Amanda Melton was appointed Principal and Chief Executive of Nelson and Colne College in March 2012. Amanda is also Chair of the Lancashire LEP Skills and Employment Board, a LEP Board Director for Skills & Technical Education and a Director of Growth Lancashire Ltd, Lancashire’s Economic Development and Regeneration company. She is also Principal of Lancashire Adult Learning which provides community learning in more than 300 venues across Lancashire.
Amanda moved into Further Education at South Trafford College in 1995 after a career in scientific software sales and marketing. She initially taught night school French and Italian, then IT, web design and business, before taking on leadership roles in adult learning, then learner services and finally 16-18 learning. Her experience in quality systems and performance management helped Trafford College to achieve its two Outstanding Ofsted results, and Beacon Status. She was a senior manager at the time of the merger of North and South Trafford Colleges and led the cultural aspects of this merger.
Nelson and Colne College is a high-performing, ambitious organisation situated in the heart of Pendle. It has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted since 2005 and is currently the number one college in the country for 16-18 learner achievement.
The College incorporates a Sixth Form and Skills Academy, apprenticeships and training, Lancashire Adult Learning and a University Centre. It is also a proud sponsor of the multi-academy Pendle Education Trust and merged with Accrington and Rossendale College on 30 November 2018.
Nelson and Colne College is recognised nationally for its performance and is at the forefront of sector developments. It has developed a strong reputation for its collaborative approach to education, including successful mergers with Lancashire Adult Learning and Accrington and Rossendale College, has been chosen as one of the first colleges to deliver T Levels and has been selected to be a Maths Centre for Excellence.