The Team

Michelle Howard

Executive Director

Michelle is delighted to have joined The Lancashire Colleges in May 2019.

As well as leading the team, Michelle is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic priorities of The Lancashire Colleges Ltd.

She has over 25 years of progressive experience within Education and the private sector and is a specialist in leadership, marketing and business development. With an award winning record of building long-term partnerships, she has gained substantial funding to improve educational outcomes. Michelle has led and contributed to substantial partnerships including one between education, health, local government, and third sector organisations to deliver an educational project that won a Guardian Newspaper Innovation in Partnership Healthcare Award. One of only a handful of non-teaching staff to be awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship, Michelle has experience of primary, secondary, FE and higher education.


Rosie Fearn

Operations Director
Rosie Fearn

Rosie joined The Lancashire Colleges in June 2016 after 12 years at the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessor organisations in funding, strategy and partnership management roles. Prior to that she worked for Local Authorities in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Rosie supports delivery of The Lancashire Colleges’ business plan, including strategy development, project management and coordinating the work of the team. She leads on the commitment to realise new and additional funding streams including our European funding programmes. 

Debbie Newell

Senior Administrator
Debbie Newell

Debbie joined The Lancashire Colleges in June 2017 after 14 years working in various marketing and communications roles for the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessor organisations.

Debbie supports the senior team with all aspects of TLC.  She coordinates events, workshops and activities and supports all projects.  Debbie works with multiple stakeholders to support TLC to maintain a high profile as trusted partners and promotes members achievements.