Lynn Tomkins appointed as Chair of Governors

01 January

Northumberland College has appointed Lynn Tomkins as its new Chair of Governors.


Lynn, a well-known and dynamic figure within the skills, training and learning environment, holds a variety of key roles both regionally and UK-wide, and takes over the position as Chair with immediate effect following the resignation of Jacqui Henderson CBE due to personal circumstances.


She has previously held the position of Vice Chair at Northumberland College since 2014.


Having a wealth of senior management experience as well as specialist industry and skills-focused expertise, Lynn will be integral to the strategic vision of the College moving forward. She is currently Chair of and an Executive Coach at Skills 4, a leading provider of career development programmes for women in the UK and specialist business improvement courses for high performing companies including Rolls Royce, Arcadis and BAE Systems. She is also a founding member of ‘Find Your Future’ which supports young women in Northumberland to follow aspiring careers.


Lynn has also played a pivotal role establishing the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) which encourages young people to follow career opportunities in electronics. She is also a Board member of Policy Connect, a leading network of Parliamentary groups, research commissions and campaigns working to improve UK public policy, as well as previously being Operations Director at Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing. She was also the first ever female Vice President of the Ship Building Repair Association.

Lynn commented, “This is a very important time for Northumberland College, a new chapter which will deliver the very best opportunities to learners and serve the needs of employers, business partners and our local communities. I’m therefore delighted to be appointed as Chair and look forward to leading the College.”


Ian Clinton, CEO and Principal of Northumberland College added, “Lynn’s commitment and dedication to Northumberland College as Vice Chair has been exceptional, therefore we are delighted that she has been elected as the new Chair of Governors. Her experience and leadership within the skills sector speaks volumes and the role she plays in championing young people, especially in STEM-related areas, not just in Northumberland, but further afield, will be extremely beneficial to delivering the College’s core vision moving forward.”

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