Andy Tuscher

Chair of the DN Colleges Group Corporation Board

Andy is the Region Director for EEF in the North; covering Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East of England.  Andy joined the EEF in January 2010, as Head of External Affairs for Yorkshire and the Humber, after leaving Business Link Yorkshire, and became the Region Director later that year.  Prior to working at Business Link Yorkshire, Andy was Operations Director at Business Link Humberside.  He worked here from April 2000 until the Regional Businesses Links were merged in April 2008.

Andy joined the Army in 1984, and after graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he served in a number of theatres and operational tours, until resigning his Commission.

On leaving the Army, Andy joined Humberside Training and Enterprise Council as an Investors in People Adviser and Assessor until being appointed as Operations Manager at Business Link Humber in 2000.

Andy is married with three children, Matthew, Alexander, and Amelia.

Andy Tuscher

Anne Tyrell

Chief Executive of the DN Colleges Group

Anne Tyrrell is Chief Executive of the DN Colleges Group, which incorporates both North Lindsey College and Doncaster College, following a merger in November 2017. Prior to the merger, Anne was Principal and Chief Executive of North Lindsey College for five years. Anne have worked in Further Education colleges for over 30 years, first in and around the Midlands and more recently as Deputy Principal at York College. While at York, among other things, Anne had responsibility for the delivery of their New College Project, which included a £60 million new build.  Anne began her teaching career in schools, originally on the south coast, near Brighton, before moving into Further Education teaching Fashion, Art and Design and History.  Anne has continued to maintain her interest in Fashion and Fashion History, and has written books on Twentieth Century Fashion.  Anne has a First Class B Ed (Honours) Degree and an MBA from the University of Warwick.  Anne is married with two children, both now adults, and her husband is a primary school teacher and golf fanatic.

Anne is personally driven by the important role further and higher education plays in contributing to and supporting the future economic success of Scunthorpe and Doncaster and their surrounding areas.  It is so rewarding to see the positive difference our Colleges can make to the lives of so many individuals.

Anne Tyrell

Paul Pascoe

Vice Chair of the DN Colleges Group Corporation Board

Length of Service on the Board – From March 2012

Paul was born in the Doncaster area and on leaving school became a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice in precision engineering, later moving to heavy engineering and was involved in the machining of the enormous cylinders that operate the Thames flood defences.

Paul left industry to be teacher trained and became a lecturer in Mechanical and Production Engineering, specialising in Computer Numerical Control CNC and Computer Aided Manufacture CAM, alongside becoming an Examiner for City Guilds.  The time Paul spent in Education also included extensive experience in developing and managing Business Focused European Projects.

Paul has spent the last 8 years working in South Yorkshire and the wider region for Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency, using his knowledge and skills to improve the economic opportunities, of People, Communities and Businesses through the building of strong relationships that recognise together we can make changes for the benefit of all.

Paul has always had a passion for education and recognises its importance; the people of Doncaster deserve the best education, the college is key in the process of developing academic potential, so the town of Doncaster will continue to be a good place to live work and do business.

Paul Pascoe

Angela Briggs

Vice Chair of the DN Colleges Group Corporation Board

I am one of two Vice Chairs of Governors of the DN Colleges Group and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. I sit on a number of other committees including Search and Governance, Performance and Quality and the Higher Education Performance and Quality Committee.

I am currently a Justice of the Peace for the Lincolnshire Bench of the magistracy. Prior to retirement I was a Head Teacher and Principal in both the primary and secondary sector for sixteen years. During this time I worked with the National College of School Leadership as a Regional Coordinator; I was a Local Leader of Education and Professional Partner to new Heads. I served on many local boards, trusts and partnerships and was Chair of the Secondary Heads and Principals Consortia for two years. As China Development Coordinator, I supported North Lincolnshire Council in developing educational links with schools in Dalian China, visiting with students and staff on many occasions.

