Governing Body

Chair of Governing Body:   Peter Wylie

Peters career in education has taken him to a diverse range of places including Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Leicestershire and now here in Salford.

He was Director of Education in Knowsley from 1993 to 2000 and was Director of Education/ Children’s Services in Croydon from 2003 to 2008.

He has been a governor of the BRIT school for the Performing Arts, and of Chailey Heritage School, Director of Education for the Baker Dearing trust promoting new University Technical Colleges including UTC@Harbourside and is the Chair of Governors at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, one of our sister colleges. Peter has now joined us here at UTC@MediaCityUK as the Chair of our Governing body.

Since 2000 Peter and his family have lived near Uckfield. In his spare time Peter sings with the East Sussex Bach Choir and is a member at Sussex County Cricket Club.

Julia Fawcett OBE – Chief Executive, The Lowry

Julia Fawcett is the chief executive of The Lowry, one of the largest performance and visual arts centres in the UK, located at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester.

Appointed in June 2002, she is responsible for ensuring the artistic and commercial success of the Centre, which is also a registered charity. (No: 1053962) Since she joined The Lowry, visitor numbers have risen steadily – with over 820,000 people currently passing through the doors each year – making The Lowry one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North West of England.

She has developed formal partnerships between The Lowry and Birmingham Royal Ballet, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert. In doing this, Julia has positioned the Centre as the home for touring productions of some of the UK’s leading cultural institutions.

Prior to joining The Lowry, she was the chief executive of Dynamic Earth Enterprises Ltd in Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s largest visitor attractions. She also spent ten years at Granada Group Plc, running a number of their commercial assets.

A graduate of Bristol University, where she studied Drama, Film & Television, Julia is now a Council Member of the University of Salford where she is Lead Member for Arts & Humanities, a Governor of a local high school and a Trustee of the University Technical College at MediaCityUK. The University of Salford conferred an honorary doctorate on Fawcett in 2008.

Philip Duffy – Managing Director, Duff Phelps

Philip DuffyPhilip is a Chartered Accountant and a licensed UK Insolvency Practitioner and leads Duff Phelps Global Restructuring Advisory practice. He has more than 20 years experience in the corporate recovery and recovery market. He has significant experience advising clients in complex situations, including those with multijurisdictional issues. He has delivered a significant number of Independent Business Reviews on behalf of a wide range of stakeholders in order to facilitate a turnaround and/or restructuring.

Philip’s sector expertise includes retail, travel, sport and manufacturing. He has been administrator to a number of travel businesses, including Club Travel and, the Travelscope group of companies. In the sporting sector, Philip has provided restructuring advice to Premiership and Championship football clubs.



Kevin Massey – Educational Consultant

KevinKevin is an experienced, senior education professional, with particular expertise in school improvement, change management, complex data analysis, performance management, leadership and team building within multi-agency environments. Kevin is keenly aware of the challenges which confront schools and local authorities, within current legislation, financial constraints and the political landscape.

Kevin is currently working as an independent Education and School Improvement Adviser with Multi Academy Trusts and schools in primary and secondary phases and a variety of contexts.





Jo Purves – Pro Vice-Chancellor for International and Regional PartnershipsJo Purves

Jo joined University of Salford in April 2017 as Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Regional Partnerships. Jo’s role at Salford has executive responsibility for the University’s global presence and translating the innovative Industry Collaboration Zones activity internationally. She also has responsibility for the University’s regional engagement and involvement in initiatives such as the devolution agenda in Manchester and engagement with local business and industry. Working with colleagues across the University, this role contributes to the University’s strategic aim to be recognised as a leader in industry-relevant higher education.

A graduate of Durham and Newcastle universities, Jo started her career in news production in London for an Arabic language TV station followed by PR work. Moving into the relatively new field of international higher education at the time, she now has over 20 years’ experience working internationally for the Universities of Durham, Northumbria and Sheffield. Roles have included market analysis and recruitment, developing transnational education partnerships, oversight of large scale higher education initiatives with private and state providers in the UK and overseas, and working with government ministries. She has been a regular member of BEIS, British Council, UCAS and UUK committees and working groups.


Nicky Hill – Pastoral Manager

Nicky is our pastoral manager here at the UTC. Nicky has recently joined the governing body as the staff governor.

Parent Governors

Eloise Edwards

Vivien Chasey

Remit of the Committees

Education Committee: Education Committee Remit

Business Committee: Business Committee Remit

Performance Review Committee: Performance Review Committee Remit

Governors Registers of Interest and Attendance

Governors Registers of Interest and Attendance