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Dame Patricia Morgan-Webb was Principal and Chief Executive of Clarendon College Nottingham from 1991 to 1998 and of New College Nottingham from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that, she worked in teaching and management roles in four further education colleges in the West Midlands in urban and rural contexts. In 2001 she was awarded a Damehood for her services to further education, the first honour at this level to be awarded to anyone working within this sector.

She led the formation of New College Nottingham through a series of complex mergers of four colleges and achieved successful delivery of a number of large capital projects, including the creation of a new campus for the college, which catalysed the regeneration of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market .The development of the Grade 2* listed building was the first multiple funded PFI project in the FE sector .The College achieved two successful national inspections in 1996 and 2001 under her leadership, received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Award in 2002, the Charter Mark and Investor in People Awards.

Dame Patricia has served as a member of the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, was a board member of the East Midlands Regional Economic Development Agency and of the Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council. She has been Special Professor at the University of Nottingham and has an Honorary Doctorate from Nottingham Trent University, a Fellowship of City and Guilds and a fellowship of the University of Wales, Newport.

She has worked for the British Council, notably as a consultant for the government of South Africa in the development of its further education college sector, and contributed as a keynote speaker and presenter at conventions in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and Africa. She has been a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee for Education and Skills.

Since her retirement Dame Patricia was National Chair of the AOC Beacon Awards from 2004-2011 and set up and ran a very successful SME in partnership with her husband, Chris Webb. She was until recently a Lay Member for Patient Public Engagement on the Clinical Commissioning Board for SE Staffs and the Seisdon Peninsula. At present she is a board member of St George’s Academy, a school for children aged 14 and above with a range of emotional and educational difficulties in learning. Dame Patricia is also President of a recently established charity, the Roots and Renewal Foundation, and a member of the Lichfield and Burntwood Citizens Advice Bureau.

Dame Patricia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of Walsall College at such an important and challenging period in its history.

From 2003-2012 Dame Patricia was Chair of the National Steering Group of the AOC Beacon Awards and a board member of the AOC’s Charitable Trust and has been engaged with AOC in the development of their international strategy in the FE sector.
Following retirement in December 2003, Dame Patricia became a co-founder and Director of Morgan Webb Education Ltd, an innovative company specialising in education brokerage and consultancy which works with a range of business and college partners and associates in the UK and internationally. The company was a creative enterprise which operated successfully from 2004-2010.

Now engaged in active retirement and grand parenting, she does voluntary work in the community and sings in a local choir.

Her life and work has always been energised by a passionate belief in the power and importance of education in transforming people’s lives.


  • European Social Fund in England
  • Matrix
  • Investors in People
  • Positive About Disabled People
  • Beacon Awards
  • British Council
  • Black Country University Technical College
  • Black Country University Technical College
  • Ofsted Outstanding