As someone who was born and bred in the DN locality, I have a great affinity with the college and its educational aspirations. I feel that my knowledge of where young people come from, both educationally and from a community perspective, enables me to offer insight and support with regard to their educational continuity and progression. As Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee I am able to play an important role in supporting the college in being seen to be rigorous, publically accountable and effective.

I feel honoured to be a part of the college and working with its highly committed board of governors and senior leadership team, to support its continued development in delivering an outstanding education and enhanced life chances to the young people of our region.

Angela Briggs

Mathew Lynds

Length of Service on the Board – From December 2013

Having enjoyed school life, but not having had great achievement, I decided to do some travelling and worked abroad, and had many low paid jobs; all of which I enjoyed and do not regret. I later went back to school as a mature student to study. A success which I enjoyed. Having always had a job of some sort since the age of 13, I took the first job I could get after finishing college; a tea boy on a building site, aged 26! Not great, but it was a job. That was my first step to my current career, leading on with simple steps forward and always continuing my education. Fourteen years ago I set up my own Facilities Management company, which goes from strength to strength. We now employ nearly 100 staff around the region, and work throughout the UK.

I believe passionately in Doncaster and the importance of the College in its future. Speaking from experience, education is the means by which we can create opportunity, empowering the individual and ultimately, the region. The Doncaster area is uniquely placed and the students of the College have a fantastic opportunity to make Doncaster a vital national asset, even European. I want to take part in that and help make it happen today.

I am proud to live and work in Doncaster, and I look forward to a bright future for the Doncaster region.

Mathew Lynds

Mark Swales


Date of Appointment – March 2017

Mark has lived in South Yorkshire for twenty five years.  He attended school in Goole and Selby and is a graduate of Sheffield City Polytechnic where he studied Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management.

Mark has ten years’ experience in the Hotel and Leisure Industry followed by 30 years in Higher Education covering commercial, facilities management, estates and academic timetabling.

He has been Director of Estates and Facilities at Sheffield Hallam University since 2010 and in this time the department has gained “Investors In People” Gold and Customer First standards and achieved IS0 14001 and ISO 5001 for environmental and energy management, a first in the sector.

Mark has chaired a variety of university sector wide groups and professional bodies. He is currently a trustee for a number of local charitable organisations including Voluntary Action Sheffield and a Fellow of the British Institute of Leadership and Management.

He is involved in the Sheffield City Regions work on the public sector estate and a member of the Property and Construction sub group of the Local Enterprise Partnership and on the Rotherham Together Partnership Board.

Mark is keen to make a positive contribution to the work of Doncaster College in transforming lives and building its reputation as an outstanding educator and provider of training and employment opportunities for its students.

Mark Swales

Nigel Jackson

Staff Governor (Teaching) - Appointed August 2017

Nigel previously spent ten years working within the Motor Industry, in both independent garages and dealership service centres. He also served as a workshop controller for a major manufacturer before moving into the Further Education sector.

Nigel worked for a local independent training provider for 13 years prior to joining the team at Doncaster College in 2015. During his time as a lecturer he has supported learners across various levels ranging from Entry 3 to Level 4; been a Lead Internal Verifier and held the position of Teaching and Assessment Quality Co-ordinator, a role that involved him supporting his colleagues in developing new ideas within the teaching environment, and as the OFSTED nominee develop the self-assessment report in line with the common inspection framework.

Nigel has also worked with the administration team for the Equality Network, travelling to various colleges around the country supporting the team in the running of seminars and training courses.

In his spare time Nigel is the training officer for the RAF Air Cadets at 103 (Doncaster) Squadron, where he works within the executive team to ensure the cadets have the best experience in the organisation whilst raising the profile of the squadron in Doncaster.

Nigel believes that everyone, both learners and staff, should receive a positive and enjoyable experience at Doncaster College

Nigel Jackson

Paul Senior

Governor - Appointed April 2017

I have great pride in my association with the borough of Doncaster, having lived and worked in the town for over 30 years and in which both my children were born. Although originally from Sheffield, I have worked for a number of the Keepmoat companies in Doncaster at various levels, including at a director level for the past 16 years.

