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Board of Trustees

Victoria College became an Independent Specialist College on 1 September 2018 and consequently is now governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Board is led by the Chair of Trustees, Mrs Caroline Lane, who retired as Head of Victoria School in July 2018. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with key stake holder groups: professionals, families, carers and most importantly young people, to ensure the best outcomes for the students at Victoria College.

All the trustees have a great deal of experience and knowledge that not only support but also challenge the College Leadership as necessary.

In addition to the Board of Trustees, Mr Gary Coffey, Executive Headteacher takes the role of Accounting Officer and Pauline McKenna the Chief Accounting Officer.

The Board of Trustees is supported in its administration by the Clerk to the Board.

Governance is reported through the accounts yearly and can be found in the annual accounts.

The Board

Name Role Date Appointed Attendance 20/21
Caroline Lane Chair of Trustees 5 Feb 2018 tbc
Anne Barnes Trustee 8 Oct 2018 tbc
Sadie Bolton Trustee 8 Oct 2018 tbc
Gary Coffey Trustee 1 Sep 2021 n/a
John Rodway Trustee 14 Dec 2018 tbc
Parminder Garcha Member 5 Dec 2019 tbc
Pauline McKenna Chief Financial Officer 8 Oct 2018 tbc
Ray Moore Clerk to the Board - n/a


Anne Barnes

My name is Anne, and at the moment my main role in life is as Mother and main carer for my son, aged 20, who has both learning and physical disabilities. My background is in Education, I am a qualified primary school teacher, but for the last twenty years I have been involved with voluntary organisations that support and empower parent carers. I was a Trustee at both Link-Upp Birmingham (which networked parent support groups) and Birmingham Parent Carers Forum. I was also the co-ordinator for a parent carer befriending organisation. Currently I am a volunteer parent trainer for the 'Early Support' parent carer workshops.

I was appointed to the Board on 08.10.18 and undertake part time clerical support at Star Planning and Development. I have also been a Governor of the Victoria and Cherry Oak Federation since February 1998.

Sadie Bolton

I am a mum of three boys, two of whom are special needs and attend Victoria School and Selly Oak School. I have worked in Education as a Careers Adviser for 20 years and previously as a Tutor and a Youth Worker.

I was appointed to the Board on 08.10.18 and am a Trustee of Friends of Victoria School. I am also Chair of Governors at Dame Ellen Pinsent School, appointed in September 2013.

Gary Coffey

My name is Gary and I am the Executive Headteacher of the Federation of Cherry Oak School, Victoria School and Victoria College. I was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 1st September 2021 and it’s a privilege to support the work of the College team and observe the great practice.

I have always worked in education and the majority of my teaching career has been within the special education sector and this is an area of work that I am passionate about.

I am keen to ensure that every young person has access to a meaningful curriculum that supports their development and provides them with opportunities to celebrate their skills and talents.

I am also a Regional Makaton Tutor and this provides me with the chance to meet students, families and colleagues from across the country and deliver bespoke training to support a range of communication needs.

My professional interests include coaching and mentoring and in developing staff and colleagues to deliver a fantastic educational offer. I am keen to ensure that there is a culture of self-reflection and review in all that we do and that this is under-pinned by current research and practitioner enquiry.

Parminder Garcha

Parminder works as Senior Responsible Officer – Adult Education, at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. Previously he worked at Birmingham City Council, serving as Head of Service for 14-19 Participation and Skills and Interim Head of Careers. He is an expert in Post 16 education, adult education, employability and skills. This has been gained through extensive experience of working with local colleges, training providers, voluntary sector, schools, employers and councils for over 20 years. He is passionate about young people and adults achieving their full potential into higher education, employment and/or apprenticeships.

Parminder has served as a Board member of several local charities and colleges and holds several positions: He is Chairperson of Sikh Nari Manch UK, a small local charity working in the field of social welfare and adult learning in Erdington, North Birmingham. He is also Governor of Fircroft Adult Education College in Selly Oak and at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth-Form College, in Birmingham.

His varied other interests include parenting, being a father of two children, currently in secondary schools in Birmingham and teaching Yoga. He qualified as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher in 2009 and runs various classes and retreats. He is currently studying for an MSc in Public Leadership and Management at University of Birmingham.

Caroline Lane

I have recently retired from my role as Head of School at Victoria School. I have been involved in Special Education in Birmingham since 2000 and with the College from the beginning of its journey back in 2012. It is a pleasure to still be involved as a Trustee and a member of the Governing Board and especially to have been elected as Chair for the College's first year as an independent College. I look forward to seeing the college develop and grow.

I was appointed to the Board on 05.02.18 and have 100% attendance at meetings. I am a trustee of Edge Academy Trust since 2015. I am also involved with Friends of Victoria School.

Pauline McKenna

I fulfil the role of Strategic Business Manager for Victoria College and the Federation of Cherry Oak School and Victoria School. Since my appointment in May 2017 I have been working closely with all three organisations. My remit of responsibility extends to finance, Human Resources, facilities, office services and IT provision. This has been an exciting year where I have also been able to play a key role in supporting Victoria College's successful transition to a Specialist Post 16 Institution.

John Rodway

John has recently retired from his role as an Executive in the Software Industry. John ran Professional Services teams across Europe, Middle East and Africa implementing computer systems for Companies in a range of Industries. John was previously a Primary School Chair of Governors and Parish Councillor whilst living in Hampshire. John has recently moved to Birmingham with his wife Sherry and is now her carer following her life changing stroke in 2016. John and Sherry have two children, Sam 24 and Katie 21.

I was appointed to the Board on 14.12.18. I am a Director of Callkat Limited and a close friend of the Chair of Governors of Victoria and Cherry Oak Foundation.