The role of the governors is to determine the direction and strategy of the College, to be accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it and to oversee the quality of all it does.
The team of governors bring with them a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to the benefit of the College. Their responsibility to set a clear mission and corporate direction, with objectives that can be monitored and reviewed.
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Lesley Davies OBE - Principal
Principal at one of Manchester’s leading educational providers, Trafford College. Former Senior Vice President at the UK’s largest awarding body, Pearson UK and previously Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of experience in education to the region.
Prior to joining Pearson, Lesley worked for the Association of Colleges (AOC), where she was Deputy Chief Executive. Her background is in teaching, in inspection and in policy development. Before her role at AoC she was National Director for the Framework for Excellence and Quality at the Learning and Skills Council. At the Adult Learning Inspectorate she was responsible for the national inspection programme and the organisation’s commercial division.
Lesley has also worked extensively overseas, advising governments on the introduction and development of vocational education systems and quality assurance and improvement mechanisms. In 2015 she was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HRH The Queen for services to education.
Lesley is currently the Chair of the UK Skills Partnership Group and Chair of the Trafford Youth Trust.
Graham Luccock - Chairperson
Graham Luccock is the current chairperson for Trafford College who has a wealth of knowledge in the Trafford region with over 30 years employment with the Council, which has seen him Head of Service for the Culture and Sport Sector as well as Community Rights and Recreation & Culture departments.
Graham's continuous effort to maintain Trafford's sterling reputation has seen him join Trafford College's board of Governors to uphold the College's outstanding reports.
James Beazley - Governor
James Beazley is one of our newest Governors and is looking to help the college, particularly through the STEM facility to foster a greater awareness and relationship with Business in the Greater Manchester region. This interest is predominantly fuelled by James’ experience over the last 18 years in the Energy and Resources sector. James has worked with the National Power Forum of Australia, Royal Dutch Shell and his current role is as joint founder and Managing Director of the 6 Group, one of the world’s leading Executive Search and Leadership Advisory Firms to the Energy sector.
James has a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies/Law and a Masters in Law from Sydney University and speaks Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time he is a coach for Bowdon Rugby Club and at County Level and plays in a band for charity gigs.
James was keen to get involved with the College and decided to become a governor as he has a particular interest in the development of our future leaders and saw this as a perfect opportunity to give something back to young, aspiring professionals who are looking to start their career at College
Janet Grant - Governor
Janet Grant is one of our newest Governors and aims to maintain the College's outstanding learning environment for students, using her solid background in Business and Accountancy. Janet, a certified accountant has a wealth of experience in the field and after studying accountancy at Loughborough University decided to move to Manchester from Ormskirk in order to further her career. Janet has worked as an accountant for many top brands such as Woolworths, Littlewoods and WHSmiths, but loves nothing more than a round of golf or game of hockey.
Janet is keen to get involved and decided to become a governor at the College as she has a particular interest in the education sector and is keen to give something back to young, aspiring professionals who are looking to start their career at College."
Dr Kurt Allman - Governor
Dr. Kurt Allman is one of Trafford College's newest Governors with an impressive resume of educational experience gained from multiple job roles during his career.
Dr. Allman, currently the Associate Dean at the University of Salford, has developed a strong understanding of working in the education sector throughout his career where he has worked in various positions for organisations including Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.
Kurt has played a key role in the development of the University of Manchester and has helped secure over £4.2 million in funding for the university and has been at the forefront of the institutions enterprise development plans. Dr. Allman has also helped develop sustainable partnerships for the Manchester Metropolitan University to aid the educational development of students.
Dr. Kurt Allman now plans to bring his vast experience from working in the educational sector to Trafford College and hopes to become a key figure in the College's plans over the coming years
Dawn Cole - Governor
Dawn originates from Huddersfield where she studied A Levels at her local College. Having been incredibly successful she gained a place at the prestigious University of Oxford where she studied History.
Having decided that the 'historical' path wasn't exactly what she was looking for from a career, Dawn decided to take up accounting where for the past twenty years, she has worked as a chartered accountant.
Currently working part-time for Creative Support, a housing support trust for people with learning disabilities, Dawn is also studying for a PHD in Human Geography.
Dawn comments on joining the Trafford College Governors, "I have got a lot out of education having worked with many people from within the sector. I am now looking forward to sharing my expertise and discovering more how education works from the other side of the coin.
Sarah Drake - Governor
Sarah Drake began her working life as Research Assistant in the historic textiles department of the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. Since then, she has worked for Greater Manchester Probation Service, as organiser of a local children’s charity, as a non-executive director of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and, for over 20 years, as an inspector for Ofsted.
Having lived in Trafford for almost 40 years, Sarah sees acting as a college governor as an interesting way in which to support the local community, particularly at a time when the need to help young people to develop the skills required by local businesses is growing ever more urgent.
Jed Hassid - Governor
Jed Hassid is a Senior Consultant at Winning Pitch Ltd whose sound understanding of business management and marketing compliments the College as a leading educational provider.
Jed's career spans across a diverse range of sectors from SMEs to multinational enterprises as well as public sector organisations such as local/central government, health and education. His main areas of expertise include business and financial planning, strategic marketing and market research.
Outside work, he is a non executive director with a housing association and a magistrate.
Joaquin Llorente - Staff Governor
I have worked at Trafford College for 15 years as course coordinator and lecturer, teaching maths and ICT. I didn’t come into teaching by choice, I just needed a job; then I fell in love with it and found I could not leave it. I found I could change lives and found nothing more rewarding than this.
I work in Foundation Leaning because I believe strongly in the redemptive power of education. In Foundation learning we change lives. In FE we change lives. We give second chances to people who have been rejected by other forms of education.
These second chances are under attack by the government and FE needs to fight back. I would relish the opportunity to join that fight with the Board of the TCG. We need to make our voice clear; FE is essential to the poor, the dispossessed and those who just didn’t fit in at school.
Education is not just about buildings or data, important though as they are; education is mostly about people: our students and their families. Education is about the individuals who work every day to make sure we can give them our best; the receptionists, the office and support staff, the teachers and learning facilitators in the classroom, all the people who make college a safe and attractive place for the students and ourselves. I want to give a clear voice to the staff of the college to make our voice heard because once our voice is heard it will improve the situation for our students.
As I mentioned before I have been at Trafford College for 15 years and I have considerable experience of other industries. I am gently approaching the end of my working life and I feel this has given me freedom. I am free to express my opinions and to stand up for others in a way that I might not have earlier in my career.