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Governors Profiles and Information

Our Governors

Dr Malcolm Grady - Chair of Governors

Malcolm graduated from York University in 1973 with a degree in History/Education, and stayed to complete a PGCE. He began his teaching career in secondary schools in South Tyneside, during which time he was awarded a School Teacher Fellowship at St Chad's College, Durham University. After completing a Masters in Education at Durham, Malcolm moved into educational administration at Newcastle and South Tyneside LEAs, working in fields such as adult and further education, school governance, school workforce development, succession planning and Ofsted inspections.

He also contributed to several national organisations in an educational advisory capacity such as the BBC Schools Broadcasting Council, the National Institute for Continuing Education and the National Employers Organisation for School Teachers.

Malcolm gained his Doctorate in Education from Newcastle University in 2001, in the field of school governance. He has worked as a lecturer in Continuing Education for Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland universities, and currently contributes to the education programme for the Joseph Cowan Centre for Lifelong Learning, Newcastle.

He is married, with four children. Now retired, he spends his time part-time lecturing, researching and sitting as a magistrate.

George Clark

Became a college Governor in July 2014. A Qualified Accounting Technician and Chartered Accountant. In 2016 was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Has over 44 years public service experience, spending 25 years at Newcastle City Council where he became Chief Internal Auditor and Head of risk management and insurance. George left to become an Inspector with the Audit Commission delivering over 50 assessments across all areas of the public sector (Police, Fire, NHS and Local Government) across England. Currently applying his skills on a number of Boards and Committees across the Tyne and Wear area;

  • North East Combined Authority - Vice Chair of Audit Committee
  • Nexus - Independent Non-Executive Director sitting on the Executive Board, Chairing the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee
  • Independent Person for both Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils being consulted on all complaints against Councillors

Internationally he has worked with the Shanghai Municipal Reform project, with the Crown Agents and trained Chief Internal Auditors from Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, and Georgia. Had four tours of Bosnia to develop proper financial procedures and train their staff to deliver effective Internal Audit. Undertook two projects in Macedonia developing anti-corruption hotlines and training programmes for the staff operating them.

Martin Alexander

Bio coming soon.

Dr Doug Cole

Doug has fifteen years’ experience in leading learning and teaching in Higher Education, prior to this having spent over a decade in industry working with a range of sports organisations in the UK, Beijing, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Doug is currently Associate Director, Academic in Employability Services at Nottingham Trent University, having spent three years previously with the Higher Education Academy, focused on developing strategic approaches to learning for employability and student success with institutions across UK and globally. Doug is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

In 2012 Doug developed the concept of a national framework and guide for embedding employability in the curriculum, to support all institutions in developing graduates with the qualities and capabilities that are vital for success, not only in securing employment, but also for life more broadly. In 2013 Doug co-authored the Higher Education Academy publication; Defining & developing your approach to employability: A framework for higher education institutions.

Neil Henry

Having attended Newcastle College of Arts and Technology between 1988-1992, Neil has spent the last 36 years in the Building services industry, specialising in the commercial/industrial air conditioning and refrigeration sector . Of those 36 years Neil spent 20 of these running HLA Services Ltd a successful business employing over 100 people, based on Boldon Business Park.

Following Neil’s exit from the business in March 2023 he established Option3 Logic Ltd, a consultancy providing mentoring to SME business leaders in sustainability, growth and exit strategies.

Neil has also been a trustee of Grace House children’s charity for 8 years where he currently holds the position of Vice-Chair.

Neil is passionate about apprentices, especially in the building services sector and is currently working with a number of organisations to improve the delivery of apprenticeships in the North East.

Gary Hindmarch

Gary has been involved with marine engineering since the 1970's when he joined the UK Merchant Navy. After graduating from the then South Shields Marine and Technical College he worked for Canadian Pacific Ships until leaving in late 1980's at the rank of Chief Engineer on tankers and bulk carriers.

He moved ashore into a shore based chemical production plant and then as Technical Superintendent in a UK based tanker company.

