DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS – TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Tell us a bit about you
Originally from Yorkshire, I’ve been living in London for the last 20 years with my husband and two young boys. My four and seven-year-olds keep me pretty busy attending various sporting activities throughout the week and at weekends so, in the spirit of making sure we spend time together as a family, I volunteer at our local ‘Little League’ football club – I love it, but I’m sure it won’t be long before it’s no longer ‘cool’ for me to do that in the eyes of my eldest
Tell us a bit about your career
From my very first role I’ve been involved in learning, training and qualifications, working for small private training providers through to my previous role at CIPD (an OA and professional association). I worked for CIPD for 16 years, enjoying a varied career in commercial L&D, professional qualifications, operations and strategic partnership management. This included identifying operational efficiencies via strategic partners to deliver areas of the business that weren’t core to strategic aims (but were still important) through to operational delivery of bespoke and ‘off the shelf’ products and qualifications for key clients, including government departments and large corporate learning academies in the UK, Middle East and central and eastern Europe. I realise it can be unusual to stay with an organisation for such a long time, but my tenure reflected my passion and commitment to their mission and purpose of championing better work and working lives, and I could clearly see how the work I was doing contributed to that during my time there.
As you can probably guess, for me, in my career, it’s all about the purpose – the why – and NCFE’s purpose and mission resonates so strongly with me. I’m really excited, proud and motivated to be able to play my part in shaping learning and education, creating opportunities and progression for individuals and helping to create a fairer society. It’s a really exciting time for technical education and skills. As we enter another period of change with ongoing consultations, it’s clear that all NCFE colleagues are more than up for the challenge as these changes progress, and I’m delighted to be part of that.