Liz, who will take up the post on August 19, was previously deputy vice chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire.
She will be supported in her role by Chris Payne as deputy chief executive. Chris has been serving as acting chief executive officer since October 2018.
Liz said: “I am truly delighted to be joining this ambitious group of colleges. Further Education has never been needed more or been better placed to answer the needs of our emerging workforce, and to offer opportunities to everyone who wants to learn.
“NCG represents everything that matters most in the education sector - offering relevant learning at all levels in our local communities, but also working across boundaries to ensure best practice in teaching and leadership development right across the sector.
“I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues and privileged to be leading NCG as we open up opportunities for learners right across the UK.”
Having worked in other senior roles across the education sector – including at the University of Salford and Goldsmiths, University of London – Liz also has also been a board member of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, the CBI North West and a governor and trustee of the Sir John Brunner Foundation, among many other non-executive roles.
Chris Payne added: “We are very excited about Liz joining the team here at NCG and can see the immediate value she will be able to add to our journey to make the group a great place to learn, teach and work.”
Peter Lauener, NCG chair, added: ‘Liz will bring huge drive and creativity as well as a successful track record in education leadership.
‘On top of that she brings an absolute commitment to developing the highest standards of education and training in all our colleges so that they can provide a beacon of opportunity for all our learners in the diverse communities we serve.’