Profiles

Alice Barnard: One step closer to the Edge
Alice Barnard: 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...
Ann Limb: Fighting her way to the top
Ann Limb: 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...
Steve McCabe: Learning, lecturing and Labour
Steve McCabe: 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...
Jo Lappin: The Lep chief lifeline
Jo Lappin: 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...
Neil Carmichael: No Newcomer to FE
Neil Carmichael: 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...
Ros Morpeth: Going the distance
Ros Morpeth: 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...
Sarah Wright: The Wright type
Sarah Wright: 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...
Al Coates: 'You can call me Al'
Al Coates: ‘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...
Gill Clipson: Time out for colleges
Gill Clipson: 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...
David Pollard: Flying the flag for small businesses
David Pollard: 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...

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