Lesley Davies OBE joined Trafford College in November 2016. Former Senior Vice President at the UK’s largest awarding body, Pearson UK and previously Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of experience in education to Trafford College and to the region.
Lesley, who has a background in teaching, inspection and policy development, was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2015.
Graham Luccock is the current chairperson for Trafford College who has a wealth of knowledge in the Trafford region with over 30 years employment with the Council, which has seen him Head of Service for the Culture and Sport Sector as well as Community Rights and Recreation & Culture departments.
Graham's continuous effort to maintain Trafford's sterling reputation has seen him join Trafford College's board of Governors to uphold the College's outstanding reports.
Kathy has a wealth of experience in education, with a particular specialism in medical and healthcare education. Currently employed as Assistant Director of HR (Education,Training and Development) at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and an Associate Tutor at Edge Hill University, Kathy brings an extensive range of knowledge from her time working for a number of NHS organisations and education providers.
Kathy lives locally and has co-authored journal articles on topics including learning and staff development.
James Beazley is one of our newest Governors and is looking to help the college, particularly through the STEM facility to foster a greater awareness and relationship with Business in the Greater Manchester region. This interest is predominantly fuelled by James’ experience over the last 18 years in the Energy and Resources sector. James has worked with the National Power Forum of Australia, Royal Dutch Shell and his current role is as joint founder and Managing Director of the 6 Group, one of the world’s leading Executive Search and Leadership Advisory Firms to the Energy sector.
James has a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies/Law and a Masters in Law from Sydney University and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
In his spare time he is a coach for Bowdon Rugby Club and at County Level and plays in a band for charity gigs.
James was keen to get involved with the College and decided to become a governor as he has a particular interest in the development of our future leaders and saw this as a perfect opportunity to give something back to young, aspiring professionals who are looking to start their career at College
Qualified with a degree in Law before he became a partner at Kenneth and Robson Solicitors, where he acquired an array of suitable qualities such as organisation skills and a strong ability to draw out key issues from mass information, which proved very useful when working with the College management team.
Guy is currently a partner of solicitors firm, Davis Blank Furniss which he joined in 1987 before becoming a board member for Trafford College, where his knowledge and skills help the College focus primarily on student development."
Richard Woodford is an equity partner at How Commercial Planning with a strong background in business planning and surveying. Richard's dedication towards commercial planning and surveying stems from a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a BSc in Land Management.
Richard began life in Local Government as a Senior Planner in 1990 with Leicestershire County Council before moving into commercial planning and surveying in the North West where he is a regular commentator on property forums. He has played an important role in the development of the Colleges' estate including the new £9m science, technology and engineering centre at the College's Talbot Road site which will open in September 2013.
Janet Grant is one of our newest Governors and aims to maintain the College's outstanding learning environment for students, using her solid background in Business and Accountancy. Janet, a certified accountant has a wealth of experience in the field and after studying accountancy at Loughborough University decided to move to Manchester from Ormskirk in order to further her career. Janet has worked as an accountant for many top brands such as Woolworths, Littlewoods and WHSmiths, but loves nothing more than a round of golf or game of hockey.
Janet is keen to get involved and decided to become a governor at the College as she has a particular interest in the education sector and is keen to give something back to young, aspiring professionals who are looking to start their career at College."
Trafford College Governor and Local Governor Ian Ruff has spent the majority of his career developing skills strategies for local and European authorities to enhance teaching and learning standards across the UK. Born in Altrincham, Ian started his career in the steel industry after completing his degree in Economics and Government at Bath University, before moving into the skills sector.
Now self-employed, Ian has a particular and personal interest in ensuring Trafford College’s future success and hopes to lend his specialist skills and industry knowledge to his role as a Trafford College Governor.
Phil has a wide range of valuable skills obtained from multiple roles throughout his career, which includes District Manager of Libraries at Manchester City Council, Hub Manager of the Greater Manchester; Cheshire and Cumbria LearnDirect and Government Advisor to the Republic of Namibia Ministry of Education.
Phil is now the Managing Director of Summerhouses: dialogues at work, an organisational development consultancy that he founded in 2006.
