Chair of the Corporation

Jackie joined the Corporation as a Governor and Vice-Chair in January 2009. She became Chair of the Corporation in 2013 and chairs the Strategy & Finance Committee. Jackie, a retired senior University manager and administrator, has extensive experience in senior governance roles in various public sector organisations concerned primarily with education and health. She has significant experience in chairing, managing and servicing committees, including in the primary and secondary schools area. Her strengths are in strategic and operational planning gained in the Higher Education sector and providing a professional lay perspective on matters pertaining to the NHS.


Group Principal – Ex-Officio Member

Rebecca was appointed Group Principal of Salford City College Group in February 2022 and was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors from that date. Prior to being appointed as Group Principal, Rebecca was the Deputy Principal for Salford City College Group. Rebecca has significant experience of working in further education, particularly in relation to curriculum development and management.


Since 2022 Mat has been the Director for Skills, Work and Inclusive Economy at Salford City Council. As a senior leader he has strong business planning, performance management, oversight and scrutiny skills, including overseeing significant staff resources, managing multi-million pound budgets, ensuring maximum value for money and that social value is delivered for the public purse. Prior to this he was Acting Director for Education, Skills and Work at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Mat is also a local Justice of the Peace and is a proud Salfordian, born and raised in the city where he still lives.


Sam joined the Corporation in May 2022, having previously been a Co-optee to the Human Resources & Organisational Development Committee.  He is an employment lawyer and has previously served as a Councillor on Bury Council. His external roles have been across the university sector and student leadership movement having served on boards for the University of Law, University of Liverpool, and NUS Services and he is currently a Social Mobility Ambassador for the Law Society.


Adrian joined the Corporation as a Governor in October 2022. He qualified in 1989 as a Chartered Accountant with one of the large accountancy practices and since then has held a number of commercial finance roles of increasing seniority. Until recently he worked as a Director and the Chief Finance Officer for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Division of a US listed Corporation. Adrian has extensive finance experience in the corporate sector including strategic and operational planning, budgeting, financial reporting, governance, compliance, and auditing.

Staff Governor – Academic

Roger joined the Corporation in September 2022 as a Staff Governor. He is employed at the College as a Management Training Associate specialising in the delivery of project management, sales, marketing and human resource qualifications. Prior to his 15 years’ experience working in the educational sector, Roger had a 25-year career in Senior Management roles within the Automotive sector. During this time Roger was also a regional representative in the Skills and Technical Vocational Education and Training development between the UK and China which involved delivering presentations in China to Senior Managers of polytechnics.


Ann is a retired Nurse with extensive operational and strategic experience at Board level as both an NHS Executive Director of Nursing and as a Non Executive Director in the North West.  She has significant Governor experience including  several years as a Salford City College Governor and Chair of The Corporation’s  HR Committee until 2016, 9 years as Governor of The Christie NHS FT and Chair of its Council of Governors Quality Committee.  Ann is currently a Governor at Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust.  Following retirement from the NHS, Ann has worked as an independent Consultant & Executive Coach.  She has significant experience in workforce planning, staff development & quality assurance.


Ben joined St. Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School as Headteacher in September 2015. He is the Chair of both the Salford Headteachers and Principals Association and the In Year Fair Access Panel.  Prior to coming to Salford he led a secondary school in Ayrshire and was part of a national Headteachers’ group advising on the development of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a founding member of the Education Policy Alliance and a Square Peg Attendance Champion who advocates for inclusive education.

Student Governor

Natalia is a Year 2 Level 3 Video Games Design student at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK. She loves designing 3D models or creating digital art in her free time, and her dream is to become an architect.

Vice-Chair of the Corporation

Adam Fidler joined the Corporation in September 2021 as a Governor, having worked in the public and private sector, for a number of high-profile firms including Boots Plc and the Bank of America. In 2008, he qualified as a teacher, before working in a management role for Salford City College, where he was involved in all aspects of the college merger, operations and strategic planning. In addition, he continued teaching part-time, as well as teaching privately and through Pitman Training Group and internationally. Adam’s extensive corporate and commercial experience led him to open his own private training organisation in 2016, where he continues to deliver a bespoke curriculum and qualifications for business professionals and corporate clients.

Student Governor

Jesper Foster is currently in his second year studying History, Sociology and Classics at Pendleton Sixth Form College. Jesper joined the Board of Governors as he was recognised by his teachers and staff for his outstanding performance in studies and college life and looks forward to contributing to shaping the future at Salford City College Group.


Sally Kells joined the Corporation in March 2020. She is a Chartered Accountant, having trained and qualified with a leading professional services provider. Sally currently works within the Senior Management team of a private equity-backed Financial Services Group which aims to support and meet the needs of underserved consumers. Sally is responsible for the consolidated forecasting and reporting of financial performance and the cash management of the business and has previous experience working with real estate funds, private equity funds and public sector entities.


Tony joined the Corporation in July 2014.  He has extensive experience in retail management, including senior management roles involving Board representation at a regional and national level.


Lucy was appointed as a Co-opted member of the Audit Committee in July 2020. Lucy qualified as a chartered accountant at a large professional services firm where she was involved in audit and advisory roles across a number of industries including the education sector.  Prior to working in her current role for an equity backed IT and Telecoms provider, she spent a number of years as Head of Group External Reporting which involved leading the group audit and statutory accounts process before moving to her current position in the merger and acquisitions team.


Michael joined the Corporation as a governor in December 2015.  He is an ambitious entrepreneur having successfully operated a number of his own businesses in diverse market sectors since 1990 and has been recognised for his entrepreneurial skills in the ‘Ernst and Young’ entrepreneur awards.


Paula joined the Corporation in December 2019. She is a CiPFA qualified accountant and holds a director’s role in a Salford based community interest company who provide support to people with learning disabilities, older people and people living with dementia. Paula has over 30 years of finance experience and has worked at a senior level within the finance team at Salford City Council where she worked extensively with schools, governing bodies and council members.

Staff Governor – Professional Services

Martin was appointed Staff Governor (Professional Services) in September 2022. He joined Salford City College Group in 2017 and has worked across Marketing and Admissions. Martin is currently the Head of Student Operations for SCC Group. Before joining the College, Martin previously worked within the Higher Education sector.


Clerk to the Corporation

Martin was appointed Clerk to the Corporation/ Corporate Governance Officer in January 2024. Since obtaining his PhD from the University of Manchester, Martin has held a range of administrative and professional roles in the higher education sector, in areas including academic quality and standards, corporate governance, senior executive support and operations management.