NEC is part of the Open School Trust, an educational charity guided by a board of trustees. Each bringing a unique set of experience and skills to the charity, the trustees are responsible for guiding NEC’s overall direction and meet regularly to discuss how to further its work.
The trustees are:
Richard Dorrance (Chair)
Richard has spent decades working in a variety of education roles, including teaching and advising. In 1988 he was appointed Assistant Chief Executive of the National Curriculum Council, which was responsible for introducing England's first National Curriculum. He later became the Acting Chief Executive of the School Examinations and Assessment Council, which regulated GCSEs and A-levels and was responsible for SATs. He then joined CACHE as Chief Executive and Company Secretary, retiring in September 2013 after 19 years at the helm.
Richard brings to the NEC Board his experience of running a charity and of supporting students, many of whom have either not achieved in a school environment or who are adult returners to education.
Professor Tony Dodds
Tony has a rich history of involvement in adult education dating back more than 50 years. Prolifically involved in establishing educational opportunities in Africa, he also worked for NEC for a short period in the late 1970s, producing projects to help young unemployed people get back into work.
Tony was the Chair of Trustees from 2011 to 2016 and brings to the board of trustees a rich and varied history of experience in adult education. Having been involved in management, materials development, research, systems design and implementation, staff development and training and human resource development programmes at an international level, he is exceptionally knowledgeable and an asset to NEC.
Corrinne Callaway is a chief operating officer and business manager who led the not-for-profit funding organisation Social Finance between 2008 and 2012, the period in which it became an authorised entity in the UK and Europe. She has worked in business management roles in the banking sector for RBS, Natixis Global Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase, ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank. She is currently contracted as Chief Operating Officer for Banque Transatlantique. Corrinne Callaway graduated with a BSC in information technology in 1991, became a Full Member of the Securities Institute in 2000 and was awarded a CII (Chartered Institute of Insurers) Diploma in Financial Planning in 2013.
Corrinne brings to the NEC Board a broad range of skills encompassing strategic planning, business growth and business management, in the global banking sector and beyond.
Dick has worked in the further education and skills sector since the late 1980s, initially as a manager of a NACRO- (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) funded information technology centre, then as management information systems manager and director of technology for three of the UK’s largest FE colleges. After that, he spent two years working in Los Angeles for a Lehman-funded dot.com company. Returning to the UK in 2000, he joined the senior management team of national e-learning network learndirect, initially as chief technology officer then as director of technology, a post he held for ten years.
In 2010, he founded MooreAnswers, a consultancy that provides practical approaches to technology for the education sector in the UK and abroad. Commissions encompass designing and running change programmes; strategic governance and reviews; risk assessments; and organisational and team capability reviews. MooreAnswers’ clients include global leader in skills development City & Guilds; NIACE, the voice of adult learning in the UK (now the Learning and Work Institute); TUC unionlearn; and higher education charity the Open College of the Arts.
Rachel Marshall is Clerk to the Corporation of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College of Further Education, a role she has held since 2009. The corporation provides further and secondary education to 20,000+ students and has an annual turnover of £55 million. Rachel reports to the Chair of the Corporation and CEO of the college in a role combining the duties of company secretary for Midland Academies Trust with governance support to the board of directors of the federation and to four academy governing bodies. From 2006 to 2009 she was Deputy Justice’s Clerk at Loughborough Magistrates Court, providing legal advice and support to 70 magistrates, district judges, staff and court users, managing bench activities and a team of seven legal advisers. She was appointed Head of Legal Services at Loughborough Magistrates Court in 2001. She is a law and sociology graduate of De Montfort University.
To the NEC board she brings experience of senior leadership in further education, and skills in strategic planning, governance systems development and implementation of continuous improvement strategies.
Professor Mary Kellett
Mary Kellett is Professor of Childhood and Youth and Executive Dean, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at the Open University. Her main area of research is the empowerment of children as researchers. Key to this has been the development of a comprehensive approach tailored to the needs of children and young people which has been adopted in 13 countries. She is the founding director of the Children’s Research Centre at the Open University. The centre, the first of its kind in the UK, is dedicated to the facilitation of child and youth-led research.
Mary has over 35 years’ experience of working with children and young people as social worker, primary teacher and academic. She holds a number of Adjunct Professorships, sits on several international advisory panels and has authored on a wide range of childhood and education issues. She is a member of a number of learned societies, a regular reviewer for academic journals and research grant funding. She graduated in English and History from Keele University. She has a PGCE (Primary Education) from Homerton College, Cambridge and an MA in Education and PhD from Oxford Brookes University.