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 Tina Ellis (1)              
Tina Ellis
Chair of the Corporation

Appointed - May 2014
End Date - April 2018

Appointed Chair in
September 2015 for two years      

Tina has been Chair of Governors since 2015 and was previously Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair. She is also Vice-Chair of Governors at Ormiston Denes High School and on the Executive Board of Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce.
Tina’s career has covered nearly 40 years of public service within central government in local, area and regional roles within the Department of Work and Pensions and, immediately prior to retirement, as Director of Regional Skills and Competitive Partnership within the Regional Development Agency.
She has extensive leadership experience including that as District Manager for JobCentre Plus in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk (500 plus staff in 16 satellite locations, budgets in excess of £16M) successfully delivering the government’s annual performance year on year. Previous roles have included recruitment, HR and contracts management.
Tina received the MBE in 2007 for services to the DWP and its partnerships. She lives locally and is passionate about the community’s future growth alongside the development of skills and employability of its young people.

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Keith Monaghan
Member of Corporation/
Vice Chair

Appointed - November 2014
End Date - October 2017

Appointed Vice-Chair
November 2015 for two years

Keith is a seasoned finance professional with extensive experience of collaborative working with major organisations across the globe.
Keith has a BA (Hons) in Financial Services and spent a number of years with NatWest Group in the UK working in a variety of roles and locations, ultimately gaining Senior Management roles in the Group’s Cards and Electronic Markets divisions. Keith also spent two years seconded to MasterCard International, working with members developing and exploiting payment solutions on a global basis. In 1999, he joined QSI Payments, an Australian payment technologies company, to establish their operation in the UK as part of a global expansion backed by investment from Goldman Sachs.
Keith joined GCPS in 2001 as founding CEO of a global commercial payments consortium being established by Visa International, U.S. Bank, Bank of America, Barclaycard, BNP Paribas, BBVA Grupo, Degussa Bank and ANZ Group. He led this organisation to significant success, building out a global partnership network comprising 30 issuers and covering 45 territories. Competing against established market players, the consortium grew its business to encompass more than 100 multinational client programmes representing over $2bn annual spend.
Keith retired in 2013. In addition to his work with Lowestoft College, he is also Chair of Governors at Pakefield High School.

Mal Cowgill
Malcolm Cowgill
Interim Principal 

Appointed - November 2016   

Malcolm has been a Principal and Chief Executive for twelve years’ with twenty three years’ experience working in the FE Sector. He previously worked as Deputy Principal at Grantham College and held senior management posts at Tameside College in Manchester. Malcolm has been East Midlands Worlds Skills Champion and has held a number of school governor positions including Chair of a primary school. Malcolm steered SNC through a successful merger with Castle College Nottingham in July 2011 and went on to successfully rebrand the College creating Central College Nottingham.  As well as being a member of the College's Board of Governors, Malcolm was also a Director of Balls to Poverty (Charity), the South Nottingham College Academy Trust and a Non-Executive Director of ECL (East Midlands Centre for Automotive Training). In addition, Malcolm is Chair of Sports Nottinghamshire which promotes sporting participation and its development across the County. Malcolm has now taken up post at Lowestoft College as Interim Principal and Chief Executive until March 2017 to drive through merger with Great Yarmouth College.


Alan Debenham (20) 

Alan Debenham  
Member of Corporation

Appointed - May 2013
End Date - April 2017       

Alan has over 20 years’ experience in senior HR positions in the financial services sector. In that time he has undertaken a wide variety of roles including training, management development, business partnering and organisational change. He has considerable experience of leading on the HR elements of major change programmes particularly mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Prior to making the career change to HR he spent 17 years as a legal executive working mainly on property and trust matters.
Alan also spent 24 years in the Territorial Army including deployments to Gibraltar, Belgium and Cyprus.
Since taking early retirement in 2008, Alan has been actively involved in voluntary work for Independence Matters in Norwich supporting vulnerable adults with learning disabilities. In addition to his membership of the Lowestoft College Corporation he retains an active link to his former TA unit as Secretary of the Comrades Association.


Simon Grey                  Simon Gray
Member of Corporation

Appointed - September 2016
End Date - September 2019  

Having joined EEEGR in June 2012 Simon had a baptism of fire in the energy sector trying to cram knowledge of oil and gas, renewables and nuclear, understanding the main drivers of the supply chain behind these and the skills requirement for the sector. 
During his tenure at EEEGR the organisation has undergone a transformation delivering more opportunities for the supply chain, organising events, exhibitions and conferences on a scale not seen before in the region., Simon has also worked to try to raise the profile of the industry and the region with government, organising House of Commons receptions and ministerial visits.
Simon previously worked in the charity sector - primarily health-related at the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Wells Community Hospital where he retains an interest as a trustee of the charity.
Earlier in his career, Simon had a strong background in print and digital media development, working for the likes of Archant, Thomsons, United News and Media and Newsquest.
Simon is heavily involved in his local community, in his home village of Worstead in Norfolk, where he and his wife work on the Worstead Festival, a charity that has raised thousands of pounds over the years for local good causes.
He loves walking and hiking around our coasts, villages and beauty spots and more recently has become an avid Broadsman with a boat on the Norfolk Broads where he is often to be found at weekends.
Simon is keen to see the region live up to its full potential and provide the jobs and future prospects for the generations to come.