Gary returned to join South Tyneside College as Lecturer in the early 1990’s, and he undertook various roles before coming Head of Faculty, when he has created national maritime Further and Higher education programmes since 1998. He led the UK development team for the introduction of the Electro-Technical Officer STCW programme in 2008. His final position was in the role of Principal of the South Shields Marine School where he served until 2018.

Gary is active in a wide range of advisory roles within Higher Education, both in the UK and overseas, and currently serves on the Board on a number of local, national, and international maritime associations that deliver maritime training and education, and assessment.

Surajah Hunter

Surajah started her nursing career in Banbury, Oxfordshire. She has worked in various specialities and completed post nursing courses in Burns and Plastic Surgery at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Oncology at Royal Marsden Hospital, London and in the field of Paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

She completed her BSc in Child Health at Manchester University.

She has also worked in Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle General Hospital, Freeman Hospital, South Tyneside Hospital and Sunderland Hospital.

On a voluntary basis she has worked in a school nursery, Board of Governors at Special Needs School, Treasurer at Special Needs Integrated Play Scheme, managed funding from Department of Education for Parent Carer Forum, steering group member for Learning Disability Employment subgroup between South Tyneside College and Council.

She was Coordinator (2003 to 2005), Health Development Officer (2005 to 2007, Chair (2008 to 2009) and Board Member (2009 to 2022) at Apna Ghar Minority Ethnic Women’s Centre. She was instrumental in setting up Cervical Screening at the centre.

Currently she is a member of New Hope, service user reference group for Mental Health, Patient Carer Public Involvement (PCPI) Sunderland University and Director of Inclusion North.

She is passionate about ensuring that people from all walks of life are treated equally and fairly and given the same opportunities to fulfil their full potential.

Clive Johnson

After gaining a Business Studies degrees in 1981 Clive has spent his career in finance. Initially in banking and then into Local Government, starting off in Tyne and Wear CC, where he qualified as an accountant in 1985, before moving to the Education service at North Tyneside Council. In 1989 he moved to the NHS and worked in several local NHS bodies before finishing his career at the NHS Business Services Authority responsible for the provision of all financial services to a business with a turnover in excess of £36bn.

Throughout his career he has been involved and delivered major change programmes, mergers and consolidations, and developing new accounting and reporting practices. He is a qualified in PRINCE2 project management processes and has continued an intensive leadership development programme. Since retiring in 2019 Clive has been assisting in the strategic planning of a Housing organisation working in the Housing benefit exempt sector.

He is a past president of CIPFA in the North East and a member of the national Technical Information Service. Clive is also a member of the Cramlington LV MAT and Lay Chair of St Marks PCC.

Joanne Fanning

Bio coming soon.

Nicola McCluskey (Staff Governor)

Bio coming soon.

Colin Seccombe

Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He worked for KPMG from 1974 until 1997, becoming a partner in 1987. He then moved to Newcastle Building Society as Finance Director until 2006, when he became its Chief Executive, a position he held until his retirement in March 2010.

For several years, Colin has been involved with charitable organisations, including as a co-opted member of the Finance Committee of UK Community Foundations, the umbrella organisation for all CFs in the country; Treasurer of The Community Foundation, serving Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, and a trustee of Headway Arts, a charity based in Blyth, which uses performing arts as a means of inclusion for disadvantaged and less able people. He is also a former chairman of the MEA Trust.

Mark Turnbull

Mark operated as a professional Civil Engineer since leaving University at the age of 23.

During the first years of his career, he worked primarily for the major Civil Engineering Companies including Balfour Beatty and Fairclough on major infrastructure projects such as Kielder Dam, Sellafield Nuclear Power Station and Tyne and Wear Metro. By the age of 30 Marck had developed my own building company and had moved to a turnover of circa £10 million by the mid 90’s. Since then, his career has been varied but he has always been either self-employed or operated as Managing Director of several SMB’s employing many 100s of people over his career.

Currently semi-retired, ownership and or partial ownership in several companies and continue in role of Retained Consultant Engineer.

