Board member:

James Staniforth

James Staniforth

Appointed to The Marches LEP board in May 2018, James chairs the LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel. James Staniforth is the Principal and CEO of Shrewsbury Colleges Group, which was formed from the merger of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.

About James Staniforth

James was appointed as the first permanent CEO, taking up his role in April 2017.

James has experience of leading both sixth form and tertiary colleges and extensive experience of A Level, general further education and higher education provision. He was previously principal and CEO of Strode College in Somerset for seven years, leading the college to being graded outstanding by Ofsted in 2014.

Prior to that, he was vice principal at Richard Huish College in Taunton from June 2006 to August 2010, which was graded outstanding in 2007.

James has a degree in History from St John’s College, Cambridge, and has served as a senior examiner for AQA in A Level History.

He represented the further education sector on the consultation group used by Burning Glass and IPPR to develop ‘Where the work is’, an interactive tool to explore skills demand for particular occupations. He currently chairs a national policy group for the Association of Colleges.

The LEP Board

The Marches LEP board includes the leaders of the three local authorities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin as well as the chairs of the regions Business Boards.

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The LEP Team

The LEP works with colleagues in the partner local authorities and is supported by a small team of support staff based in Shrewsbury to support The Marches LEP board.

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