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 and a Chairman and co-owner of Crosby’s, a fast growing SME providing services and equipment to the catering industry.

He is an alumnus of Strathclyde University and Harvard University.


Lynne G

Lynne Griffin – Group Director, HR & Organisational Development

Lynne is a very experienced HR professional with a wide range of both operational and strategic HR work. She joins us from Newcastle-based housing association Home Group, where she was Head of HR. There she led programmes to improve the culture of trust in the organisation and schemes which led to dramatic reductions in staff turnover and reduced grievance and disciplinary cases.

Before that she worked as an Associate Director and consultant for HR consultancy firm Professional People Management, and was Operational Director of HR for Northern Rock Bank, now Virgin Money, and oversaw major re-structures of the company.


Chris PChris Payne – Group Director, Strategic Partnerships

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.