Board members

Nottingham College Board Members

All governors are holders of public office and abide by the Nolan Principles of Public Life. All governors sign up to the Corporation Code of Conduct.

Below is a list of all current members. 


Positions on the Board

 Current Role

Carole Thorogood


HR Director at Freeths LLP

Mary Carswell

Vice Chair;
Chair of Excellence Committee;
Chair of Audit Committee.

Retired Pro Vice Chancellor at Birmingham City University

Michael Wisher

Vice Chair

Director of Michael Wisher Associates

Councillor Sam Webster

Board Member

Nottingham City Councillor and Portfolio Holder

Ian James



Gill Lane

Board Member

Retired University Lecturer

Richard Cox

Board Member

Partner at Browne Jacobson LLP

Trevor Clay

Member of Finance Committee and Excellence Committee

Retired FE Principal

David Ralph

Board Member

Director at D2N2

Richard Donovan

Board Member

Communications Expert at Experian

Stephen Russell

Chair of the Audit Committee and Board Member

Chartered Accountant

Caroline Mackrory

Board Member

Chartered Management Accountant

Caroline Houldsworth

Staff Governor

Staff Member at Nottingham College

Debra French

Staff Governor

Staff Member at Nottingham College - Staff Development Business Partner

John van de Laarschot

Board Member

CEO at Nottingham College


The Governance Committee of the Corporation is responsible for appointment of new members to the Corporation and always welcome applications from anyone interested in becoming a governor.

There is more information about our application procedure on the Governance Committee page.

Download the Governors Application Form.