Executive Team, Board of Governors and Co-optees

Our Executive Team, Board of Governors and Co-optees bring a wealth of experience and expertise. Their remit is to drive LTE group to excel in its mission and outcomes for our learners, working closely with stakeholders, colleagues and communities.

Between them, the team have decades of experience in leadership, education, business and communications. Engaging leaders from across our Group ensures that they draw on an exemplary range of complementary skills and expertise. 

John Thornhill

Chief Executive

John joined us as CEO in 2012. His previous roles included director and CEO positions within BT Group.

John has also held a number of non-executive positions, most recently four years on the board at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He leads LTE group, shaping the strategic and operational direction of the organisation, ensuring we deliver against national priorities, remain financially sound and do so in a way that aligns with the strong values and social mission of the organisation.

Peter Cox

MD Novus and Group lead for bids and tenders

Peter is the Managing Director of Novus, the Group’s national organisation dedicated to working within the justice sector. Peter holds executive responsibility for Group strategic business development priorities. Since joining us in 1994, Peter has held a range of positions across the whole organisation including business development and college Vice Principal roles.

Reporting directly to Peter:

  • Barbara McDonough – Novus COO
  • Mark Oldfield - Director of Business Development
  • Pat Walker – Director of Performance (Novus)

Rob Cressey

Group Finance Director

Rob joined us from leading housing association, The Guinness Partnership. Previous roles include finance director positions with a private work-based learning provider and a global testing organisation. Rob is responsible for audit, financial governance, and operational financial matters, including embedding new financial systems and processes.

Linda Dean

Managing Director of Total People and Executive Lead MOL

Linda joined us from NCG, and has held a variety of senior operational roles in the private sector, government, third sector and public sector over the past 25 years. As Managing Director of Total People, Linda oversees apprenticeship development and delivery with a significant focus on ensuring this is aligned to the external environment. Linda is also Executive Lead for MOL, specialists in professional learning qualifications.

Jennifer Foote MBE

Company Secretary and General Counsel

Jennifer is responsible for corporate governance and legal oversight. She has extensive experience of public sector, charity and education governance. As Company Secretary she ensures effective governance of the Group and its trading subsidiaries. Her General Counsel role encompasses responsibility for legal operations, including some compliance areas.

Jennifer was awarded an MBE for services to further education in 2017.

Gary Hughes

Group Marketing and External Relations Director

Gary is an experienced marketing and communications leader within the education sector, with senior strategic marketing roles at several universities including Coventry University, Leeds Trinity University and Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to this he was Group Marketing Director of Hays plc, along with several commercial marketing roles within corporate and services companies. At LTE Group, Gary is responsible for leading on all aspects of marketing, communications, commercial engagement, public affairs and policy. 

Lisa O'Loughlin

Principal of The Manchester College

As Principal of The Manchester College, Lisa oversees college-based programmes, curriculum development and quality improvement. She ensures these meet our strategic plan objectives and our mission, visions and values. Lisa keeps us responsive to the external environment and proactive in identifying and meeting our learners’ and customers’ needs. 

Paul Taylor

Chief Operating Officer

Paul joined us from Electricity north west where he was HR Director. Paul previously held senior HR roles at organisations including Barclays and BT. Paul leads on HR, IT, Health and Safety, Change and Transformation, Student Records and Management Information, with a focus on developing a shared services approach.

Cllr Sue Murphy CBE


Sue has been an elected member of Manchester City Council since 1995. She is a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor, representing Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe. She is also Deputy Leader of the Council, and has held that position since 2010. Her current responsibilities include Public Service Reform, international links, social inclusion, equalities and homelessness. Previous portfolios include Finance and Resources, and Employment and Skills.
Sue is also a member of the Resources Board of the Local Government Association. She is also chair of Trustees of MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health), a director of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) and Chair of Trustees of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the appeal set up after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.

Sue brings extensive experience across key areas: the regional skills sector, public sector reform and the devolution agenda. Sue was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016 for her political and public service and is also a fellow of the RSA.

Previous employment includes working for a newspaper, and for a Member of the European Parliament.


Kimoni Bell

Student Governor

Kimoni is the current student governor on the LTE Group board and UCEN Manchester divisional board.

Kimoni owns a successful e-commerce business where she personally produces all of the products and packaging. Kimoni sources the ingredients for the products which can then take up to three days to create.

Last year Kimoni volunteered with the Student Union, facilitating with campus tours. For her efforts Kimoni was nominated for a student award.

Kimoni is also employed for GM Higher through TMC which involves talking to students of schools in the area.

