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.


Brett Shannon

Projects and Finance Officer
Brett Shannon

Brett has been with The Lancashire Colleges for 10 years having previously worked as a fully qualified personal trainer and landscape gardener.

Brett is the 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.