Profiles

Peter Kyle: My journey
Peter Kyle: My journey
Struggling young people often need a mentor to inspire and guide them to better things — and Peter Kyle struck gold when Body Shop founder and tireless environmental...
No dramas for Caroline
No dramas for Caroline
Despite being principal of Orchard Hill College for 21 years, Dr Caroline Allen does not have an office of her own — she is out and about too...
From jazz to Jeremy Corbyn
From jazz to Jeremy Corbyn
With his softly-spoken and self-effacing manner, Kelvin Hopkins MP might seem an unlikely candidate for prompting one of the biggest ever upsets in British politics — but appearances...
From council estate to lords committee
From council estate to lords committee
Jean Corston’s journey from council estate to the first female chair of the parliamentary Labour Party and a life peer is living proof that social mobility in the...
Baghdad to PM advisor
Baghdad to PM advisor
The Prime Minister’s apprenticeship advisor Nadhim Zahawi can hardly believe how far he has come from fleeing Iraq as a child and being so quiet at his first...
Cancer spurred me on
Cancer spurred me on
Doctors told county-level hockey fanatic Nichola Hay’s parents that she would probably never play sport again after removing a tumour from her knee — but she refused to...
Millenials don’t own the internet
Millenials don’t own the internet
Sal Cooke’s experience of using technology in the sector certainly proves that — at least amongst her peers — millennials aren’t the owners of internet. In fact one...
Beating bullies all his life
Beating bullies all his life
Andrew Harden can trace his activism back to a life-changing experience at school in Australia, when he led collective action with classmates that put a stop to a...
One step closer to the Edge
One step closer to the Edge
On Monday (February 15) Alice Barnard will take up her new role as chief executive officer of the Edge Foundation, replacing acting chief executive David Harbourne who will...
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...

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