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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…

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Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley

Growing up in rural Lancashire, the young Gordon Birtwistle wanted to be a joiner and undertaker. But while he…

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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…

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Gemma Knott, policy and communications officer, 157 Group

“The worst thing that could happen to me is for someone to say that I didn’t try hard enough,”…

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Ruth Spellman, CEO, Workers’ Educational Association

With no previous background in education, Ruth Spellman says she isn’t the most obvious candidate for the job of…

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John Widdowson, principal, New College Durham

Born into a family of mill workers, machine operators and motor mechanics, John Widdowson jokes that he is the…

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Lawrence Vincent, principal, Bournemouth and Poole College

“I didn’t think I’d ever be a principal,” says Lawrence Vincent, who has been principal of Bournemouth and Poole…

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Brian Lightman, general secretary, ASCL

Brian Lightman never had any political ambitions. In fact, if someone had told him he would end up as…

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Peter Cobrin, national education director, notgoingtouni

Having worked in journalism, teaching, public relations, consultancy and even as a mini cab driver – including a spell…

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Maxine Room, principal, Lewisham College

Maxine Room says she was never an “archetypal academic”. A mischievous child, who liked to chat, her school reports…

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Sir Peter Rogers, special advisor to the Mayor of London

Sir Peter Rogers recognised the value of vocational learning at an early age. At 18, having researched possible routes…

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Sue Rimmer, principal, South Thames College

“We are heading towards the edge of a cliff, which we’re going to fall off,” says the principal of…

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