Current Members


Currently, the Corporation is made up of eighteen diverse Members, who are:

  • Thirteen people appointed by the Corporation
  • The Principal who chooses to be a member by virtue of her role as Principal
  • One member of staff
  • One student

Members are initially appointed for 12 months and then can be re-appointed for two periods of four years. Staff Members are appointed for up to two terms of four years and Student Members are appointed annually.

Our Role

The legal power of our Corporation rests with the Corporation and not with individual Members, therefore we must:

  • Support decisions agreed by the majority of Members
  • Not speak on behalf of the Corporation unless we have been specifically asked to by the Corporation
  • Share responsibility for decisions
  • Respect confidentiality

As individuals, we are not personally liable for the debts of the College, unless it is shown we have acted negligently or improperly.

We are volunteers and are not paid, although we may claim reasonable out of pocket expenses for attendance at meetings.

On appointment, we must declare any convictions, bankruptcy proceedings, and any financial and non-financial interests we have. These interests are recorded in a register of Members’ Interests which is available for public scrutiny.

On appointment, we agree to follow our Corporation Guiding Principles document.


Our Members


Karen Baxter – Staff Member

I have worked at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College for over twenty years as a youth worker and currently as a lecturer in Work with Communities and Young People. As well as being a lecturer I am also involved with the Colleges’ Mental Health Strategy. I have a wide range of skills within youth and community work such as project planning and implementation, mental health and well-being and working in a variety of settings regarding Issue Based work. For the last 3 years I have been involved with research regarding students in Higher Education.



Chris Brewer – Deputy Chair of the Resource Committee

I was Deputy Chief Executive of a local authority and am a qualified accountant. As the Council’s Chief Financial Officer I also had the responsibility for the oversight of a number of other departments including housing, leisure, street scene, HR and IT. The whole of my career has been in local government. I bring both strategic management and strategic financial management experience together with an understanding of the public sector to the Corporation. I live in Hinckley and in my spare time am a keen table tennis player.




Paul Cashian – Chair of the Students, Learning and Quality Committee

I am the Associate Dean (Student Experience) for the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University. I have worked in Higher Education for over 25 years and prior to this spent 6 years as a lecturer in FE. I have a wide-ranging experience of HE covering curriculum design, quality assurance, academic management and working with collaborative partners. I have a doctorate in Education, and my current research centres on issues of employability and practice-based management. I am also a Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy. I was appointed to the North Warwickshire and Hinckley College Corporation in September 2010. I am a former Vice Chair of the Corporation and currently chair the Students Learning and Quality Committee and am a member of the People, Strategy and Governance Committee.




Karen Chouhan – Deputy Chair of the Students, Learning and Quality Committee

I live in Leicester and worked for South Leicestershire College teaching ESOL, English and Functional Skills from 2012 until 2014. I am now a Senior Education Manager for the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) in the East Midlands with specific responsibilities for ESOL, English and maths, safeguarding, Prevent and Curriculum and Quality.




Martin Cooke

After retiring from my position as Group Director for Grainger Cromwell in 2016, where my duties had included Global Compliance, Real Estate and Facilities Management, Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental policy and Security, I decided to establish my own consultancy company to advise and support businesses on these topics and more.
During my employment I was blessed to be able to travel extensively, visiting countries across sub-Saharan Africa and the Far East regularly. I am also an active member of the Parish Council and the County Indoor Bowling Association in Leicestershire. I have served on the Audit Committee at SLC and NWJC for several years and look forward to the next chapter as a Corporation Member of NWSLC.


Duncan Cooper – Corporation Vice Chair and Chair of the Resource Committee

Having spent around twenty years as a Senior Executive in the pumping industry, I retired from the position of Group Senior Vice President, Americas, in the summer of 2016, having been based in Chicago at the end of this period. This to pursue a second career in the non-executive world. Since then I have been Chairman of Private Equity backed Companies, Adey and Stuart &Turner and a Non-Executive Director of George Eliot Hospital Trust. As a former student of both North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and George Eliot School it is a privilege to be a member of the Corporation.




Phoebe Edwards – Corporation Vice Chair and Chair of the People Strategy& Governance Committee

I’ve been a Member at NWSLC since 2016 and before that at South Leicestershire College from November 2014. I’m a CIM qualified marketer and have nearly 20 years’ experience of delivering publicly funded business support and skills improvement programmes that create jobs, generate wealth and help individuals fulfil their potential. During this time, I’ve worked with national Government and its agencies, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships and have a very strong understanding of both policy and operational delivery including how to effectively engage employers. This gives context to my role as a Member.
I began my career in the education sector, firstly as a Research Assistant and then as HE lecturer and later worked for the National Trust, being part of the senior management team for the Northumbria Region with a focus on commercial income generation. I went on to become one of the founding directors of the EMB Group, which is headquartered in Leicester and is the company I currently work for. Since 2006 we’ve delivered over 100 substantial programmes and projects. These include DIT Investment international trade services, LSC/SFA funded skills programmes such as Train to Gain and the Leadership & Management Advice Service, Investors in People for Business Link. EMB is also a well-recognised specialist in securing and managing complex EU funded projects.

