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Leadership and Governance


Lindsey Johnson – Principal & Chief Executive Officer

Lindsey took over leadership of Craven College in March 2020 having worked in Further Education for over 25 years delivering significant improvements in outcomes for learners through creating a culture that puts learning at the heart of everything and developing behaviours that ensure success. The teams that Lindsey has led have received national acclaim and awards for their innovative approaches to learning and recognition from the Prime Minister in the House of Commons. Lindsey has a keen focus on ensuring that education results in learner progression and has been recognised nationally for work on the leadership of maths, English and work experience. Lindsey is passionate about the transformational change that education and skills development can deliver to individuals, businesses and the local economy. The last six years of Lindsey’s career have been spent in General Further Education Colleges following tenures in the land-based sector allowing them to bring valuable expertise to Craven College as a rural college.

Anita Lall – Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality

Our Vice-Principal joined the College in February 2020 and shares Lindsey’s passion for creating an excellent learning environment for every student attending Craven College. Anita started her career as a research scientist specialising in childhood cancers and has presented on this subject at national and international conferences. Seeing how she was inspiring girls and young women to study science whilst lecturing part-time, led her to the path of teaching full time. The past 14 years of her career have been spent in the Further Education sector at a management level leading diverse, multi-disciplinary teams. The quality-focused teams that Anita has led have won awards for innovation in teaching, learning and assessment and employer engagement.

Gareth Dixon – Vice Principal Finance & Resources

Gareth is a highly experienced finance professional, formerly with PwC and Morrisons, who brings significant strategic and commercial expertise to the college. Gareth has worked across a range of sectors over a 20-year period including social housing, professional services and retail. He is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School. Gareth joined the College in June 2020 and leads the financial and support functions within the College.

Angela Crabtree – Director of Quality

Angela’s passion for enriching lives through learning began over 20 years ago, as a trainer assessor for care leavers and vulnerable adults. This was where she experienced the powerful impact that education has on people’s lives and ambitions. Since then, she has managed and taught in a wide range of sectors including careers education, leadership, apprenticeships, Further Education and Higher Education. The last 17 years have been spent in management roles where her teams have received national recognition for innovative delivery approaches and developed new ground with industry and sector collaboration. Angela leads on quality across curriculum, business and support functions of the College.

Duncan Bulloch – Director of Curriculum

Duncan started in Further Education in 1999 as a Sports teacher and has worked in curriculum management for the past 17 years. He has managed a number of curriculum departments including Sport, Public Services, Construction, Engineering, Motor vehicle and Business and has had responsibility for developing curriculum from 14-16 provision to Level 6. For the past seven years, Duncan has been involved in supporting underperforming areas to make significant improvements in outcomes for learners through developing a curriculum offer that supports learner experience and employer engagement. Duncan has a significant understanding of Apprenticeship delivery, T Level implementation and development of team cultures and putting the learner at the heart of everything we do.


The Governing Body is responsible for the overall functioning of the College and aims to reflect the community the College serves. It consists of 14 members who are recruited from a wide cross-section of the local community and businesses, as well as from the staff and student body.

Stephen Morton – Chair of the Board and Chair, Learning, Teaching & Assessment Committee

Stephen is a public health doctor who worked in a variety of posts in the UK until retirement in 2017. He has lived in Skipton for 7 years and before that for many years in East Lancashire where he also spent 10 years as a governor of Blackburn College. He has also worked as a temporary advisor for the World Health Organisation, currently supporting the European Regional Office on tools to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He was appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Central Lancashire in March 2018.

Dean Langton – Chair, Finance, Resources & Investment Committee and Vice Chair of the Board

Dean is Director of Finance at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, having worked in local government for over 30 years. Originally from Huddersfield, he qualified as an Accountant with Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Since then he has held senior finance positions at a number of Councils including Barnsley MBC, Craven DC and Selby DC. Having originally joined Pendle Borough Council as Chief Finance Officer in 2006, he became Chief Executive in 2015. He joined Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in 2021.

Alison Birkinshaw – Vice Chair of the Board

Alison retired as Principal of York College in May 2019 after 35 years in the FE sector. She was privileged to lead and work at three outstanding colleges, York College, Nelson and Colne College and Runshaw College and hopes to continue to use this experience as a governor at Craven College.
Additionally, Alison is a musician (bassoonist, conductor and choir member) and has begun volunteering for the RSPB and Alzheimer’s UK. She also enjoys walking, swimming and beekeeping.

Martyn Stone – Chair of Audit Committee

Martyn is an accountant and has worked in the financial services sector for 30 years in finance and audit roles, most recently for SBS and HML. Martyn is also an LA appointed school governor.

Jane Rogers

Jane was employed by the College for many years as an English and history teacher, working at Levels 1 to 6. She was also the College’s lead on Higher Education programmes and responsible for quality and programme design. Since leaving Craven College she is an External Examiner for Access and university courses, does a little consultancy work for the Open University and is a Trustee of the Aire Rivers Trust.

Ed Drake

Until recently, Ed was Managing Director of Drake Lane Associates which he founded in 1999. Drake Lane provides software to Further Education colleges and has nationally recognised expertise in funding, curriculum planning & costing, quality improvement, performance monitoring and management information. Prior to that Ed was the College’s MIS Manager and a member of the Senior Management Team.

Jess Guth

Jess has over 20 years of experience in Higher Education and is a legal education expert. She is currently the Head of the School of Law at Birmingham City University having previously held positions at the University of Bradford and Leeds Beckett University. Jess has taught law from Foundation Year to Doctoral Level and has research interests in European Union Law and in legal pedagogy and is the co-editor of the Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education.

John Craig

John is Pro Vice Chancellor for Education at Kingston University. He has previously held leadership roles at the Higher Education Academy (now part of AdvanceHE), and Leeds Beckett, Huddersfield and Teesside Universities. He has extensive experience of quality management and enhancement and has chaired quality committees for the QAA and AQA. He is a National Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Heather Kerrick

Heather is currently Assistant Director, Estates and Facilities, at the University of Huddersfield. She has extensive experience in capital projects and facilities management and holds an MBA in Facilities Management

Lisa Hart

Julie Atkins – Business Support Staff Governor

Richard Newall – Teaching Staff Governor

Luke Scott – Student Governor

Director of Governance

Meeting Minutes

Audit Committee
Finance Resources and Investment Committee
Governing Board
Learning Teaching and Assessment Committee

Reports, Policies & Reference Documents

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