David Meakin


Chair of the Governing Board, Remuneration Committee, Vice Chair of the Search & Governance Committee

David Meakin is Chair of the Governing Board, a position he has held since 2014. 
A qualified Accountant David holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Mathematics. David began a 35 year career with the NHS after leaving school, working in Nottingham, Birmingham and Aylesbury before arriving in Burnley. When David retired from the NHS in 2005 he was Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive.




 David J Brown


Vice Chair of the Governing Board, Chair of Search & Governance Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee

David has been a Governor at the College since 2005 and worked as Burnley Borough Council’s Director of Environment prior to his retirement. He held responsibility for Planning and Environment, Street-scene and Markets services.




Hugh Bramwell


College Principal

Hugh Bramwell has been Principal of Burnley College since January 2010. He had been Deputy Principal of the College since 2001 and prior to joining Burnley College held the post of Dean of Technology at Blackburn College.
Hugh started work in further education at Bolton College in 1983 and has worked in a number of further education colleges including Manchester, Exeter, Bolton and Blackburn. Hugh has a background in quantity surveying and business information systems.




 Kelly Forrest


Support Staff Governor

Kelly was elected as Support Staff Governor by her peers in February 2015 following seven years of service as Senior Human Resources Officer within the College, a role she will continue to perform during her time on the Governing Board.




Paul Henderson


Member of Finance Committee

Paul currently resides as the Director of Education Frameworks at International Building Contractor ISG. This followed previous roles including that of Client Project Manager responsible for the new build at Burnley College.
A former GNVQ Building Studies student at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, Paul progressed and graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BSc Hons in Building Surveying before completing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.




 Anne Kelly


Vice Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee


Former primary school teacher and Governor, Anne Kelly joined the College’s Governing Board and Curriculum & Standards Committee in November 2009 and took over the role of Vice Chair in 2014.

Anne taught at Briercliffe Primary School and St James’ Lanehead Church of England Primary School before retiring in August 2008. Anne is a member of Briercliffe’s Parish Council and is a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Burnley Borough Council. She served a term as Mayoress of Burnley between 2004 and 2005.




Jim Sutcliffe


Chair of Audit Committee, Member of Human Resources, Remuneration and Search & Governance Committees


After leaving Burnley Grammar School, Jim joined Burnley Building Society as a computer specialist and Audit Manager. He then moved to the National and Provincial Building Society in Bradford as a mergers and acquisitions planner and integration manager. He developed his own management consultancy business in 1997 before recently retiring.

Jim was appointed a Governor of Burnley College in 1998, a decision he states influenced by the high quality of education his sons received at Burnley College. He is now Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee and Search and Governance Committee.




 Richard Thorley


Chair of the Finance Committee and Member of the Search and Governance Committee


Retired Director of Kaman Aerospace Group, with headquarters in Connecticut, USA, Richard became a Burnley College Governor in 1993 whilst he was Managing Director at Smiths Aerospace. He is currently Chair of the Finance Committee.

A Chartered Management accountant Richard also holds a degree in Production Engineering and Management from Loughborough University.




Phillip Turner


Chair of Human Resources Committee, Member of The Remuneration Committee


Philip recently retired from being Senior Partner at Waddington and Son Solicitors. He had spent over 24 years at the firm after joining on a traineeship and continues to work for them as a Senior Consultant. Philip specialises in Criminal Law.

Philip has been a Burnley College Governor since 1993.




Paul Ragnall


Vice Chair of Human Resources Committee, Member of The Audit and Search & Governance Committees


Paul joined the College’s Governing Board in March 2011.

Paul works at the National Pensions Service and has held a number of roles over the past 30 years including benefit delivery, Human Resources, Health and Safety and the Job Centre Plus. Until recently, Paul was the Deputy Manager of the Department for Work and Pensions and has now taken up a national role in relation to health and safety and elements of the human resources function.




Ken Phillips


Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Search & Governance Committees


Ken was formerly the Director of Regional Partnerships with our partner university, the University of Central Lancashire. He is Chairman of the Curriculum and Standards Committee which considers curriculum related issues and student achievements.

Ken began teaching Politics at the University of Central Lancashire in 1972 becoming head of department in the mid 1980s. He was appointed Director of the Regional Partnerships Project in February 2004.





Guy Thomas


Member of the Curriculum Standards Committee


Guy left aerospace manufacturing group Kaman UK in May 2014 after six years of managing three subsidiary businesses within the organisation, first as Group Finance Director and then taking a new role as Group Managing Director in January 2010. He is now a self employed consultant providing specialist services support to small and midsized corporates.

Guy is a qualified accountant and has many years experience in this role gained at Earnest & Young and Brockhouse Holdings where he was Group Finance Director.




Aidan Worsley


Curriculum and Standards Committee


Following a career in social work and the probation service, Aidan moved to the University sector, firstly at the University of Chester and then the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where he holds the position of Executive Dean leading the University in business, law and applied social studies.

Aidan enjoys a national reputation as a published research author in social work and is a former president of the Association of Professors of Social Work.






Lyn Bradley


Lecturing Staff Governor, Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee


Lyn is a recent addition to the Board being elected as the Lecturing Staff Governor in April 2016.

A longstanding member of staff Lyn joined the College in 2004 and is a computing and games lecturer in our Creative Industries and Computing Division.