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 35 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 Remuneration Committee as well as the Property Strategy Working Group. He is also currently the Link Governor for Safeguarding and AAT. John has also been a Governor with Droylsden Academy since its inception over 10 years ago, Chairing the Finance and Resources Committee.

John has worked in the NHS for over 39 years, working in Sheffield, Tameside Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Bury PCT and Bury CCG. The past 13 years have been worked in General Practice management in Bury and Tameside. His career has been predominantly led by finance and management, including financial accounting, management accounting, capital accounting, charity accounting, governance, performance management, risk management and change management. He has worked on various work streams for the NHS at local, regional and national level.

John has been a leader in the scouts, but now supports scouting on an ad hoc basis, with accounts, websites and fundraising. The whole of his family have been touched by Tameside education and the College. His aim is to leave his children, grandchildren and the residents of Tameside with first class education facilities for generations to come, which can been seen through the Clarendon Sixth Form Building, Advanced Technologies Centre at Beaufort Road and more latterly at Tameside One.


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.



Damien joined the Corporation in October 2016.

He is currently the Director of Major Programme at the British Council. Damien is currently managing the relocation of the British Council’s HQ to the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Prior to this, Damien worked at Tameside Council from 2012 – 2017 and in that time delivered a number of key schemes in Tameside (Tameside One, Ashton Old Baths, Godley Hill Road and others).

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 a member of the Audit Committee and the Property Strategy Working Group.



Phill 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.



Malcolm has held various management and senior management positions in further education. In these roles and through previous posts he as experience of quality and standards in further education, sixth form, work based and offender learning. Malcolm is currently contracted with Ofsted as an Ofsted Inspector.

Malcolm is also trustee of a local charity that supports disadvantaged adults who are going through recovery or rehabilitation, having been through problems with homelessness, mental health, drugs and alcohol or offending.

Malcolm chairs the Curriculum and Standards Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee. He is also the link governor for English and maths.

SHAYER HUSSAIN – Staff Governor


Shayer was appointed as Staff Governor in November 2017.

Shayer joined the college in 2003 working on a project aimed at improving the achievement of minority groups within the college. Shayer has held numerous posts within Learner Services in that time. He currently works as a careers professional and leads the Next Steps Careers team within the Progress and Welfare team. Shayer also sits on the Equality and Diversity steering group.


Karen James

Karen was appointed as a member of the Corporation in 2017 and is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Karen is currently Chief Executive of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and is an Executive Reviewer for the Care Quality Commission. Karen has previously held a number of Executive Board position in healthcare over a period of twelve years and has significant experience in managing large scale change across health economies and has been successful in the delivery of improvements in organisational performance.

As one of the largest employers in the borough of Tameside, Karen is passionate about developing relationships with schools and colleges to provide opportunities for students to learn and gain experience in a wealth of careers they could pursue within a health and social care setting.



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

She was previously the Deputy Principal at a large college in Greater Manchester and has worked in education for many years. She is a Tameside resident, having attended the College as a school leaver herself.

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

SURAJ RASH – Student Governor

SURAJ RASH – Student Governor

Suraj was elected Student Governor in January 2019 and is also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

A former student of Great Academy Ashton, he has been studying towards an Extended BTEC Level 3 in Engineering and will return to Tameside College in 2019/20 to study for a HND Mechanical Engineering.

With previous experience gained through school, Suraj is keen to contribute to the Board by providing a student perspective on all matters under consideration. Suraj is a key member of the Student Voice and is also a Student Ambassador for the College in community engagement work with prospective students.



Chris became Chief Executive of Active Tameside in May of 2018 having held senior positions in Hilton Worldwide, Serco Group and GLL.

After graduating from Loughborough University with a BSc (Hons) in Recreation Management, Sports Science and Physical Education, Chris embarked on a career which has incorporated the private, public and charitable sectors of the leisure industry.

A particular interest in equality of access resulted in an MSc in the Sociology of Sports Management from the University of Leicester and an ongoing commitment to ‘healthy lifestyles for all’ permeates his managerial philosophy to this day.

Chris is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee.

JOAN RYAN - Vice Chair


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.

She Chairs the Property Strategy Sub-Committee which has worked to deliver the three phases of the investment into the College estate.

Joan is also the link governor for students with high needs. During her career Joan was an Executive Director in Social Services, CEO of an Environmental Charity and Managing Director of 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.

NILS ELGAR – Clerk to the Corporation


Nils has been the Clerk to the Corporation at Tameside College since May 2018, initially on an interim basis and then substantively from January 2019.

He has significant governance experience and has clerked in the further education sector since 2005. He has also been the Clerk to the Governing Body at Droylsden Academy since 2009.

Nils lives in Tameside and is pleased to be working in his local community.