NCG Executive Board
NCG’s Executive Board has a wealth of expertise and leadership experience within the education sector. Together they work to ensure NCG succeeds in its mission to enable social mobility and economic prosperity through exceptional education. Our team consists of professional services colleagues, College Principals, Directors and strategic leads.
Our Executive Board
Scott MulhollandChief Information, Data and Estates Officer NCG
Scott’s education career began in 1997 as Head of Student Administration at the Robert Gordon University where he also completed a MSc in E-Business. Digital transformation and the evolution of the smart campus have been a strong interest ever since.
Lisa SproatsChief Finance Officer NCG
Lisa has been part of NCG for 14 years, as it has grown from two colleges to the group of seven colleges it has become today. In this time, Lisa has held a variety of roles in the finance team which have equipped her to now lead the finance function across the Group.
David BalmeChief Operations and Compliance Officer - Secretary to the Board NCG
David joined NCG in August 2018 from his role as Director of Continuous Improvement, Change and Compliance at the University of Sunderland. David brings a wealth of education experience, having worked at the University for in excess of 13 years in a number of finance, assurance and student data roles.
Steven WallisExecutive Director, Quality NCG
Steve joined NCG in April 2018 and is responsible for the Group’s education and training performance, quality frameworks, and continuous improvement. He has over 20 years of experience in further education and skills, in a variety of teaching, managing and leadership roles.
Tony LewinExecutive Principal NCG
Tony joined NCG in 2015 as Principal of Newcastle College and became Executive Principal in 2021. He has responsibility for several NCG colleges and leads on a number of strategic areas across the Group, including the Leadership Hub and our environmental commitments.
Gerard GarveyExecutive Principal NCG
Gerard joined NCG as Principal at Newcastle Sixth Form College in 2015, having worked at a number of high performing sixth form and General Further Education colleges. He now holds the role of Executive Principal, with responsibility for several NCG colleges and strategic areas, particularly focusing on the development of people and culture.
Jon RidleyDeputy Principal (HE), NCG
Jon joined Newcastle College's Principalship team in August 2016 and in 2021 he became Deputy Principal and a member of NCG Executive leading on higher education. Passionate about the power of education to transform lives, Jon leads on NCG’s Higher Education Strategy to 2030.
Sarah McGrathPrincipal Carlisle College
Sarah has over 20 years of experience in Further Education and is passionate about the difference it can make to people's lives. She became Principal of Carlisle College in 2021 and is driven by widening participation and improving life chances of the people of Carlisle and beyond.
Cat LewisPrincipal Kidderminster College
Cat is an ambitious educational leader who joined NCG in 2017, after holding senior roles at Heart of Worcestershire College and Stratford upon Avon College. With a genuine passion for empowering students and communities through education, she has been the Principal of Kidderminster College since 2021.
Jane ButtonPrincipal Southwark College
Jane joined Lewisham College in December 2020 with a commitment to inclusive education and supporting those with significant social barriers to learning. She has over 20 years of experience in curriculum and support services management and was recently appointed Principal of Southwark College.
Jamie StevensonPrincipal, Lewisham College
Jamie joined Lewisham College in August 2023, bringing more than 20 years of experience working in Further Education. Over the past 13 years, Jamie has held a number of senior management roles in FE colleges and has led strategic responses to large regeneration projects, adult skills, apprenticeships, partnerships and stakeholder engagement.
Our Vision For NCG
Strategy and values
Our Strategy Towards 2030 sets out our ambitions and our underpinning objectives and values.
Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
A commitment to ensuring we embed the principles and practices of EDIB.
Learn more about our strategy to minimise our impact on the environment.