Manoj Agarwal – Parent Governor



Grace Holland – Student Governor

Grace is currently studying maths, politics and economics at Winstanley which she is thoroughly enjoying and is assisting in her role as Student Governor. Grace is applying the knowledge she has gained in lessons to support the college in providing the best education for the students. Since being elected for this position Grace’s understanding of College operations has developed.

During her time with the Board, Grace has gained important life skills of networking and communication during debate, the ability to ask questions of senior leaders and give important insights of student life. As an U6 student Grace’s experience of the Board will support her in her future career as well as university applications. Grace is finding her time as a Student Governor to be both fulfilling and worthwhile.


Rachael Weir – Clerk to the Governors

Rachael joined the college in Sept 2017 after nearly 20 years working in Human Resources.  Rachael brings a wide range of experience to the role of Independent Clerk.



Alison Mullan

Alison has over 20 years’ experience working in higher education across a range of universities in the North West and is currently Head of Academic Standards and Quality at Lancaster University. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with sixth form and further education colleges in a variety of capacities including for recruitment and admissions, and for the validation of higher education provision offered within further education settings.

Outside of work, Alison has held a number of voluntary roles, including spending 10 years as a volunteer with her local Youth Offending Team.

Alison is passionate about the transformative nature of education and is committed to supporting young people from all backgrounds to reach their full potential.


Elizabeth Collins



Andrew Thomas – Teacher



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 – Staff Governor (Support)

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.


Antony Kearns

Antony is the Regional Operations Director for Northern Europe with Systra, a global leader in the design of transport infrastructures. Having spent most of his career in this environment, he is well placed to bring both strategic and business skills to the Board.

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

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


I am a former pupil of both Upholland Grammar School and Winstanley College as I was there when it changed one into the other. I am a qualified Solicitor having gained my law degree at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford. I specialise in public sector adult social care, mental health and human rights law. I am currently working for Tameside Council. I really enjoy being a governor of the college. It is a vibrant and caring college and I’m proud to be a part of its outstanding success. As Chair of Audit and the designated safeguarding governor I hope I demonstrate my capacity to keep a close eye on the things that ensure the college continues along its successful path.

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