Meet the Governors

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

Chair of the Corporation

Jonathan is a solicitor and head of the corporate banking and finance team at national law firm Browne Jacobson. Jonathan, who held the position of national head of banking at DWF since 2010, has featured in the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories for more than a decade and has over 26 years’ experience in the industry covering all banking and finance disciplines. He graduated with first class honours from the University of Kent in 1988 and then spent the early part of his career at City of London law firm, Simmons and Simmons. Jonathan moved to Manchester in 1996 and for three years was the Manchester managing partner of Hammonds. He has lived in the Oldham area for the last 16 years.

Anne Gornall

Anne Gornall

Vice Chair

Anne is Executive Director of the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) and previously worked for 12 years with the SFA/LSC as part of a long and rewarding career in the education and skills sector. Anne has worked with providers through economic and policy change, challenge and opportunity. She believes that a key role for the FE sector is to provide a vehicle for individuals to reach their full potential, often against the odds. Interests are many and varied including swimming, Pilates, hill walking, theatre and travelling.

Janet Frost

Janet Frost

Clerk to the Corporation

Janet has worked in local government for 30 years initially focussing on economic development within a housing renewal context. From 2002 - 2012 Janet led on regeneration initiatives in Tameside, including the Tame Valley Initiative and Hattersley Development Trust, and as part of this work held the position of Company Secretary for the regeneration companies.

A change of career in 2013, Janet took up the role of Deputy Clerk to the Corporation. Having successfully completed the National Clerks’ Development Programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership in August 2015 she applied for and was successful in being appointed to the role of Clerk to the Corporation and Academies from September 2015.

Janet has also spent time as a governor and Chair of Governors for a primary school and a governor of a secondary school.

Shaid Mushtaq

Shaid Mushtaq

Governor

Dr Shaid Mushtaq is a well-respected local businessman and a very active member of the Oldham community. He is a governor at a local academy, a committee member of Oldham Race Equality Partnership (OREP) and was elected as local councillor for Alexandra Ward in May 2014.

Dr Mushtaq is also a member of the newly formed Ethics Committee for Greater Manchester Police helping to shape the Police approach and build the trust of greater Manchester residents.

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