– Parent Governor

Appointments will be made during the autumn term 2017.

 – Student Governor

Appointments will be made during the autumn term 2017.

Rachael Weir

To follow..


Andrew Gorman – Staff Governor (teaching)

Andrew is a staff member (teaching) and was duly elected by the College’s teaching staff in January 2014. He is a member of the Business and Economics department teaching Business studies to years 12 and 13. Formerly head of department at Wallasey School, he joined the staff in College in 2010. Andrew also has work experience in the NHS as well as private sector business experience.


Mark Hanrahan, BEng(Hons), CEng, FIMechE, CQP, MCQI

Vice Chair, Chair of Finance & Resources and Search

Mark is a Group Business Development Director, an experienced chartered mechanical engineer and chartered quality professional and has many years’ experience of business strategy, leadership and quality management.


Tracey Howson – Chair of C&QC

Tracey teaches physics and chemistry at Golborne High School in the metropolitan borough of Wigan where she is also head of department.

Currently studying for NPQSL (Senior Leadership) qualification and recently taken on the role of Co-ordinator of the Wigan and Leigh Ogden Trust Partnership.


Debbie Liptrot

Debbie’s appointment as support staff governor took effect from 1 September 2015.  Debbie previously worked for Manchester City Council as Service Manager for Adult Social Care before being appointed to the College in August 2011. Debbie is the Support Services Manager and has overall responsibility for the Transport provision, Reprographics and Administration.


Michael Oates CA

Michael is a former student.  He studied British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) at the University of Hull and spent time at the Palace of Westminster working as a researcher and caseworker for a Member of Parliament before commencing a training contract with a large accountancy firm.

Michael is a Chartered Accountant working in practice as an Audit Manager.  He is qualified and has been admitted to membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He spends his time primarily working with corporate and education clients and acts as one of his firm’s ‘audit quality champions’. Michael brings his experience and expertise to the College’s Audit committee, acting in a personal capacity.

Michael lives in the Borough and enjoys travelling, cycling and the outdoors.


James Pearson, Chair of Governors

James is a lawyer working with international law firm, Trowers & Hamlins LLP.  James has a very strong background in the public sector, specifically within the education sector.  James has also held senior positions within the private sector.

James was appointed Chair of the governing body in January 2017 having first been appointed to the Board in February 2011.

James takes over from the outgoing Chair, David Rosbottom OBE.

Louise Tipping, Principal

Louise Tipping took up her position as Principal of the College on Monday 21 October 2013.


Stan Walker

Stan is an Electrical Engineer working for a major corporate organisation. He is a director of a local semi-professional football club.
Stan was appointed to the board in May 2006.


Antony Kearns

Antony is the Strategy and Operations Director with WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing services in the built and natural environment. Having spent most of his career in this environment, he is well placed to bring both strategic and business skills to the Board.

A recent achievement of which he is very proud has been his involvement in the Railway Engineering Design Technician Apprenticeship standard which was approved by the Secretary of State for BIS in August 2014.  His passion for enabling training and development opportunities for young people was one of the reasons he was attracted to the position of governor.

Antony is married with two children and lives locally.  He is passionate about improving life chances for young people in the Borough.

Antony Kearns

Nayyar Naqvi OBE

Consultant Cardiologist

Nayyar graduated in medicine in 1968. He was trained in cardiology at Manchester and St Thomas Hospital, London. He has been Consultant Cardiologist at Wigan Royal Infirmary since 1979. He was awarded OBE by the Queen in 2004 for services to medicine and cardiology. In 2010 Wigan Council awarded him the Wigan Life Award for services to the public, and in 2013 placed a Star in his name on the “Wigan Walk of Fame”. WWL NHS Foundation Trust established an annual “Nayyar Naqvi Lecture” at the Medical Education Centre in 2013 which is held in the Nayyar Naqvi Lecture Theatre. Nayyar is also MRCP Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians of London,

Nayyar is married with two grown up daughters and two grandchildren. His hobbies are golf, music (he is a member of the Halle) and reading

Nayyar Naqvi

Margaret McKenzie – Chair of Audit

Margaret is a former pupil of both Winstanley College and Upholland Grammar School. She studied Law at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1985. She has spent the majority of her career working in the public sector and is currently Principal Solicitor in Wigan Councils Legal Division specialising in adult social care, mental health, education and human rights law.

She has 4 daughters, 2 of whom are currently students at the college.

Margaret McKenzie

Kevan Ryan

Kevan Ryan is the Director of Legal, Risk & Compliance at the University of Liverpool.  As the University’s Chief Legal Officer, Kevan is responsible for providing strategic legal advice to the University.  His role is also to provide strategic leadership, direction and oversight to the various compliance functions including Health & Safety, Risk Management, Radiation Protection, Occupational Health, Internal Audit and Insurance, in order to ensure consistency of approach and regulatory compliance.  Kevan is also responsible for compliance with Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation in his role as the University’s Data Protection Officer.  Prior to joining the University, Kevan worked as a commercial solicitor with leading national law firms, Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard.

Kevan Ryan

Updated Clerk to the Governors, September 2016