region and shares good practice. Members have an opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers and develop knowledge and skills in all areas.

Chaired by Lisa Saunders, Director of Marketing, Derby College

FINANCE DIRECTORS NETWORK

This Network is attended by senior management staff from colleges in the East Midlands. The Network receives regular updates on policy related issues from the Education Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency.

Chaired by Steve Rankine, Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Northampton College

HE IN FE NETWORK 

This Network provides information relating to higher education in colleges. It is provided with updates on HE policy and shares updates specific to the region. The Network is regularly attended by HEFCE.

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LLDD NETWORK

This Network brings together practioners, programme managers and senior managers to discuss and share information on policy changes relating to the LLDD portfolio. Members have the chance to hear funding updates from key agencies like the Education Funding Agency, Local Authorities and Ofsted and shares best practice. The Network is supported by Natspec.

 

Chaired by Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal and Chief Executive, Northampton College