The Team

Michelle Howard

Executive Director

Michelle joined The Lancashire Colleges in May 2019. She has over 25 years of progressive experience within Education and the private sector and is an accomplished specialist in leadership, marketing and business development.

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.

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.

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


Rosie Fearn

Operations Director
Rosie Fearn

Rosie joined The Lancashire Colleges in June 2016 after working for 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 Michelle to deliver The Lancashire Colleges’ business plan, supporting strategy development and co-ordinating the work of the team. She leads our European funding programmes and other projects and activities.


Brett Shannon

Projects and Finance Officer
Brett Shannon

Brett has been with The Lancashire Colleges for 9 years having previously worked as a fully qualified personal trainer and landscape gardener.

Starting as a data inputter, Brett has continued to take on new responsibilities and is now Projects and Finance Officer, managing the day to day finances, the website and social media accounts and the general running of the office.

Brett also supports the performance management of the Access to Employment and Moving On projects, ensuring partners are meeting contract values as well as quality and audit requirements.


Debbie Newell

Marketing and Promotions Co-ordinator
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’s main role is to promote and raise the awareness of the Access to Employment project which is supporting unemployed adults to enter and sustain employment including apprenticeships. She also manages a Continuing Professional Development programme for the ‘Access to Employment’ and ‘Moving On’ delivery partner networks, providing staff with the knowledge, tools and techniques to help them to engage and support learners and employers.