Jerry Hutchinson

I am a former Local Authority Chief Executive and a solicitor. In addition to my legal background, I bring strategic management experience, a strong interest in the wider local community and an understanding of the public sector to the corporation. I have extensive experience as a school governor (secondary) including 5+ years as a Chair, also as a Director of a multi-academy trust Hand as an FE Board member including chairing Committees and as Vice Chair of the Corporation. I am also the independent Chair of a local multi-agency Health Improvement Partnership.






Sian John – co-opted to the Student, Learning and Quality Committee

I have worked for North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College since early 2017 and teach in the foundation learning team. My background is a mixture of finance management and animal behaviour and training, and I am currently in the final year of my third degree, in Business and Management. I am based in South Derbyshire and spend my spare time travelling, writing songs and spending time with my sons.




Trusha Lakhani – co-opted to the Audit Committee

I am a qualified accountant and currently Finance and HR Director for Elmhurst Energy Systems Ltd and related companies. Since 2017 I have gone part-time in this role to start my own business as a Business Coach. My business is called Great Business Matters and provides Business Growth coaching to SMEs. I am based in Hinckley and I also volunteer as Chair for the ACCA members’ panel for Leicestershire.




Ray Linforth – Corporation Chair

When I was a young kid growing up in Liverpool, few people would have thought I would do very much with my life. I was fortunate enough to go to a brilliant school with teachers who inspired and encouraged me. They opened my eyes to a world of possibilities I never knew existed. That school and those teachers transformed my life and ever since, wherever I’ve worked, I’ve tried to do the same for the students I’ve worked with. I am the Vice-Chancellor & Principal of University College Birmingham and I have nearly 40 years’ experience of working in schools, colleges and universities. I began my further education career in the General Education Department at North
Warwickshire College of Technology and Art, teaching Politics, English and Physical Education for 7 years between 1978 and 1985. I have lived in Burbage for the last 37 years.




Anil Majithia – Chair of the Audit Committee

I am a highly experienced professional executive with over 25 years’ international experience of delivering major transformational change within different industry sectors-including Financial Services, Defence, Banking, Utilities, Consumer Products and Transportations. I also have significant Board level experience of governance, strategic management, working with senior executive, influencing stakeholders and contributing to overall wellbeing of the organisations and their future stability. I am currently Chair of Voluntary Action Leicestershire, Board Member of Leicester & Leicestershire LEP, Chair of Regional Advisory Board (East Midlands) for Canals & River Trust, Lay Member of the Council for University of Leicester and an independent member of Governance Committee for Science Council. I am also an Associate Non-Executive Director for George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.


Marion Plant – OBE FCGI

I am the Principal and Chief Executive of a large FE College; North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College in Leicestershire and Warwickshire. I am also Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust which sponsors four secondary schools. I have just completed a 3-year term as a non-executive director at the Department for Education and in March 2018 I was awarded the ‘Business Woman of the Year Award’ by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. I currently serve on several national/ regional bodies including:

  • Director and Board member for the Coventry and Warwickshire Local
    Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and skills lead.
  • Trustee of the National Society Council (Church of England).
  • Board member of Coventry University and co-chair of the Academic Affairs
  • Deputy-Chair (elect) and Trustee of WorldSkills UK.
  • Member of the Education & Skills Funding Agency Advisory Group.




Clive Read

I am a commercial property solicitor and qualified in 1992. I rose through the ranks to become a partner and joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards in June 2015, a national practice specialising in a number of areas, including education. I have worked with colleges and universities on major development projects and the management of their property portfolios for over 25 years, providing specialist advice on property development, planning and commercial property. I chair the Birmingham Law Society Property and Development Committee and am a Council member of Birmingham Law Society and a Liveryman. I enjoy a number of sports and am a very keen long distance walker, both for fun and for charity. I have enjoyed acting for and advising the North Warwickshire & Hinckley College on its real estate from its inception in 1992 through to 2015.




Tracey Simkins

I began my professional career as an auditor and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2008. Following 10 years in audit, specialising in the Not for Profit sector, including colleges and academies I decided to take a change
in career and became a Business Manager at a Multi Academy Trust where I worked for 3 years. This helped to develop my knowledge working within the education sector at a much more hands-on level. In order to broaden my knowledge within the Charity sector, I then took on my current role as Head of Finance at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 2016. I am also a trustee of a charity, Middleton Hall Trust based in Tamworth.







Charlotte Walton – Student Member

I am a hardworking and determined individual, who loves taking on new challenges, and helping to improve the community and the environment around me. Within my College years I have taken on the roles of a course rep, and a union member, each role has given me a different insight. I was interested in gaining a new perspective as a student member, which gives me more transferable skills to put on my CV.