During this period, I have been associated with a number of other business and academic related organisations including: chairing the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce Construction focus group for 8 years; working as an external examiner at a number of regional universities including Sheffield Hallam and Leeds Beckett; and  president of the Yorkshire Builders Federation.

I have also been extremely involved with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) at both a regional and national level. This has included being chair of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire branch.  I am currently a member of the education, qualities, standards and practices board (EQSP) for the institute.

Having worked in the construction industry for over 40 years, and in both the Civil Engineering and Building sectors of the industry, I am confident that I can use my experiences in both the technical and business environments for the benefit of Doncaster College. I am currently heavily involved in the Doncaster bid for a university technical college (UTC) in the town, which again demonstrates my commitment to improving education in Doncaster.

Paul Senior

Greg Clarke

I have worked in the steel industry for over 20 years and am currently the Manager for Strategy and Business Development within Liberty Speciality Steels. I’ve had a varied career to date with experience within Steelmaking/Semi finished products (Customer focused process and product development); Manufacturing Management; Transport and Shipping; Laboratory Management; and most recently Strategy & Business Development (Business Transformation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy Deployment, Operational Excellence).

I hold a Masters Degree in Materials Engineering from Sheffield, an MBA with Distinction from Warwick University and I am a Gold Award Business Excellence Assessor.

I am married to Claire and have 2 daughters, Erin and Neve. I enjoy sporting activities and regularly compete in masters swimming tournaments, long distance open water swimming (up to 14km), long distance cycling and triathlons in the UK. In 2017 I completed the ‘London-Edinburgh-London’ cycle event during which I rode over 1400km in 4 days raising over £3000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

As a Governor member of the merger team, I have enjoyed supporting both North Lindsey College and Doncaster College throughout the merger process leading to the formation of the DN Colleges Group.

Now as a Governor of the DN Colleges Group I have a strong belief that industry and academia must work closely together. I would like the opportunity to provide the link to local industry and help to provide the ‘voice of the employer’.

Greg Clarke

Ruth Brook

My father worked in the steel industry in Scunthorpe which was where I was born moving when I was 18months old to Brigg where my brother still lives today. I went to Doncaster at 18 to train as a teacher and have always been interested and involved in the Education sector following my training as a Nursery and Infant teacher. I have taught all ages from pre-school through to 16-18 yr olds to older adults returning to education. I am always amazed at how learning and achievement makes such a difference to people’s confidence and self-esteem at any age.

I have been a governor at Doncaster College for 8 years and a governor at North Lindsey college for 2years. I am a Trustee of Inspiring Futures Multi Academy Trust and a governor of Plover Primary school.  As a governor or trustee I am able to contribute my wide experience of education and passion for the sector and the difference it can make when it is delivered well.

I have now established my own business as a consultant supporting senior leaders, governors and management teams to bring rigour and innovation to their work, this is in local government, small businesses, training organisations and the charity sector.

I have 3 sons and 1 granddaughter so family time is precious. I enjoy being outside walking or gardening, travelling and meeting up with distant relatives across the world whenever possible.

Ruth Brook

Paul Grinell

I was born in Scunthorpe and have lived in the area for a significant portion of my life. My working career was spent in various capacities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in the banking industry and and concluded with a local law firm.

After taking early retirement and enjoying a period of leisure, I wanted to make a contribution to my local community and have served as a governor of Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust since 2009. In June 2013, my fellow governors elected me to the position of Lead Governor of the Trust. In this capacity, I work closely with the Trust Chair, Chief Executive, Non-Executive Directors and other members of the Board.

I was appointed to the Corporation Board of North Lindsey College in March 2012 and it quickly became apparent that gaining an understanding the complexities of further/higher education would be a challenge, albeit an enjoyable one. Governors don’t manage the College on a day-to-day basis of course, this being the task of the Principal and Senior Leadership Team. The role of the Corporation Board is to provide strategic leadership, sound governance and financial oversight, and I believe that my background leaves me well placed to assist in these areas.

