Profiles

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....
Pastoral attraction
Pastoral attraction
Di Layzelle is shocked to realise that she’s worked at Croydon College for a quarter of a century. “Is it really?” she says, wide-eyed. “It doesn’t feel like...
Taking the long walk to FE
Taking the long walk to FE
Walking the long way home after passing just two O-levels, it never occurred to Louise Morritt that she might spend decades working in the sector that was about...
SEN’s national star
SEN’s national star
Looking out onto the beautiful rolling hills of the Cotswolds, it’s hard to imagine a greater draw to working at the National Star College. But after a career...
Building on the ‘power of training’
Building on the ‘power of training’
Graham Hasting-Evans’s career has revolved around building. “I wanted to do something practical, to build things,” he says. “And then from building things, I started to build organisations...

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