Profiles

Paul Eeles, chief executive, Emfec
Paul Eeles, chief executive, Emfec
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, head of sicnece, Middlesbrough College
Richard Spencer, head of sicnece, Middlesbrough College
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....
Lord Willis of Knaresborough, outgoing chair, Association of College’s charitable trust
Lord Willis of Knaresborough, outgoing chair, Association of College’s charitable trust
As a teenager, Lord Willis of Knaresborough, a former head teacher, ex-Liberal Democrat MP and outgoing chair for the Association of College’s charitable trust, dreamed of a career...
Andy Forbes, principal, College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
Andy Forbes, principal, College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
Sitting at a meeting table in his wood-panelled principal’s office, Andy Forbes strikes a comedy pose with lips pouted and eyebrows raised as he says to the FE...
Amanda Spielman, chair, Ofqual
Amanda Spielman, chair, Ofqual
Amanda Spielman does not consider herself a pedant, but is a self-confessed hater of unclear or “fuzzy” language. She doesn’t want to sound like someone who writes to...
Phil Hatton, former Ofsted inspector and FE consultant
Phil Hatton, former Ofsted inspector and FE consultant
As a former Ofsted inspector, FE consultant Phil Hatton has probably seen some of the best and worst practices that teaching can offer. He’s very keen to talk...
Andy Cole, principal, College of North West London
Andy Cole, principal, College of North West London
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...
Trevor Gordon, management consultant, Gordon French Associates
Trevor Gordon, management consultant, Gordon French Associates
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...
Sandra McNally, director, Centre for Vocational Education Research
Sandra McNally, director, Centre for Vocational Education Research
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...
Sam Parrett, principal, Bromley College
Sam Parrett, principal, Bromley College
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...
Mark Farrar, chief executive, Association of Accounting Technicians
Mark Farrar, chief executive, Association of Accounting Technicians
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...

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