Profiles

Fighting her way to the top
Fighting her way to the top
Achieving promotion through the ranks to the role of college principal is still a tough task for anyone in FE – but it must have appeared a particularly...
A champion year for Neil Cain
A champion year for Neil Cain
It’s been a big week for Neil Cain, who has seen his name in lights after being crowned Apprenticeship Champion of the Year for 2015. The 51-year-old operations...
Learning, lecturing and Labour
Learning, lecturing and Labour
As both a former FE learner and lecturer, Labour MP for Birmingham and Selly Oak Steve McCabe knows the sector intimately. Born in Thornhill maternity hospital on the...
The Lep chief lifeline
The Lep chief lifeline
The FE sector was a lifeline for Jo Lappin when she was growing up and she has been a “fan” ever since. The chief executive of Northamptonshire Enterprise...
No Newcomer to FE
No Newcomer to FE
Stroud MP Neil Carmichael knew a thing or two about the world of FE and skills before he was elected as chair of the Education Select Committee in...
Going the distance
Going the distance
Wednesday, December 16, marks four years to the day that Dr Ros Morpeth returned to her post as chief executive of the National Extension College (NEC) to save...
The Wright type
The Wright type
A typist course at Warwickshire College at the age of 29 was the moment Sarah Wright knew her “life was going to be different”. Today she sits in...
'You can call me Al'
‘You can call me Al’
With retirement beckoning, it’s a time of reflection for Tribal business development manager Al Coates. But despite 41 colourful years in FE, the humble grandfather-of-two was a difficult...
Time out for colleges
Time out for colleges
After taking time out from primary and secondary school teaching to have a family around 30 years ago, Gill Clipson had her eye on a career change. She...
Flying the flag for small businesses
Flying the flag for small businesses
Like father like son is a fitting phrase to sum up the first career step of David Pollard who followed the footsteps of dad Bert into the Royal...
Rocket scientist who took on FE
Rocket scientist who took on FE
An infinite enthusiasm for physics gave Sir David Melville the incredible opportunity to be part of the Apollo Programme to land the first man on the moon in...

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