Profiles

Lord Willis of Knaresborough: Lord in the trust
Lord Willis of Knaresborough: Lord in the 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: Picture of a principal performer
Andy Forbes: Picture of a principal performer
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: Qualified language
Amanda Spielman: Qualified language
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: Inspection issues on the cards
Phil Hatton: Inspection issues on the cards
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: An arty principal not to be sniffed at
Andy Cole: An arty principal not to be sniffed at
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: Qualified to speak
Trevor Gordon: Qualified to speak
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: Setting the research record straight
Sandra McNally: Setting the research record straight
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: Keeping the show on the road — Parrett-fashion
Sam Parrett: Keeping the show on the road — Parrett-fashion
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: Losing the ledger stereotype
Mark Farrar: Losing the ledger stereotype
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...
Lindsey Noble: Forward travel with Noble’s intentions
Lindsey Noble: Forward travel with Noble’s intentions
A sailboat cannot travel forward with the wind blowing straight towards it — instead, the boat must zig-zag, travelling diagonally across the path it wants to take. So...
Rod Bennion: Training recognition built on trust
Rod Bennion: Training recognition built on trust
You would be hard-pressed to find a better way of convincing teenagers to choose vocational learning over university than inviting OBE recipient Rod Bennion to tell them his...

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