Members of The Manchester College Board:

  • 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.

  • Lisa joined The Manchester College in July 2013 as a Vice Principal, from Blackburn College, where she was Deputy Principal. She has extensive experience of further and higher education, with expertise across curriculum, quality and learner support services. Lisa was appointed Deputy CEO/Principal of The Manchester College in November 2014 and has overall responsibility for the organisation, management and development of the College, providing operational and strategic leadership.

    As Principal, Lisa oversees college-based programmes and development of curriculum and quality improvement across the Group. She ensures these meet the objectives of the Strategic Plan and our mission, visions and values. Lisa keeps us responsive to the external environment and proactive in identifying and meeting our customers’ needs.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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 a director 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.