Recent appointments to Sparsholt College’s Board of Governors have added further expertise at the very top of the College. Andrew Hoad, Head of Leckford Estate (the Waitrose Farm and part of the John Lewis Partnership) has been appointed to the College Board.

Joining Andrew and the team of excellent governors will be Zazie (Rosanna) Carter a financial services expert and Jilly Carrell, a primary, secondary and further education teacher currently undertaking academic research at Oxford University, who is appointed as a co-opted member of the Quality and Standards Committee.

The Leckford Estate runs across four business units including farming and food processing

over 4,000 acres. Andrew, who has held leadership roles with Waitrose and Sainsbury commented on his new role as a Sparsholt Governor saying: “’I am delighted to be joining the Sparsholt College team. It’s a great institution and I look forward to playing a role in ensuring its future success.”

Zazie Carter joins the Board of Governors having worked in the Financial Services (including 18 years at Merrill Lynch). As an IT and Change Executive, she led and transformed departments in need of significant modernisation, automation and change. Former teacher Jilly Carrell has a particular interest in supporting vulnerable young people in education.

Tim Jackson, Sparsholt and Andover College Principal said: “We are known for our expertise and high standards and to ensure we continue to deliver the best to students we have strengthened the College at the very top – strong governance is very important. Andrew, Zazie and Jilly join our commercially sharp and savvy team bringing their educational and business experience to the table and enhancing an already excellent team of governors.”

In their most recent inspection Ofsted acknowledged governance at Sparsholt College as ‘outstanding.’ Ofsted also commended the College’s high standards and overall effectiveness as ‘good’ with all areas inspected given a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ rating.

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