Northumberland College appoints new board of governors

Northumberland College has announced a new board of governors following its recent merger with Sunderland College.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 5:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th June 2019, 2:26 pm
New Northumberland College governors Neil Salvesen, Dawn Chadwick, Kerry Patterson, Andrew Ferguson and David Towns.

The new board includes prominent and respected figures from the north east business community, covering diverse industries.

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It is hoped their combined expertise will play a significant role in delivering an ambitious strategic vision, including a multi-million-pound investment programme across all campuses, improved learning provision and enhanced facilities for students and the community.

Those appointed are Kerry Patterson, head of HR at Blyth-based robotics manufacturer Tharsus; Andrew Ferguson, commercial and real estate manager and chartered surveyor at Virgin Money; energy and renewables business leader Ian Brown, of MKM Technology; Jeff Hope, head of manufacturing at AkzoNobel Ashington; John Holmes, chairman of Bernicia; finance expert Dawn Chadwick of Dawn L Chadwick Insolvency; chartered secretary Neil Salvesen; legal advisor and county councillor David Towns; visiting professor of innovation and enterprise at Newcastle University Business School Alison Shaw; Holly Thompson, of Future Skills Vision; and Louise Doyle, founder and director of Mesma.

College principal Nigel Harrett said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Northumberland College as we drive forward significant improvements and investment across all campuses and embark upon a new chapter.”