Com­pany founder re­signs as chair­man of Spencer Trust

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.”

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