The role of co-optees

  • Support and champion the work of the Corporation, the College, its students and staff.
  • Support a specific Committee which is identified by the Corporation (each Committee normally meets a minimum of three times per year).
  • Provide input, advice and professional expertise to assist Corporation Committees in their work, arising from their personal and professional experience and expertise on matters pertaining to the strategic direction of the College.

Co-optee appointments provide valuable expertise



Councillor John Walsh was appointed as a Co-optee to the Corporation’s Quality and Standards Committee in March 2018.  He is the Executive Support for Education and Learning for Salford City Council and is a former Head Teacher within Salford.



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.  Her current responsibilities include identifying and analysing strategic opportunities, managing various acquisitions/sales processes and leading different group projects such as group re-structures and re-financing. 



Sam is an employment lawyer and serves 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.