Board of Trustees
NNECL’s Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for NNECL’s strategic objectives, financial security and compliance. The Board is responsible for ensuring that NNECL’s resources and activity are focused on addressing its charitable purposes. Its membership reflects the need to operate effectively at an organisational leadership level.
At this point, an Interim Board of Trustees is overseeing NNECL’s transition to a future legal and operating model as an independent charity. The Interim Board of Trustees consist of members representative of the network alongside senior leaders recruited for their skills and experience leading and developing charities and organisations with similar characteristics to NNECL.
Colette Fletcher, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester
Chair of Interim Board of Trustees
Colette Fletcher was appointed Assistant Vice-Chancellor in September 2015. Prior to joining the University, she was the Policy Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor at Bournemouth University, and has previously held roles at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
After receiving a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham in 2001, Colette went on to study for an MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, specialising in student satisfaction and experience.
Colette is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Certificate Member of the Institute of Risk Managers, and a member of the UK Speechwriters’ Guild. She is also a Governor of Barton Peveril College, and a Trustee of the 401 Foundation.
Dr Rachel Carr
Dr Rachel Carr OBE - Chief Executive and Co-founder, IntoUniversity
Dr Rachel Carr OBE is the Chief Executive and Co-Founder at IntoUniversity. She has over twenty years of experience working with children and young people in the voluntary sector.
Rachel began devising the IntoUniversity programme to address the scale of underachievement among Britain’s poorest families and to support young people to reach their potential.
The programme provides academic support, aspiration-building and mentoring. Between 2002-2007, Rachel managed the programme in North Kensington before becoming CEO of the newly formed IntoUniversity charity where she has overseen its expansion from one learning centre to 22 and from being a local community project to a national solution for improving widening participation.
Before setting up IntoUniversity, Rachel was a university lecturer and ran an English Literature Department for five years. She has a PhD in 19th Century English Literature.
Dr Felicity Dunworth
Dr Felicity Dunworth, Partnerships Director, Kent and Medway Progression Federation
Felicity has been the Director of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) since its inception in 2011. Before her current role she was Director of the Aimhigher Kent and Medway Partnership (AHKM) between 2004 and 2011. Felicity taught for many years on Access courses in the humanities and was, for the 12 years before she led AHKM, an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and, until 2017, for the University of Kent.
Felicity has written and presented extensively on issues relating to widening participation. In 2011 she served on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Advisory Panel on Education and Poverty and she has been a member of The Bridge Group Information, Advice and Guidance panel and of the Buttle UK Quality Mark Advisory Group.
She was involved in the establishment of the NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) network and until 2017 served the NEON steering group. With colleagues from universities, colleges and charities across England, Felicity established the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL). She was co-Chair before resigning in 2017 to become a Trustee-elect.
Arron Pile, Student and Graduate Diversity Officer, University of Salford
Arron has been involved in supporting care experienced young people (as well as estranged students, carers, sanctuary seekers and under eighteen students), into and through higher education at the University of Salford for the last decade and has been involved in NNECL since its inception. He is an active member of many regional and local groups that support care experienced young people including Salford CAN, the Greater Manchester LAC Forum and NorthCLASS. He has close relationships with Greater Manchester local authorities and runs mentoring schemes in partnership with Virtual Schools as well as providing foster care training and specialist training for people working around care experienced young people. He is a member of the Vulnerable Students Stakeholder Group and the Association for Graduate Careers Advisory Services Diversity Task Group.
Adele Tilley B.A (Hons), MA.
Adele is a lecturer in business at De Montfort University. She spent time in care in her youth, and went back to education as an adult learner so she can truly empathise with the challenges that Care Leavers and Care Experienced people may face. She is also a member of the Leicester City LSCB and sits on two fostering panels. Adele has been has been honoured with national and local awards for her work as a staunch advocate for education for all, and remains as an educational ambassador for the Learning and Work Institute.