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Sarah Johnson, Clerk to the Governors, can be contacted on
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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 teach...Read More
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 leadership skills for the National College of Teaching and Leadership College, and advised DfES on the FE Principals Qualification and was the lead on Digital Futures for the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme.
Bob was made an Honorary Life member of CGLI for services to Vocational Education following 12 years as Chief Examiner.
He has been Toshiba’s Education Adviser since 2001 and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning.
Bob was a member of the British Computer Society/Royal Academy of Engineering working group which redrafted the ICT National Curriculum to make it more “ambitious and challenging”. He also chaired the computing expert group established by the DfE to support teachers and teacher educators in the transition to the new computing curriculum, and a member of UK Force (UK Forum for Computing Education).
He was the Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, a HE/Industry/Schools/DfE/NCTL group which aimed to ensure that the next generation of teachers have the necessary skills to prepare children for their lives as workers and digital citizens in the 3rd Millenium.
Bob was a leading member of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group and a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group chaired by Professor Stephen Heppell.
In 2015 Bob was invited to join the BIS FE and Skills Area based review advisory group helping to reshape the FE landscape towards a more digital future.
Bob is employment tribunals member for the Ministry of Justice, a governor at Lostock College and a board member for the YMCA.
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 ...Read More
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 exploit opportunities for success and find grounded, people focused solutions to the challenges they face.
Clive undertakes consultancy assignments in the UK HE sector focused on leadership development, student recruitment and partnership development. Interim roles such as Director of Marketing and Communications at a UK university have been successfully concluded. Associate work has also been completed with Parity Professionals supporting UK Universities developing the employment prospects of their undergraduates and graduates. As well as consultancy and interim assignments Clive has maintained a portfolio of mentoring and coaching colleagues working in HE.
Clive is a trustee of the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust.
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. H...Read More
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 materials science at Sheffield Hallam University. His interests include student retention, learner autonomy, enquiry based learning, the use of media and technology in teaching and learning, and the personal and professional development of engineers; he has published widely in all these areas.
Prior to his retirement in 2017 Mike was Professor of Engineering Education and Assistant Dean for Academic Development for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering & Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University. Mike is an Emeritus Professor at Sheffield Hallam University; Director of Mike Bramhall (HE Consultants) Ltd, a Quality Assurance Agency Reviewer, a consultant for Advance HE, an external examiner for the Open University and the University of Warwick; a standing validation panel external member for Edge Hill University and a consultant to the School of Computing & Engineering at the University of Huddersfield.
In his spare time he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for ‘Amy’s Retreat’, a small Sheffield based charity that supports families of children with cancer. The charity supports the children and their families by sending them on short respite holidays between treatments and during recovery.
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 ser...Read More
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 Cabinet Spokesperson without Portfolio and chair of Barnsley Council’s Audit Committee.
Ken is also a governor at Littleworth Grange Primary Learning Centre.
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...Read More
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 audit, primarily with Sheffield City Council, Barnsley MBC and the Audit Commission. Liz has also spent some time in the FE sector working on funding audit for UfI Limited, who at the time managed the learndirect adult education service.
Liz became involved with Northern College as an independent member of the Audit Committee in 2011 and joined the Board of Governors in 2015. She is a passionate supporter of Northern College, and the opportunities that it offers to individuals to improve their lives.
Liz is also an independent non-executive member of the Audit Committee of Sheffield City Council.
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 Metropo...Read More
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 the run-down of local industries, was heavily engaged in regeneration initiatives in the borough, the Dearne Valley and South Yorkshire. John was a member of the coalfields task force set up by the Government in 1998.
Since retiring in 2000 he has worked with a variety of local authorities and the Government on the ‘service improvement agenda’, holding several interim chief executive posts. He is the Chair of the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre, a trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Chair of the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust and a trustee at the Community Legacy Trust and Wells Community Hospital Trust.
He is particularly interested in the work the College does in partnership to deliver individual and community development.
Professor Tim Thornton has long been involved in Higher Education in South and West Yorkshire, with a particular interest in the expansion of opportun...Read More
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.
Tim has worked at the University of Huddersfield for over fifteen years. Appointed Head of the Department of History, English, Languages and Media in 2003, Tim was on secondment at University Centre Barnsley as its first Head during 2005-06 and became Dean of the School of Music, Humanities and Media in October 2006. He was appointed Pro Vice-chancellor (Teaching and Learning) in October 2008. Tim was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in September 2015.
Tim is a historian who studied at New College, Oxford. In 1997 he was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s David Berry Prize for his work on the Isle of Man; in 1999 he was proxime accessit for the Society’s Alexander Prize for an essay on the palatinate of Durham. He was the first scholar based in a new University to win one of the Society’s prizes.
Frank's association with Northern College started around 2002. It was sparked off by the passion he shared for creating a learning and development env...Read More
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 everyone could have access, information and guidance for their own personal development. With the Northern College Frank developed a national pilot which became a leading model for employee development in the workplace for smaller businesses and was recognised nationally with a ‘New Opportunities Learning Award’. Advice and help was given from major organisations, including the Ford Motor Company EDAP programme.