Kimoni is a UCEN Manchester student currently studying Business Management.

Amina Bodhania

Amina began her teaching career at Macclesfield College and then progressed her career in prison education with Novus for 11 years, holding a variety of positions from Skills for Life Manager to Education Manager.  She has worked with offenders of all age groups, from young adults to adults.  This experience has been gained in an equally varied range of establishments from open to high security.  

In 2017, Amina transitioned into a group role working on several change projects. Currently she is part of the Estates Campus redevelopment team. 

Amina is driven by a passion and commitment that providing a quality education should remain at the heart of what we do and be for the benefit of our learners, colleagues and the diverse communities that we serve.      

Prior to her teaching career Amina worked in the financial sector for a number of years.  



Jenifer Burden

Jenifer is a Director of Programmes for the Education team at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. At Gatsby she focuses on programmes to support the delivery of technical education in the further education and training sector.

Prior to joining Gatsby, Jenifer was inaugural Director of the National STEM Centre in York, which provides resources and professional development for teachers and tutors of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

She has previously worked at the Centre for Innovation and Research in Science Education at the University of York, with a focus on science curriculum development, and the Association for Science Education.

Jenifer studied Genetics & Cell Biology at the University of Manchester, completed a PGCE and taught for 12 years in secondary schools in the North West of England.


Cllr John Hacking

John is an elected member of Manchester City Council and is Chair of the Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee. In addition John is a member of the Manchester City Council Economic and Skills Scrutiny Committee.

John is currently an Associate at the Network for Europe, a regional network supporting the Third Sector to access funds from Europe. John has extensive experience in the Third Sector; in particular in the areas of community regeneration, learning and skills, and employment creation. 

He is currently a Director of the Third Sector National Learning Alliance. Prior to his current role, he was managing director of a social enterprise in Manchester providing workspace for small businesses. 

John is a governor at the Chorlton Church of England Primary School and a  governor at the Federation of EBSD Schools.

John is on the management committee of the Chorlton Beer Festival.


Philip Johnson

Philip was previously a senior partner in the Deloitte UK firm. Philip retired in 2007 after being a partner for 30 years, specialising in audit, mergers and acquisitions.

He was an elected member of the Deloitte UK Board of Partners and the first chairman of the firm’s Audit Committee.

During the two years 2002 to 2004, Philip had the primary responsibility for integrating the clients, partners and staff of Arthur Andersen UK (AA) into Deloitte, and chaired the board sub-committee responsible for converting Deloitte into Deloitte LLP. He was head of Quality and Risk Management for the UK audit practice of Deloitte from 2003 until his retirement from the firm in 2007.

Philip was the President of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) during 2011 and 2012. He was also a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group (IAASB CAG) and the International Ethics Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group (IESBA CAG). Philip is currently a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in the US.

From May 2007 to April 2015, Philip was a non-executive director of Yorkshire Building Society, where he also chaired the Audit Committee. He was a seconded member of the Audit Committee of Wellcome Trust for 9 years from 2008 and is a non-executive director of Lakeland Limited, a retail kitchenware company based in the Lake District.

He also chairs the board of governors of Cheadle Hulme School, a large independent day school in Cheshire, is a trustee of the Rugby Football Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rugby Football Union and a member of the RFU Audit Committee. 

He has recently been appointed to the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Philip Lanigan

Philip is currently Group Finance Director of Styles & Wood Group ltd. The Group provides a fully integrated range of property services to customers across the UK. 

Prior to joining Styles & Wood, Philip has been a Finance Director for a number of North West based companies. Philip is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Philip served as a local councillor on Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council from 1994-2000, and was a regional committee member for Manchester & District Housing Association from 1993-2003.

Barry Lynch

Barry retired as Chairman and CEO of The Sutton Group after spending 38 years building up the group and employing more than 800 people. The group has moved away from its footwear manufacturing base and is now one of the country’s leading retailers under the ‘Wynsor’ banner, whilst their import companies supply most of the top UK stores. 

After his retirement Barry retained the Chair of The Riverside Charitable Trust Ltd, which is responsible for donations to local and national charities as well as being a major shareholder of the group. 

Until retirement, Barry was a Fellow of both The Chartered Institute of Secretaries and The Institute of Directors. 

Barry is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Companies of Pattenmakers in The City of London and is also a Freeman of the City of London. 

Barry is also a governor of Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School where he Chairs the Buildings and Health and Safety Committees. 