Throughout his career Mark has always operated as Senior Management, usually Director level within the companies he has been involved with or employed by. Mark has effectively been managing and running companies for the past 30 years and has gained extensive knowledge in company matters of every nature from financial matters to legal, contractual and personnel management. On a professional front Mark’s broad engineering knowledge is highly influential in all the companies he has been involved in. Mark prides himself in being an innovator and a problem solver of a very high order and in recent years has been successful in two substantive awards with Innovate UK. In 2015 Mark was awarded the UK Innovate UK award for his design and implementation of Hydrofoil System for catamarans. Mark currently collaborates as a partner or subcontractor to both Strathclyde University and Newcastle University on many research projects.

Mark is currently underway as lead partner in latest Innovate UK Award 2022 CMDC3 application with primary partners including Strathclyde University Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and Newcastle University Marine Science.

Donya Urwin

After gaining a degree in occupational psychology Donya joined the graduate training programme at Marks and Spencer and worked throughout the UK in a variety of retail management roles. In 2001 she joined Jaguar/Land Rover as their Diversity Manager and then moved into Ford Motor Company where she worked internationally as an HR Director in South Africa, North America and continental Europe, finally being appointed to the Executive Leadership Board as Vice President of Human Resources for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Leading large international teams, negotiating with a wide range of Trade Union partners and controlling significant budgets has provided her with a wealth of experience. Donya has a particular interest in coaching and mentoring senior managers.

Jackie Watson

Jackie Watson has a wide knowledge and working practice of Education at all age groups and levels. As a qualified teacher her expertise includes: Early Years settings, Primary and Secondary teaching, right through to further and higher education for South Tyneside Council and Northumbria University.

Her diverse experience includes front line Community Development in her early career to later running, developing and managing services to support Children, Young People and their families. She managed a number of different settings and Borough wide projects such as Community Centres, Children's Fund, Extended Schools, Early Years and Children's Centres.

As a strategic manager for Children and Young People's Services she worked closely with Headteachers in Schools, Social Care and Health, Training Agencies and Charities to develop co-ordinated approaches to supporting those most in need, both locally and regionally.

She has a strong commitment to finding ways to engage and enable young people to meet their full potential, believing strongly in developing support and trust with the whole family to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Married twice, she has five adult daughters and eight grandchildren. Now retired, much of her time is spent supporting them as well as supporting her local branch library as a Trustee and volunteer. Her main interest is in providing alternative therapies to support health and wellbeing.

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE  Chief Executive South Tyneside College

Lindsey Whiterod oversaw a rapid rise in education standards at South Tyneside College, where she was Chief Executive from 2009, by introducing a new focus on vocational qualifications.

Her resolute and forward-thinking approach to provision ensured courses and resulting qualifications targeted real jobs, a policy that won the approval of many within the North East business community and education inspectorate Ofsted, which graded the college good with some exceptional features. In 2012, it was the only North East College where standards of provision were identified as rising.

Her influence on South Tyneside Colleges academic resurgence was such that she was made an OBE for services to education in the New Year Honours List in 2013, and later made a CBE in the New Year's Honours List in 2018.

Lindseys achievements included overseeing capital refurbishment and estate rationalisation programmes in excess of £21m, part of which was a £4.5m upgrade to the colleges world-famous South Shields Marine School and the development of its globally-renowned brand into new markets in countries such as China, India and Bangladesh.

Significantly, she also ensured the college was rated financially outstanding by the Governments Skills Funding Agency.

Director of Governance: Neil Longstaff

If you require any further information about the College's Board of Governors or any corporate or governance queries, please contact Neil Longstaff, Director of Governance on 0191 427 3903 or email neil.longstaff@tynecoast.ac.uk


TCC Board Minutes

Audit Committee Minutes

Finance and Resources Committee Minutes

Governance and Search Committee Minutes

Quality Curriculum and Standards Committee Minutes

Senior leadership team

Our key staff

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE

Chief Executive
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Jane Cuthbertson

Chief Operating Officer
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Mandy Morris

Principal, TyneMet & South Tyneside
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Simon Ashton

Principal, South Shields Marine School
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Diane Turner

Vice Principal, Tyne Coast College
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David Gardner

Assistant Principal, South Tyneside
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Tony Pattison

Director of Quality
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Lorraine Schapira

Director of Marketing and Recruitment
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Craig Scott

Director of IT
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Emma Douglas

Director of HE
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Allyson Edney

Executive Director of Human Resources
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