Executive Team

Joe DJoe Docherty – Chief Executive

Joe Docherty joined NCG in July 2013 from housing and care provider Home Group, where he was Deputy Chief Executive. In 2002 he established Tees Valley Regeneration, the government backed economic development body which led a £500m inward investment and development programme in the region and which now forms the basis of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. He began his career as a Graduate in Banking, where he was eventually a Director in the Corporate Banking Division of Barclays in London.

Joe is a Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – a charity which supports education, arts, environment and social change. He is an alumnus of Strathclyde University and Harvard University.


Chris PChris Payne – Executive Director Partnerships and Assurance

Chris has worked in Education for the last 15 years in a variety of management roles. Starting in 1998 as the Adult Training Centre Manager for a Sixth Form College in Leicester he subsequently developed his expertise in funding and information systems to take this lead at Directors level for a large college in Nottingham.

Chris joined NCG in February 2010 as Group Director for Planning and Performance. He now has responsibility for Management Information, Quality, IT  and e-learning across the group as well as being the lead with each of our funding main agencies. Chris is responsible for funding across NCG as well as being the lead on Performance Monitoring and Planning. He also works nationally with the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency through his work on their Technical Advisory Groups.