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Current Members



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

  • fourteen people appointed by the Corporation
  • the Principal is an ex-officio member
  • two members of staff elected by the staff of the College
  • two students elected by the College student body

Members are initially appointed for 12 months and then can be re-appointed for two periods of four years. Staff Members are appointed for 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 Code of Conduct.

Our Members

Paul Brown - Vice-chair

Paul BrownI am currently Chief Executive of The Y (Leicester YMCA) which is one of the largest youth organisations in the city, providing Housing, Education, Arts, Sports and IAG. Prior to this I was head of young people's services in Camden London and an area youth officer in Birmingham. I am also a Director of Ambition East Midlands which is an East Midlands Partnership project funded by the DCLG on a PBR/Social Investment model.

I am also a serving magistrate and previously sat as a member of the Leicestershire Police Authority. In my personal life I have 4 children and enjoy exotic holidays, salsa dancing, films and funk and soul music.


Paul Cashian - Vice-chair

Paul CashianI 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 and was the Chair of the Joint Learning Quality and Standards Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. I am Vice Chair of the Corporation.


Tracy Cullis

Tracy CullisI am currently the Director of Student Services at Coventry University where I am responsible for the strategic development and delivery of a wide range of academic, commercial and specialist support services for students. I have extensive experience in both Adult and Further Education, having taught at Leicester University, New College Nottingham and Leicester College where I was a Principal Lecturer in Psychology. I was also the Chief Examiner for GCSE Psychology for the Oxford and Cambridge Regional Examinations Board for ten years and am the senior co-author of ‘Psychology for You’ a textbook for GCSE students. In my spare time I enjoy walking in the countryside and mountain biking with my son.

Martin Cooke – Co-opted to the Audit Committee

Until December 2017 I was employed as the Group Director of Cromwell Tools, responsible for global and group compliance, real estate and facilities management, and health & safety quality and environment.

I have established my own consultancy company from January 2017 use the above skills and knowledge.

I am a Parish Councillor and have been vice- chair of the Council for the past 2 years. I am also the County Secretary of the Leicestershire Indoor Bowling Association.


Phoebe Edwards

Phoebe Edwards

I've been a Governor at SLC 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 Governor.

I began my career in the education sector, firstly as a Research Assistant and then as HE lecturerand 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.


Toni Fazaeli - Chair

Toni FazaeliI have held several senior roles in education, including as the Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), the professional body for teachers and trainers across Further Education and Skills. I am a commissioner for the All Parliamentary Group on skills and employment. Before joining IfL in 2008, I was a Senior Civil Servant with policy responsibilities for Further Education, was a national director for quality and standards at the Learning and Skills Council, and for seven years I was an inspector in the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) specialising in literacy, numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and humanities across further and adult education. I was an adult education adviser and officer in Leicestershire Local Education Authority and a development officer with NIACE. As a qualified teacher, I have taught in prisons, further and adult education, as well as schools. I am also co-founder and the trustee of a local social enterprise, Learning for the Fourth Age.

Louisa Horton - Co-opted to the Audit Committee

Louisa HortonI am a solicitor and Democratic Services and Governance Manager at Blaby District Council, responsible for legal services, information management, democratic services and land charges.

I have worked in Local Government in a variety of different roles since 2002 and have experience working in partnership, particularly in shared services with legal services and revenues and benefits.

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.    

Nigel Leigh

Nigel LeighI have been the Principal and Chief Executive at Stephenson College in North West Leicestershire since 2007. I have worked in colleges across England in senior roles in curriculum, quality, human resources and corporate governance.

I originally trained as a teacher and subsequently as a solicitor and recently completed a doctorate in the use of skills competitions in enhancing vocational education. The breadth of this experience, is supplemented by work in the private sector.

I am the East Midlands representative and a board member of the Association of Colleges (AoC). I represent the AoC as a Founding Member Trustee on the Education and Training Foundation Board. I am the Vice-chair of the East Midlands Further education Company and a member of the AoC Regional Committee. I am also the Chair of the AoC’s WorldSkills Portfolio Group and Chair of the East Midlands WorldSkills Steering Group.

I am the Chair of the trustees of the Stephenson Studio School and am a Studio School Trust trustee.


Ray Linforth

Ray LinforthWhen 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.


