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Current Members



Currently the Corporation is made up of eighteen diverse Members, who are:

  • thirteen people appointed by the Corporation
  • the Principal who chooses to be a member by virtue of her role as Principal
  • two members of staff elected by College staff
  • two students elected by students

Members are initially appointed for 12 months and then can be re-appointed for two periods of four years. Staff Members are appointed for up to two terms of four years and Student Members are appointed annually.

Our Role

The legal power of our Corporation rests with the Corporation and not with individual Members, therefore we must:

  • support decisions agreed by the majority of Members
  • not speak on behalf of the Corporation unless we have been specifically asked to by the Corporation
  • share responsibility for decisions
  • respect confidentiality

As individuals we are not personally liable for the debts of the College, unless it is shown we have acted negligently or improperly.

We are volunteers and are not paid, although we may claim reasonable out of pocket expenses for attendance at meetings.

On appointment, we must declare any convictions, bankruptcy proceedings, and any financial and non-financial interests we have. These interests are recorded in a register of Members’ Interests which is available for public scrutiny.

On appointment, we agree to follow our Corporation Guiding Principles document.

Our Members

Chris Brewer

Paul Brown

I am currently Deputy Chief Executive of a local authority and a qualified accountant. As the Council's Chief Financial Officer I also have the responsibility for the oversight of a number of other departments including housing, leisure, street scene, HR and IT. The whole of my career has been in local government. I bring both strategic management and strategic financial management experience together with an understanding of the public sector to the Corporation.

I live in Hinckley and in my spare time am a keen table tennis player.




Paul Cashian - Corporation Vice-chair and Chair of the Learning and Quality Committee 

Paul Cashian

I am the Associate Dean (Student Experience) for the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University. I have worked in Higher Education for over 25 years and prior to this spent 6 years as a lecturer in FE.

I have a wide ranging experience of HE covering curriculum design, quality assurance, academic management and working with collaborative partners. I have a doctorate in Education, and my current research centres on issues of employability and practice-based management. I am also a Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy. I was appointed to the North Warwickshire and Hinckley College Corporation in September 2010. I am Vice Chair of the Corporation and currently chair the Learning and Quality Committee and am a member of the Search and Remuneration and Audit Committees.



Karen Chouhan - Deputy-chair of the Learning and Quality Committee

Tracy Cullis

I live in Leicester and worked for South Leicestershire College teaching ESOL, English and Functional Skills from 2012 until 2014 so I have good knowledge of college operations, Ofsted and quality.

I am now a Senior Education Manager for the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) and am keen to explore potential linkages between the WEA audience and the College. I have some board level experience and am keen to build my portfolio.



Martin Cooke – Co-opted to the Audit Committee

After many years of International travel, especially to sub Saharan Africa and working as a Group Director for Cromwell tools, with responsibilities for Global Compliance, Real Estate and Facilities Management, Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental policy and Security I decided in December 2016 to establish my own consultancy company to advise and support businesses in the above topics and more.


Duncan Cooper - Chair of the Resource Committee

Having spent around twenty years as a Senior Executive in the pumping industry, I retired from the position of Group Senior Vice President, Americas, in the summer of 2016, having been based in Chicago at the end of this period. This to pursue a second career in the non-executive world.

Since then I have been Chairman of a Private Equity backed Company, Adey and a Non-Executive Director of George Eliot Hospital Trust.

As a former student of both North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and George Eliot School it is a privilege to be a member of the Corporation.


Phoebe Edwards - Corporation Vice-chair and Chair of the Remuneration and Search Committee 

Phoebe Edwards

I've been a Members at NWSLC since 2016 and before that at South Leicestershire College since November 2014. I'm a CIM qualified marketer and have nearly 20 years' experience of delivering publicly funded business support and skills improvement programmes that create jobs, generate wealth and help individuals fulfil their potential. During this time, I've worked with national Government and its agencies, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships and have a very strong understanding of both policy and operational delivery including how to effectively engage employers. This gives context to my role as a Member.

I began my career in the education sector, firstly as a Research Assistant and then as HE lecturer and later worked for the National Trust, being part of the senior management team for the Northumbria Region with a focus on commercial income generation. I went on to become one of the founding directors of the EMB Group, which is headquartered in Leicester and is the company I currently work for. Since 2006 we've delivered over 100 substantial programmes and projects. These include UK Trade & Investment international trade services, LSC/SFA funded skills programmes such as Train to Gain and the Leadership & Management Advice Service, Investors in People for UKCES and Business Link. EMB is also a well-recognised specialist in securing and managing complex EU funded projects.


Mike Hanson - Co opted to the Audit Committee

Mike Hanson

I am currently the Director of Procurement at Coventry University. Previously I worked at the environmental charity, WRAP and spent a number of years working in the private sector. I have a degree in law and was recently awarded a distinction in my LLM (Master of Laws) completed at Nottingham University. I am the Midlands Board for the Higher Education Procurement Association and have been the procurement lead for two major government environment landscape reviews.

