Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnson Chair of the LTE Group Board , member of the Group Operations Divisional Board, The Manchester College Divisional Board, UCEN Manchester Divisional Board, Investment & Estates Strategy Group, Remuneration Committee, and Governance Committee.

    Philip was previously a senior partner in the Deloitte UK firm, having 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.

    In 2002, Philip had primary responsibility for integrating the clients, partners and staff of Arthur Andersen UK into Deloitte. From 2003 he was head of Quality and Risk Management for the UK audit practice of Deloitte until his retirement from the firm.

    Philip was the President of Accountancy Europe (formerly 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). From 2013 until 2019, Philip was 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 member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, a trustee of the Rugby Football Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rugby Football Union, and a member of the RFU Audit Committee. 

    Philip has recently been appointed as chairman of the Audit Quality Board at Grant Thornton. 

    John Thornhill
    John Thornhill Chief Executive Officer

    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 is a member of the Remuneration Committee . John 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.

    Jenifer Burden MBE
    Jenifer Burden MBE Chair of the Governance Committee and member of The Manchester College Divisional Board

    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.

    Jenifer was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list  for services to education.

    Lady Rhona Bradley DL
    Lady Rhona Bradley DL Governor

    Rhona has over 25yrs experience of working in the criminal justice system with the National Probation Service in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and in local government youth justice services in the region.

    She has recently retired after 14 years as the Chief Executive of the charity ADS (Addiction Dependency Solutions) which has provided innovative substance misuse services in the region for almost 50 years. Rhona continues her involvement with the charity as a trustee of the Board.

    Before joining ADS Rhona was seconded by HM Inspectorate of Probation to work for what is now the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a service inspector, conducting statutory inspections of Youth Offending Teams and local authority Children’s Services.

    Rhona is a non-executive director of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is also a non-executive director of a large national housing association, Home Group, where she chairs the Clinical Governance Committee.

    In addition Rhona is a trustee of a national homelessness charity, Pathway, which seeks to secure NHS healthcare services for homeless people.

    In 2010 Rhona was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

    Paula Cole
    Paula Cole Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

    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.

    Jacqueline Dunn
    Jacqueline Dunn Student Governor

    Jacqueline Dunn is currently in her final year at UCEN Manchester, studying Special Effects Makeup Artistry; BA (Hons). She is also a Student Ambassador and Representative.

    Outside of studying, Jacqueline is a lifelong campaigner and advocate for disadvantaged children, young people and adults. This has allowed her to gain experience within learning, physical difficulties and disabilities. Jacqueline has mentored young people and supported the need for change within the system to support individuals to achieve their life goals and career aspirations.

    Jacqueline has been active in the independent film industry for several years and has worked on award winning features, short films and music videos. She has been involved in a variety of roles including producing, directing, character and prosthetic design along with prop making. 

    Jacqueline has supported a local Community Interest Company and worked with adults of varying abilities to explore roles and develop transferable skills within the film and theatre industry. Those involved were able to script and produce their own feature film which is available on Amazon Prime.

    She is passionate about art direction and has the intention to further develop in this field once she completes her time in education.

    Jacqueline was Chair of a Parent Board for a local children’s centre, where she engaged in the development of policies and funding decisions to benefit families in the wider community. 

    Anika Ephraim
    Anika Ephraim

    Anika is Managing Director of Grafmarine, an engineering company developing advanced clean power generation systems. Prior to this she was the MD of Elfab, part of Halma a FTSE100 company.

    Anika spent a large part of her career working for oilfield services companies, Schlumberger and Weatherford, progressing through a variety of roles in field operations, field operations management, sales and general management. She has lived in Scotland, Nigeria, Romania and USA, and had the privilege of visiting more than 30 countries during her extensive travels. 

    She is a Trustee of Wargrave House Charity, which raises awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and supports children and young adults with ASD and their families.

    Anika has a Design & Manufacturing Engineering degree from University of Central Lancashire, and a joint MBA degree from IE University, Madrid and Brown University, Providence. 

    Nicholas Garbett
    Nicholas Garbett Staff Governor

    Nicholas has worked in mainstream and custodial education since 2012 as Head of Music in secondary education, and teacher of music technology within the FE sector. Nicholas currently works for Novus as a Staff Training Development Technologist, focusing on developing and driving high quality digital learning content to improve the standards of teaching and learning across the organisation. His current work includes a flexible on-demand digital training offer which operates within all Novus prison colleges. He currently advises on digital CPD strategies within the organisation and takes an active role in the planning and development of the LTE Group annual Teaching & Learning Conference.

    Nicholas has held various posts on committees of musical organisations and is a conductor, composer and published arranger.

    Cllr John Hacking
    Cllr John Hacking Chair of UCEN Manchester Divisional Board, Remuneration Committee and member of The Manchester College Divisional Board

    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.

