Governors

  • Alex Turner is a member of the Remuneration Committee and also a member of the Audit Committee. Alex is a partner in a firm of Landscape Architects and Environmental Consultants.
  • Caroline MacDonald has recently retired from Teesside University where she held the post of Deputy Vice Chancellor. She has worked in the university sector in a variety of senior roles in the west of Scotland and the North East and is a molecular biologist by training.
  • Chris Roberts is currently Interim Chair of NCG and is also Vice Chair of Northern Education Trust, Chair of North Country Leisure and Chair of Northern Leisure contracts at Greenwich Leisure. Chris formerly served in executive roles with the Skills Funding Agency rising to Chief Operating Officer.
  • Jamie Martin OBE, is Chairman of NCG, he has been a Governor since 2000 and Chair since 2006. Jamie is a Solicitor and the Managing Partner of Regional Law Firm, Ward Hadaway. He is a past Chairman of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, former Regional Chair of CBI and currently sits on the Regional Council of the CBI. He has a number of other business and charitable interests.
  • Jim Woodlingfield was elected by staff to serve as a Governor. Jim is NCG’s Payroll and Pensions Manager, who previously worked for Brighton & Hove City Council and Sage UK. Jim is currently Vice Chair of the Tyne and Wear Pension Fund Board.
  • Joe Docherty is Chief Executive of NCG. Prior to this he spent four years as Deputy Chief Executive of Home Group, one of the UK’s biggest social enterprises, and seven years as Chief Executive of the award winning Tees Valley Regeneration, where he oversaw the signing of more than £1 billion of private sector investment in the North East of England. He was previously a Director in the Corporate Banking Division of Barclays PLC. Joe is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School and holds a Masters in Construction Finance from Strathclyde University. Alongside Joe’s current role, he is a Trustee at one of the largest charitable organisations in the UK – the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. He is an investor and Chair of catering equipment supplier Crosbys Ltd, winner of The Journal fastest growing Small Business in the North East of England in 2016.
  • John Cuthbert OBE is Chair of Audit Committee. He took early retirement in March 2010 from his role as Managing Director of Northumbrian Water Group plc. During his time in that role, the company won various awards and John himself was awarded North East Business Executive of the year in 2003. John has also worked in the process and retail sectors after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. John is currently a nonexecutive director of Bellway plc and Amazing Media Group Ltd and is a Board member of North Music Trust (Sage Gateshead). He has been involved in a number of roles including Chair of Water UK, Vice Chair of Durham University Council, a Board Member of ONE North East, and Chair of Northern Business Forum. John was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours list for Services to Business in the North East.
  • Katherine Francis is Student Governor who was elected to serve as Newcastle College Student Union President. Katherine is a mature student who has studied a range of Part Time Beauty related programmes at Newcastle College over the past 10 years. During the past 2 years Katherine has successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Beauty Therapy Spa Management and as well as graduating from this programme she also received an outstanding student award from CLAS. Katherine has been an active class representative over the past two years and from this experience successfully campaigned and was elected to SU President as of July 2017. Katherine has a passion for “learner voice / learner experience” and this was both her key manifesto campaign during elections and also her main focus for her year ahead as SU President.
  • Mark Squires is the former Chief Executive of Benfield Motor Group. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Hull and a Masters in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. He is Chair of the National Franchised Dealership Association, Chief Executive of St Ebba Capital Ltd, an investment company and Partner in Squires Barnett Architects. Mark also serves on a number of charitable boards and committees in the region.
  • Matthew Terry is a Governor and Chair of the Kidderminster College Advisory Committee. He was formerly Vice-Chair of Governors at Kidderminster College before its merger with NCG. Matthew runs his own evaluation and research company working with public bodies and national charities. Prior to this, he was a diplomat for ten years. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester Business School and a BA in Politics from Newcastle University.
  • Peter Michell has a breadth of technical and management skills gained while working for IBM. He also has a successful track record in leading a number of complex IT implementation projects. Peter is a member of NCG’s Audit Committee and Chair of the Newcastle College Advisory Committee.