Jerry Hutchinson (Vice-Chair)
I am a Local Authority Chief Executive and a solicitor. In addition to my legal background, I bring strategic management experience, a strong interest in the wider local community and an understanding of the public sector to the corporation. I also have extensive experience as a school governor (secondary) including 5+ years as a Chair and as an FE Board member including chairing Committees and as Vice Cahir of the Corporation.

Trusha Lakhani - Deputy-chair of the Resource Committee

I am a qualified accountant and currently Finance and HR Director for Elmhurst Energy Systems Ltd and related companies. Since 2017 I have gone part time in this role to start my own business as a Business Coach. My business is called Great Business Matters and provides Business Growth coaching to SMEs.

I am based in Hinckley and I also volunteer as Chair for the ACCA members' panel for Leicestershire. 


Ray Linforth - Corporation Chair

Ray Linforth

When I was a young kid growing up in Liverpool, few people would have thought I would do very much with my life. I was fortunate enough to go to a brilliant school with teachers who inspired and encouraged me. They opened my eyes to a world of possibilities I never knew existed. That school and those teachers transformed my life and ever since, wherever I've worked, I've tried to do the same for the students I've worked with.

I am the Vice-Chancellor & Principal of University College Birmingham and I have nearly 40 years' experience of working in schools, colleges and universities. I began my further education career in the General Education Department at North Warwickshire College of Technology and Art, teaching Politics, English and Physical Education for 7 years between 1978 and 1985. I have lived in Burbage for the last 36 years.


Anil Majithia - Chair of the Audit Committee

Nick Martin

I am a highly experienced professional executive with over 25 years' international experience of delivering major transformational change within different industry sectors-including Financial Services, Defence, Banking, Utilities, Consumer Products and Transportations.

I also have significant Board level experience of governance, strategic management, working with senior executive, influencing stakeholders and contributing to overall wellbeing of the organisations and their future stability. I am a Governor at Coventry University, Member of Strategy and Resources and Education Common Board, Non-Executive Director for Coventry University Colleges Ltd and Serious Games Ltd, Chair of Voluntary Action Leicestershire, Trustee of De Montfort University Student Union and an independent member of Governance Committee, science Council.


Marion Plant OBE FCGI - Principal & Chief Executive

Marion Plant

Marion Plant is Principal and Chief Executive of a large FE College; North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College in Leicestershire and Warwickshire. She is also Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust which sponsors four secondary schools. Marion has just completed a 3 year term as a non-executive director at the Department for Education and is their first T-level ambassador. In March 2018 she was awarded the 'Business Woman of the Year Award' by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

She serves on several national/ regional bodies including:

  • Board member for Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), for the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and skills lead for both
  • Trustee of the National Society Council (Church of England)
  • Board member of Coventry University and co-chair of the Academic Affairs committee
  • Deputy-Chair (elect) and Trustee of WorldSkills UK


Melanie Proffitt - Co opted to the Audit Committee

I joined the South Leicestershire College Corporation in 2014 and became a members of the North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College Corporation in 2016.

My experience spans several sectors, including hospitality, healthcare, print and packaging, automotive and heavy engineering. I am now the Chief Financial Officer for Farncombe Estate, a wholly integrated countryside estate led by three multi-award winning boutique hotels. I also jointly runs Proffitt Consultants Ltd. a business that specialises in process improvement and change management. I previously worked as divisional financial director at Chesapeake Packaging and general manager within Spire Healthcare.

I have an MBA from Warwick Business School and a postgraduate diploma in sales and marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I am also a global council member for the ACCA.


Suzanne Powell - Staff Member

Suzanne Powell

I came to South Leicestershire College in 2002 as a student to enable my progression onto University. After serving as Treasurer on the Students' Union and as a Student Member on the Corporation I went on to take up a staff position in the Additional Support Team whilst continuing my studies at the University of Leicester.

My current role is as a vocational mentor supporting learners on foundation and pre-employment courses, although I have also undertaken other responsibilities within the department including managing the gym, developing the attendance procedure and delivering tutorials in Health and Wellbeing. My experience as a learner at the College underpins my belief that all members of staff must work together to enhance the learner journey. As a Member, I intend to focus on how we can improve the quality of our provision and secure the future of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College in an increasingly competitive market.


Dale Rattigan (Staff Member)

I have worked at the College for over 18 years as a lecturer and HND coordinator. I also work with young athletes as a certified strength and specialist with the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and have worked with Plymouth Argyle FC, Ipswich Town and Crewe Alexander Football Clubs as well as the Welsh Amateur Boxing Team in preparation for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. I joined the Corporation to provide a teaching and learning perspective direct from the classroom and hope to contribute and acquire a broader understanding of strategic decision making.


Clive Read

I am a commercial property solicitor and qualified in 1992. I rose through the ranks to become a partner and joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards in June 2015, a national practice specialising in a number of areas, including education. I have worked with colleges and universities on major development projects and the management of their property portfolios for over 25 years, providing specialist advice on property development, planning and commercial property. I chair the Birmingham Law Society Property and Development Committee and am a Council member of Birmingham Law Society and a Liveryman.

I enjoys a number of sports and am a very keen long distance walker, both for fun and for charity.

I have enjoyed acting for and advising the North Warwickshire & Hinckley College on its real estate from its inception in1992 through to 2015.

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