Members of UCEN Manchester's Board:

John is an elected member of Manchester City Council and is Chair of the Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee. In addition John is a member of the Manchester City Council Economic and Skills Scrutiny Committee.

John is currently an Associate at the Network for Europe, a regional network supporting the Third Sector to access funds from Europe. John has extensive experience in the Third Sector; in particular in the areas of community regeneration, learning and skills, and employment creation. 

He is currently a Director of the Third Sector National Learning Alliance. Prior to his current role, he was managing director of a social enterprise in Manchester providing workspace for small businesses. 

John is a governor at the Chorlton Church of England Primary School and a  governor at the Federation of EBSD Schools.

John is on the management committee of the Chorlton Beer Festival. 


Lisa joined The Manchester College in July 2013 as a Vice Principal, from Blackburn College, where she was Deputy Principal. She has extensive experience of further and higher education, with expertise across curriculum, quality and learner support services. Lisa was appointed Deputy CEO/Principal of The Manchester College in November 2014 and has overall responsibility for the organisation, management and development of the College, providing operational and strategic leadership.

As Principal, Lisa oversees college-based programmes and development of curriculum and quality improvement across the Group. She ensures these meet the objectives of the Strategic Plan and our mission, visions and values. Lisa keeps us responsive to the external environment and proactive in identifying and meeting our customers’ needs.

After 27 years in industry in a range of commercial, project management, production and engineering roles, plus three years in the Foreign Office as Counsellor at the British Embassy, Tokyo, Peter moved into Higher Education in Manchester. Recognised as a leader in the higher education enterprise field, culminating with the appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) at Loughborough University.

In 2009 he moved to the NWDA to take the lead on innovation across the Northern Way (the three northern regional development agencies).  Following the decision to close the NWDA, Peter took the position as a Director at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton; he subsequently moved back to the North West to join MMU, from which he retired in 2017, whilst continuing as a Visiting Fellow.

Appointments of note include Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (also Vice Chairman of the Academic Accreditation Committee and Chair of the Institutions membership panels), Member of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.


Kimoni is the current student governor on the LTE Group board and UCEN Manchester divisional board.

Kimoni owns a successful e-commerce business where she personally produces all of the products and packaging. Kimoni sources the ingredients for the products which can then take up to three days to create.

Last year Kimoni volunteered with the Student Union, facilitating with campus tours. For her efforts Kimoni was nominated for a student award.

Kimoni is also employed for GM Higher through TMC which involves talking to students of schools in the area.

Kimoni is a UCEN Manchester student currently studying Business Management.

Katrina is a marketing and communications specialist.

Her career has been primarily in large multinational agencies such as Ogilvy and J Walter Thompson. However in 2013 she became CEO of Marketing Cheshire where she focused on promoting tourism and inward investment, stepping down at the end of 2019 to focus on non-executive and consulting roles. 

She is currently on the board of The Halle in Manchester and a trustee of Storyhouse in Chester and was previously on the board of two PLCs and a Governor at Manchester Metropolitan University.

At the LTE Group she will be focussing on the HE provision. 

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