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.
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.
Charles joined the Corporation in March 2017, having worked in a large US-led technology company as HR Director for the UK and Nordics, being a Board Director of the main UK company and subsidiary companies within the group. He has extensive HR experience in the project management and implementation of cross border acquisitions, divestitures, and complex restructuring programs, UK and European employment legislation and pensions management.
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.
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.
Janet joined the Corporation in May 2022. Janet works for the Civil Service as a Line Manager for HMRC. As part of her professional role, Janet has worked as a Trade Union Equality Officer and Diversity and Inclusion Lead. Janet is also a member of HMRC’s Social Mobility network.
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.
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.
Shane joined the Corporation in December 2019. He brings a wealth of experience to the board gained through a number of high profile roles working for a major high street bank. Shane is currently responsible for shaping the future UK banking strategy and is actively involved in delivering large scale change & transformation initiatives. He is heavily involved in supporting the Greater Manchester community and plays a key part in assisting the homeless with gaining UK banking facilities.
Amy was elected Staff Governor in August 2018. She joined Pendleton Sixth Form College in 2005 and has worked in both support roles and as a teacher of Social Sciences. A long term member of the Pastoral Department, she is currently Head of Pastoral for A-Level at Pendleton. Before moving into education she worked in financial services for two large companies.