Meet the Governors

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

Bob Harrison

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 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.

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