Our Senior Management is split into two roles, with Dr Cilla Ross as our interim Principal and John Chillcott as our interim CEO. Find out more about them and their roles below.

Meet Cilla, our interim Principal

Cilla Ross headshot

Cilla is our interim Principal and works in higher, community, and adult education. Cilla is currently exploring ways to form and develop co-operative higher education and a co-operative university, union co-ops, and is associated with the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission.

She is also exploring new ways of thinking about co-operative learning for livelihoods, leadership and decent work. Cilla was a Commissioner on the Centenary Commission on Adult Education in 2019 and has recently been appointed to an Honorary Professorship in Co-operative Education at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Meet John, our interim CEO

Profile picture of John Chillcott, our new interim CEO

John joined the College as a long term co-operative advocate, taking up the role of interim CEO with a wealth of experience. He was previously CEO of Anglia Regional Co-operative, leading its successful merger to create Central England Co-operative, of which he is now a director. 

He has also previously held a director position at Co-operatives UK, as well as being one of our former Trustees. John oversees key organisational operations and works closely with Cilla across the College. John’s early career was in Food Store management and retail operations, including a spell in marketing and brand management.

Over the past few years, John has been engaged in the wider 3rd sector, including as chair of a Social Enterprise member organisation and a Trustee Director of a co-operative school Academy. He is also a founder Director of a soon to be launched investment fund aimed at those who want to support social enterprises, CICs and Co-ops which demonstrate a positive social impact.

He has recently relocated from Town living to the countryside, where he and Lesley, assisted by Winston the whippet, have ambitions to grow some self sufficiency.