Movers and Shakers: Edition 162

Movers and Shakers: Edition 162

The National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS) has appointed Peter Pledger as its chief executive, taking over from the outgoing Sylvia Perrins who has retired.

Mr Pledger brings more than 20 years’ experience of working in the education and training sector to the role, with much of this in collaboration with the financial services industry.

Prior to this, Mr Pledger was chief executive of the London College of Beauty Therapy and before there he was chief executive of South London Business.

Mr Pledger was also the executive director of the London West Learning and Skills Council responsible for the planning and funding of post-16 education across west London. He has also served as a governor of St. Mary’s University for nine years.

Commenting on his appointment at NSAFS, Mr Pledger said: “I look forward to developing the NSAFS to continue to meet the needs of employers in financial services, create opportunities for access to jobs in the sector and expand the range of services to improve knowledge and understanding of financial services.”

Meanwhile, Lawrence Kenwright has joined the board of governors at City of Liverpool College.

Mr Kenwright is the co-founder, with his wife Katie, of Signature Living, a new chain of city centre hotels.

The college hopes the entrepreneur will bring expertise in construction, digital and social media to the board.

Mr Kenwright said it is an “honour” to join the college.

“I am proud to have been appointed governor to offer my expertise within the different industries I am involved in,” he added.

“The college does fantastic work to develop local talent so it is a real honour that they have asked me to join the board. I am relishing the opportunity to get involved and help the college grow and become more successful in the years ahead.”

Peter Grieve, chair of City of Liverpool College board of governors said Mr Kenwright’s appointment is part of ongoing work to “build a curriculum around key growth areas like the visitor economy, identifying what the job and skill needs are
for these sectors and shaping courses to match.

“This strategy will ensure that the education we provide will lead to real jobs for our students.”

And John Laramy has been appointed as the new principal of Exeter College, replacing Richard Atkins who will retire in March.

Mr Laramy, who has been vice principal of Exeter College since 2009, will take up his new post at the start of April.

He said he was “delighted” to have been chosen.

“I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead one of the best colleges in the country. Exeter College is exceptional, and I look forward to working with students, staff, governors and stakeholders to build on its success in the future,” he added.

In the past, Mr Laramy has also worked part-time at North West Kent College and in a number of roles at North Devon College, including in the senior management team.

He sits on the Exeter Mathematics School Board, a partnership between Exeter University and Exeter College, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building.