Collab Group is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors who share a commitment to our goals and objectives.

The directors are leaders in Further Education with a vast amount of expertise and experience as well as an overarching dedication to learners and skills delivery in this country.

  • Shelagh Legrave OBE

    Chair (Principal and Chief Executive, Chichester College)

  • David Jones OBE

    Vice Chair (Chief Executive, Coleg Cambria)

  • Michelle Swithenbank

    Officer (Principal and Chief Executive at Hull College Group)

  • Stella Mbubaegbu CBE

    Officer (Principal and Chief Executive, Highbury College)

  • Marie-Therese McGivern

    Officer (Principal and Chief Executive, Belfast Metropolitan College)

  • Sally Dicketts

    Officer (Group Chief Executive at Activate Learning)

  • Paul Stephen

    Officer ((Principal and Chief Executive at Newham College London)

The Collab Group team bring a wealth of experience to their positions. We are passionate about working with our colleges to develop and deliver training that creates value for learners, Government and Industry.

We are enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who are committed to driving forward the delivery of high-quality technical and professional education.

Each of us is passionate about what we do, from Business Development to External Relations to Member Services, and we are all responsible for the continued success of Collab Group.


Chief Executive

Ian became Chief Executive of Collab Group in September 2015. Prior to Collab Group Ian spent many years in the private sector at Capgemini and as a Senior Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office and HMRC. His primary focus throughout his career, in both public and commercial sectors, has been on strategy, transformation and organisational development.


Director of Membership and External Relations

Gary Boyd

Business Development Director

Steve Bannister

Business Development Director

Matt Harvey

Business Development Manager

Janet Gayle

Executive Assistant to CEO

Lauren Murkin

Business Development Manager