We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, to the position of Chair of Governors at Fircroft College.  Geoff replaces Dr Cheryl Turner, who was Chair for a number of years at the college and to whom we are very grateful for her dedication, guidance and support.

Geoff says “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of the Governing Body. I have a passion for wanting to try to make education available to all and to ensure that people of all ages and development have opportunities and Fircroft makes a real difference to people’s lives.”

Geoff has professional experience of, and is passionate about, lifelong learning and has been involved in all the major UK adult learning bodies throughout his career.  Geoff has seen the impact progression in education can have on individuals lives during his 10 years as Vice Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton in which time he has also been Chair of the Disabled Students’ Commission leading major national education initiatives.

We also welcome two other governors to the Governing body – Eluned Jones and Carole Parkes. Eluned has taken up the position of Governor and Chair of the Education Committee and member of the Staff and Students Committee and Carole is Chair of the Staff and Students Committee.  Up to 2020, Eluned was Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham and In 2020 she was awarded an MBE for services to career development in higher education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Carole is an Emeritus Professor of Responsible Management and Leadership and has both a business and academic background. Carole has been a champion for the UN backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) since its inception in 2007 (whilst at Aston Business School). 

Mel Lenehan, Fircroft’s Principal and CEO, says “The appointment of our new governors along with their experience and expertise will certainly enhance our ability to develop our key priorities and values and will strengthen our capability to focus on our sustainability and equality agendas as we move forward in an increasingly complex and challenging environment”.

We extend a big Fircroft welcome and thanks to our new Governors for taking up these roles and we are excited about working with them to continue to develop and enhance our learning to create a better world.

More information about all three of our new Governors is in our link here