Meet the Governors

Sarah Johnson, Clerk to the Governors, can be contacted on
01226 776005 or sjohnson@northern.ac.uk

Bob Harrison

Co-chair, chair of the company

Bob has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, lecturer, senior manager, principal and governor. He has worked with head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadersh...

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Clive Macdonald

Co-chair, chair of the policy and finance committee, chair of the remuneration committee

Following 32 years working in the education sector, 23 of which were in executive level roles, Clive established Clive Macdonald Associates, offering support to organisations and individuals to e...

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Prof Mike Bramhall

Chair of quality committee

Mike was born in Sheffield and started his graduate career working at British Steel in Rotherham, before returning to academia to study for his PhD. He taught for many years in metallurgy and mat...

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Ken Richardson

Vice chair

Councillor Ken Richardson represents the Monk Bretton Ward in Barnsley. He was elected in May 2010. He is a member of the Labour Group. Ken has served on the council since 2004. He is the Cabi...

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Liz Stanley

Chair of the audit committee

Liz is a chartered accountant and self employed internal audit and risk consultant. She qualified as an accountant in the private sector but has spent most of her career in public sector internal...

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John Edwards

Governor

John has lived in Barnsley since the 1980's, since moving to take up a senior town planning post. He was appointed Chief Executive of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in 1989 and, following ...

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Prof Tim Thornton

Governor

Professor Tim Thornton has long been involved in Higher Education in South and West Yorkshire, with a particular interest in the expansion of opportunities in high quality university study. Ti...

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Frank Lord

Governor

Frank's association with Northern College started around 2002. It was sparked off by the passion he shared for creating a learning and development environment inside an organisation so that every...

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Neil James

Governor

Neil is the Principal Finance Officer at Northern College and is a staff governor. Neil is a qualified accountant and has worked for a variety of organisations in the private, third and educat...

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Kate Fleming

Governor

Kate has worked in education and training in the West Yorkshire area since 1982. After studying Politics and History in Manchester her first jobs involved work in schools and with unemployed youn...

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Sarah Tyler

Governor

Sarah has experience of working as a college tutor and online mentor and started out working as a community worker. More recently she has worked strategically with Local Authority and health part...

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Yultan Mellor

Principal

Yultan has worked in further education since 1992, and was vice principal setting curriculum vision and strategy for 9 of them. She has an absolute passion for delivering outstanding student expe...

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Ann Corrigan

Governor

Ann grew up and was schooled in South Yorkshire. After graduating from the University of Manchester with a BA Hons in Psychology, she trained as an accountant and subsequently as a Company Secret...

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Colin Forrest

Governor

Colin is a highly qualified and experienced practitioner in the further education and skills and higher education sectors, who is comfortable in a range of leadership and governance settings. Col...

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Catharyn Lawrence

Catharyn is Trade Union Studies Organiser at Northern College and is a staff governor. She is a qualified Trade Union Congress tutor. Catharyn has a degree in education and training and has be...

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Rhiannon Guest

Rhiannon is a student at the College studying on the Level 3 Diploma in Social Sciences. She previously completed the Level Two Certificate in Social Studies at the College....

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Nesta Goulding

My name is Nesta and I have been attending Northern College since September 2019 on the Level 3 Diploma - Access to Higher Education. I love the College and its values so I am extremely happy to ...

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