An inspiring leader, who has transformed post-16 education across the North East region, Ellen is CEO of Education Partnership North East.
She first began her career as a qualified nurse and has previously held high profile positions within the education sector in Manchester and the Yorkshire and Humber regions.
In her previous role as Principal and Chief Executive of Sunderland College, her ambitious vision led the college through two highly successful mergers, which have produced one of the largest college groups in the country.
She has held numerous board positions in the education and not-for-profit sectors within the North East and beyond. She continues to contribute nationally to influence education policy and reform and is passionate about making a difference and raising aspirations.
My first part time paid teaching job was at the age of 14 when I taught piano lessons.
Personable, determined and ambitious.
Walking Alfie, our black Labrador, spending time with my partner Dean and wider family. I see my parents every weekend.
I originally trained as a nurse in coronary care. I can also play piano and many many years ago, played the guitar, flute and recorder.