Higher Education - UCLan

Debbie Wisby

Joined in August 2016

Dr Debbie Wisby is a registered nurse and midwife and has worked in academia since 1998. She is the College Director for Business Development and Lead Midwife for Education in the College of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire. Her clinical experience ranges from working in Accident and Emergency, General Practice Nursing, Midwifery and Sexual Health. Debbie  is currently Chair of the Royal College of Nurses Midwifery Forum, a Nursing and Midwifery Council Reviewer and member of the Royal College of Midwives. Her research interests focus upon narrative enquiry, professional identity and role change following the completion of her Doctorate in Education in 2014.




N Compass

Teresa Jennings

Joined in December 2015

I have been a nominated Governor since January 2016. I have over 18 years’ experience of leading services that support vulnerable adults and young people alike. I started my career in the public sector working within Local and Central Government, but I have spent the majority of my career working in Third Sector. I am currently the Chief Executive of a Charity called n-compass Northwest which delivers health and social care services, including advocacy, counselling, health and wellbeing and carers services. I am also the Vice Chairman of Ribble Valley Housing (a subsidiary of Symphony Housing) one of the largest housing providers in the Northwest. I am passionate about the tangible impacts that Charities achieve in making a real and lasting difference to vulnerable people’s lives. I have been lucky enough to witness this in abundance over the years and this is something that motivates and drives me to continue making a difference every day.


Young Lancashire

Pamela Beswick

Joined in December 2015

Pamela has worked extensively in the Statutory and Voluntary Sector for over 30 years in roles ranging from direct frontline practice to Chief Executive and Board positions.  All her roles have involved working with communities, particularly focusing on those experiencing disadvantage and discrimination.  Many of the projects Pamela has been part of have sought to challenge these inequalities through community engagement, empowerment and education.  

After working in social care, youth work and housing support settings, Pamela went on to qualify as a Youth and Community Worker in 1993, followed by studying a Masters Degree in Women’s Studies that specialised in looking at aspects of services which prevented people from accessing them.  

Pamela then spent 18 years running a Multi-Agency Resource Centre whose services ranged from crisis intervention, practical support and community centres that often used creative methodologies to tackle issues such as HIV and Aids, teenage pregnancy and youth voice.  During this time Pamela also undertook some discreet and strategic pieces of work including as an ‘Additional Inspector’ with HMI Ofsted with a focus on youth services, was a Social Care Partnership Officer and supported learning as a Practice Assessor.

More recently Pamela has contributed to a mixed portfolio of roles including as a Foster Carer focused on teenagers, and as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Lancaster Farms, both of which have strengthened her understanding of how adverse experiences affect people in all aspects of their lives.  

This broad range of experience means Pamela brings a breadth of knowledge and skills to the Trust including community development and engagement; a real commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice; leadership, challenge and voice, with an emphasis on listening, learning and quality; and policy and strategy, focused on change, strategic planning and representation.  

Pamela offers a flexible approach and a positive attitude with the ability to be creative and communicate openly which builds and maintains strong relationships.


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