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

Our Corporation has the following Committees:

  • Audit Committee
  • Quality and Standards Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Search Committee

Stephen Barnes

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

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Amanda Melton CBE
College Principal and CEO

Amanda was recently awarded a CBE for her service to education and skills. Amanda has been Principal of Nelson and Colne College, including Lancashire Adult Learning, since joining 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  at Nelson and Colne College.

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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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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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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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Neil Hart

As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Burnley Football Club, Neil was the senior leader responsible for the Premier League club’s finances, supporter engagement, commercial opportunities, staff and facilities.

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Julie Turner

Julie has over 25 years of experience in further, higher and secondary education – including as Deputy Headteacher at the Hollins School in Accrington, and as a Further Education and Higher Education lecturer and programme leader.

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Zulfi Khan

A previous A level student of Nelson and Colne College, Zulfi is a qualified Solicitor of England and Wales, and after being a salaried Partner in an East Lancashire law firm, moved on to establish a successful and growing practice in Bury.

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Liz Sedgley

Liz is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in England and Wales.

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Tom Gee
Staff Governor

Tom is Curriculum Leader for English and maths at Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL).

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Pauline Hagen OBE
Quality and Standards Committee

Pauline’s extensive experience in education and skills led to her being awarded an OBE for services to education in 2016.

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Dean Langton
Co-opted Member of Audit Committee

Dean is Chief Executive of Pendle Borough Council, and has a career of over 27 years in local Government.

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Debbie Cocoran
Governance Professional Supporting the Board of Corporation

Debbie is the governance professional supporting the Board of Corporation, and is also a non-executive Director in the NHS.

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Amer Ansar
Co-opted Committee Member of Audit Committee

A previous student of Nelson and Colne College, Amer is an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Assistant Tax Manager at KPMG. After graduating in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham, Amer was an independent business owner based in Nelson, then developed his audit specialism through achieving his ACA accreditation and progressing through various roles at KPMG.

Usman Muhammad
Student Governor

Usman is the President of the College’s Student Hub. An A level student here at Nelson and Colne College, he is studying A level Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics – and looking to progress and study medicine after College at University.

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