Board of Corporation

Nelson and Colne College Corporation is the legal entity for the three Colleges forming the Nelson and Colne College Group: Nelson and Colne College, Accrington and Rossendale College and Lancashire Adult Learning.

Members of the Board of Corporation are drawn from business, professional, public sector and community backgrounds. They bring a range of skills, expertise and experience to the boardroom. The Board of Corporation also includes the Principal, three staff governors and two student Governors. The Board works as a team to determine the strategy and future direction of the College Group, and its responsibilities are to:

  • Determine and periodically review the educational character and mission of the College Group and oversee its activities
  • Approve the College Group’s quality strategy
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College Group and the Corporation and to safeguard assets
  • Approve the annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • Appoint senior postholders and determine a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all staff

We have an active Board of Corporation who play a key role in the ongoing development and direction of our College Group.  Board members have adopted the Nolan’s seven principles of public life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership) in carrying out these responsibilities.

Nelson and Colne College Group is committed to open and transparent governance. Enquiries are welcome to Debbie Corcoran, Clerk to the Corporation on 01282 440204 or to

Nelson and Colne College Corporation was established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and the College is an exempt charity for the purposes of Part 3 of the Charities Act 2011.

The College Group is administered under the Instrument and Articles of Government which are Statutory Instruments made under the Act and which set out the rules for the constitution and operation of the Corporation.

Stephen Barnes

As well as being Chair of Nelson and Colne College Group, Stephen is also the Chair and represents the North West on the Association of Colleges (AoC) Governors’ Council, as well as being a member of the AoC Board.’

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Amanda Melton
College Principal

Amanda has been Principal here at Nelson and Colne College Group, which includes Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL) and Accrington and Rossendale College since joining the College in 2012.

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Phil Wilkinson
Corporation Vice Chairman

Phil is CEO of Ascentis, an awarding organisation for educational qualifications for Further Education (FE) colleges, training providers, schools and employers.

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David Whatley

David is a Group Chief Internal Auditor for GIAA – the executive agency of HM Treasury (HMT) established in 2015 to improve the quality of internal audit provided to central Government.

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Nadeem Rashid

Nadeem is the senior partner at Marsdens Solicitors, based in Nelson – and a former student here at Nelson and Colne College.

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Jane Cleaver

Jane is Managing Director of Concept4 – a successful creative marketing and digital agency; and Printoff – digital, litho and web print operation, based in Nelson.

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Emma Schofield

Emma is Deputy Director of Human Resources (HR) and Organisation Development at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Mike Phelan

Mike has over 30 years of experience in senior leadership and curriculum development in Further Education (FE) Colleges in the North West, prior to his retirement in 2015.

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Rob Pheasey

Rob is Chief Executive of Marsden Building Society, Lancashire’s leading independent society with over 40,000 members and £472m assets.

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Tim Webber MBE

Tim is Chairman and Managing Director of Barnfield Construction Ltd – the Pendle based contractors, developers and investors. The company employs over 250 people, operates on more than 30 sites nationwide and has a turnover of £70 million.

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Stephanie Bridgeman

Stephanie is a business owner, with over 15 years’ experience in media analytics, and has worked with hundreds of well-known national and international organisations to advise on brand strength and reputation in the media.

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Pauline Hagen OBE
Co-opted Member of Quality and Curriculum Committee

Pauline’s extensive experience in education and skills led to her being awarded an OBE for services to education in 2016.

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Dean Langton
Co-opted Member of Audit Committee

Dean is Chief Executive of Pendle Borough Council, and has a career of over 27 years in local Government.

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Will Cook
Staff Governor

Will is the Public Relations Officer for the Nelson and Colne College Group.

Tom Gee
Staff Governor

Tom is Curriculum Leader for English and Maths at Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL).

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Lee Burton
Staff Governor

Lee is Motor Vehicle Team Leader, based at Accrington and Rossendale College.

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Waheeda Khatun
Student Govenor

Waheeda is studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Nelson and Colne College.

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Debbie Corcoran
Clerk to the Corporation

Debbie is the governance professional supporting the Board of Corporation, and is also a non-executive Director in the NHS.

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