    Liz Jacques
    Liz Jacques Staff Governor

    Liz has worked in education for the last 17 years in a variety of roles including managing a team of HLTA’s to support students with their behaviour and learning.  Liz currently works at The Manchester College as a Student Mentor and is a firm believer that education and training can change lives and provide opportunities that can be transformational.  As a Lifelong Learner Liz obtained her degree through the Open University in 2012.

    Liz was an elected Councillor in the Borough of Oldham from November 2018 until May 2021 and was the District Lead for Failsworth and Hollinwood.  She was a member of the Planning Committee and Overview and Scrutiny and participated in numerous workshops including looking at poverty strategies to ensure people were not disadvantaged following Covid-19.  

    Liz has previously been a Governor at two Secondary Schools and is a community activist who often volunteers her time to improve her local area.

    Philip Lanigan
    Philip Lanigan Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, Director of Total People Ltd and MOL Divisional Board

    Philip has been Finance Director for a number of North West based companies, including National Nuclear Corporation Limited, Cardpoint plc and Styles & Wood Group plc. Philip is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and a member of the Institute of Taxation.

    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 Lynch Chair of Total People Ltd, MOL Divisional Board and member of Novus Divisional Board, Group Operations Divisional Board and Governance Committee

    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. 

    Tim Sargeant
    Tim Sargeant Chair of Group Operations Divisional Board

    Tim is Head of Product for Video & Live at the BBC.  He’s based at MediaCityUK, home to some of the BBC's biggest brands, including BBC Children’s, BBC Sport, Radio 5 live and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as around 700 of the BBC’s Design & Engineering staff.
    Tim is a Chartered Engineer, and began his technology career working in Research & Development.  This included working on TV graphics and with European technology companies, broadcasters and universities in the early days of on-demand television.  After working in other roles, including project management and technical strategy, he was part of the project to build and establish the BBC at MediaCityUK in 2011.
    He currently leads software and project engineering teams to transform production systems and processes so that the BBC remains at the forefront of digital media.  Those teams design and build everything from studios for Radio 6 music, through to the latest video streaming technologies used to cover live events, and web tools to help journalists translate global content to over 40 different languages.
    Tim oversees the BBC’s engineering degree apprenticeship schemes.  In recent years, graduates from the scheme have been recognised with the Young Technologist Award from the Royal Television Society.

    Malcolm Sugden
    Malcolm Sugden Chair of Novus Divisional Board, Novus Cambria, member of The Manchester College Divisional Board and Audit & Risk Committee

    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.

    Pauline Waterhouse OBE
    Pauline Waterhouse OBE Chair of The Manchester College Divisional Board

    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)
    Adam White (MRICS) Chair of Investment & Estates Strategy Group

    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.

    Ged Barlow
    Ged Barlow Director of Total People Ltd, MOL Divisional Board

    Ged is the former Chair & CEO of leading UK industrial research and process development centre C-Tech Innovation, a business he founded in 2001.  He now chairs the Cheshire Energy Hub, a group of energy intensive manufacturing companies and energy supply chain companies, all with significant interests in Cheshire.  The group have developed the Energy innovation District in north Cheshire, which aims to become the UK’s first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030. 

    Ged is also a main Board member of the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, where he leads on Energy & Innovation Policy.  He is a former member of the CBI’s North West Regional Council and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

    Louise Durose
    Louise Durose Director of Total People Ltd, MOL Divisional Board

    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.

    Justice Ellis
    Justice Ellis

    Justice has held senior Marketing positions in private and public sectors across Sport, Media and Entertainment. Justice joined Liverpool Football Club, initially in a senior Marketing role and is now a Director for Strategy. Here, he also sits on a variety of committees including the Club's Diversity and Inclusion, as well as the Digital, Media and Marketing Leadership Team - a division that is responsible for all the Club's global digital media platforms, Social channels and Marketing output.

    Prior to Liverpool FC, as Head of Marketing for Manchester City FC, he was an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team, responsible for all UK and Global Brand Strategy and Marketing Leadership. Before Sport, he held Marketing roles at the BBC, as well as credible radio network Xfm (as it was known then), as part of the launch team when it came to Manchester.

    Justice was born, and studied, in Manchester - graduating from the University of Manchester with a Bachelors in Multimedia Journalism.

    Mark Fletcher
    Mark Fletcher

    Mark Fletcher is the Chief Executive Officer at Manchester Pride, one of the UK's largest GBTQ+ charities. Since his appointment in 2014 Mark has been responsible for spearheading a programme of change within the LGBTQ+ charity which has springboarded its profile and positioned the Manchester Pride Festival as one of the world’s most recognisable pride celebrations.

    Mark chairs a specialist panel of experts on the LGBTQ+ Advisory Panel to Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, the first of its kind in the UK. Mark also sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel for British newspaper, magazine and digital publisher, Reach Plc, representing LGBTQ+ communities.

    Catherine Hill OBE
    Catherine Hill OBE The Manchester College Divisional Board

    Catherine is the former Deputy Principal of Blackpool &The Fylde College.  The college was designated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, was awarded Foundation degree awarding powers in 2015 and TEF Gold in 2017.

