Our Board Composition

The Board of Governors is an independent body made up of the Chief Executive, independent governors, and staff governors. The Chair of the Board is Mr Mark Owen, contactable via email at aebgovernance@standguide.co.uk

The main responsibilities of the board are to: determine the educational character of the business; monitor its performance; ensure its overall well-being and financial solvency and listen to the learner voice. The responsibilities are set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government and Terms of Reference. You can find out more about our governors in the Board Members section below.

We currently have a vacancy for a governor. If you are interested in serving as a Governor, please email aebgovernance@standguide.co.uk for more information.

Our Members

Our Members are industry professionals who have expertise in both UK and International Markets, Business Growth, Legal, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sales and Marketing. They use their experience and expertise to support us in achieving our strategic objectives and social impact.

In 1998 Chris joined the Education and Training sector, and has worked across several Education and Training providers graded Ofsted Outstanding and Good. Leading on Quality, Operations and Sales, Chris has led Quality of Education across a range of programmes including Apprenticeships, AEB, Traineeships, Study Programmes and Employability across such sectors as Engineering, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Retail, Care and Leisure.


Jim has worked within the employment services, business support and skills sectors since 1996 in a variety of financial and management positions. Working in senior positions within the UK and internationally, Jim brings 25 years proven experience in the sector to Standguide as co-owner and CFO.


As Quality of Education Lead, Julie’s role is to benchmark practice against the latest pedagogy and guide leaders and managers in its continuous improvement. Starting as a teacher of English, Julie worked for 25 years in educational leadership, as Head of English, SENCO and Assistant Head in an outstanding academy with specific responsibility for post 16 education. After leading English and Maths learning in a large independent learning provider, Julie joined Standguide in 2018.


Mark is an experienced Welfare to Work Professional with significant experience of delivering Adult Skills provision. He has held senior director positions with major welfare to work and independent learning providers over the last 21 years. Mark re-joined Standguide Ltd in 2017 as co-owner and CEO, having previously held the position of Programme Director from 1999 to 2006.


In 19 years with Standguide, Carly has become both Head of Operations and Director, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching, implementation, development, recruitment, and contract management. With a solution focused and improvement mindset, Carly monitors and evaluates our service delivery, ensuring they meet and exceed objectives, identifies areas for improvement and works with operational teams to take corrective actions.


Stuart is a clinical lead for Safeguarding & Prevent as well as a Mental Health Specialist. Stuart has regularly presented at the MARAC conferences and brings 22+ years of management experience, advanced clinical practice knowledge within the health economy and experience of multi-site operations. Stuart brings oversite to Standguide and bolsters our mental health advice and awareness training.


If you are interested in serving as a Governor, please email aebgovernance@standguide.co.uk for more information.


Sam has over 11 years’ experience of working within the welfare to work sector with primary focus on the financial performance of contracts. Sam manages the GMCA Adult Education Budget and ensures the right curriculum is chosen to support with learner progression. In addition, Sam is responsible for the overall AEB performance, internal delivery, and of Standguide’s SCP’s.


If you are interested in serving as a Governor, please email aebgovernance@standguide.co.uk for more information.


This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund

The ESF invests in people, with a focus on improving employment and
education opportunities across the European Union. It also aims to improve the situation of the most
vulnerable people at risk of poverty. The ESF investments cover all EU regions.