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The College’s Corporation includes independent Governors representing the community we serve and key stakeholders, the Principal, three Staff Governors and two Student Governors. Profiles are available below.

Our Corporation has the following sub-Committees:

  • Audit Committee
  • Adult Community Learning Advisory Board
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Quality and Curriculum Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Search Committee

Stephen Barnes


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

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Amanda Melton

College Principal

Amanda has been Principal here at Nelson and Colne College, which includes Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL), 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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Brian Fisher

Brian is Managing Director of Commercial Interventions Ltd, offering specialist support to private and public sector organisations in the healthcare sector.

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Steve Hughes

Steve has been involved with the Citizens Advice service since 2012 holding senior positions across the North West and North of England.

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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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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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