Baxter College is a member of the Severn Academies Educational Trust and appoints its own local board of Governors. Members of this board hold elections in order to appoint their own Chair and Vice Chair. These appointments are subject to the approval of the Severn Academies Educational Trust Board of Directors. The appointment of Directors to the Severn Academies Educational Trust Board is the responsibility of the SAET Members. Click here to view our Governance Statement.

To contact any of the governors, please email Mrs T Barnes, Clerk to the LGB on

Our Academy Governance

Charlotte Bloor

Chair of the Local Governing board from September 2021

I’m Charlotte Bloor, and I am the Vice Chair of Governors at Baxter College.  I’m passionate about education and learning, and believe that all students should have access to the best education they can.  Being a parent governor gives me a different insight to the school and helps me understand how the strategic decisions that are made by the governing body impact on the students.  I work in the education sector, and have seen 1st hand the impact a poor secondary education can have on a young person’s aspirations and goals – I became a governor to hopefully make a difference to our local school.  I am also the link governor for English – as part of this role I need to ensure that the plans put in place to improve student progression and attainment are working – I do this through questioning and challenging, and reviewing data to see the impact.  I am always impressed at the range of interventions provided to students to support them to make the best progress they can.


David Smales

Vice Chair of Governors & Parent Governor

I am passionate about training and education and have for the last fifteen years worked for the Education and Skills Agency (ESFA), which is an executive agency of the Department for Education.  In various roles. I have had responsibility for managing further education colleges and private training providers as well as monitoring performance against targets and budgets.  I currently have counter fraud and investigation responsibilities as well as wider assurance across the training and education sector. I am an ex-steelworker and graduated from University with a BA (Hons) Politics as a mature student following redundancy from heavy industry.  I then worked for Trade Unions and Training Providers before moving on to the ESFA.  I have two sons at Baxter College in year 10 and sixth form.  I enjoy most sports as well as cooking adventurous meals for friends and family.

Ray Brookes

Chair of Finance & Premises

Ray joined as a Community Governor in June 2014, and chairs the Finance and Operations meetings. Ray works in and supports the local community, and has great beliefs in our young people’s success. His wealth of knowledge and experience supports the school in making strategic decisions to ensure best outcomes. He joined Wyre Forest District Council in March 1983 as a Senior Maintenance Officer and progressed through the organisation to become Head of Housing in 1994. He was the Lead Officer for the transfer process and set up the Shadow Board of Wyre Forest Community Housing in 1997. When the Council transferred its stock in March 2000 to Wyre Forest Community Housing Ray was appointed as Chief Executive. Now that the Company has moved on to become a group structure, Ray continues as the Group Chief Executive of The Community Housing Group, with a turnover of £42m and approximately 600 members of staff.


Matthew Carpenter


It is an honour to be the Principal at Baxter College, a fantastic school with a supportive community. The governing board provides the school with excellent strategic direction and challenge, and provides an active voice for our local community. Our Governing board are proud of our school and our students and value success for all our students. 

Jacqui Elwis


Throughout my career I have been involved in school governance, both as a staff representative and later as a Head Teacher.

I was Acting Head, at Burlish Middle School, from 2005 before taking up the Headship at Stourport Primary in 2007, during the Wyre Forest review.

When we converted to an academy in September 2016 I became Primary Director for Severn Academies Educational Trust which has six primary schools associated with it. As a director I am an advisor to the Board of Trustees.

Most recently I have become Executive Head at St. Bartholomew’s Primary.


Adrian McLean

Trust Appointed Governor

Adrian is the Director of Inclusion and Safeguading for Severn Academies Education Trust. He has significant experience in school governance and is passionate about ensuring all schools have strong governance. This led to Adrian becoming a Trustee for Governors for Schools. In over 20 years in Education, Adrian has taught and led across a number of schools in the West Midlands, including being a Headteacher. Adrian is a keen advocate for character education and he works with staff, students and parents to understand the importance of personal values and character and how these influence success, both in and out of the classroom. He works on a national scale to promote and deliver this.

Luca Capuano

Staff Governor

I am bi-lingual, having been born in Sorrento, in southern Italy, where I lived until I was 13 when I came to England. As a consequence. I have a flair for languages and studied Business and Languages at the University of Central Lancashire.

After graduating, I used my languages working in export sales for seven years, in the manufacturing and service sectors, before making a career change into teaching in 2002.  My first teaching post was at Pensnett High School in Brierley Hill, where I became Head of Department for MFL. and moved to Baxter College in 2010.  I have enjoyed 10 happy years working here as Faculty Area Leader for MFL, as well as taking on additional responsibilities such as Faculty Area Leader for Humanities, Trust Improvement Leader, member of the Staff Council and now as Staff Governor.

I hope I can make a difference to the LGB and bring the perspective from “the coal face” to our deliberations.

Happily married to Ali for 19 years, I am the proud father of three boys aged 16, 13 and nine.  In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, DIY, fishing and playing golf, as well as watching my boys or Tottenham Hotspur playing football.


Polly McMeeking

Community Governor

Polly McMeeking is a retired executive head teacher and director of education within the independent special school sector. She has long experience of school governance and a particular interest in SEND provision. She is the parent of a young man who has special needs. Voluntary activities have included parent advisory work. She is a director within her family brewing and pub business where she fulfils health and safety and social marketing roles. In her spare time she helps run her local village cinema and is an artisan cheesemaker.

Phil Coldicott

Co-opted Governor

Phil Coldicott is a retired IT Director, who most recently specialised in the Programme and Project Management of IT contracts in the Education Sector.

Since leaving full time work, he has volunteered in a number areas including ParkRun Dudley, for the Canal and Rivers Trust and the Princes Trust [Mosaic and 1MM initiatives].

He is a Governor for a school & a specialist College for students with special needs based in Rowley Regis in Sandwell and is Chair of a Primary School SIB in Kidderminster. He is an Enterprise Advisor for the Careers & Enterprise Company, working with another special school in Sandwell. He has specialised in raising the career aspirations of students from challenging backgrounds.

Phil is married, lives in Halesowen and has 2 sons [& daughters in law] and one Grand Daughter.

Phil has been actively involved with sport all his life, specifically playing both football & cricket into his advancing years [!]. He now plays golf with Halesowen Golf Club and in a keen gardener, cyclist & walker.