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 sub-Committees:

  • Audit Committee
  • Adult Community Learning Advisory Board
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Quality and Curriculum Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Search Committee

Stephen Barnes

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

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Amanda Melton
College Principal

Amanda has been Principal here at Nelson and Colne College, which includes Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL), since joining the College in 2012.

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Rob Pheasey
Corporation Vice Chairman

Rob is Chief Executive of Marsden Building Society, Lancashire’s leading independent society with over 40,000 members and £472m assets.

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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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Helen Khan

Helen is Vice President-Human Resources for Wyndham Vacation Rentals (WVR UK). WVR is home to over 20 holiday rental brands including both Hoseasons and James Holiday Villas.

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Nadeem Rashid

Nadeem is the senior partner at Marsdens Solicitors, based in Nelson – and a former student here at Nelson and Colne College.

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Jane Cleaver

Jane is Managing Director of Concept4 – a successful creative marketing and digital agency; and Printoff – digital, litho and web print operation, based in Nelson.

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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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Azhar Siddique

Azhar is currently Head of Business Development at Muraspec, a global leader in the design and production of commercial and high-end wallcoverings.

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Phil Wilkinson

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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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. Awarded an MBE in 2015 for Service to Business and the Community in Lancashire, Tim is also Vice Chairman of the Pendle Vision Board and a board member of Groundwork. Barnfield Construction’s commitment to, and investment in, the Pennine Lancashire area includes ongoing and innovative joint ventures with both private and public sector companies to support regeneration and economic growth, such as the Rossendale Together Barnfield Joint Venture and also Pearl (Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd) with local authority partners.

Brian Fisher

Brian is Managing Director of Commercial Interventions Ltd, offering specialist support to private and public sector organisations in the healthcare sector. With over 25 years experience in the health and pharmaceuticals industry, Brian’s knowledge and expertise has been developed through multiple senior leadership roles in blue-chip and multinational pharma businesses, and also as an owner and shareholder, including insight gained through management buy outs and private acquisitions.

Steve Hughes

Steve has been involved with the Citizens Advice service since 2012 holding senior positions across the North West and North of England.  He is now the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice service in Stockport and also sits as a Councillor in Rossendale, leading Licensing and Digital Transformation.


Steve is the Non-Executive Chair of the £2m Social Investment Fund hosted by Trafford Housing Trust – a fund dedicated to fighting poverty and inequality across Greater Manchester.


A Rossendale resident, Steve was previously a Governor of Accrington and Rossendale College, joining Nelson and Colne College’s Corporation in December 2018.

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. Based in Rossendale, her company provides freelance work-from-home opportunities to 25+ people, most of whom are Lancashire-based. Stephanie has been both a student and Governor of Accrington and Rossendale College, joining Nelson and Colne College’s Corporation in December 2018.

Claire Pye
NCC Staff Governor

Claire is Head of Department for Hair and Beauty here at Nelson and Colne College, and has been working at the College since 1998.

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Kendell Earl
Student Governor

Kendell joined the Corporation as a Student Governor in December 2017. She is studying Health and Social Care Level 3 here at the College.

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