Executive Team

Liz Bromley – Chief Executive Officer

Before joining NCG in the summer of 2019, Liz worked in Higher Education for more than 20 years, holding senior roles at the Open University, Salford, Goldsmiths and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where she was Deputy Vice Chancellor. Liz was also CEO of University Alliance during 2018, on a secondment from UCLan.

First in family to go to University, Liz studied English Language and Literature at Worcester College, Oxford. She has been a passionate advocate for social equality and for widening access to all forms of education, in practical as well as in policy terms, throughout her career. Liz is well known across the education sector for leadership development, positive change management, entrepreneurial leadership, improving the student experience, and for making things happen.

Liz has been a member of the board, and the Finance and Resources Committee of the Mulberry Multi Academy Trust in Tower Hamlets, and is also a Trustee of the Sir John Brunner Foundation in Cheshire. She is Deputy Chair of both organisations, and is chair of the Audit Committee at SJBF. She is also a board member of Common Purpose (UK).



Chris Payne – Deputy Chief Executive

Chris has worked in Further Education for the last 20 years, latterly in a variety of Senior Leadership roles. His career started with the management of IT training centres in for an outstanding sixth form college in Leicester before developing through his expertise in funding and information systems to take a Director level role for a large FE college in Nottingham.

He joined NCG in February 2010 as Group Director for Planning and Performance, before becoming Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships.  In that latter role he was Executive Lead on the mergers with Kidderminster, Carlisle and Lewisham Southwark Colleges. For the majority of 2018-19 Chris stepped up to act as CEO, leading on the refresh of NCGs strategy.

Externally Chris has represented the sector on Technical Advisory Groups with the Finding Agencies.  He is also a Governor and Vice Chair at Ada, The National College for Digital Skills in North London.



Mike Wilmot – Chief Finance Officer

Mike took up his role as CFO at NCG in September 2018, after 16 years experience at Parkdean Resorts, where he was Director of Finance involved in merger & acquisition transactions, business growth strategies, and financing. A Chartered Accountant for 20 years, he also brings experience from Big Four accounting firm PwC, where he worked on some of the North East’s largest audit accounts.

Mike has overall responsibility for the financial management and reporting across NCG, as well as contributing to the overall strategic direction of the Group. Mike leads the financial aspects of planning and budgeting, manages cash flow and ensures the accounting integrity of the Group is consistently maintained as well and leading on procurement and estates.

Mike is Chairman of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust, which owns and manages a Grade I listed Victorian Opera House in Newcastle upon Tyne.



David Balme – Executive Director of Governance, Assurance & Risk

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. Prior to this, David worked within the HE and FE sectors whilst employed in financial advisory and assurance roles within KPMG.

As an Executive Director, David has responsibility at an Executive level for governance compliance across the group, leading on risk & assurance, the HE registry, information governance (including FOI and data protection) and Tier 4 compliance.



Steven Wallis – Executive Director, Quality

Steven joined NCG in April 2018 and is responsible for the Group’s education and training performance, quality and continuous improvement, working closely with the leaders, managers and staff within NCG’s colleges and training providers.

Steven has over twenty years of experience in further education and skills, in a variety of teaching and managing roles.

Before joining NCG, he spent the last decade in the executive team of a successful Further Education college, specialising in curriculum strategy, curriculum operations and quality of provision.