Board Members

Board Declaration of Interest

  • Terry Hodgkinson CBE DL

    Chair of the NCFE Board

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    Terry is an advocate of continuous learning, training and personal development. He considers inspirational leadership a quality that influences growth and development of people in all aspects of their lives.

    Terry’s career spans over 38 years in business with executive and non-executive experience in privately owned, not-for profit and government organisations. He recently led the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward as its chair for seven years, overseeing the Agency in growing the economy of Yorkshire and Humber with an annual budget of £350 million. The Agency was responsible for Adult Skills and during his time in post, Terry frequently engaged with sixth forms, schools and FE colleges and worked closely with university VCs in creating connections with core businesses, allowing them to contribute to the region’s economy. He has now been appointed a Visiting Professor attached to the Faculty of Business and Law at Leeds Metropolitan University.

    Since leaving Yorkshire Forward Terry has launched his new business branded “Inspiration for Industry, Education and Regeneration”. Alongside this, Terry continues his work with The Alchemists Foundation which is a Community Interest Company he founded in 2010, raising aspirations and creating a platform for young people to acquire new skills and tools to prepare for future challenges in their business, professional and personal life.

    Terry was honoured in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday honours list with a CBE for services to ‘business and regeneration’ and has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, is a Chartered Director and an ambassador for the Chartered Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield.

    In 2016 Terry was awarded IoD Non-Executive Director of the Year for Yorkshire and the North East.

    Terry joined the NCFE board in February 2012.

  • Chris Fleetwood

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    Winner of the NED of the Year 2012 for his outstanding contribution to Onyx Group and Darlington Building Society. Currently NED and Chairman of Audit Committee, Northern 3 VCT Plc, Chairman DigitalCity Business.

    The NED award is made every year in recognition of the critical role that non-execs play in the boardroom. During his time at Onyx as chairman from 2007 to 2011 turnover rose from £5m to £20m and staff numbers grew from 50 to 120. The business also made no fewer than six strategic acquisitions.

    He has a “unique set of skills”. He has an accountancy background, good IT knowledge and an exceptional knowledge of people.

    He knows what it takes for a business to succeed and people to succeed and has a real passion for the North East and for North East firms to succeed as well.

    Chris Fleetwood joined NCFE with an extensive financial background having advised various companies on the implementation of effective business strategies, particularly those suffering from times of economic turbulence.

    In 2016 Chris was awarded Non-Executive Director of the year in the North East Accountancy awards.

    Chris holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies.

  • Michael Robinson

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    Michael Robinson was born and educated in the North East before leaving to study law at Oxford University.  After qualifying as a solicitor, Michael spent 15 years at one of the largest law firms in the UK.  In 2002 he joined The Sage Group plc, the Newcastle based supplier of business management software, as Group Legal Director and Company Secretary. Michael lives near Barnard Castle (and has a flat on the Quayside in Gateshead!) with a wife and two grown up children.

    Michael joined the NCFE Board in August 2014.

  • Greg Austin

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    Greg joined Sodexo in October 2012 from G4S, a leading FTSE 100 company, where he was the HR Director for the Government and Outsourcing Services Division.

    At Sodexo, Greg is responsible for leading the efforts in employee engagement and relations, to ensure that Sodexo attracts and retains the best quality people to deliver their services. He is focused on understanding what their employees and customers need, both now and in the future, and making sure that Sodexo develops — and clearly articulates — solutions that meet these ever-changing needs.

    The HR team that reports to Greg has a broad range of experience, both in and out of the healthcare sector, and is supported by an experienced centralised team for the UK, covering specialist areas including organisational development, learning and development, rewards, pensions and employee relations.

    Greg has spent more than 20 years working in HR across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with a number of FTSE 250 companies in utilities, retail, telecommunications and service provision. These roles covered the UK and Ireland, leading national teams of HR professionals to support the achievement of business goals and to implement innovative and commercially focused HR strategies.