The Chartered Institution for Further Education has appointed Dan Wright as its new chief executive officer, with plans for him to step into the role from early January.
Mr Wright (pictured below) will take over on January 9 from Ed Quilty, the current chief executive and secretary, whose secondment from the civil service to the Chartered Institution will end in the New Year.
The Institution for Further Education, led by Lord Lingfield, was granted chartered status in October last year and opened its doors to members the following month.
Its aim is to develop the standing of the FE sector, bringing together training providers to promote and celebrate good practice.
Colleges and training providers with an overall Ofsted grade one or two and in receipt of public funding from the Skills Funding Agency are eligible to apply for membership to the institution.
So far four have gained chartered status, including Hawk Training, Blackpool and The Fylde College, and Bridgwater College.
Furness College was the latest to join, becoming the fourth member of the body for “high-performing” FE colleges and training providers on November 15.
The institution’s new chief executive, Mr Wright, is currently CEO of Kennedy Scott, a ‘welfare-to-work’ provider designed to help long-term unemployed people, which he joined in 2014.
Prior to that he spent nine years as the chief executive of a major skills provider and was a also member of the independent panel of the review of Professionalism in Further Education, published in October 2012.
He began his career as a secondary school teacher and then moved into the hospitality sector where he spent 24 years working for UK public limited companies in the UK and abroad.
In May 2009 he was appointed to the Board of WorldSkills 2011 and continues to serve on the audit committee of WorldSkills UK.
His other positions include Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and
Manufacture and a place on the board of The Institute for Employability Professionals.