Frank has built on this work with Northern College and gone on to receive national recognition for his contribution to employee development and business excellence.
Frank has helped to build many successful businesses and contributed to many others based on his passion for and belief in people development. This includes serving on 14 boards in the public and voluntary sector, which included 4 years on the BBC Education directorate and 11 boards in the private sector. Frank always remains actively involved in the sector, he helped to form The Derbyshire Education Business Partnership and has remained its Chair. Frank is also currently chair of the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership Ltd, a governor at First Steps Derbyshire Ltd; Vice Chair at Stubbin Wood School; an Employment and Skills Board member at D2N2 and a volunteer Samaritan.
Frank holds close to his heart many of the ideals of Northern College – he left School with no qualifications himself and came into further education later in life as an adult learner, he got the thirst for learning and gained a Diploma in Management Studies, then a Masters and a Doctorate part-time. He gets a good work-life balance working once a week as a Samaritan in the Buxton Branch and running his latest interim management and recruitment business with his son Nathan. He is a big family man and has a beautiful wife Daphne and they have 4 grandchildren. For relaxation he rides his Harley-Davidson Electra Glide or when it’s wet he gets his Reliant Robin 3 wheeler out, yes you have guessed he gets a lot of fun watching ‘Only Fools and Horses’!
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 o...Read More
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 education sectors. Neil always aims to contribute as a board member wherever he can, using his knowledge and experience to help the College in a governance capacity.
Kate has worked in education and training in the West Yorkshire area since 1982. After studying Politics and History in Manchester her first jobs invo...Read More
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 young people during the 1980’s recession. Project work with voluntary and community organisations, particularly work with women’s groups and community adult literacy projects, led to work with adult learners, and to teaching and management in further and higher education. Here she continued to develop partnerships with employers, community organisations, schools and other public service providers. Prior to her retirement Kate worked for Kirklees Council managing the Lifelong Learning area, this included planning, funding and managing learning opportunities for local people aged 14 upwards, with a focus on working through partnerships to secure attractive, accessible learning opportunities for people who might not otherwise engage with learning.
Principal and Chief Executive
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 pa...Read More
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 experiences and excellent outcomes for young people and adults that choose further education, recognising the positive economic and social impact in the wider community.
As Principal and Chief Executive of The Northern College her role is to continue the proud and distinguished history of providing education for those adults who may have previously been disengaged or disadvantaged, and for activists that work in these communities.
Widening participation is a key driver for her, ensuring the College provide’s a ladder of opportunity through the levels for all our students. She is commited to improving progression from community learning through FE and into higher level provision, raising and meeting the aspirations of students, and wherever appropriate, ensuring that we have an offer that equips them with the necessary skills and competencies to succeed within the local labour market.
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 ac...Read More
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 Secretary, taking various roles including Financial Accountant at the Institute of Cancer Research, Company Secretary at KAE Group Ltd and Company Secretary at Samuelson Group. In 1990 Ann became General Treasurer for the Confederation of Health Service Employees before becoming Director of Budgets and Resources at UNISON (the merged public services union), during which time she also studied for her MA in Strategic Financial Management at Kingston University.
In 2000, Ann joined the Institute of Hospitality and as Managing Director of Hospitality Assured, and Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality the professional body for leaders and aspiring leaders in the hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors, had extensive experience of advising hospitality providers in all sectors on business excellence processes and service development.
Ann is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, as well as of the Institute of Hospitality.
Being a long time independent member of the Northern College Audit Committee, a previous governor of Kingston University and Chair of Governors at Nash College Bromley, has provided her with a good grounding in education governance.
Ann is married and lives in Surrey. Her interests include, time permitting, travel, reading, theatre, music and gardening.
Colin is a highly qualified and experienced practitioner in the further education and skills and higher education sectors, who is comfortable in a ran...Read More
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. Colin has recent experience on University, College and Awarding Body boards. He is honorary university visiting research fellow at Leeds Trinity University where he is also a visiting lecturer. Colin’s current and recent experience relate to the development of technical education including collaborative models, teaching of technical subjects and leadership. He has also been supporting the Education and Training Foundation with Offender Learning and the implementation of the Prevent Duty.
Previous roles have included with the Learning and Skills Improvement Service and also as LSC Regional Learning and Quality Director. In this role he led the teams for Quality Improvement, Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety and Learners with Disabilities and/or Difficulties.
Catharyn is Trade Union Studies Organiser at Northern College and is a staff governor. She is a qualified Trade Union Congress tutor. Catharyn has ...Read More
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 been professionally recognised for her role in equality and inclusion. Many years ago she started her first career as a nursery nurse (1985), she then became a UNISON steward, who loved the trade union movement so much that she became actively involved at branch, region and national level. Eventually after 15 years Catharyn became a member of staff of UNISON for the Yorkshire and Humberside region. She then entered into her career at Northern College. She first worked for the College in 2002, for two years, managing a work-life balance partnership training course, at the same time she started her certificate of education at the University of Huddersfield.