Profiles

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...
Forward travel with Noble’s intentions
Forward travel with Noble’s intentions
A sailboat cannot travel forward with the wind blowing straight towards it — instead, the boat must zig-zag, travelling diagonally across the path it wants to take. So...
Training recognition built on trust
Training recognition built on trust
You would be hard-pressed to find a better way of convincing teenagers to choose vocational learning over university than inviting OBE recipient Rod Bennion to tell them his...
Playfair’s former council life in print
Playfair’s former council life in print
Eddie Playfair carefully opens an A4 envelope and tilts it forward, prompting a few dozen neatly cut press clippings to fall and scatter across his desk. The yellowing...
In praise of being nosey, and methodical
In praise of being nosey, and methodical
“I guess research is just about being nosey. Nosey and methodical — that’s what makes a good researcher,” says Dr Fiona Aldridge, assistant director for development and research...

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