Kate Macdonald

Kate graduated from Manchester University in 1982 with a degree in English language and literature. She then undertook a sabbatical role in the students’ union before becoming a volunteer with the Probation Service. 

In 1986, Kate returned to university to train as a probation officer and qualified with a CQSW in 1988. In 1989 she was awarded an MA (econ). 

Kate’s career was in the Greater Manchester Probation Service for the next fifteen years where she held a variety of roles before becoming District Manager responsible for Stockport and Trafford. 

In 2003, Kate moved to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council as Head of Youth Offending Services. Here she was successful in achieving significant performance improvement before taking up the post of Head of Youth Offending in Manchester. Kate had lead roles in areas such as gun gang crime, safeguarding and reducing the use of custody. 

In May 2011, Kate moved to the voluntary sector where she was Chief Executive of the Young People’s Support Foundation, a charity working with youth homelessness.

Adrian Mills

Adrian is the General Manager at BBC North. He is based at MediaCityUK, home to some of the BBC's biggest brands, including BBC Children’s, BBC Sport, Dragon’s Den, Radio 5 live, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and BBC Breakfast. 

Adrian began his career directing Play School, Record Breakers and The Really Wild Show for BBC Children’s. He then spent 15 years in Toronto, Canada, where he was CBC TV’s Head of Children’s and Daytime Programming, Managing Director of CBC online and Executive Director of Programming for CBC Radio. Adrian returned to London in 2004 and became Chief Executive of LGT, creating online resources for gifted children. He rejoined the BBC in 2009, becoming Chief Adviser to BBC Children's and BBC Learning, and Executive Producer for CBeebies and CBBC.

An International Emmy Award winner, and Vice Chair of the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation, Adrian is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Paul Pritchard

Paul left school in 1987 and undertook an apprenticeship as a Joiner, this led to a passion for the construction industry and gave him opportunity when qualified to share his skills and knowledge with other apprentices over the years. Paul undertook the role as apprenticeship co-ordinator at a variety of construction companies over his 22 years working within the industry and oversaw many apprentices becoming trades men and working in the industry. 

This passion led to him starting at The Manchester College teaching Construction in 2008. Paul taught and assessed for a number of years and has had a number of different roles across the group including Team Leader in Construction, Project Manager in Apprenticeships, Client Operations Manager & Sector Manager for Automotive, Construction and Engineering for Total People and now the current role as North West Employment Broker for Novus.

Paul has a passion for people and has a belief that everyone deserves the right to a better way of life, education, work opportunities, happiness and opportunities to develop and grow. Paul has been a Trustee on Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme (BYPHS) for 3.5 years, works on Winter Watch Project with Urban Outreach and volunteers time at The Bridge Church, all these put him in direct contact with people he wants to support and help.


Malcolm Sugden

Malcolm is a chartered management accountant. He has operated at a senior financial level within major North West businesses, including United Utilities and as Finance Director for Electricity North West.

He is currently Deputy Chair at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of Electricity North West (ESPS) Pension Trustees Ltd.

In addition, he has considerable experience as a governor in both the primary school and sixth form college sectors.


John Thornhill

Chief Executive

John joined us as CEO in 2012. His previous roles included director and CEO positions within BT Group.

John has also held a number of non-executive positions, most recently four years on the board at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He leads LTE group, shaping the strategic and operational direction of the organisation, ensuring we deliver against national priorities, remain financially sound and do so in a way that aligns with the strong values and social mission of the organisation.

Pauline Waterhouse OBE

Pauline is the former Principal and Chief Executive of Blackpool and The Fylde College. The college was designated Outstanding by Ofsted, and is one of the UK’s largest for further and higher education.

Pauline is driven by a passionate belief in the power of education to transform the life chances and economic prospects of individuals and their families. She has led and engaged in many initiatives to increase participation and to raise standards of education and training. These included strong involvement with the government’s National Challenge initiative, and the subsequent academy programme, both as a Trustee and a Chair of Governors.

Pauline led the initiative to develop a University Centre in one of the country’s most deprived communities in the North West – including raising capital funding and working as design champion for the project. The establishment of the University Centre led to significant growth in student numbers and it is now one of the UK’s largest providers of higher education in a college setting.

Pauline is engaged in a range of activities that span each phase of education from primary through to higher education. She is a trustee of EMLC, an educational charity involved in leadership development and school improvement services as well as being a Director of an expanding Multi-Academy Trust. She is also a Board member of the University for the Creative Arts. Pauline is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Pauline was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2010 for services to education.

