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 was appointed to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2002. He was appointed Chair in 2009.

John has been a local resident in Tameside for over 35 years. He 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.

John is a member of the Search Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is also currently the Link Governor for Safeguarding and AAT. John has also been a Governor with Droylsden Academy since its inception in 2009.



Damien was appointed to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2016.

He is currently working for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as Project Director delivering major capital estates projects across the globe. Prior to this he was the Director of Major Programme at the British Council where he successfully managed the relocation of the British Council’s HQ to the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Previously, 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 Chair of the Audit Committee.

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


Simon Boyle

Simon was appointed to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2019.

Simon Boyle is a former student of Tameside College where he completed his HNC Mechanical Engineering and HND Electro-Mechanical Engineering. He gained 15 years’ experience as a production engineer before retraining in finance. For the past 10 years he has held finance roles with various manufacturers, most recently at finance director level. He is currently working as a contractor in his own company.

Simon is a member of the Audit Committee.



Phill was appointed to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2011.

In 2017 he 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’s current roles include Chairman of the Tameside Prosperous Board and member of the Business Growth Hub. Previous roles included President of the Tameside Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of the Tameside Strategic Partnership Board.

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

MALCOLM BRUCE - Vice Chair of the Corporation


Malcolm was appointed to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2017. He was appointed Vice Chair in 2021.

He 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 a member of the Remuneration Committee and Search Committee. He is also the link governor for English and maths and T-Levels.



Jonathan was appointed to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2020.

Jonathan is currently a senior manager at Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) with a current role in operational delivery and with a particular focus on contracts and payments in FE.

Prior to joining the ESFA, Jonathan spent 16 years at the Legal Aid Agency and its predecessors working in an outward facing commercial contract management role.

Jonathan has previously held a governor position within a local primary school. He is a member of the Corporation’s Audit Committee.

SHAYER HUSSAIN – Staff Governor


Shayer was appointed to the Corporation as a Staff Member in 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 to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2017.

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.

Karen is a member of the Remuneration Committee and Search Committee.



Jackie was appointed as the Principal of Tameside College and a Member of the Corporation in 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.

Jackie is also a member of the Search Committee.



Elaine was appointed to the Corporation as in Independent Member in 2020.

Elaine worked in further education colleges in the North West for over 25 years. She has held various management and senior leadership roles in curriculum and quality and as Acting Principal and CEO. Elaine was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors with Ofsted in 2017 a position she retired from in 2020. Elaine is currently a self-employed consultant within the FE sector. She is currently contracted with Ofsted as an Ofsted Inspector.



Chris Rushton was appointed to the Corporation as an Independent Member in 2018.

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 Remuneration Committee.

NILS ELGAR – Clerk to the Corporation


Nils Elgar is the Clerk to the Corporation and is responsible for:

  • (i) advising the Corporation with regard to the operation of its powers
  • (ii) advising the Corporation with regard to procedural matters
  • (iii) advising the Corporation with regard to the conduct of its business
  • (iv) advising the Corporation with regard to matters of governance practice

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