Stephen Barnes is the Chair of Governors at Nelson and Colne College in Lancashire and has been a Governor in the FE Sector for over 20 years.
He has been a Local Government Chief Executive in Lancashire for the past 22 years and prior to that was a Director of Finance in Local Government for a further six years.
Stephen is an accountant by profession, a past President of the North West and North Wales region of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and a past Examiner of the final part of the Professional Accountancy Examination.
During his time in Local Government, and in the FE Sector, Stephen has gained broad experience in strategic leadership, partnership working, skills and FE development, economic development and regeneration. He has skills in lobbying and influencing Government policy through his work as an Advisor to the Local Government Association and past Special Advisor to Government Ministers.
Stephen is also a non-executive Board Member for the East Lancashire Health Trust.
He was awarded the honour of Freeman of the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire in 2015.