    Catherine has worked in the further education sector for over 30 years; initially as a lecturer in science and maths, progressing  to executive roles.  She has worked in a number of North West colleges and has been involved in national level work such as Best Practice networks, National Challenge Initiative and Study Programme review.

    As a former Ofsted associate inspector and a reviewer for the QAA, Catherine's work has always focused on high quality learning and teaching to help bring about life changing opportunities for all students. 

    Catherine is involved in a range of work involving both education and community work. Catherine was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours of 2016 for services to further education.

    Leo Nicholas
    Leo Nicholas Student Co-optee

    Leo Nicholas is currently in his final year at The Manchester College, studying Business Venture in partnership with Invasion and is currently looking to enter Higher Education in the field of International Business.

    Outside of studying, Leo is a Customer Service Officer at Salford City Council and is a mentor for Young People at Gorse Hill Studios.

    Leo is an award-winning author of ‘SOS Sagas Hunted, Outrun, Outlast, Outwit’, published for British libraries in early 2020 and has appeared on BBC Reform Radio as a host, interviewer, editor and also a presenter.

    Leo is highly motivated, creative and hardworking and is especially skilled at building productive working relationships with customers and staff. He is a confident communicator who enjoys learning new skills and is a Student Ambassador who represents his fellow business students. Leo aspires to work within the financial sector in the future. 

    Philip Wheatley C.B.
    Philip Wheatley C.B.

    After gaining a law degree, which included the study of criminology, Phil joined the Prison Service as a Prison Officer in 1969 and was promoted Assistant Governor in 1970.  In 1986, he became Governor of Hull Prison; moving on in 1990 to a variety of headquarters’ roles.  In 1995 following a series of high profile escapes, Philip became the Director, in charge of the six highest security prisons. He led security improvements that prevented high security escapes.

    In 1999 he was put in charge of all prison operations with the task of improving prison performance. He set clear standards for decency, improved the management of Governors and secured greater effectiveness and efficiency. In 2003 he was made Director General of the Prison Service, becoming Director General of the National Offender Management Service responsible for all prisons and probation services in England and Wales in 2008. He delivered improvements that reduced reoffending, escapes, drug abuse and suicide and increased efficiency in both prison and probation.  He also led the development of the policy for dealing with extremist prisoners.  He retired from this role in June 2010.  

    He has had since then a portfolio of roles; he was a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Prison Service from Jan 2010 to December 2016, he was an advisor on a Scottish Prison Service Initiative to professionalise the role of the Prison Officer, he is a Trustee of St Giles Trust, he contributes to training, international conferences and academic study on penal practice. He is a non executive member of the Management Committee of the Institute of Criminology of Cambridge University.

    He advises both public and private sector prison operators in the UK and internationally. His international work has taken him to Pakistan, Belgium, Latvia, Ukraine, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Romania, Mexico, Bermuda and Barbados.

    John Thornhill
    John Thornhill Chief Executive Officer

    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 is a member of the Remuneration Committee . John 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.

    Alison Close
    Alison Close Chief Financial Officer

    Alison has spent the majority of her career at the Co-op Group, before joining LTE Group in 2021. Alison is a Chartered Accountant, who has had an extensive career in various senior finance, commercial and business development roles with the Co-op. She has operated as Director of Finance, Chief Commercial Officer and latterly as Managing Director, Life Planning, Risk and Regulation within one of the Co-op’s largest divisions, Life Services. Alison has predominantly worked in the Funeralcare, Life Planning, and Legal Service businesses.

    Alison has also held a number of non-executive positions, including Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Finance Committee for St Helens & Knowsley NHS Teaching Trust, Board Director Co-op Legal Services and non-executive Director for the Funeral Planning Authority. In addition, Alison has recently served as a Co-op Academy Governor for Co-op Connell College.

    Alison is responsible for providing strategic financial and commercial support to the Group and its business units, financial planning & forecasting, and leading on all operational finance matters including treasury management, audit, financial governance and ensuring robust systems and processes.

    Peter Cox
    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.

    Rob Cressey
    Rob Cressey Finance Director (Estates)

    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 all strategic and operational financial matters including treasury management, planning and forecasting, audit, financial governance, and embedding new financial systems and processes.

    Jennifer Foote MBE
    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 is also an appointed National Leader of Governance as part of the Office of the FE Commissioner, Department for Education

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

    Melanie Nicholson
    Melanie Nicholson Managing Director of MOL and Total People

    Melanie joined us in 2020, bringing with her 15 years director/executive level experience across organisations including Capita and Serco. In her previous role as Executive Director at Seetec, she was responsible for the strategic leadership, development, growth and direction of the apprenticeships, skills and quality directorates. Having worked in the apprenticeships and skills sector for over 25 years, Melanie is now ensuring quality of provision and a clear growth strategy for both MOL and Total People.

    Lisa O'Loughlin
    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.