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Trevor Gordon, management consultant, Gordon French Associates

Trevor Gordon was the equalities officer at South East London’s Lewisham Council in the early 1990s when he was…

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Sandra McNally, director, Centre for Vocational Education Research

They’re questions that will have kept many others in the FE sector awake at night. They include how do…

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Sam Parrett, principal, Bromley College

As her heart raced, her mouth dried and her imagination ran wild with the tragic scenes that could lay…

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Mark Farrar, chief executive, Association of Accounting Technicians

The stereotypical picture of an accountant, says Mark Farrar, chief executive of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), is…

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Lindsey Noble, interim principal, Greenwich Community College

A sailboat cannot travel forward with the wind blowing straight towards it — instead, the boat must zig-zag, travelling…

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Rod Bennion, former chairman of trustees, Construction Youth Trust

You would be hard-pressed to find a better way of convincing teenagers to choose vocational learning over university than…

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Eddie Playfair, principal, Newham Sixth Form College

Eddie Playfair carefully opens an A4 envelope and tilts it forward, prompting a few dozen neatly cut press clippings…

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Fiona Aldridge, assistant director for development and research, Niace

“I guess research is just about being nosey. Nosey and methodical — that’s what makes a good researcher,” says…

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Kevin McLoughlin and Jean Duprez, K&M McLoughlin Decorating

For any organisation to have a member of staff awarded an MBE among the New Year Honours is fortunate…

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Paul Grainger, co-director for post-14 research, Institute of Education

A career in post-school education seems to have been on the cards for Paul Grainger right from the day…

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Ed Sallis, chair, Making Maths and English Work for All, the ETF

College catchment areas can owe as much to constituency borders as they can to the routes of local buses…

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Tim Farron, president, Liberal Democrats

The political career of Tim Farron MP, former education and skills select committee member and until recently president of the…

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