Profiles

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...
Sir David Melville: Rocket scientist who took on FE
Sir David Melville: Rocket scientist who took on FE
An infinite enthusiasm for physics gave Sir David Melville the incredible opportunity to be part of the Apollo Programme to land the first man on the moon in...
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...

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