Corporation Board

 

Blackburn College has a board of governors – the Corporation Board. It is their job to oversee the College and to work with the leadership team at College – representing the community, businesses and students of the College. You can read biographies of our governors here, find minutes to their meetings and learn more about the governance structure that operates at Blackburn College.

Phil Watson CBE B.Arch. (Hons), RIBA, FCIH

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Chair of the Corporation Board

Member of the Corporation Board since: 23 September 2005

Member of the Corporation Board since: 23 September 2005
Former Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; Local Authority Officer for 38 years and 9 as Chief Executive of a Unitary Authority; Chartered Architect and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.


Independent Chair of the Joint Committee of the Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (JCCCG), which deals with promoting whole service reform and deciding on options for the reconfiguration of hospital services across Greater Manchester to improve patient safety and outcomes particularly in acute abdominal surgery. Independent Chair of the Joint Committee of Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Groups (JCCCG), and Chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) Partnership Forum.


Member of the Calico Group Board
Trustee Blackburn Rovers Community Trust


Previously non-executive member of the Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust (PCT), and a member of its Governance, Audit and Remuneration Committees, and Chair of the Building Schools for the Future Partnership for Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton with Balfour Beatty.

Committee membership:  Chair of Governance Panel, Chair of Remuneration

Garth Hodgkinson

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Vice Chair of the Corporation Board 

Member of the Corporation Board since: 31 December 2004

Chief Officer of Blackburn with Darwen Council for Voluntary Services. Has worked in the public sector for 10 years and has experience of working in an FE college and in local authorities. His particular interests lie in regeneration, industry, the community and voluntary sector and in higher education. Graduate of York University.

Committee membership: Policy and Resources, Governance Panel, Remuneration

Governor Champion:  Safeguarding 

Dr Thomas Moore

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Principal and Chief Executive

Member of the Corporation Board since: 25 October 2013

Committee membership: Policy and Resources, Standards, Quality and Student Experience, Governance Panel

 

Mark Allanson

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 11 December 2015

Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at Edge Hill University.  Former Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Regional Consultant for the North West and held senior university roles including UK and international student recruitment, marketing and external affairs and student services.  Former Director of a Chamber of Commerce.

Committee membership: Chair of Standards, Quality and Student Experience, Governance Panel.  

Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey

Member of the Corporation Board since: 20 October 2017

Director of Strategy & Funding at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Brian has worked for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for 16 years, becoming a Director in January 2011. He has played a key role in the Borough’s regeneration through managing technical services - Planning and Transport, Property and Development and Highways. Recently he has taken up a new role in the Council to support development of the Lancashire Combined Authority and to promote collaborations more widely. Brian continues to lead the Council’s engagement with business which includes supporting HIVE. Other responsibilities include chairing the Lancashire European Network and supporting the Lancashire LEP.

Committee Membership: Policy and Resources

Emilie Cave

Member of the Corporation Board since: 21 October 2016

HE Student Governor.

Emilie is the Student Union President and took up her appointment from 1 November 2016. Emilie graduated from the University Centre at Blackburn College with a BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Psychology.

Committee membership: Standards, Quality and Student Experience.  

Mike Cheston

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 6 February 2015

Director of Finance at Blackburn Rovers, Director of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Ltd. and Director of MC Financial Consultancy Ltd. 

Committee membership: Chair of Audit

 

Lillian Croston

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 17 October 2014

Former Head of Westholme School, Blackburn.   Chair of Governors at Accrington Academy and Lancaster University Court Member. 

Committee membership: Standards, Quality and Student Experience.

Governor Champion:  Special Educational Needs and Teaching, Learning and Assessment. 

Will Doherty 

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 1 April 2018

Academic Staff Governor - Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Business at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

Prior to joining Blackburn College, has worked at a number of FE and HE institutions including Oldham University Campus , Stockport and Wigan Colleges. Has also worked in a number of management roles in Human Resources.

Committee membership: Standards, Quality and Student Experience

Shaheen Gul

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 10 February 2012

Currently employed as a Careers Advisor for Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership Ltd who deliver the National Careers Service, working with young people and adults, and as an Admissions Interviewer at Runshaw College.   Also currently working with Blackburn Integrated Community Engagement Partnership within the community and developing programmes to meet the needs of those distant from training and employment. An active member of the community and supportive to residents with progression into the labour market.

Previous job roles have include outreach service advisor and extended schools co-ordinator for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. 

Committee membership: Standards, Quality and Student Experience.

Governor Champion:  Equality and Diversity.

Chris Johnson

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 20 October 2017

Corporate Services Partner with PM+M. Chris is responsible for a diverse portfolio of clients, mainly corporates and some large non-corporates and is experienced in advising owner managed businesses with large turnovers on audits, corporate structuring, forecasting, as well as advising on UK Financial Reporting Standards and IFRS issues.

Before his appointment to the Board, Chris served as a co-opted member of Audit Committee.

Committee membership: Audit

Casey-Jo Kenny

Casey-Jo Kenny

Member of the Corporation Board since: 20 October 2017

FE Student Governor

Casey is currently on the second year of the level 3 BTEC Diploma IT.

Committee membership: Audit

Michael Lee 

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 1 April 2018

Business Support Staff Governor – Finance Officer

Committee membership: Policy and Resources

 

Paul Levet

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 10 February 2012

Former Assistant Corporate Director and Relationship Director with Barclays Bank. This involved larger business financing including project finance and public company relationship management. From 2004 until 2011, leader of the Barclays Education Team in the North West – working with a number of large universities and FE colleges and having responsibility for over £300m of lending to the education sector. Graduate of University of Portsmouth – BA in Economics. Other qualifications include Diploma Institute of Management Accounting and Associate Institute of Bankers

Committee membership: Chair of Policy and Resources, Governance Panel, Remuneration

Kathryn Lord 

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 16 March 2018

 

Human Resources Change Partner at BAE Systems. Current work involves working with Managers and Senior Leaders in a HR business partnering function and broader work around organisation design, managing change and transformation. 

Prior experience involved working with a variety of public and private sector organisations including Serco, Arrive Transport Solutions, Blackpool Council, Tauheedul Education Trust and North West Employers organisations.

Committee membership: Policy and Resources

Denise Park 

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 16 March 2018

Currently the Deputy Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Previous roles at the Council include Director of Financial Services and Executive Director: Resources and Transformation. Worked previously for Lancashire County Council as a Graduate Trainee/Accountant.

Graduate of Durham University – Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

Committee membership: Policy and Resources

Roger Spensley

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 16 October 2009

Employed as a solicitor in Blackburn. Graduate of the University of Warwick. Active member of the Round Table and local sports organisations.

Committee membership: Policy and Resources, Remuneration.

 

Leslie Stove

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 8 July 2016 

Assistant Chief Executive of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. Formerly the Corporate Business Manager at the ELHT.

Former interim Director of Technical Services with the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire having also been a Senior Manager there.

Committee Membership: Standards, Quality and Student Experience.

Professor Mike Wright

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 11 December 2015

University Dean for Academic Quality at Lancaster University where he gives an academic lead to the development and operation of the University’s quality assurance framework and processes.

Committee membership: Standards, Quality and Student Experience.

Governor Champion:  Student Experience. 

 

Minutes of Corporation Board and Committees