Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving.


Lizzy Owen, Director of curriculum growth, design and enhancement, Learning Curve Group

Start date: June 2021

Previous job: Head of creative and curriculum development, Learndirect Group

Interesting fact: She bakes and decorates wedding cakes in her spare time


Sian Thomas. Executive director for international, The Skills Network

Start date: April 2021

Previous job: Director, Global Prosperity Skills

Interesting fact: She started kayaking and hula hooping during lockdown last year


Phil Sayles, Principal, Bournemouth & Poole College

Start date: January 2022

Previous job: Principal, Selby College

Interesting fact: He edited a student newspaper at university and won a national short story award in his 20s.


Paul Wakeling. Executive director of curriculum and quality, The Skills Network

Start date: April 2021

Previous job: Group deputy principal, New City College

Interesting fact: He tries to get “into the hills” as much as he can, and spent last Saturday doing the three peaks of Yorkshire and has been “limping around the office ever since”.

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