Pleased to meet you

As the year moves rapidly forward, so too does life at NCFE and I’d like to begin by saying hello to each and every one of you.

I’m thrilled to be appointed as Managing Director of Awarding at NCFE. I’m passionate about the work we do and the real difference we make to people’s lives through education. NCFE is such a great organisation that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of for the last 6 years and I’m really looking forward to continuing NCFE’s role in the education and training of young people and adults alike.

Following a background in training and development at Siemens Power Generation and Newcastle College, I joined NCFE on a temporary secondment as Quality Assurance Manager in July 2012. I progressed to Head of Quality Assurance in 2015, then Director of Quality Assurance in August 2017, and now proudly take the helm of NCFE Awarding as Managing Director at an exciting time of growth and continuing success.

This year marks NCFE’s 170 year anniversary and through that time the organisation has evolved considerably from the Northern Union of Mechanics’ Institutes (NUMI), established in 1848, to one of the largest UK awarding organisations, offering a huge range of products in different sector areas. You, our customers, are the reason that we’ve been able to thrive for 170 years and our commitment to learners and the importance of education has been there from the very beginning. I look forward to celebrating this hugely significant milestone throughout the year ahead and I’m sure that NCFE will continue to evolve to meet and exceed the needs of learners all over the world.

Look out for all of the fantastic things we have planned throughout the year to celebrate our rich heritage, sharing inspiring learners’ stories and looking ahead to what our next 170 years will bring.

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
NCFE and WorldSkills UK announce partnership on new Centre of Excellence project
Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education (RSHE) will become mandatory in schools across England from September 2020. Creating a curriculum that meets the needs of pupils is vital.
Press Release
Press Release
Educational services charity, NCFE, has announced a new strategic partnership with The Northern Skills Network (NSN).
Press Release
Press Release
National awarding organisation and education and skills charity, NCFE, has been named one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not–For–Profit Organisations to Work For.
Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
The Government has issued further information on the withdrawal of funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments, as part of the Level 3 and below review.
Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
The mobile app has been designed to create equal access to learning and provide a low cost, high quality alternative to traditional private tutoring.
Case Study
Case Study
NCFE’s recently developed Level 3 Award in Business Travel has been endorsed by several business travel experts, including Clarity, part of the Portman Travel Group, which includes Elegant Resorts and If Only.
Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
NCFE recently teamed up with Campaign For Learning to launch a new policy paper titled: ‘No 16-18 year old left behind’.
Paul Burkin
Paul Burkin
NCFE takes a look at how to ensure the online safety of children and teenagers and the dangers that teachers, parents and carers should be aware of and how you can educate young people during Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) lessons.
Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
Two of the UK’s leading educational charities, NCFE and Campaign for Learning, have come together to query exactly that in their new pamphlet, titled ‘No 16-18 Year Old Left Behind’.