Governing Body

Board of Governors

Sue Billington –  Chair
Jane Brown –  Principal
Ian Chakravorty –  Foundation Governor
Dipak Patel –  Foundation Governor
Sue Thistlethwaite –  Foundation Governor
Trevor Low  –  Foundation Governor
Paul Wilson –  Community Governor
Ellen Rudge-Tezcan –  Staff Governor
Deborah Rose –  Co-opted Governor
Owen Jones –  Parent Governor
Richard Seaman  –  Co-opted Governor
Cllr George Cole - Authority Governor

Sue Billington

I was born and brought up in north Leicester, and educated locally through the state school system which included five years at Aldreman Newton's Girls' Grammar School.  Following a successful career as a senior manager in BT I left in 2007 and joined the Governing Body of New College Leicester that same year.  I am a director of a local limited company and I attended the University of Leicester as a mature student to study for a BA in Humanities and Arts, and a Masters in Urban Conservation; graduating with a First Class BA Honours in 2014, and a MA in Urban Conservation in 2016.  I was elected as Chair of Governors in November 2011 and I am now serving my third term in that role; I also serve as a trustee of the college.  I am actively involved in the governance of the college and I am passionate about ensuring that all students at New College Leicester have the opportunity to reach their full potential. To contact the Chair of Governors please speak to Lynn Dawson, Clerk to the Governors on 0116 231 8500 or email her at

Jane Brown

I have been the Principal of New College Leicester since January 2006 and have worked in education for over 25 years. I have experience in education leadership at all levels in secondary schools.

Ian Chakravorty

I am a Business and Organisational development specialist with a focus on leadership accountability and achieving results. I work across a range of industries at a senior level designing people development interventions and has been a governor at New College Leicester since October 2008 and am a Trustee for the College.

Dipak Patel

I am the co-founder and Director of Alchemmy Consulting Limited which is a London based consulting firm providing business transformation and improvement advice and support for global and FTSE100 companies. I have been a Governor at New College Leicester for over 5 years and for the last two years been Chair of the Board of Trustees. I am married with three children aged 14, 12 and 10 and live in Loughborough.

Sue Thistlethwaite

I am a local Leicester person, and I have worked in several schools in Leicester. I have been a New College Leicester governor since 2010. My belief is, and has always been, that all young people deserve the best education and chances in life, and that is why I have spent my life working in education. I have particular interests in young people who face difficulties, either learning or emotional or behavioural, and also in teacher development and leadership. I think young people benefit from a rounded education, and although exams are crucially important, so are resourcefulness, resilience, responsibility and respect!

Trevor Low

I have been running sport clubs in Leicester since 1970 and currently manage Hinckley Gymnastics Club who hold the operating licence for the club at New College Leicester Gymnastics Centre and Clarendon Park in Hinckley. I am a graduate of Fine Art and Ancient history and was for many years a Residential Care Officer and a Teacher in special education and Assessment Units in Leicester.

Paul Wilson

I am Principal of WQE Sixth Form College in Leicester, a role I was appointed to following a merger in 2018 with Regent Sixth Form College, where I had also been Principal since 2008.  I am a member of the Leicester Education Strategic Partnership Board and was the Chair of Tertiary Federation Leicester between 2013 and 2019.  I have also completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and the LSIS Executive Leadership Development Programme for Principals (ELDP/PQP).  In 2019 I completed a Strategic Leadership Programme at Oxford University's Said Business School, supported by the Education Training Foundation.  Within the Governing Body I have a lead role for teaching and learning.

Ellen Rudge-Tezcan

I have worked at New College Leicester since 2006. I am an Assistant Principal, in addition to being on the governing body. I am originally from South Yorkshire. but trained and worked in Birmingham before moving to Leicester. I have worked in education, both in formal and informal settings for the last 15 years. My core values are very much centred on social justice. I strongly believe that all young people should be given the best possible chances in life, regardless of their socio-economic background, race, sexuality or gender.

Deborah Rose

I combine my life as a full-time business woman with that of a mother of two teenage sons. In my working life, I have over 25 years’ experience working for local government and private business. I specialise in physical regeneration, helping to improve local neighbourhoods and create strong communities. As a parent of children with dyslexia and dyspraxia I am very familiar with the challenges and frustrations children face, and I am very committed to helping young people overcome their difficulties and achieve their best possible successes.                              

Owen Jones

I've lived in the New Parks area since 1993 and have 2 children attending New College with 2 more to follow. With over 20 years experience working in IT I became director of a software company in 2015. Due to the rapid rate of technological development I believe education is more important now than ever. I became a governor to ensure my children and all others at New College get the skills they need to be successful in life.

Richard Seaman

“My professional experience is in Finance and Audit. I am currently Head of the Internal Audit Department in a UK healthcare company and am part of the global Internal Audit function for the US parent company. I have experience from being a parent governor at a local primary school when my children were in attendance and during my tenure I took on responsibility of chair of the finance committee and then subsequently chair of governors. I believe that every young person has the right to access a good quality education in order for them to be set up for their futures and that education gives those young people choices in regard to their future careers. I have an interest in helping New College serve its students and community.”