Profiles

Iain Wright: No Wright leaning
Iain Wright: No Wright leaning
Standing in a courtyard facing the Elizabeth Tower at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, Iain Wright points upwards and insists that Big Ben is “leaning”....
Shelagh Legrave: Winning hearts and minds
Shelagh Legrave: Winning hearts and minds
There is an ongoing debate in the FE college sector about whether a principal should have a classroom background, or whether what’s really needed is business acumen forged...
David Cragg: Half century of FE service
David Cragg: Half century of FE service
When Find a Future deputy chair David Cragg is asked how long he has been working in FE he cracks a smile and says “110 years.” It’s an...
Ayub Khan: The Fetl connection
Ayub Khan: The Fetl connection
Ayub Khan finds it ironic that he has spent a good portion of his working life developing careers advice given how bad his own experiences have been. “My...
Brushing up on national politics — Shakira Martin's rise to the top of FE at the NUS
Brushing up on national politics — Shakira Martin’s rise to the top of FE at the NUS
Shakira Martin’s first brush with national politics came as something of a surprise — in fact, she didn’t even know it had happened. In March last year, Martin...
Vince Cable: Success in moderation?
Vince Cable: Success in moderation?
Many would say the Liberal Democrats were a moderating force on the austerity policies of their Conservative Coalition partners. Many others still would say that they failed to hold back the tide...
Rianne Chester: No hiding the Chester grin
Rianne Chester: No hiding the Chester grin
After a double celebration for being crowned the world’s best beauty therapist and making Team UK history for achieving the highest score at this year’s World Skills competition in...
John Woodcock: The Listening Man
John Woodcock: The Listening Man
John Woodcock has spent a lot of his time since being appointed Shadow Minister for Young People following May’s General Election telling the FE and skills sector that...
David Allison: Engineering good choices
David Allison: Engineering good choices
As A-level students up and down the country nervously thumb open envelopes that could determine where their lives will head next, David Allison, managing director of apprentice recruitment...
Paul Eeles: Sketch of a unique career
Paul Eeles: Sketch of a unique career
A failed College of Food interview at the tender age of 16 had a defining effect on Paul Eeles, chief executive of Emfec (called, once-upon-a-time, the East Midlands...
Richard Spencer: Passing on the biology bug
Richard Spencer: Passing on the biology bug
It all started with coffee for globe-trotting college tutor Dr Richard Spencer, whose acclaimed classroom approach has seen him meet Pope Francis and former US President Bill Clinton....

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