Profiles

Jason Holt, author and CEO, Holts
Jason Holt, author and CEO, Holts
The chief executive of Holts Group of Companies and author of the independent review into apprenticeship for small and medium-sized companies talks to FE Week Jason Holt always...
John Hayes, former minister for FE
John Hayes, former minister for FE
The former minister of FE is variously described, with good humour, as a maverick, a poet, a crusader, and an arts and crafts revivalist. His public speeches are...
Denise Brown-Sackey, principal, Newham College
Denise Brown-Sackey, principal, Newham College
Denise Brown-Sackey describes further education as being in a constant state of flux and change. It’s why, as a natural survivor and “pretty fearless” leader, she’s the ideal...
Nigel Duncan, principal, Fareham College
Nigel Duncan, principal, Fareham College
“You can turn on a sixpence and you can respond very quickly,” Nigel says. “To pull the team together is just a phone call away, rather than having...
Sara Mogel, principal, West Cheshire College
Sara Mogel, principal, West Cheshire College
“I did it for all the wrong reasons,” says Sara Mogel of her decision to go into education. After a degree in economic and social history at Kent...
Graham Hoyle, chief executive, AELP
Graham Hoyle, chief executive, AELP
“My father gave me two pieces of advice: ‘don’t do shift work’ and ‘join the civil service,” says Graham Hoyle, of his early careers education. Growing up in...
Penny Wycherley, principal and CEO, Great Yarmouth College
Penny Wycherley, principal and CEO, Great Yarmouth College
“By any standards, it was a dysfunctional childhood,” says Penny Wycherley, principal of Great Yarmouth College, of her early life. Born in Stoke, and raised in Oxford, where...
Jan Hodges, CEO, the Edge Foundation
Jan Hodges, CEO, the Edge Foundation
The chief executive for the Edge Foundation talks to FE Week. If her parents had got their way, Jan Hodges might have gone into banking. While they valued...
Rob Wye, CEO, Learning and Skills Improvement Service
Rob Wye, CEO, Learning and Skills Improvement Service
One of Rob Wye’s earliest memories is living through a typhoon in Hong Kong. “We sat on a rolled-up carpet in the living room as the water just...
Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley
Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley
Growing up in rural Lancashire, the young Gordon Birtwistle wanted to be a joiner and undertaker. But while he liked the idea of making coffins, he wasn’t quite...
Peter Pledger, CEO, South London Business
Peter Pledger, CEO, South London Business
For a man who has risen through trade unions, government quangos and the skills sector for more than three decades, Peter Pledger gives off an incredible sense of...

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