Profiles

Al Coates, business development manager, Tribal Group
Al Coates, business development manager, Tribal Group
With retirement beckoning, it’s a time of reflection for Tribal business development manager Al Coates. But despite 41 colourful years in FE, the humble grandfather-of-two was a difficult...
Gill Clipson, deputy chief executive, Association of Colleges
Gill Clipson, deputy chief executive, Association of Colleges
After taking time out from primary and secondary school teaching to have a family around 30 years ago, Gill Clipson had her eye on a career change. She...
David Pollard, chair for education, skills and business support, FSB
David Pollard, chair for education, skills and business support, FSB
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, chair, Pearson Education Ltd
Sir David Melville, chair, Pearson Education Ltd
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, chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee
Iain Wright, chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee
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, principal, Chichester College
Shelagh Legrave, principal, Chichester College
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, deputy chair, Find a Future
David Cragg, deputy chair, Find a Future
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, interim CEO, Further Education Trust for Leadership
Ayub Khan, interim CEO, Further Education Trust for Leadership
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...
Shakira Martin, vice president, NUS
Shakira Martin, vice president, 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, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills
Vince Cable, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills
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, World Skills winner
Rianne Chester, World Skills winner
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...

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