MICHAEL SHEEHAN, SCC Group Principal
Michael Sheehan is a highly experienced educational leader with an exceptional record of outstanding achievement. Prior to joining SCC Group in July 2017, Michael brought about transformational change as the Principal of four Colleges – Pendleton, Runshaw, Riverside and Wigan and Leigh. He believes passionately in the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and communities.
Michael was educated at De La Salle College in Salford, Liverpool University and Manchester University. He has a keen interest in his church, in local history, playing football with his six grandsons and supporting Manchester United.
JACKIE FLYNN, 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.
PAT WALKINGTON, Vice Chair of the Corporation
Pat joined the Corporation in January 2009 as a Governor and is currently Vice Chair of the Corporation. Pat has extensive experience of working in the Education sector, at both FE and HE levels, including 20 years spent teaching and in senior management roles. Specialist areas include strategic management, child protection, dyslexia, equality diversity and inclusion and support for students. Pat is a link governor at the college for equality, diversity and inclusion matters and joint link governor for Safeguarding.
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.
Paul joined the Corporation in 2012 as a Governor. He is a Corporate lawyer and partner in a major law firm in Manchester. Paul has worked extensively in the FE and HE sectors and is highly experienced in general mergers and acquisitions and also specialises in the commercialisation of Intellectual Property in the Education Sector. Paul is also a former Chair of the Pro Manchester Group; a body representing the interests of professionals in Manchester. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee.
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.
PROF. CAROLE ROBERTS
Carole joined the Corporation in January 2009 as a Governor. She is a retired Professor and Dean of a Business Faculty (University of Salford) having worked in higher education for nearly 40 years. Carole is currently active in a number of other voluntary roles in the local community including being the Senior Circuit Steward for the Salford Methodist Circuit of nine churches.
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.