Meet the Governors

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell

Chair of Corporation

Tim Mitchell retired in 2015 as Chief Executive of Positive Steps, a local charity which focuses on information, advice and guidance services for young people and adults as well as delivering Youth Justice, substance intervention and a range of family support services. He is professionally qualified in careers guidance and has led the organisation since 1998.

He began work with Oldham Council in 1982 before the (then) Careers Service was set up as an independent organisation in 1993. Before moving to Oldham he started his career and was educated in West Yorkshire. He has a wealth of experience in delivering and managing advice and support services to young people and adults.

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.

Brian Simpson

Brian Simpson

Governor

Brian has worked in education for over 30 years, and before that he gained experience in both the public and private sectors. He held senior posts in Human Resources at Manchester Metropolitan University and retired in 2007 as HR Director. He has a Master’s Degree in Strategic HR and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. For a number of years he taught part time at Oldham College in Business and Management.

He became a Governor of the College in 2009 and Chair in 2012.

Since his retirement he has spent time as a trustee of an addiction charity and now, alongside his work with the College, pursues hobbies including writing on football, photography and playing the guitar – badly.

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