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Frank McLoughlin has been appointed associate director for leadership at the Education and Training Foundation.

A registered charity, the ETF is a commissioning body serving the FE and training sector.

Mr McLoughlin joins the organisation from his previous role as principal of City and Islington College, a position he held for 14 years.

During his time there, he received both a CBE and a knighthood for his services to education.

His new role at the ETF will involve developing a bespoke new training programme for principals and CEOs of colleges and training organisations.

Speaking about his new role, Mr McLoughlin said: “Having been a principal for so long I’m very well known in the sector. I’m managing to get in there and really speak to lots of people to help shape what this programme should be like.”

He began his career teaching part-time at various colleges, before landing a full-time job at North London College in 1981, which would later become known as City and Islington College.

He is most looking forward to “giving something back” to the FE sector in his new role, saying: “if I can put a programme in place for our top leaders and they say it’s fantastic and just what they want, then I’ll be a happy man.”


Andrew Hall has been appointed the non-executive chairman of Babington Group, a leading provider of apprenticeships and skills training in the UK.

Based in Derby, Babington Group provides apprenticeships and skills training to learners and employers and is supported by ten training centres.

Since 2010, Mr Hall has been chief executive of academic qualifications provider AQA. At the same time, he has held the role of non-executive director and chairman at the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Before that, he was chief executive and director of strategic resource management at the QCA, a non-departmental government body with responsibility for evolving the curriculum, assessments and qualifications in England. In addition, he has also served on the governing body of two schools near his West Midlands home.

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Hall said: “I am looking forward to working with a strong team to grow Babington’s impressive presence in the growing skills and training market.

“Employers, learners and the government rely on Babington to provide high-quality and relevant courses. This trend is set to increase with the impact of new apprenticeship reforms in coming years.”


Further education consultancy FEA has appointed Darran Marks as curriculum consultant, a newly created role.

In his new role, Mr Marks will go into various college departments for periods of up to a year to support them in raising their standards, both to Ofsted requirements and also in aiding staff development.

He takes on the role from his previous position as curriculum manager for the technology department at Newbury College in Berkshire, a role he held for two years.

Prior to this, Mr Marks was a programme leader in plumbing and electricals, and began his educational career as a lecturer in plumbing.

He states that his biggest goal is to “improve outcomes for learners”, and is most looking forward to “getting out and about in FE, helping a range of colleges with their varying needs and really making a difference.”


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