New Chair of Governors for West Nottinghamshire College

Sean Lyons - West Nottinghamshire College’s new independent chair of governors

West Nottinghamshire College has appointed a new independent Chair of Governors. Sean Lyons officially takes on the role heading up the new-look corporation board, which has been bolstered by a string of recent appointments.

He succeeds Nevil Croston, who stepped down in December 2018 after almost five years in the role.

Lyons, who has more than three decades of experience in the steel and manufacturing sectors, has held high-ranking positions at some of the world’s leading steel firms.

He is also a former NHS chairman, having headed-up the board of directors at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Lyons says: “I’ve become very fond of Mansfield and Ashfield, in particular the people that live and work in the area, and I was looking for a new challenge. Although the college is going through some significant difficulties at present, I’ve experienced similar situations at other organisations in the past, where things needed to improve, so I’d like to see what I can do to help.”

Mr Lyons adds that he and his fellow governors, together with the senior management team led by interim principal and chief executive Martin Sim, will do everything in their power to return the college to a stable financial footing.

He insisted staff will continue to be “treated with dignity and respect” during a difficult restructuring process.

Lyons lives in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, with wife Samantha, with whom he has three daughters Rachael, Jessica and Hettie.