Company founder resigns as chairman of Spencer Trust
THE company was founded a decade ago by Peter Marples and Di McEvoyRobinson, who left last month, leaving the day-to-day running of the firm in the hands of Richard Irons, the former chief operating officer.
Mr Marples, 54, who lives at Morley Manor, Morley, has resigned as chairman of the Spencer Academies Trust, which sponsors 12 schools in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas, including John Port Spencer Academy and Wyndham Primary Academy.
A spokesman for the Spencer Academies Trust said: “The directors of the Spencer Academies Trust have accepted the resignation of Peter Marples as a director and chairman of the board.
“The Spencer Academies Trust is an education charity constituted for the purposes of advancing the opportunity of children and young people across the East Midlands
“Vice-chair Donna Kinderman will assume Mr Marples’ board responsibilities in the role of interim chair. Mrs Kinderman is a safeguarding and child development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience of working with local schools. We will not be commenting further.” Signs of problems at 3aaa came last month when it was announced that the recruitment of new apprentices was being suspended and that Ofsted was holding back publication of a report on an inspection of 3aaa it made in May.
The firm won educational training contracts funded by millions of pounds of public money. The contracts were overseen by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
A statement issued by 3aaa’s directors confirmed that receivers had been called in after it was unable to operate without progress payments for its learners.
The company had grown to be one of the largest training providers in the country with more than 38 academies and up to 500 staff.
John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: “This is very bad news for the employees and apprentices, who face real uncertainty and a difficult time in Derby and across the country.
“The Derby business community is second to none in supporting the wider community interest and I’m sure roles will become available for many of those affected.”