Governor Biographies

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Alison Robinson - Chief Executive and Principal

Alison became Principal and Chief Executive of Myerscough College in April 2018, having previously held the position of Vice Principal and Deputy Chief Executive since 2014. Her early teaching career goes back to 1991 where she taught a variety of humanities, social science and management subjects across Lancashire from Further Education to Postgraduate level. She has additionally worked has an Ofsted inspector and also worked in a variety of student support, counselling and quality roles.

Having grown up on a farm with a horse racing business close to the College’s Bilsborrow Campus, Alison is hugely passionate about the College’s specialist curricular areas; she is equally passionate about making education fully inclusive to all no matter a student’s background or ability – embodying the College motto – ‘Providing Opportunities For All To Succeed’

Allan Foster
Allan Foster

Allan Foster - Chair of Corporation

Allan has held various appointments throughout his career, mainly in the learning resources/technology services area in four universities. His last post was Director of Information Services at Keele University, where he was responsible for IT, Libraries, Archives and media Production and was a member of the University Denior Management Team for 11 tears,

Allan has also acted as a consultant, advisor, trainer, writer and speaker for many companies, professional groups, universities and colleges throughout the world. He is a Governor at Lytham St Annes Technical and Performing Arts College and Chair of its Resources Committee.

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J Booker

Jane Booker – Vice Chair of Corporation, Chair of Audit and Governance & Link Governor for Safeguarding and EDI

Jane has been a board member at the College since 2016 and in December 2017 she took over the role of being the link governor for safeguarding and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. For 27 years, Jane was a practicing solicitor, specialising in personal injury claims, predominantly for trade union members. Whilst running her own firm she was responsible for developing best practice for clients, marketing and all aspects of financial and personnel management.

Allison Jones
Allison Jones

Allison Jones - Chair of Quality and Standards Committee

Allison is has over 20 years’ experience in the Higher Education Sector, most of it focussing in STEM areas.  She has held a wide range of posts from Lecturer to Executive Dean and is currently a consultant providing HE leadership advice and services to a range of FE and HE institutions both in the UK and overseas.

Allison has focussed on driving innovation in teaching, learning and course development through multi-agency partnership working whilst maintaining a quality and standards and a high-quality experience to all stakeholders.

Allison has served as a governor at Preston’s College and is currently a Director of Skills for Justice Awards and The Lancashire Partnership Against Crime.

D Clayton
D Clayton

Debbie Clayton – Support Staff Governor

Debbie joined Myerscough College’s Board of Governors in April 2018 after being elected to the role of Support Staff Governor. Her career within the FE and HE sector has spanned over 20 years in a variety of managerial support roles, including Director of Corporate Services at Myerscough College. Her role oversees Admissions as well as the College and University Centre’s Graduation and Award Ceremonies.

D Hall
D Hall

David Hall - Governor

David has lived his entire live at Cherry Clough Farm in Denshaw, Saddleworth. He joined the National Farmers Union as North West Regional Director from the beef and lamb arm of Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. David is a former student at Myerscough College, and his career began at the College as a lecturer in Business which developed into a project managing role in the College’s Rural Business Centre. He then worked as a regional manager for European Farming and Food Partnerships working across many sectors including, horticulture, dairy and cereals.

 

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J Morphet

John Morphet - Governor

Having farmed since leaving school, Preston-born entrepreneur moved into setting up his own business: setting up a small caravan park on his family’s farm in Westmoreland in 1988. From then, he grew his business into what is now known as the Pure Leisure Group, one of the highest-profile caravan and holiday lodge companies in the country. John has run and built over 40 businesses in the last 35 years, including developments in Spain, Cyprus and Barbados. He also enjoys being involved in a considerable amount of charity work.

B Godby
B Godby

Barbara Goby - Governor

Barbara is a semi-retired consultant and trainer, specialising in the Further Education sector, where she is focused on developing the resources and materials to deliver high-quality training for post 16 providers. She was a former Ofsted inspector and held the position of English and Maths Manager at St Helens College.

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Kevin Burke - Governor

Kevin has served in the Royal Air Force as an engineering officer, managing combat aircraft operations, before going on to lead Advanced Technology Training programmes at the RAF College. He has worked at BAE SYSTEMS as Head of Sponsored Programmes and subsequently moved into the role of Regional Director for the North of England  for the Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Network (STEMNET), working closely with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; and co-ordinating schools STEM strategy across the region. Kevin’s interest in the direct delivery of skills locally then led him to take on the role of Divisional Head for iSTEM at Preston’s College, working closely with local employers, and significantly developing the engineering capability of the College. In 2016 Kevin moved into his current position within the Department for Education as a Policy Lead specialising in Further Education, where he has responsibilities for elements of the technical education transformation programme, including the introduction of T Levels. 

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Robin Newton Syms (2) (002)

Robin Newton-Syms

Robin has worked within the education and skills sector for over 22 years.  In April 2019 he retired as Executive Director of The Lancashire Colleges (TLC), a role that he had held on two occasions since 2005. TLC was established to support the work of FE Colleges in Lancashire and ensure they had a voice with local, regional and national officials and politicians. He undertook a similar role for the Greater Manchester Colleges between 2011 and 2015. 

Robin was the first National Director of Communications for the Learning and Skills Council, prior to which he was Head of Communications of the Further Education Funding Council after moving from positions in university and local government sectors. Along the way, he also spent four years as Clerk to a Governing Board in a General Further Education College.

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S Collinge

Sue Collinge - Governor

Sue is a management accountant who worked at Accrington and Rossendale College for 30 years holding managerial roles in finance and other support services and becoming Vice Principal of Finance and Corporate Services.

Sue has a personal interest in much of the College’s curriculum particularly farming, animals and sport. She is committed to supporting an educational environment that builds confidence and allows all students, whatever age or background, to enjoy their time at College and reach their potential.

Clare James
Clare James

Clare James - Governor

Clare is an AAT and CIPFA qualified accountant with over twenty years’ experience in local government. She became Corporate Director for Resources at Wyre Council in 2019 and, with strong links in the area, enjoys working for and with her local community.

Clare remembers visiting the college as a child and is excited to be part of its ongoing development, helping to support its ambitions and ensure a safe and nurturing environment for students to achieve their full potential.

Robert Walsh - Governor

Rob worked for over 32 years in both industry and academia. He spent the first 22 of these working in a variety of roles across BAE Systems, eventually being the Head of Research and Technology for the Military Aircraft part of the business. He then moved to the University of Central Lancashire to be the Dean of Engineering. In this role he has planned and implemented the development of the Engineering Innovation Centre transforming the University engineering provision. He also developed a passion for enabling students from all backgrounds to succeed which aligns completely with the Myerscough College ethos.