Profiles

Andrew Harden, head of FE, University and College Union
Andrew Harden, head of FE, University and College Union
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...
Alice Barnard, CEO, the Edge Foundation
Alice Barnard, CEO, the Edge Foundation
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, chair, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership
Ann Limb, chair, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership
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...
Neil Cain, operations director, John O'Conner
Neil Cain, operations director, John O’Conner
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, Labour MP for Birmingham
Steve McCabe, Labour MP for Birmingham
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, chief executive, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership
Jo Lappin, chief executive, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership
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, MP for Stroud
Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud
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, chief executive, National Extension College
Ros Morpeth, chief executive, National Extension College
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, principal, Central Sussex College
Sarah Wright, principal, Central Sussex College
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, business development manager, Tribal Group
Al Coates, business development manager, Tribal Group
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, deputy chief executive, Association of Colleges
Gill Clipson, deputy chief executive, Association of 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...

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