Paul Willard

Paul Willard

Business Development Manager

Paul is responsible for our commercial operations overseeing learner recruitment, employer engagement, account management, administration and finance for NCG Direct.

Paul has 20 years experience as a Commercial Manager, previous to working within the education sector, Paul was as a senior manager within the recruitment industry.

Paul is a passionate advocate of distance learning, having completed his level 7 diploma in Leadership and Management through traditional distance learning and more recently achieving PRINCE2 Practitioner certification and studying for a BA (Hons) Degree through supported online learning.

"As a busy, working professional with two active children I'm always on the go, distance and online learning has given me the opportunity over the years to expand my qualifications in line with career goals."

If you're considering embarking on a course with a distance/blended mode of study and want an informal conversation before enrolling, give either myself or one of the team a call and we'll be happy to discuss further.

Tel: 0191 226 6377


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Lee Tennant

Business Development Officer

Lee supports the Business Development Manager at NCG Direct with all commercial activities in the business. Lee is responsible for overseeing all learner engagement, providing information, advice and guidance support to learners as well as working with key employers supporting with Learning and Development needs within their business.

Lee worked previously in Welfare to Work as an Employment Advisor. Lee holds an ILM Level 3 in Leadership and Management and is currently studying towards a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Business Management.

You can contact Lee on or (0191) 226 6313.

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Christine Carruthers

Business Development Officer

Christine supports with all commercial activities alongside the Business Development Management of NCG Direct. Christine is responsible for employer engagement, working closely with key accounts to ensure high quality standards of delivery. Christine leads on all marketing and networking for NCG Direct.

Christine previously worked as a Business and Marketing Lead for a charitable organisation. Christine holds a NVQ Level 3 Certificate In Management and a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Sociology.

You can contact Christine on or (0191) 226 6313.

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Ashlen Haley

Curriculum Support Administrator

Ashlen works as the Curriculum Support Administrator managing all administration and student enrolments within NCG Direct. Ashlen works closely with our curriculum staff, learners and external bodies, all requiring a high level of communication and interpersonal skills.

Ashlen has been employed by Newcastle College Group for over 10 years, gaining a wide range of knowledge in Further and Higher Education, Professional Management qualifications and Distance Learning.

You can contact Ashlen on or (0191) 226 6313.

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