REGULATION, RISK AND ASSURANCE
Tell us a bit about you
I’m married with three daughters, have lived in the North East all my life, and love the easy access this gives to the fabulous coast and countryside. I have many interests and hobbies when I get the time to pursue them. I enjoy reading, podcasts, DIY, clay pigeon shooting, following the football and have a lifelong passion for cars.
Tell us a bit about your career
After starting out working as an apprentice engineer, I moved into the education and training sector, working initially for Rolls Royce and Siemens’ Training Departments. I then moved into FE where I worked in lots of different roles, from curriculum to quality, over a 13-year period. I joined NCFE in 2012 and have enjoyed numerous roles in my time here, including as Managing Director of the Awarding business. In my current role as Chief Regulatory Officer, I oversee matters relating to assurance and regulation and am the named Responsible Officer. I am also NCFE’s representative on the board of the Joint Council for Qualifications.
From an early age, I’ve been interested in the process of learning and get the greatest levels of satisfaction knowing that we are helping millions of people progress in their lives and careers. Within FE, I recognised the impact that qualifications and learning have on people and the doors that they can open. When I joined NCFE, it was based on my experience as a customer – I saw the enthusiasm that NCFE colleagues showed for the company and products, which intrigued me. I wasn’t successful in my first application, but I eventually left a full-time permanent role to join NCFE on a one-year secondment and have never looked back.