The Lancashire Colleges appoints Michelle Howard to senior role

The Lancashire Colleges appointed Michelle Howard as its new executive director, taking up the post on May 7.

TLC works on behalf of the further education and sixth form colleges of Lancashire to secure funds for education and training and supporting collaborative work and projects.

With over 25 years of experience within education and the private sector, Michelle is an accomplished specialist in leadership, marketing and business development. She is one of only a handful of non-teaching staff to be awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

She 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. Judges praised it for its innovation and contribution to the future of both education and healthcare.

Michelle takes over from Robin Newton-Syms who is retiring after 22 years in the FE sector. Under his leadership over the last three years TLC has secured almost £23m of European and other funding, supporting Lancashire’s communities and businesses.

Colleges are an important driver in our economic success nationally.

Michelle said: “Colleges are pivotal in raising the aspirations, life chances and the economic and personal well being of individuals across our communities. They are an important driver in our economic success nationally.

"The Lancashire Colleges has brought significant benefit through its partnership approach and I am honoured to join a strong, passionate and hardworking team committed to the growth of the FE sector and our local communities in Lancashire.”

Wes Johnson, principal of Lancaster & Morecambe College and chair of TLC, said: “I am delighted to welcome Michelle as our new Executive Director. She brings with her a wealth of experience and I look forward to the next chapter for TLC under her leadership.”