Profiles

Not going quietly
Not going quietly
As the Institute for Learning (IfL) enters the last few weeks of its existence, Dr Jean Kelly’s mood is a mixture of sadness and demob happiness. Her desk...
An Inspired Rise To Principal
An Inspired Rise To Principal
Jill Westerman had a very tough year in 2006 — the kind of year that might have persuaded others to consider their futures. But instead, Westerman drew inspiration...
Warner’s flight of rock star fancy
Warner’s flight of rock star fancy
“I remain convinced that anyone’s career is based on luck,” says Paul Warner, director of employment and skills at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). “You...
Making a (happy) meal of apprenticeships
Making a (happy) meal of apprenticeships
It’s the warning that exasperated mums and dads up and down the country issue their teenage children — “If you don’t work hard enough in school, you could...
Building up qualifications - brick by brick
Building up qualifications – brick by brick
Marketing a brick is no easy task. “It’s not one of those things where there’s more than meets the eye — it’s a brick. You quickly run out...
Writing off ‘slow’ label with active learning career
Writing off ‘slow’ label with active learning career
From a difficult start at school to the top of a group of three colleges and two University Technical Colleges (UTCs), the rise of Sally Dicketts has been...
Pendle’s vocational path to union heights
Pendle’s vocational path to union heights
An “East End boy” with a passion for politics and a flair for all things FE, it’s hard to find a job Peter Pendle hasn’t done. From admin...
Keeping secrets on state secretaries
Keeping secrets on state secretaries
A veteran of the skills sector, Dr Sue Pember has worked under eight Secretaries of State, from David Blunkett to Dr Vince Cable. But despite having left her...
Dawe open to Alps challenge
Dawe open to Alps challenge
A former principal, chartered accountant and civil servant who pioneered online procurement for colleges and the Skills4Life initiative, Mark Dawe already has an impressive career under his belt....

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