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.

Lillian Croston

Chair of the Corporation Board

Member of the Corporation Board since: 17 October 2014

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

Committee membership: Remuneration, Learning and Quality, Chair of Governance Panel

Governor Champion:  Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

 

Paul Levet

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Vice Chair of the Corporation Board

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, Chair of Remuneration

 

Dr Fazal Dad

Dr Fazal Dad

Principal and Chief Executive

Member of the Corporation Board since: 1 January 2019

Committee membership: Policy and Resources, Learning and Quality, Governance Panel

 

Professor Waqar Ahmed

Member of the Corporation Board since: 6 December 2019

Currently Deputy Head of School of Mathematics and Physics and Deputy Director of Research for the College of Science at Lincoln University. Professor of Nanoscience. Has worked for a number of universities and started his career in industry working in various roles for General Electric Company and Ferranti Electronics amongst others. 

Committee membership: Policy and Resources

 

Mark Allanson

Mark Allanson

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 Learning and Quality, Governance Panel

Governor Champion: Careers

 

Kerry Baron

Kerry Baron

HE Student Governor

Member of the Corporation Board since: 11 December 2020

Kerry is currently in the final year of a FdA Criminology and Criminal Justice course.

Committee membership: Learning and Quality

 

Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming

Member of the Corporation Board since: 18 October 2019

Strategic Director of Resources at Blackburn with Darwen Council. Experience in Technology, Health Care, Manufacturing and Creative sectors. MSc in Health Informatics (UCLAN).

Chair of Governors at Christ Church Charnock Richard Primary School.

Committee membership: Audit Committee

 

Ram Gupta

Ram Gupta

Member of the Corporation Board since: 12 March 2021

Managing Director of Nybble.co.uk.Ltd and Group CEO of Nybble Group, a managed IT company providing advice on all aspects of Information Technology and Audio Visual and LED technologies. Also a Greater Manchester Chamber Technology Partner, East Lancashire Chamber Diamond Ambassador and Patron of Blackburn Youth Zone. Proud supporter of the East Lancs Hospice.

A former A-Level student at Blackburn College, going on to gain a BA in Accounting and Business/Management and an MSc in Information Management.

Committee membership: Learning and Quality

 

Catherine Hill OBE BSc

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 18 October 2019

Former Deputy Principal at Blackpool and The Fylde College. The college was designated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, was awarded Foundation Degree Awarding Status in 2016 and TEF Gold in 2017. It is one of the largest colleges for further and higher education in the sector.

Worked in further education for over 30 years; initially as a lecturer in maths and science, progressing to executive roles. Worked at a number of North West colleges and has been involved in national level work such a Best Practice Networks, National Challenge Initiative and Study Programme reviews. As a former Ofsted Associate Inspector and a review for QAA, her work has always focused on high quality learning and teaching to help bring about life changing opportunities for all students.

Is involved in a range of work involving both education and community work. Was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours of 2016 for services to further education.

Committee membership: Student Voice, Learning and Quality

Governor Champion: Safeguarding and SEND

 

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

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: Chair of 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

 

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

 

Mark Moren

Mark Moren

Member of the Corporation Board since: 7 May 2021

Academic Staff Governor – Curriculum Leader for Public Services and Hospitality since 2020. Lecturer in Public Services.

Worked in a variety of different education establishments prior to joining the College in 2014 as a full-time lecturer in Public Services. Appointed in 2017 as Curriculum Team Leader for the Customer Service Industries, which covered Public Services, Catering, Hair and Beauty and Travel and Tourism.

Committee membership: Learning and Quality

Paul Morris

Paul Morris

Member of the Corporation Board since: 1 April 2020

 

Director of Capital development and Estates Operations at Lancaster University. Has significant public sector experience gained within the University sector and a Northwest City Council. Key strengths in Estate development, Facilities Services, project management, leadership and delivering strategic change. Prior experience in private sector consultancy engineering.

Charter Fellow of the CMI, MBA with merit and a professionally qualified engineer.

Committee membership: Policy and Resources

Governor Champion: Health, Safety and Staff Welfare

 

Glenys Pashley-Crawford

Glenys Pashley-Crawford

Member of the Corporation Board since: 1 April 2020

Consultant within the FE and Skills Sector and former Deputy Principal of an FE College. Experienced in Leadership and Management and Quality Improvement.

Masters in Education and Psychology, University of Leeds and MBA, UCLan

Committee membership: Learning and Quality, Student Voice

 

Arif Patel

Arif Patel

Member of the Corporation Board since: 1 April 2020

 

Associate Director of Technology-enabled Care at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. Expert knowledge of NHS leadership, medical equipment marketplace, business administration, performance and project management. Key skills include strategic planning, operations management, budgetary control, quality improvement and HR management.

Research Doctorate, Health/Health Care Administration/Management, UCLan and Executive MBA in Business Administration and Management, University of Bolton. Former Blackburn College student – Foundation Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Committee membership: Policy and Resources

Governor Champion: Equality and Diversity

 

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.

 

Brooklyn Spiers

Brooklyn Spiers

FE Student Governor

Member of the Corporation Board since: 11 December 2020

Brooklyn is currently BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Information and Creative Technology, having previously studied at Our Lady and St John Catholic Arts College

Committee membership: Audit

 

Steve Waggott

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Member of the Corporation Board since: 9 November 2018

Chief Executive and Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic Ltd. and Director of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust. Former Chief Executive at five football clubs and a Trustee of various Community Trusts. Former Director of a Further Education College. Extensive experience in financial management, marketing and sales and a strong background in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Committee membership: Policy and Resources.

 

Minutes of Corporation Board and Committees