Alastair King                

Alastair King
Member of Corporation

Appointed - May 2013
End Date - April 2017                

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Ben Lynes
Member of Corporation

Appointed - July 2015
End Date - June 2018

Ben qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002 and is a partner in Cunninghams Chartered Accountants based in Lowestoft. He has extensive experience in advising small and medium sized business and strong links to the local business community. He has previous experience in teaching an accountancy qualification for Norfolk County Council’s Adult Education.
Among his many roles at Cunninghams, Ben is responsible for organising and monitoring the training of new employees seeking to obtain the ACCA qualification.
Ben lives in Acle with Lindsey, his wife, where they share common interests in collecting and playing board games, and walking.

 Gwen Parsons (22)                Gwen Parsons
Member of Corporation

Appointed - August 2015
End Date - July 2018

Gwen re-joined the Lowestoft College Board in August 2015 having been Principal of the College from March 2002 to September 2010. She is also a member of the Shadow Board for the proposed East Coast College.
Gwen graduated in Mathematics from Nottingham University and chose a career in Further Education initially as a lecturer in Maths and Computing. She progressed to Head of Department at a Warwickshire college, then held senior positions at colleges in Wales and Wolverhampton where she gained firsthand experience of college mergers.
During her tenure as Principal of Lowestoft College, income grew from around £9m to over £16m, its debts were cleared, and the quality of provision was markedly improved. She chaired the 14-19 partnerships in both Lowestoft and North Suffolk and was a key player in developing the vision for education in Lowestoft which culminated in the re-organisation of schools and the establishment of a new high school and a sixth form college in the town. She was a founder member of University Campus Suffolk and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship after her early retirement on the grounds of ill health.
She remains passionate about education and is Vice Chair of Governors at Pakefield High School having joined its Board when the School opened in 2011.

Laurie Poulson                 Laurie Poulson        
Member of Corporation

Appointed - February 2014             
End Date - January 2018 

Laurie retired after a career in teaching which included management roles in schools, FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges, culminating in 14 years as the Principal of East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston. He taught across a wide range of subjects, mainly in Physics, Maths, Electronics and Computing, but also on BTECs in Public Services, Business Studies and Health & Social Care.
He has always had a keen interest in sport, especially athletics, and also enjoys football and chess. In education he has run teams in all three plus basketball and was a football coach in the community for many years.  He served as the National Vice-Chairman of British Colleges’ Sport and still runs a student table tennis team in the local league.
Laurie has many years of experience of working with young people through youth work, foster caring and as a Boys’ Brigade leader, with an emphasis on music, sport and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Laurie and his late wife have four sons whose jobs show how varied are the opportunities for young people when they leave college.  They are a church minister, a computer scientist with Jaguar Land Rover special projects, a “creative” in a media post-production house and a professional trumpeter.

     Portraits (24)           Bruce Provan
Member of Corporation

Appointed - July 2012
End Date - July 2019

Bruce spent the majority of his working life with a major oil and gas company. During his career he was involved in finance, gas contracts and economics, working both in the UK and aboard. Bruce has been a Suffolk County Councillor where he was a cabinet member with responsibility for economic development. He was also a cabinet member on Waveney District Council where, again, he had responsibility for economic development. It was during this period that he saw the importance of education, particularly a successful apprenticeship programme, as a way forward to employment. Bruce was Chairman of Waveney District Council last year and is currently a District Councillor representing Kessingland and Gisleham.

Charles Reynolds (19)                Charles Reynolds
Member of Corporation

Appointed - November 2015

End Date - October 2018

Charles is a retired Clerk to the Lowestoft Corporation and member of staff for 39 years during which time he held a number of teaching and managerial roles including Curriculum department deputy head and head of department for marketing.
He has an academic background in teaching accountancy to degree level, economics and business related subjects.

Portraits (18)                 Terry Skinner
Member of Corporation

Appointed - June 2015
End Date - May 2018

Experienced Director and Leader in Information Technology and Business Strategy, recently semi-retired and relocated back to Norfolk. Terry began his career in Norfolk in 1976 and has worked for both small companies and large multi-national commercial organisations. Following a technical career path through to senior management and retiring from Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Director roles.
With experience in both the public sector and private industry, he also held a Diplomatic position as Director of Information Systems with the UN Multinational peace keeping force based in Rome.
Terry spent many years working for and with Police, Government and Military, and today as a consultant in Strategy and lecturer in Cyber Security, he gives guidance and advice from teaching e-safety in schools, through to cyber resilience and strategy to senior Police Officers, Military, Civil Servants and Industry senior management.
He now lives in Watton with his partner Sally, their two sons and daughter having grown up. Terry also does voluntary work for education in Norfolk and Suffolk, as a Governor at Lowestoft College, and with TEN at Watton's Wayland Academy Schools.
He wants to give something back to Education in East Anglia, helping young people prepare for planning their careers, understand what industry is really like, and how to get the best from themselves.

Nick Smith 
Staff Governor                        

Appointed - October 2016
End Date - October 2019 

Alex Stannard Student Gov (21)                                                  

Alex Stannard
Student Governor

Appointed - November 2015

End Date - End of student final academic year

John Eade

Assistant Governor
Ashley Reynolds
Assistant Governor


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English and Maths Revision @ The Hub

Lowestoft College Nov 2016 (206)

From March 13th to the end of the academic year, we are running revision sessions – this includes English and Maths for GCSEs and Functional Skills. The aim will be to provide help on some of the areas of these subjects you are finding difficult, to practise exam papers under the guidance of specialist tutors and to give practical advice about revising in these subjects.

As a college, we are advising students to plan at least 2 hours of revision per week; attendance at these sessions can be a perfect way of keeping you on track to reach this goal.

Click the link below to see when these sessions will be taking place.

Good luck in your exams!

Maths and English Revision Workshops