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Board of Governors

Sue Billington Chair
Jane Brown Principal
Tony Barradell Foundation Governor
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
Chris Bradshaw Co-opted Governor

Sue Billington

Sue Billington

I was born and brought up in north Leicester and educated locally through the state school system. Following a successful career as a senior manager in BT, I left in 2007 and joined the Governing Body of New College Leicester in May of that year. I am a director of a local limited company and I am currently studying for a Masters Degree in Urban Conservation at the University of Leicester. Having served as Vice Chair of Governors, I was elected as Chair in November 2011; 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

Chris Bradshaw

Chris Bradshaw

I have worked in industry for over 20 years in a range of positions related to leadership, learning and development, quality management, human resources and equality and diversity. My experience includes work in the public sector with The Post Office group, local authorities, the NHS and in the private sector with Abbey Life, Gala Bingo and in hospitality. I have taught at colleges and universities since 2002 including programmes covering HRM; management and leadership; equality and diversity; and politics. I also had a spell as an Equality and Diversity manager. I have a first degree in Social Science, an MBA and a Ph.D. I am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, have been a CIPD external examiner and have held voluntary positions as Chair of the West of Scotland Branch and Treasurer of CIPD Scotland. My research interests include leadership, equality and diversity and organisational politics.

Jane Brown

Jane Brown

I have been the Principal of New College Leicester since January 2006 and have worked in education for over 20 years. I have experience in education leadership at all levels in secondary schools. I am also a designated Local Leader of Education which means that I support all types of other schools when asked. I am currently an Ofsted Inspector.

Tony Barradell

Tony Barradell

I run my own management development company, Clear Vision Learning Ltd. I have been involved with New College Leicester as a governor since 2010 and as a trustee since 2011. I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors at New College Leicester. Previously chair of governors at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1 6th form college (QE).

Ian Chakravorty

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

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

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

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

Paul Wilson

Principal of Regent Sixth Form College since 2008. I am the Chair of The Tertiary Federation of Leicester and a member of the Leicester Education Strategic Partnership Board. I have completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and the LSIS Executive Leadership Development Programme for Principals (ELDP/PQP). I have particular interests in Sports Development and I am a National Board Member of Association of Colleges Sport and the Chair of the East Midlands Sports Strategy Group. Within the Governing Body I have a lead role for teaching and learning.

Ellen Rudge-Tezcan

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

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.

Governor Meeting Dates – 2019/20

Thursday 3rd October 2019
Thursday 7th November 2019
Thursday 30th January 2020
Thursday 5th March 2020
Thursday 30th April 2019
Thursday 18th June 2019

All meetings start at 1700 hrs

Governors Minutes – 2018/19

Governors Minutes 20th June 2019

Governors Minutes 2nd May 2019

Governors Minutes 7th March 2019

Governors Minutes 17th January 2019

Governors Minutes 8th November 2018

Governors Minutes 13th September 2018

Governors Minutes – 2017/18

Governors Minutes 21st June 2018

Governors Minutes 3rd May 2018

Governors Minutes 8th March 2018

Governors Minutes 18th January 2018

Governors Minutes 9th November 2017

Governors Minutes 28th September 2017

Governors Minutes – 2016/17

Governors Minutes 22nd June 2017

Governors Minutes 4th May 2017

Governors Minutes 9th March 2017

Governors Minutes 26th January 2017

Governors Minutes 17th November 2016

Governors Minutes 6th October 2016

Governors Minutes 15th September 2016

Parent Governors

We are urgently looking for Parent Governors to serve on the governing body of New College Leicester.

You do not have to be an expert on education to be a school governor (although it’s amazing how much you will learn) and the experience and skills you bring as a parent are very valuable. There’s also lots of help, support and training opportunities to help you carry out this role.

Governing bodies are responsible for a wide range of matters including ensuring that students receive high quality education and planning for future development and improvement of the college. Parent governors play an important role as members of the governing body, including ensuring that the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community. You can find out more about New College Leicester’s Governing body on the governance pages on this website.

If you would like to stand for election or wish to nominate someone else, you should complete a nomination form and return it to the college via your child. Forms can be obtained from the college. If there are more nominations than vacant posts, a ballot will be held and one voting paper per parent will be sent to you via your child.

If you would like further information, please speak to Lynn Dawson, Clerk to the Governors 0116 231 8500 or email her at

We look forward to welcoming you onto the governing body.


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