In November 2017, following the merger of North Lindsey College with Doncaster College, I became a member of the Corporation Board of the DN Colleges Group.

My leisure interests include cars, travel, reading and watching sports (American football, baseball and tennis in particular). My overseas travel has also been heavily biased towards the USA ; I’ve visited 40 of the states so far and hope to see the remaining 10 in the not too distant future.

Paul Grinell

Madeleine Keyworth

Present appointment as a Governor of North Lindsey College from January 1st 2017, which became DN colleges from November 1st 2017

Born in Cardiff, and now resident in North Lincolnshire, Madeleine gained her degree in pharmacy at the University of Wales and membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain at Westminster Hospital, London.  She subsequently gained a postgraduate Certificate in Education at Leeds University and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and Research at the University of Hull.

Madeleine has worked as a pharmacist in hospital, community and prison settings, as a lecturer in further and higher education, a post graduate pharmacy tutor and has owned her own pharmacy and post office. In December 2000 she was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for distinction in the profession of Pharmacy.

Madeleine has previously served as a Governor of North Lindsey College (2003-2008), Scunthorpe, and of John Leggott 6th form College, Scunthorpe, (2008-2016).

Madeleine was a member of Health boards from 1988 until 2013 including Scunthorpe District Health Authority, Humberside Family Health Services Authority, North Lincolnshire Primary Care Group, South Humber Health Authority (as Chairman) and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDASH) also as Chairman.

Madeleine is now enjoying a range of voluntary and community activities, including as a Scawby parish councilor, Vice- chair of Scunthorpe and District Citizens Advice Bureau, Trustee of Carers Support Northern Lincolnshire, a listening volunteer with Samaritans and Breast Cancer Care and an occasional panel member for North Lincs Council Education appeals panels

Madeleine is married with one son and enjoys Choral singing, Music, reading and a wide circle of friends.

Madeleine Keyworth

Louise Sharp

I started my career at British Rail in York working at the Property Board and Golden Rail Holidays.  I worked my way through the switchboard, customer services, purchase and sales ledger and credit control. Unfortunately, the department I worked in was privatised and I left British Rail to start a career in education.

I moved to Askham Bryan College just outside York, this was a residential College and specialised in Horticulture and Agriculture. I was responsible for the Finance and wages departments and produced accounts for the College Farm and Enterprise Company.

I left there to come and work at North Lindsey College and have just completed 15 years’ service! I thoroughly enjoy my role, which has expanded over the years from Finance to Exams, Customer Services and Learner Finance. My current role is Director of Business Services and currently I am responsible for the Ofsted Outstanding Children’s Centre, the Fitness Suite, the Events Centre, the Catering contract, the Print and Design unit, the Cleaning team and Corporate Quality. I also work closely with the Head of Estates on day-to-day campus issues, capital works and the strategic direction of the Estate.

I was the support staff representative Governor at Askham Bryan College and thoroughly enjoyed meeting learners and Governors at a variety of events and seeing the College from a different perspective.

I decided to stand  for Governor at North Lindsey College as my experience in finance and the service areas I deal with mean I come into contact with such a wide range of people, learners, auditors, customers,  staff etc. and I felt my understanding of dealing with these cross college areas would benefit the role of Governor.

I have been involved with the merger both in my day-to-day role and as part of Corporation and am delighted to be a Governor of the DN Colleges Group.

Louise Sharp

Harold Osborne

I am happily married to my wife Ruby and have two grown up children – Mark and Diane and five grandchildren.

I have a fresh pair of eyes with no connections at all to the college.

I am an ex Boothferry Borough Council Member, the Mayor of Crowle four times and I am serving as a North Lincolnshire Councillor and the former Mayor of North Lincolnshire.

Furthermore I worked for Corus for 27 years in the Central Engineering Workshops.

Harold Osborne