DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS AND PR
Tell us a bit about you
When I’m not at work I can be found walking in the beautiful Peak District on the doorstep of my home in Sheffield, with my partner and miniature Dachshund. Failing that, I’ll often be curled up with my nose in a book – escapism at its best. I’m an avid traveller and am at my happiest when I’m on a plane, heading to a new destination to explore. One of our favourite getaways is Bali, where I can practice being mindful and enjoy plenty of yoga. Another pastime of mine is live music. I have plenty of gigs in the calendar which I’m really excited for! And did I mention podcasts? They are my companion on a long dog walk. Recommendations always welcome!
Tell us a bit about your career
I am a career-long marketing and comms professional, but my first love is education, and with that, social mobility. I have been in the employment and skills sector for almost twenty years now, where my passion for helping people through learning – from the most rudimentary of training courses through to degree-level apprenticeships – has found an outlet.
Throughout my years in these sectors, I've seen a number of government administrations implementing different policies and introducing reform to varying degrees of success. But what I'm still waiting to be done with any notable impact is a real intervention and subsequent positive effect on social mobility, with a true level playing field for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. I know that working at NCFE, with the purpose and people it has, is the best way I can help to influence that.
I suspect this might be obvious from the information above – but it’s the perfect chance for me to help make education the leveller it should be. In one of my interviews for the role at NCFE, I asked about its vision and future purpose, and the answer I was given couldn't have captured my own views any better. I was told that some things in education policy and delivery weren’t working as they should be and that NCFE wanted to help change that, giving every learner the opportunity, means and motivation to be the best version of themselves. I was on board from that very moment, and I still see glimpses every day of that same organisational aspiration to shape the change.