Profiles

Sketch of a unique career
Sketch of a unique career
A failed College of Food interview at the tender age of 16 had a defining effect on Paul Eeles, chief executive of Emfec (called, once-upon-a-time, the East Midlands...
Passing on the biology bug
Passing on the biology bug
It all started with coffee for globe-trotting college tutor Dr Richard Spencer, whose acclaimed classroom approach has seen him meet Pope Francis and former US President Bill Clinton....
Lord in the trust
Lord in the trust
As a teenager, Lord Willis of Knaresborough, a former head teacher, ex-Liberal Democrat MP and outgoing chair for the Association of College’s charitable trust, dreamed of a career...
Picture of a principal performer
Picture of a principal performer
Sitting at a meeting table in his wood-panelled principal’s office, Andy Forbes strikes a comedy pose with lips pouted and eyebrows raised as he says to the FE...
Qualified language
Qualified language
Amanda Spielman does not consider herself a pedant, but is a self-confessed hater of unclear or “fuzzy” language. She doesn’t want to sound like someone who writes to...
Inspection issues on the cards
Inspection issues on the cards
As a former Ofsted inspector, FE consultant Phil Hatton has probably seen some of the best and worst practices that teaching can offer. He’s very keen to talk...
An arty principal not to be sniffed at
An arty principal not to be sniffed at
At first, the 17-year-old Andy Cole thought nothing of his head teacher’s long, contemptuous blow into a handkerchief. But when it happened again, just moments later, Cole realised...
Qualified to speak
Qualified to speak
Trevor Gordon was the equalities officer at South East London’s Lewisham Council in the early 1990s when he was involved in a heated debate with senior officials. He...
Setting the research record straight
Setting the research record straight
They’re questions that will have kept many others in the FE sector awake at night. They include how do you guarantee good quality vocational education? How do you...
Keeping the show on the road — Parrett-fashion
Keeping the show on the road — Parrett-fashion
As her heart raced, her mouth dried and her imagination ran wild with the tragic scenes that could lay ahead after reports of a gunman on campus, Sam...
Losing the ledger stereotype
Losing the ledger stereotype
The stereotypical picture of an accountant, says Mark Farrar, chief executive of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), is “a desperate image of a white bloke in a...

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