Dr Cilla Ross - Vice Principal

Cilla is an educator and researcher passionate about changing the world. She believes that the College is helping to do this by ‘doing’ learning, living, thinking and working differently and co-operatively.

Dr Sarah Alldred - International Programmes Manager

Sarah joined the College in 2012, after 4 years working at Co-ops UK, and over 10 years working in the peace movement, doing her PhD research on post conflict reconstruction. Sarah manages our growing project portfolio across the College, and out of work enjoys dance, books, friends and food.

Dr Amanda Benson - Projects and Research Co-ordinator 

As Research and Projects Co-ordinator, Amanda is delighted to be able to unite her love of community development work, international co-operative development and research in one post that helps to promote sustainable and inclusive development both in the UK and worldwide. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys the theatre, live music, long walks and being outdoors.

Norman Chipakupaku - Project Co-ordinator (Malawi)

Norman joined the Co-operative College in 2000 as a Consultant and worked on the Strategic Grant Agreement with the UK Department of International Development (DFID) to promote the co-operative business model in international development. Before joining the College, he also worked as Programme Manager at Comic Relief, as a Social Enterprise Advisor (CEMVO Scotland) and as Community Fundraiser (CrossReach-Church of Scotland). Norman has worked with co-operatives in the UK, USA and a number of African countries, making him more than qualified to manage our Scottish Government funded Malawi Project!

Sue Nield - School Improvement Co-ordinator

Sue joined the College in September 2016 and leads on the Co-operative Challenge, our school improvement programme based on the Co-operative Values. Before that, she was Headteacher at West Hill Primary School, an outstanding Co-operative Trust School in Devon. Sue is Mum to three grown-up children and has five gorgeous grandchildren who keep her busy outside her work. She also enjoys walking, playing the piano and guitar and writing for children.