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:

Chair of Board of Trustees & Finance Sub-committee

Richard Dorrance

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.

Corrinne Callaway

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 Moore

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.

Vice Chair of Trustees

Rachel Marshall

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.

Vice Chair of Finance Sub-committee

Colin Woolliscroft

Colin is Divisional Managing Director for Santander Business having forged a successful career in commercial banking. He has previously worked for HSBC in the UK and China and now oversees Santander’s Business Banking operations across the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

His team provides local face-to-face relationship support to small and medium sized businesses, helping them to prosper in their domestic and overseas markets. Over the last twelve years, Colin has enjoyed advising numerous businesses, sharing his in-depth understanding of business financials and industry dynamics to help stimulate further growth. In his role as a trustee at the NEC he brings leadership experience, analytical thinking, business acumen and exceptional communication skills.

Earlier in his career Colin gained first-hand experience in the classroom, as a teacher in North London for Teach First. As an NEC trustee he relishes the opportunity to contribute once again to an organisation committed to making a positive impact on society through education.

Vanessa Pittard

Vanessa is Deputy Chief Executive of MEI, the mathematics education improvement body. From 2011 to 2017 Vanessa was an Assistant Director at the Department for Education where she held responsibility for mathematics education policy and programmes and worked on STEM education and education technology policy.

Vanessa worked with Sir Adrian Smith on his review of post-16 mathematics, helped launch Core Maths qualifications and led the development of the Maths Hub programme, working closely with the NCETM to introduce mastery teaching approaches to schools in England. Prior to 2011 Vanessa led the evidence and research function at Becta, the UK agency for technology in education, and before that headed up a social science department at Sheffield Hallam University.