A new senior leadership team has been appointed at Northumberland College to drive forward its ambitious strategic vision of excellence

Education Partnership North East

The college, which merged with Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form in March to form Education Partnership North East, has appointed prominent and well-respected figures from the North East to form a new board of governors and has confirmed the appointment of two new senior leaders.

Associate Principals, Lee Lister and Joanne McManus have been appointed to join the college’s leadership team. Lee Lister, former Associate Principal of Grimsby Institute brings a wealth of senior management experience following a 23-year career in education. He is joined by Joanne McManus, who has 21 years’ experience in both further and higher education, and will oversee Northumberland College’s Ashington and Berwick campuses.

The new board of governors consists of 12 distinguished North-East business leaders, including Alison Shaw, a Professor of Practice with Newcastle University.

Furthermore, Jeff Hope, head of manufacturing unit at AkzoNobel Ashington is one of 12 appointed, alongside Head of HR, Kerry Patterson from Blyth-based advanced machine and robotics manufacturer, Tharsus, Andrew Ferguson, commercial and real estate manager and chartered surveyor at Virgin Money, John Holmes, chairman of Bernicia, Louise Doyle, founder and director of Mesma, energy and renewables business leader, Ian Brown of MKM Technology, legal advisor, Cllr David Towns from Muckle LLP, chartered secretary, Neil Salvesen, Holly Thompson of Future Skills Vision and professional educator, Mark Patton, who holds the National Professional Qualification Headship (NPQH).

Nigel Harrett, Principal of Northumberland College said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Northumberland College as we progress significant improvements and investment across all campuses, and embark upon a new chapter, strengthening and transforming the educational, social and economic needs of our students, staff, employers and the local community.

“The governing body is instrumental to successfully delivering this period of change and their vast knowledge across all business areas will help position Northumberland College as the county’s premium provider of further and higher education. I’m delighted to welcome them on board.”

This is an exciting period of transition for the college which recently unveiled plans to deliver a multi-million pound investment programme, which is now underway, to further position itself as one of the region’s leading education and training providers.