With a head for business and strong sense of determination, it is easy to see how Jackie Fisher has led the growth and development of Newcastle College. Christopher Knox caught up with her.
What car do you drive?
Who or what makes you laugh?
1930s/40s screwball comedies
What's your favourite book?
Can’t choose one
What's your favourite film?
What was the last album you bought?
Plan B, The Defamation of Strickland Banks
What's your greatest fear?
A family problem I can’t sort out
What's your poison?
What’s your favourite restaurant?
David Banns in Edinburgh
What's the best piece of business advice you have ever received?
Line up your ducks in a row
Worst business advice?
I haven’t been given any bad advice
What newspaper do you read, other than The Journal?
The Guardian and The Times
How much was your first pay packet and what was it for?
I can’t recall but I was working as a clerical assistant
How do you keep fit?
Eight grandchildren, soon to be nine!
What's your most irritating habit?
Not listening to people when I’m absorbed in reading
And which four famous people would you most like to dine with?
I would prefer to have dinner with people who aren’t famous - one from each of the last four centuries
2008-present NCG – Chief executive
2000- 2008 Newcastle College – Principal
1994-2000 Tameside College – Vice principal/principal
1989-1994 – Senior manager at St Helens College
1980-1989 – Lecturer at Whitwood Mining and Technical College