Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges quits to join Pearson

Lesley Davies, the deputy chief executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC), is leaving the AoC to become Director of Quality and Standards at Pearson.

The announcement follows an unsettled time for the AoC, which has been making voluntary and compulsory redundancies as part of a cost saving and restructuring process, as reported in FE Week in May.

Martin Doel, AoC chief executive, told FE Week: “I am pleased for Lesley, but not at all surprised, that she has been asked to fill such a prestigious post with Pearson, and at the same time very sorry that she will be leaving us.

“Her experience includes work within colleges, the Adult Learning Inspectorate, Government agencies and a major education membership body. She is an outstanding professional with great integrity and deep knowledge of education and the College sector – qualities that no doubt led to Pearson being so keen to recruit her.”

The AoC employs over 100 members of staff, as well more than 30 staff at three sister organisations located in separate regions.