Seb Schmoller has a strong background in the further education sector and was appointed to the role on January 18th. Seb has been a Sheffield College governor since 2008 and, during that time, has taken on Vice Chair and Committee Chair roles. He is also the Yorkshire and Humberside elected representative on the Association of Colleges’ National Governors Council.
Seb was Chief Executive of the Oxford-based Association for Learning Technology (ALT) for 10 years, before retiring in 2012. He continues to work as an online learning specialist. Prior to joining ALT, Seb worked for the College and its predecessor institutions in various roles for 25 years.
Seb takes over from Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber and Commerce, who was appointed Chair of Governors in September 2013 and resigned earlier this month.
Seb said: “Richard will be a hard act to follow, but I am relishing the challenge. The College plays a significant economic and social role in the city and has some incredibly dedicated staff and amazing facilities. I welcome the opportunity to work with the rest of the governors to help shape the College’s future development for the benefit of our students, communities and employers, and the city that we serve.”
The College’s Governing Body, on January 18th, approved a resolution to appoint Seb as Chair and extend his appointment as a governor for another two years from August 1st 2018 until July 31st 2020.
Angela Foulkes, Principal and Acting Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “Seb has considerable expertise and knowledge of the further education sector, and is well placed to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge to the Executive Team. We look forward to working with him.”
She continued: “We want to thank Richard for his fantastic support and commitment. Richard has been a great champion of the College in Sheffield and across South Yorkshire. Through Richard, the College has forged many high quality employer relationships that have benefited both staff and students alike. This has helped to enlighten many employers about the work of the College as well as the benefits of apprenticeships and the employability skills of our students.”
“Alongside this, Richard has been tireless in supporting the College’s vision and mission as an inclusive place that transforms lives through learning and enables many students who have not previously thrived in education to succeed. We are glad that he has agreed to continue to be an advocate for the College and our students in the city and beyond, and we look forward to working with him in future.”
The Sheffield College Governing Body comprises Gwyn Arnold, Kathryn Atkin, Jay Bhayani, Ian Brown, Ian Falconer, Angela Foulkes, Beri Hare OBE, Professor Chris Husbands, Jane Jones, Chris Linacre MBE, Saleem Rashid, Seb Schmoller, Amy Smith, Kim Streets, John Timms, Gil Vasey and Anne Wilson MBE. For more information, visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/governing-body-membership.