Meet our Governors

Our Governing Body is a strong team that brings together skills from the public and private sectors, education and business and represents our local and regional communities.

Angela Briggs

Chair of Governors

Angela Briggs is our Chair of Governors of the DN Colleges Group.  She sits on a number of committees: Finance & Resources; Search and Governance; Curriculum, Quality & Performance; and Higher Education Performance & Quality.

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Mark Swales

Vice Chair of Governors

Mark has lived in South Yorkshire for 29 years. He attended school in Goole and Selby and is a graduate of Sheffield City Polytechnic where he studied Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management.

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John Rees

Chief Executive of DN Colleges Group

John is Chief Executive of DN Colleges Group, which incorporates North Lindsey and Doncaster Colleges.

John joined DN Colleges Group as Chief Executive in August 2022 and has worked in the FE sector for the last 26 years. He started his career in teaching roles in Lincolnshire, before progressing into curriculum management and then into senior leadership roles in Warwickshire and West Yorkshire.


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Dolly Agoro

Profile coming soon

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Antony Ball

Born in Castleford and now living in South Yorkshire Antony qualified as a solicitor, specialising in Family Law, in 2000 and is now Legal Director at Keebles LLP, Doncaster.

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Ruth Brook

Ruth was born in Scunthorpe where her father worked in the steel industry, then moved to Brigg where family members still live today.  Ruth went to Doncaster at 18 to train as a teacher and has been involved in the Education sector throughout her life.

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Greg Clarke

Greg has worked in the steel industry for over 20 years and is currently the Manager for Strategy and Business Development within Liberty Speciality Steels.

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Peter Grant

Peter was born and raised in Hull before completing his degree in economics at the University of Hull that included studying abroad in both Germany and the Netherlands.

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Karen Jackson

Karen has lived in South Yorkshire for over 50 years.  She attended school in Brinsworth and holds a BSC in Genetics from the University of Liverpool.  She trained as a chartered accountant at KPMG.


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Emma Kirk

Staff Governor

Emma has worked at North Lindsey College now part of the DN Colleges Group for 26 years starting as an Early Years practitioner in the College Nursery.

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Preetha Kumar


Preetha Kumar has over 20 years of experience within Financial Services, Retail, Health Services, and Technology organisations in India, US, and UK leading and managing various IT and Operational audits including assurance on technology transformation activities. Preetha works as an Associate Director heading the Technology, Risk and Assurance team of AuditOne which is an NHS consortium based in Northeast of England.


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Paul Scanlon

Paul has lived in Doncaster since childhood, studying A level’s in Rossington. He has worked in retail for 25 years and is a Director for DFS holding responsibility for Financial Services, compliance, audit, risk and H&S, and is a member of the International Compliance Association 

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Lee Tillman

Lee was born and bred in Doncaster went to Hungerhill and Danum Schools before graduating from the University of Lancaster with a degree in American Studies.  On his return to Doncaster in the mid-1990s Lee joined Doncaster Council and has over 20 years’ pubic service experience in a variety of roles including Planning, Economic Development, Education and Skills, and Policy and Performance.

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Lee Walker

Lee spent most of his career working in financial services before joining Drax Group plc in 2016 as Head of Group Risk and Internal Audit. He sits on DN Colleges Group’s Audit and Risk Committee.

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Andrea Ward

Andrea was born in Northern Ireland, her career has spanned various industries at locations across the UK before moving into Education, and she now lives in Sheffield. This 20-year experience spanned companies in the Mobile Phone, Beer, Banking, TV, Equipment Hire and Social Care industries, developing skills in Sales and Marketing, Training, Leadership, Management Development and Organisational Development and Human Resources.

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