He is also a trustee at Citizens Advice Trafford and a member of the Chamber of Commerce local council for Trafford.
Phil's passion and enthusiasm towards student development and education compliments Trafford College's commitment to learning excellence.
Originally from Scotland, Aileen Spankie now resides in Cheshire and brings with her an exciting background in television spanning over 30 years where she hopes to bring some of her experience to Trafford College.
Having worked for both the BBC and Granada as Head of Production on popular TV shows including Countryfile, Question of Sport, Mastermind, Songs of Praise and Hairy Bikers, Aileen has amassed a wealth of knowledge in the media to help benefit students who are looking for a career in TV or film. Having recently gone through the process guiding her daughter through university and into employment, Aileen knows how hard it is for graduates to get on the career ladder especially without the proper support during their studies.
As an admirer and part-time student of the College, Aileen is keen to contribute to the College's success and use her knowledge to inspire and give students the help they need to 'find their feet'.
"I have watched the college grow over the years and have seen how far the college has developed, the college seems very forward thinking especially and I am keen to get on board and to help out as much as I can.
Dr Kurt Allman
Dr. Kurt Allman is one of Trafford College's newest Governors with an impressive resume of educational experience gained from multiple job roles during his career.
Dr. Allman, currently the Associate Dean at the University of Salford, has developed a strong understanding of working in the education sector throughout his career where he has worked in various positions for organisations including Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.
Kurt has played a key role in the development of the University of Manchester and has helped secure over £4.2 million in funding for the university and has been at the forefront of the institutions enterprise development plans. Dr. Allman has also helped develop sustainable partnerships for the Manchester Metropolitan University to aid the educational development of students.
Dr. Kurt Allman now plans to bring his vast experience from working in the educational sector to Trafford College and hopes to become a key figure in the College's plans over the coming years
Dawn originates from Huddersfield where she studied A Levels at her local College. Having been incredibly successful she gained a place at the prestigious University of Oxford where she studied History.
Having decided that the 'historical' path wasn't exactly what she was looking for from a career, Dawn decided to take up accounting where for the past twenty years, she has worked as a chartered accountant.
Currently working part-time for Creative Support, a housing support trust for people with learning disabilities, Dawn is also studying for a PHD in Human Geography.
Dawn comments on joining the Trafford College Governors, \"I have got a lot out of education having worked with many people from within the sector. I am now looking forward to sharing my expertise and discovering more how education works from the other side of the coin.
Staff Governor Valerie Dixon, currently working as a Lecturer in the Science department at Trafford College, started her career in the health service as a Senior Chiropodist at Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust in 1985. Valerie then moved onto work for a successful logistics firm before heading back into the public sector as a Science Lecturer at Trafford College.
Being part of the teaching staff at Trafford College, Valerie is able to understand the demands of students and the pressures that they go through trying to start their careers and head into the world of work. This bridge between the governors and students is something that helps with the development of student's satisfaction, as well as continues to improve the College's excellent employment success rates.
As a newly elected Governor, Valerie now hopes to use her past experiences from working in the NHS and private sector, as well as her experience as a Lecturer spanning over 10 years, to help maintain the College's high level of commitment to advanced teaching and learning.
\"I became a Governor because I really wanted to aid the development of the College within a changing and demanding environment. Using my previous experience, I can help ensure that we meet the educational needs of individual students, to allow the educational growth and expansion of both students and members of the wider community.
Sarah Drake began her working life as Research Assistant in the historic textiles department of the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. Since then, she has worked for Greater Manchester Probation Service, as organiser of a local children’s charity, as a non-executive director of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and, for over 20 years, as an inspector for Ofsted.
Having lived in Trafford for almost 40 years, Sarah sees acting as a college governor as an interesting way in which to support the local community, particularly at a time when the need to help young people to develop the skills required by local businesses is growing ever more urgent.
Trafford College is a leading provider of education and training in Greater Manchester. With a £50m investment in world-class facilities, an innovative approach to learning and exceptional links with some of the borough’s most significant employers, students are given a platform from which they can achieve their full potential.
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