Adam White (MRICS)

Director of Commercial & Business Development

Adam currently leads the £1billion Airport City development scheme; and is also responsible for business development and investor relations across MAG Property’s £641m investment and land portfolio. Recent highlights include selling 45 acres of prime logistics land for a record price per acre; and building a pipeline of 4 hotels and 500,000 sq ft of offices on Airport City North.

Previously Adam was a Director in JLL’s Manchester office, acting across a broad range of markets advising corporates, developers, institutional funds, local and regional property companies and public-sector bodies. This work covered inter alia; disposing of and acquiring land and buildings; providing commercial input to large scale and standalone development projects; undertaking detailed financial appraisal analysis; and advising on delivery mechanisms.

Major projects include advising Legal & General on the acquisition of a 50% stake in MediaCityUK, the sale of the 19-acre ITV Granada site to Allied London and leading on the disposal of AstraZeneca’s 400-acre Alderley Park site in Cheshire.


Monica Brij

Monica is a partner at Nabarro LLP. She specialises in commercial property and has some 15 years of experience in this field: more particularly in complex real estate and development projects.

Monica began her legal career in London, working at Linklaters and Macfarlanes before relocating to Manchester in 2007. Monica studied at The Queen’s School Chester, The University of Cambridge and York Law School.

Paul Candelent

Paul has over 30 years' experience in property and construction, and has held leadership positions in both the client and consultant parts of the industry. This experience includes business unit leadership, property development, construction project management, site acquisition and property facilities management.

He has worked extensively in both the public and the private sectors, and is able to combine a commercial approach with an understanding of public sector procurement.

Paula Cole

Paula is a solicitor and a partner in the Manchester office of TLT LLP . 

Paula specialises in employment law and advises employer clients across a wide range of sectors including Higher Education, Charities, Construction and Manufacturing businesses.

Paula is a Trustee of the Alder Hey Family Trust which owns and runs the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Hospital providing free accommodation to the families of children being treated in the Intensive Care and High Dependency units of the Hospital.


Frances Done CBE

Frances Done is a Chartered Accountant whose career has spanned public, private and third sectors.

Frances served as Chair of the Youth Justice Board between 2008 and 2014. The Youth Justice Board was responsible for overseeing the youth justice system in England and Wales and commissioning the secure estate for young people held in custody.

From 2003 to 2006 Frances was Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission.

Frances was also Chief Executive of Manchester 2002 - the Organising Committee of the successful XVII Commonwealth Games. Between 1991 and 1998 she served first as Director of Finance and later Chief Executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. 


Louise Durose

Louise is General Counsel, Diesel International for MAN Diesel & Turbo, one of Germany’s oldest engineering companies. She is based at their UK headquarters in Stockport and is responsible for legal services to the aftersales business worldwide which has annual revenue of €1 billion and operates in over 80 countries.

She chairs the Employer Skills Advisory Board at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the British Hallmarking Council.

Barbara Rollin

Barbara is currently a partner at Gateley PLC. She has specialised in real estate work since qualifying in 1988 and has particular experience in real estate finance matters.

Barbara has also gained considerable experience of management matters within law firms, in particular the operational elements and streamlining process.

She also has experience of setting up and running legal apprentice programmes and for recruitment of graduate trainee solicitors.


Peter Winter

After 27 years in industry in a range of commercial, project management, production and engineering roles, plus three years in the Foreign Office as Counsellor at the British Embassy, Tokyo, Peter moved into Higher Education in Manchester. Recognised as a leader in the higher education enterprise field, culminating with the appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) at Loughborough University.

In 2009 he moved to the NWDA to take the lead on innovation across the Northern Way (the three northern regional development agencies).  Following the decision to close the NWDA, Peter took the position as a Director at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton; he subsequently moved back to the North West to join MMU, from which he retired in 2017, whilst continuing as a Visiting Fellow.

Appointments of note include Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (also Vice Chairman of the Academic Accreditation Committee and Chair of the Institutions membership panels), Member of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

Mathew Maile

Mathew joined the college in September 2016 on a level 3 digital technologies course and joined the Student Council through the student representative system.
He then stood as the head of the campus council for two academic years.

After deciding to return to the college for a third year to study electrical installation he was offered the opportunity to take up the position of student Co-Optee for The Manchester College Board. Mathew has since been bringing direct insight of student life to the board.

Otherwise Mathew acts as a member of the Historia Normanis Society who enact medieval combat in a sport-like fashion. He is also a freelance photographer.

Mathew has also recently accepted a place at Staffordshire University to study Game Programming of which he is excited about the next stage in his education before entering the career market.