Members of The Manchester College's Governing Body:

  • Sue was elected as a member of Manchester City Council in 1995. She is a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor, representing Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe. She is Deputy Leader of the Council, and has held that position since 2010. Her current responsibilities include Public Service Reform, international links, social inclusion and equalities. Previous portfolios include Finance and Resources, and Employment and Skills.

    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.

    Sue is also a member of the Local Government Association's Resources Board, and leads on European Funding for the LGA, as well as Employment and Skills. She is also chair of trustees of MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health).

    Previous jobs include working for a newspaper, and for a Member of the European Parliament.

    Date of Appointment: 15 February 2008
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, Novus Divisional Board, Total People Ltd Board, Remuneration Committee, Appointments Committee

  • Jenifer is a Director of Programmes for the Science & Engineering 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 at Manchester Polytechnic (as was), and taught for 12 years in secondary schools in the North West of England.

    Date of Appointment: 9 December 2014
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, FE Divisional Board, HE Divisional Board


  • Christine was elected to the Board of Governors in December 2012 as a staff governor on behalf of the support staff in the college.

    She has worked continuously in Further Education since 1987 first starting with the Open Learning sector and then to the Guidance and Welfare Service in August 1994 and is currently employed as Lead Adviser in the North District of the College based at Harpurhey. A Unison (Nalgo) member since 1987.

    Christine served as a local Councillor with Manchester City Council representing the Miles Platting and Newton Heath ward from 2000 until 2008, and was also a member of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Authority.

    She has also been a governor at two Manchester primary schools and a Director of the East Manchester Credit Union.

    Date of Appointment: 18 January 2013
    Membership Category: Staff member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors

  • Ken is the Academic Staff Governor at The Manchester College

    Ken has had a career, in servicing and maintaining a variety of electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment, spanning over 30 years. He has held positions as instrument technician, engineer, regional service supervisor to service manager. Ken has worked with Blue Chip companies such as Hoover UK and Rank Xerox with equipment as diverse as office electronic equipment to x-ray crystallography test equipment used to test the characterisation of advanced materials.

    Later, Ken went in to technical training with positions including regional technical training manager, and then into the education sector as a tutor in Offender Learning. He is still working in Offender Learning in the role of trainer.

    For the last nine years Ken has developed the schemes of work to fulfil the needs of different awarding bodies. He has taught woodwork, health & safety and currently he is teaching renewable energy. Ken is teaching, assessing and internal quality assuring in the Offender Learning sector.

    For ten years Ken was a voluntary member of the management committee for a local registered charity supporting the needs of people with epilepsy and their carers, and for fifteen years he was a voluntary trustee and chief ranger for The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society, prior to their incorporation.

    Date of Appointment: 3 June 2014
    Membership Category: Staff member
    Committee membership: Board of Governors

  • John is currently the Senior European Officer for 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 and is a member of the National Council for Voluntary Service European Funding Advisory Group. Prior to his current role, he was managing director of a social enterprise in Manchester providing workspace for small businesses.

    John is a volunteer with the Chorlton Arts Festival and is on the management committee of the Chorlton Beer Festival.

    Date of Appointment: 10 September 2008
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, FE Divisional Board, HE Divisional Board

  • Philip was a senior partner in the Deloitte UK firm, having retired in 2007 after being a partner for 30 years, specialising in audit and 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 is a seconded member of the Audit Committee of Wellcome Trust 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 and is a trustee of the Rugby Football Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rugby Football Union.

    Date of Appointment: 8 December 2015
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, Group Services Divisional Board, Novus Divisional Board, Investment & Estates Strategy Committee

  • Philip is currently Group Finance Director of Styles & Wood Group ltd. The Group, with a head office in Altrincham, 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.

    Date of Appointment: 3 June 2014
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, Total People Ltd Board, Audit & Risk 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.

    Date of Appointment: 14 December 2010
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, Group Services Divisional Board, Total People Ltd Board, Novus Divisional Board



  • 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.

    Most recently, in May 2011, Kate moved to the voluntary sector where she is now Chief Executive of the Young People’s Support Foundation, a charity working with youth homelessness.

    Date of Appointment: 19 March 2010
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, Novus Divisional Board, Audit & Risk Committee




  • Adrian is 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).

    Date of Appointment: 27 September 2011
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, FE Divisional Board, Group Services Divisional Board

  • Makile is studying for her Foundation Degree in Business Management at The Manchester College. She works part-time as an investment administrator and personal assistant to the sales director in a student property investment company.

    Makile has at least 12 years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry, starting as a filing clerk and, more recently, as a team leader and PA to senior management. After losing out on a business manager’s role due to lack of qualification, she was inspired to pursue studies in business management.

    In her first year of study at the College she was nominated for our HE Student of the Year award for her commitment, determination and exceptional grades.
    In her spare time she is involved in community outreach initiatives. She has previously been a voluntary teaching assistant at her children’s school. Having enjoyed delivering training programmes to colleagues she went on to gain a Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification.

    Date of Appointment: 8 December 2015
    Membership Category: Student member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, HE Divisional Board



  • Andrew is a solicitor and from 1973 to 2007 was a partner in Pannone LLP Solicitors n Manchester.

    Andrew specialised in commercial property, tax and public sector issues. He served periods on the board of management, principally as finance director of the firm. He originated quality standards for the legal profession; and in particular Pannone was the first firm in the world to achieve ISO 9001. From 2007 to March 2010 Andrew was a consultant to Pannone LLP.

    Andrew is a former non-executive director of fashion internet retail company He was a founding trustee of the Louise Da Cocodia Trust.

    He is currently a governor of Chethams School of Music and a board member of Arawak Walton Housing Association.

    Date of Appointment: 15 February 2008
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, Investment & Estates Strategy Committee, Remuneration Committee





  • John Thornhill joined as Chief Executive of the Group in October 2012.

    John has extensive experience in the private sector, including managing at Chief Executive level. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of the Group, John worked at BT for 24 years in a variety of roles. He led and developed BT’s reseller business in the UK with a turnover of £670m, and headed up BT’s contact centre business in the UK, responsible for over 6,000 people in three countries. During his time with the company, he also headed up the BT Openreach engineering and service delivery teams and was responsible for developing technical training and business Apprenticeship schemes across the UK. Most recently, he ran a number of standalone companies including, BT Business Direct and BT Engage IT.

    For the last two years, John has been very active in the education sector in Manchester and the North West where he was previously a non-exec on the board of Manchester Metropolitan University.

    John’s role encompasses all of the organisations within the Group including The Manchester College, MOL, Novus, Apprenticeships and Total People Ltd.

    Date of Appointment: 1 October 2012
    Membership Category: CEO
    Committee Membership: Board of Governors, Total People Ltd Board, Investment & Estates Strategy Committee, Appointments Committee


  • Pauline Waterhouse is the former Principal and Chief Executive of Blackpool and The Fylde College, designated Outstanding by Ofsted, and one of the UK’s largest colleges of 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.

    Date of Appointment: 12 December 2013
    Membership Category: External member
    Committee membership: Board of Governors, FE Divisional Board