Appointment of Executive Director for The Lancashire Colleges

The Lancashire Colleges (TLC) has announced that Michelle Howard has been named its new Executive Director. She will take up the post on the 7 May 2019. TLC has been working on behalf of the further education (FE) and sixth form colleges of Lancashire for over 20 years, securing funds for education and training and supporting collaborative work and projects.

With over 25 years of progressive experience within Education and the private sector, Michelle is an accomplished specialist in leadership, marketing and business development. One of only a handful of non-teaching staff to be awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship, she has experience of primary, secondary, FE and higher education.

Michelle has an award winning record of building long-term relationships and has gained substantial funding to improve educational outcomes. She has led and contributed to substantial partnerships including a partnership between education, health, local government, and third sector organisations to deliver an educational project that won a Guardian Newspaper Innovation in Partnership Healthcare Award. Judges praised it for its innovation and contribution to the future of both education and healthcare.

Michelle takes over from Robin Newton-Syms who is retiring after 22 years in the FE sector. Under his leadership over the last three years TLC has secured almost £23m of European and other funding, supporting Lancashire’s communities and businesses.

Michelle said, “I am delighted to accept the role of Executive Director of TLC. Colleges are pivotal in raising the aspirations, life chances and the economic and personal wellbeing of individuals across our communities. They are an important driver in our economic success nationally. The Lancashire Colleges has brought significant benefit through its partnership approach and I am honoured to join a strong, passionate and hardworking team committed to the growth of the FE sector and our local communities in Lancashire.”

Wes Johnson, Principal of Lancaster & Morecambe College and Chair of TLC said, “I am delighted to welcome Michelle as our new Executive Director. She brings with her a wealth of experience and I look forward to the next chapter for TLC under her leadership.”