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Governors Profiles and Information

Our Governors

Colin Seccombe

Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was a partner in KPMG for 10 years.

He has been Treasurer and on the Board of UK Community Foundations for 3 years, the membership organisation for such foundations in the UK, Chair of its Finance and Operations Committee and also Chair of its Investment Committee for the Community First programme a part government matched £150m endowment. Previously he was Treasurer of the Community Foundation of Tyne and Wear and Northumberland for several years.

He is also an independent Trustee of a large grant making family trust which supports charitable organisations in the North East. He has been a Trustee of Headway Arts - a charity based in Blyth which uses arts as a means of inclusion for disadvantaged and less able people for 7 years.

Colin worked at Newcastle Building Society - initially as Finance Director for 9 years and then as Chief Executive for 4 years until his retirement in 2010.

Andy Walton

For over 20 years Andy has worked in senior positions within the North East. Andy gained significant experience running high performing, technology focused teams within both the public and private sector at the start of his career and has built on this as his career progressed.

The experience he has gained has allowed him to set, and then execute high level strategies which generated significant new business opportunities and revenue streams for businesses and significant economic regeneration benefits within the region.

He is the founder and current CEO of The Nine Software Company, an innovative software development business, delivering solutions to organisations such as P&G, Technip FMC, Nike, Nissan, the NHS and UK Police forces. Alongside Nine, Andy has a founded several technology based businesses and continues to have an active role in a number of them.

Andy, and his wife Kelly, live in North Tyneside with their two children, Mac and Nia.

Malcolm Grady

Malcolm graduated from York University in 1973 with a degree in History/Education, and stayed to complete a PGCE. He began his teaching career in secondary schools in South Tyneside, during which time he was awarded a School Teacher Fellowship at St Chad's College, Durham University. After completing a Masters in Education at Durham, Malcolm moved into educational administration at Newcastle and South Tyneside LEAs, working in fields such as adult and further education, school governance, school workforce development, succession planning and Ofsted inspections. He also contributed to several national organisations in an educational advisory capacity such as the BBC Schools Broadcasting Council, the National Institute for Continuing Education and the National Employers Organisation for School Teachers.

Malcolm gained his Doctorate in Education from Newcastle University in 2001, in the field of school governance. He has worked as a lecturer in Continuing Education for Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland universities, and currently contributes to the education programme for the Joseph Cowan Centre for Lifelong Learning, Newcastle and the WEA. He is married, with four children. Now retired, he spends his time lecturing part-time, researching and sitting as a magistrate.

Andrew Watts

Andrew Watts, the Chief Executive of ‘changing places and changing lives’ charity Groundwork South and North Tyneside, names his priorities as expanding the global influence of the South Tyneside College’s world-famous South Shields Marine School, building greater business and community partnerships, and increasing educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

Before joining Groundwork in 2005, Andrew spent 15 years working in the public sector in various environmental positions. His role as CEO is varied but includes helping create strategic partnerships across Tyneside and developing Groundwork’s arrange of community and environmental programmes such as Jarrow Hall visitor attraction, West Boldon Lodge education centre, Marsden Road Health & Well-being Centre and Windmill Recycling Service. He is also an active committee member of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, and supports local community groups.

Graeme Cruickshank

Graeme completed a BSc and PhD in Chemistry at Edinburgh University, before joining Procter & Gamble at the Newcastle Technical Centre in 1994, spending 20 years in a range of product design roles. Most recently, in July 2019, Graeme was appointed to be the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for CPI (centre for Process Innovation) which is the key Catapult Centre supporting the needs of the Process Industries across the UK.

Martin Hottass

Martin Hottass joined City & Guilds Group as Managing Director for its Technical Training Cluster in October 2018, of which Gen2 is the most prominent constituent.

Prior to taking up his current position Martin had been working for Siemens plc since 2006 and was responsible for the skills agenda at Siemens in the UK and the company’s apprenticeship provision in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to taking up the position as Lead Siemens Professional Education EMEA, Martin held a number of senior learning & development positions in Siemens plc.

He represented Siemens on the Apprenticeship Advisory Board at the Department for Education. He also served on a number of steering boards including the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) and the Energy Efficiency Industrial Partnership. Martin was appointed to the Route Panel for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering at the Institute for Apprenticeships in 2017 and worked as an expert advisor on it until September 2018.

Martin has also been responsible for Siemens plc’s Apprenticeship Programme in England, Scotland and Wales since Siemens plc became a national training contract holder in 2008.

In February 2012, Martin became an Apprenticeship Ambassador.

He joined the Board of GTA England (Group Training Associations England) in 2016 and is currently a governor of Tyne Coast College in Tyne & Wear.




Our mission, vision and values

Our mission, vision and values drive our delivery of first-class provision and show a clear commitment of support to all students equally.

With a mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities, we will benefit learners and the communities we serve. Doing so will satisfy our vision to grow further as a world-class educational facility, operating with a focus that develops the potential of all.

Following these paths will allow us to play a key role in ensuring the long-term prosperity of our region, through the creation of skills that drive economic growth.

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