Nick Martin

Nick MartinI have thirty years' experience of corporate finance. This involved advising the Boards of hundreds of organisations across many sectors from the multi-billion through to start ups on a wide range of matters including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, finance and corporate governance. I have served on a number of Boards and Governing Bodies in the UK, Europe and Asia, in executive and non-executive roles including a FTSE250 Board and a number of other private sector PLC and Ltd Boards, winning the Queens Award for Enterprise. In 2008

In the public sector I am Chair of City of Westminster College (9thleading vocational College in central London), I am on the Board of the London Ambulance Service (chairing the Finance and Investment Committee and sitting on the Quality Committee) and am also a Director of a sizeable Housing Association.

Past appointments have included non-executive / external positions on a  number  of  other  public  sector  bodies,  including  Hammersmith  Hospitals NHS trust, NHS City and Hackney Primary Care Trust, NHS Haringey Primary Care Trust and Cambridge University. I have chaired a number of Audit and Finance Committees and am an expert on Corporate Governance, training and lecturing in the UK and overseas. I am a Barrister, a Chartered Fellow of the Charted Institute of Securities and Investment, a qualified property agent and a former Cabinet Special Advisor.

Sarah Maddocks (Student Member)
This is my second term as a student Member. My strong areas of knowledge are that I am up-to-date and in touch with matters taking place in the College and the local community. I enjoy giving my views during Corporation meetings and representing the Corporation at events such as the staff conference and Awards Ceremonies. I am now studying GCSE English and functional skills maths level 2 and am looking forward to my next adventure.




Marion Plant OBE - Principal and Chief Executive

Marion PlantI am the Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.  I am also the Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust which sponsors four secondary schools.

I serve on several national/ regional bodies including:

  • non-executive board member of the Department for Education 
  • trustee of World Skills UK
  • board member for Coventry University and co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee
  • board member for Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)  and non-voting Board member for Skills lead Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP)
  • trustee of the National Society Council (CofE)


Melanie Proffitt

Melanie Proffitt

I am a qualified accountant, with an MBA from Warwick Business School and a postgraduate diploma in Sales & Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. My ex perience encompasses General,  Commercial and Finance Management, across a range of market sectors, including Healthcare, Print and Packaging, Automotive and Heavy Engineering.

My most recent permanent role was as the General Manager for a specialist healthcare centre, based on Harley Street, where I had full commercial and operational responsibility for the centre. My objective was to turnaround an under-performi ng business, and set and deliver a strategy for growth.

I have also been the Divisional Financial Director for a large  multinational packaging company. This involved multi-site responsibility ensuring all statutory controls we re being adhered to, whilst monitoring performance against a stringent budget, as margins were particularly tight.

I am passionate about supporting and engaging with my professional body; from 2008 to 2010 I was President of the Leicestershire ACCA Network and continue to serve on the ACCA panel. In May 2012 we were awarded the ACCA UK Innovati on Award for the new Network and Develop format that we implemented.

As a consultant, I have worked for Skills for Logistics, a sector skills council for the logistics industry whose vision is to deliver the best skilled and most productive logistics workforce in the world.

I have strong leadership skills, successfully leading and developing all my teams, I’ve enjoyed helping my sta ff realise their full potential, often encouraging them to supplement thei r work experience with further education. I have the creative ability to positively influence and drive strategy, I will challenge the status quo, think outside of the box, and continually question. It is with these skills that I hope to help NWSLC meet the challenges ahead.


Suzanne Powell - Staff Member

Suzanne PowellI came to South Leicestershire College in 2002 as a student to enable my progression onto University. Afte r 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 voca tional 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 15 years as a lecturer and HND coordinator. I also work with young at hletes 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. 

Tim Render 

A chartered public finance accountant and a trained town planner, I  retired as Director of Finance for a major local authority in 2008. I now works as a consultant in finance and governance, and hold a number of non-executive roles. I am also  the independent chair of the audit  committees  at  North  East  Lincolnshire  Council  and  North  East  Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group. I am a trustee and non- executive director in the public and private sector of various local  charities including Hinckley Homele ss Group, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Food Bank and Worklink.  

I am the Chair of the Midland Academies Trust Board of Directors and the Chair of the Hartshill Local Governing Body. 

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