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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

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

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 – 2018/19

Thursday 13th September 2018
Thursday 8th November 2018
Thursday 17th January 2019
Thursday 7th March 2019
Thursday 2nd May 2019
Thursday 20th June 2019

All meetings start at 1700 hrs

Governor Vacancy (September 2019) Finance Lead

We are looking to recruit a Governor to lead on Finance on our Board of Governors at New College Leicester.

Our current Finance Lead governor will be stepping down in 2019 after serving two, four-year terms as a governor at the college. Our Governing Body is a group of committed professional volunteers who are directly accountable for the staff and operating budgets for the school, working closely with the Principal of the college who is the CEO. New College is an independent Trust operating under Articles of Association and the governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees.

New College Leicester is an 11-18 years secondary facility located 3 miles from the Leicester City Centre on Glenfield Road. There are ideal links from the college to the motorway network. The college offers a varied exciting curriculum to serve a catchment area that includes children from deprived backgrounds, with 60% of the students receiving ‘Free School Meals’. New College Leicester is rated ‘GOOD’ by Ofsted and is a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion with more than 50 different languages spoken.

There is an active Sports and Community offering at New College Leicester that operates on a cost recovery basis.

Our governors are all busy professionals and we value their time. We meet six times per year, this being monthly during term time from 5pm to 7pm. There is an additional requirement for the Finance Lead to attend an annual Pay Review Meeting in October for one hour.

We recruit governors with a passion to make a positive difference to the lives of children who come from a variety of backgrounds. For this vacancy a knowledge of financial management is essential.

Appointment of governors is subject to a DBS check.

Applications are invited through a personal statement of no more than 500 words explaining how you would add value to this vital role. Please send your statement to Mrs Lynn Dawson, Clerk to the governors at New College Leicester.

If you wish to discuss the role further or arrange to visit the college, please contact myself, Sue Billington, Chair of Governors or Jane Brown, Principal at New College Leicester. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Sue Billington

Chair of Governors

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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