Members of the Corporation - Tameside College

The Corporation of Tameside College is an independent legal body established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 to direct and develop the College which is part of the Further Education sector.

Under the Act, the College has charitable status and seeks to provide quality education and training for all. Under the Articles of Government, the Corporation is responsible for the educational character and mission of the College and for the oversight of its activities.

Click on the names below to view our governors' profiles.

JOHN LYNE – Chair of the Corporation


John has been local resident in Tameside for over 30 years. He became a governor at the college in 2002 and was appointed Chair in 2009.

He is a member of the Curriculum and Standards, Finance and Resources, Search and the Remuneration Committee. He has also been a governor with Droylsden Academy since its inception over seven years ago, Chairing the Finance and Resources Committee. He is also currently the Safeguarding Governor.

John has worked in the NHS for over 37 years, working in Sheffield, Tameside Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Bury PCT and Bury CCG. The past 10 years have been worked in general practice in Bury and Tameside. His career has been predominantly led by finance, including Financial accounting, management accounting, capital accounting, charity accounting, governance, performance management and change management. He has worked on various work streams at local, regional and national level.

John has been a leader in the scouts, but now supports them on an ad hoc basis, with accounts, websites and fundraising. The whole of his family have been touched by Tameside College and his aim is to leave his children and grandchildren and the residents of Tameside with first class facilities for generations to come.

MANILAL MISTY MBE – Vice Chair of the Corporation


Manilal has been a member of the Corporation since 1998 and was appointed as the Vice Chair in 2009. He is also the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Originally a community nominee by Tameside Racial Equality Council, Manilal became an independent member in 2008.

Manilal is self-employed as an independent Post Office and Retail Professional and has significant experience in customer service, coaching, leadership development and management.

In addition, Manilal is the President of the Shree Bharatiya Mandal Indian Community Centre and is an Associate member of the National Federation of sub – postmasters.

Manilal is also a member of the Search and the Remuneration Committees.

ALISON ASHWORTH - Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

Alison Ashworth

Alison has been a member of the Corporation at Tameside College since 2009.

She has held various senior management positions in Local Government. Her specific background has been in Economic Development, inward investment, procurement of external funding and other technical matters for Tameside MBC.

She is currently a freelance coach and mentor.

Alison chairs the Finance and Resources Committee and is also a member of the Search and Remuneration Committees. She is also the link governor for A levels.



Jane joined the Corporation in December 2016. She has been the Director People & Risk at New Charter Group since 2010, having worked in the housing sector for most of her career.

Jane is a skilled organisational development and human resources professional. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is also an in house coach and coach supervisor.

In addition to organisational development and human resources, Jane is experienced in health and safety, risk management, communications, pay roll, Facilities Management and customer services.

Jane is also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee.



Damien joined the Corporation in October 2016. He is currently the Assistant Executive Director – Sustainable Growth at Tameside Council.

Whilst Damien has worked at Tameside Council since 2012 prior to this he was Chief Executive of Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company.

During his career, Damien has also undertaken roles with the Northwest Regional Development Agency and with the Home Office and has considerable expertise in economic growth and development, strategic policy and planning and in local and national government.

Damien is also a member of the Audit Committee.



Phil was appointed as a member of the Corporation in 2011 and is also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee.

He recently sold his company Benchmark Building Supplies having founded it in 1996, achieving a £15m turnover with 85 staff in the Greater Manchester area. Phill has significant experience of senior management positions.

Phill is also President of the Tameside Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Tameside Prosperous Board, Vice Chair of the Tameside Strategic Partnership Board and is an active member of the Business Growth Hub, sitting monthly on the Stockport Economic Alliance Committee.

Phill has a sustained track record of partnership working within the wider and business Communities.

MIKE DINSDALE – Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee


Mike has been a member of the Corporation since 2010 and is currently the Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and link governor for English and Maths.

Before his retirement Mike was the Director of Communications at Brother UK Ltd and also a Director of the AGMA Commission for the New Economy and Tame Valley Regeneration Consortium. He has also held numerous senior management positions at director level and currently holds a position as company secretary and director.

He is also a Parish Councillor for the parish of Welshampton and Lyneal, North Shropshire, where he now lives.

Mike has significant experience in science and engineering, management, marketing, local politics and public relations. He has also taken opportunities to develop in his role as a governor through his membership of the Corporation.



Nakul was appointed as a member of the Corporation in 2015, after serving one year on the Audit Committee in 2014. He is also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Since 2016, he has supported Droylsden Academy as a Sponsor Governor in addition to advising on its Finance and Resources Committee.

His expertise is in Business and International Finance and he has also spent some time as a teacher of mathematics at a secondary school. He has extensive skills in many areas including strategic planning, data analysis, staff recruitment, leadership and coaching and mentoring.

His experiences in Public and Private Company Fundraising, Mergers and Acquisitions lends to provide strategic and operational advice for Charities and Social Enterprises.

Nakul is also currently a link governor on a reactive basis for the curriculum areas that require a specific and targeted focus.



Jackie was appointed as the Principal of Tameside College in November 2015.

She was previously the Deputy Principal at Salford City College and has worked in education for many years within Grater Manchester.

As Principal, Jackie is also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee, the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Search Committee.



Joan was appointed as a member of the Corporation in 2009 and is currently also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee, the Search Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Joan is also the link governor for students with high needs. During her career Joan was an Executive Director in Social Services, an Environmental Charity and Quest Media Network Ltd, along with being a Non-Executive Director for the New Charter Housing Group.

Her work background covers private, public, voluntary, health, housing and charity sectors. Currently Joan is a governor at primary and higher education levels which compliment her role in further education.

GARY SPARHAM – Staff Governor


Gary is a staff governor and was first appointed to the Corporation in 2004.

He is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Gary is a member of the teaching staff at the college, lecturing in Business Studies.

REBEKAH SADGROVE – Student Governor


Rebekah was appointed as a student member in January 2015.

She is also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Rebecca is currently in her second year studying Animation and Games design at the college’s Clarendon Centre.

ELIZABETH BALL – Clerk to the Corporation


Liz was appointed as the Clerk at Tameside College in January 2016 having acted as an associate clerk for the previous 12 months.

She is a qualified solicitor, having worked in both private practice and local government before moving into a clerking role in 1996.

Since that time she has acted as Clerk in many different organisations, including General FE, Sixth Form Colleges, Academy Trusts and Statutory Designated Institutions.

In addition to holding a degree in Law, Liz also holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights.