Practitioner Advisory Group

The PAG meets three times a year to discuss their opinions about membership and to feed back on proposals outlined for the SET membership strategy.

Applications to join the PAG are currently closed. The application process takes place once a year in August.

Why become a PAG member?

What are the benefits

PAG members benefit greatly from being part of the group.

It helps them keep abreast of the latest developments and changes within the FE and training sector, it enables them to share experiences and learn from fellow professionals within the sector and empowers them to help shape the future of SET.

What’s involved

- Meetings are held three times a year and are currently being held online

- Meetings normally take place in March, June and November

- PAG members are appointed for an initial three-year term, with the opportunity to be appointed for a further year

- It’s a voluntary role but expenses will be reimbursed

How to become part of the PAG

We recruit new members for the PAG once a year, all SET members will receive a notification of the application date.

We welcome applications from all members.

"To contribute to discussion and change in the Further Education and Training sector and improve professional practice by keeping up-to-date with change."

"I wanted to stay close to developments in the sector and be a voice representing practitioners, especially Independent Training Providers (ITPs)."

"The ability to scope the future of FE and raise its profile in the education sector."

Meet the SET members who make up the Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG)

Ysolina has qualified with a Materials Engineering degree, specialising in Polymers, an MSc in Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems and a PhD in Manufacturing Systems. Her professional experience includes working in industry and Academia performing functions in manufacturing and cost engineering, consultancy and research. Other areas of interest include research and academic work in process improvement, cost engineering, manufacturing and operations management, data collection and analysis.  

During her time in academia, Ysolina worked at De Montfort University as a researcher and as a part-time lecturer. She delivered modules and provided tutorial support at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Production and Operation Management, Manufacturing Principles, Cost Estimating and Modelling, and Economic and Control for Manufacturing. 

Ysolina, fully enjoyed the teaching and learning component of the job, as it gave her the opportunity to work with students from different cultural backgrounds, ages and at different career and learning stages. As a result of this and personal and family commitments, she decided to pursue the teaching and learning path as the perfect career change in favour of a more balanced family-work life. 

She has been working in adult and community education for more than 10 years, teaching Functional and GCSE mathematics. Ysolina, has also, performed different roles during her time at the Leicestershire Adult Learning Service, including sessional and fractional tutor and Lead Tutor in Mathematics. Currently, she is the Learning Development and Delivery Coordinator for the Skills for Life Curriculum Team at Leicestershire County Council.  

She is also, fluent in the Spanish Language, a Foundation Governor at a secondary school in the City of Leicester and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

Interests and Areas of Expertise: Adult and Community Education; Special Educational Needs; Autism including Asperger Syndrome; Leadership and Management; Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Mathematics GCSE and Functional Skills; Manufacturing Engineering, Research and Consultancy; Data Collection and Analysis 

Alison is a teacher trainer based in the South West. She also undertakes quality improvement work with Independent Training Providers. Alison joined the PAG in 2015.

"I joined for the chance to contribute to the development of SET and also to network with fellow professionals and help shape the voice of its membership body. I particularly enjoy commenting on a broad range of issues, from strategy to communications, and hearing views from the organisation’s leaders. I find it’s stimulating and enjoyable and see it as a chance to hear and listen to a range of perspectives."

Charles is currently employed and has been working for less than a year for a local education provider, First Class Tailored Solutions in Leicester. As the name might imply this involves tailored teaching to 18-year-olds or less who have either missed formal education for a period of time or have neurodiverse or mental health issues which can’t be fully supported within a school environment. His subject specialism is Maths.  

Charles worked in a middle management role within an adult learning community setting for the Leicestershire Adult Learning Service and left in August 2020, after 19 years’ service. 

As well as managing a team of tutors and coordinating, referring students and delivering maths and English courses to meet the needs of the community in the west of Leicester, he was also involved in the following: liaising with job centres and other public services to set up courses particularly for the low skilled and illiterate; setting up courses for those LLDD students who still wanted to be challenged and were not able to fit into mainstream courses; led the maths agenda including GCSE to ensure the Service’s curriculum was meeting the needs of students nationally, to name but a few key initiatives.   

Previous to teaching Charles has worked as a Product/Project Engineer and Senior Design Engineer for various engineering companies, in his capacity as a professional Mechanical Engineer affiliated to the IMechE. 

He has QTLS and recently achieved a PGCE in Leadership and Management from Derby University.

Dr Stavroula Bibila is a Senior Lecturer on Degree Apprenticeships at the University of Wolverhampton. She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in work-based curricula for healthcare scientists at the University of Birmingham, following a long career of teaching in post-compulsory education and training.

Stavroula was one of the first 23 practitioners to be awarded ATS in 2018, and she also contributed to the development of ATS as a critical reviewer. She is a member of the Shipley College Governing Body and her favourite thing about working in FE is witnessing first-hand the determination of many young adults to truly succeed in their chosen occupation.

Giles combines working with the University of Manchester’s Secondary PGCE programme with the Universities of Salford and Bolton, in partnership with Salford City College’s University Centre. He has been a PAG member since 2017 and completed his ATS in 2020. Giles, is an Advanced Practitioner, working as part of the Quality Team at Salford. 

Moving from banking to education, Giles’ roles in HE, and FE in HE, builds on over 20 years’ experience in sixth form and FE colleges spanning teaching and learning and senior management roles. These have included curriculum and staff development, student support, safeguarding and SEND as well as mentoring trainees and NQTs.   

Giles’ subject areas are Business, Economics and Accounting; he enjoys the variety of teaching academic, vocational and professional courses at different levels both as a practitioner and teacher educator. 

Oran has been a PAG member since 2018 and is currently working towards his doctorate in education. He specialises in post-16 special educational needs, with a focus on progressing into employment.

Oran has been working in education and training for 25 years - from starting out as a teaching assistant in a secondary school to managing pan-London post-16 provision for autistic learners. He is a SENCO, qualified counsellor, and advocate for better inclusion for autistic children. He is responsible for staff development, autism focused curriculum development and management, student support, safeguarding, and wellbeing.

Oran’s subject areas are English, art, media, and digital skills. However, he believes that post-16 education should also have a strong focus on personal and social development, alongside an accessible curriculum.

Nicole started working with mental health service users 20 years ago as a teacher of vocational subjects including life-skill, ICT, Numeracy and Literacy in settings such as mental health hospitals, forensic units, supported housing projects and Young Offender’s Institutions as well as in mainstream Further Education Colleges.

As part of a FE College learning support department, she ran a Computer Project for People with Profound and Complex disabilities and learning difficulties in South London and spent some time teaching at a Pupil Referral Unit. For 15 years, Nicole has run a training company that delivers training in mental health awareness and Initial Teacher Training qualifications as well as teaching digital skills to ex-offenders in the community.

Having started out as a French and German teacher in secondary schools, Jane made the move to Adult Education 15 years ago and currently works as both a Curriculum Lead for Creative Industries and a languages tutor.

Jane is a qualified mentor and has been involved in collaborative projects for a number of years including facilitating a RARPA professional exchange group for the East of England PEN and participation in the ETF’s AP Connect programme. The latter culminated in the organisation of the AP South Conference in March 2020, which Jane says was a real celebration of the ever-growing collaborative culture in the FE sector.

Jane has recently completed her Masters in Education, which focused on communities of practice and digital training and she is passionate about lifelong learning, the importance of adult education and learner and tutor voice.

A successful ATS mentor and LNG leader, Wendy is passionate about FE and the transformational impact it has on learners’ lives.

Wendy entered the FE sector 19 years ago as a visiting lecturer specialising in CAD for printed textiles. Following completion of a PGCE PCET she became an Advanced Practitioner teaching creative subjects to learners aged 14 years to adults.

As Head of Learning and Development for a private provider Wendy delivered award-winning apprenticeships at Level 3 and Level 4 and developed new qualifications with industry partners. She also supported the creation of the Fashion Technology Academy.

Now a Teaching Skills Advisor at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, Wendy trains teachers to improve their practice including eLearning. She co-writes winning bids and co-manages collaborative projects including OTLA, Flexible Learning Fund and Taking Teaching Further.

A voluntary church youth worker with more than 20 years’ experience, Wendy recently completed an MA in Education at IoE UCL, with a strong focus on the uses of technology in education.

Jim has worked within Further Education and training for over 18 years; from initial teacher training, to management and leadership of training delivery, to creation of strategy and policy to shape professional development for the British Army and Armed Forces.

He has broad experience of working with colleges around the UK to deliver Functional Skills and apprenticeships and with teaching agencies and Independent Training Providers for delivery of ESOL. He has been responsible for sourcing and management of contracts of values up to £10 million in training design and delivery, including Training Needs Analysis, development of Technology Enhanced Learning solutions to procurement of satellite television services and creation of new teaching materials. 

Jim holds a PGCE (PcET) and MSc in Human Resource Management and Training and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

A Fellow of SET and member of the Practitioner Advisory Group, he is fully committed to the benefits of education and training and helping people to reach their potential as individuals and in high-performing teams.

Martine Ellis leads professional development, scholarly activity and teacher education at the Guernsey College of Further Education, which is part of The Guernsey Institute. She holds Advanced Teacher Status and Chartered Teacher Status and is a Fellow of SET. Martine is also the host and producer of The Teaching Space podcast. When she's not teaching or podcasting, she can usually be found chasing her mischievous dog on one of Guernsey's beautiful beaches.

Philip is a lecturer, a coach, mentor and tutor; depending on what hat he is wearing. He joined the PAG so he could more effectively support his teacher trainees and colleagues when back on campus.

"What is my favourite thing about working in FE? Watching people grow, seeing their development and confidence build up to that light bulb moment, when they start to realise the huge potential and opportunities they have."

Stephanie has worked in the Health and Social Care (HSC) sector specialising in dementia care for 35 years, she has been involved in teaching, training, assessing and mentoring for 20 years delivering HSC vocational education programmes. Stephanie has a MSc in training in dementia care, is a Fellow of SET and holds ATS and QTLS.

Stephanie has a duel role within the NHS Trust working as dementia education lead, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of education programmes for the Health Care Assistants (HCA's) Registered Nurses (RN) and Allied Professional and social care workers across the Integrated Care Organisation (ICO). Stephanie is module lead for the dementia degree module in partnership with the University of Plymouth. She is also tutor, assessor and internal quality assurer for HSC vocational education. Stephanie is passionate about teaching and raising awareness in education for health and social care and dementia.

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Anita works at the University of Roehampton, having spent 14 years working in a FE College. Her interests remain in developing the status of FE through her Doctoral research which she recently completed. She is a Fellow of SET, gained Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS) in 2010 and was one of the first members to gain Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) in 2019.

Anita is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and a governor of a local secondary school. She has recently been appointed to being a member of the NASUWT Post-16 Advisory committee where she will continue to use her knowledge and experience to highlight the contribution of FE within the education sector.

"My favourite thing about working in FE is the impact we have on helping shape the lives of our students and contributing to their sense of achievement."

Jerry works for the Offender Learning Section of Weston College and has been teaching, mainly at HMPPS Channings Wood in Devon, for 17 years after a career change at the age of 40.

Previously he managed a farm, drove trucks and heavy machinery, ran a quarry, took part in every step of the milk production cycle (bar making his own), pit-crewed for a National Hill rally team, and even mended architectural antiques in France.

In those 17 years since, Jerry has delivered 32 different certifiable courses ranging from sex education to Square Roots, and presently teaches Cycle Maintenance and PAT testing at L2 and L3 respectively. He has also been an AP, mentored Student Teachers from University of Plymouth, with his main focus to get disaffected learners in the prison system to re-engage with education. Jerry also holds a Gold Pearson Award.

"My favourite thing about working in FE (in prisons) is putting right some of the failures of the education system, by getting previously disaffected learners to want to learn."

Annie started her career as a nursery nurse. Today she is a freelancer in Further Education (FE), "With not a single wet paper towel in sight for grazed knees!". Her passion is research and studying.

"My favourite thing about working in FE has to be liken to the London Underground, so many lines, so many directions and so many final destinations!"

Penny Petch has worked in the Further Education sector for more than 18 years following an initial career as a nurse and midwife. Penny is currently Director of Teaching, Learning and Quality at Chelmsford College where she is responsible for professional development, the observation of teachers, the Advanced Practitioners, and quality assurance and improvement. Forever a supporter of professional organisations and the benefits they bring their members, Penny was also the President of the Institute for Learning in its final year.

Penny is passionate about teacher education and the nature of professionalism in a sector that is ever changing. As a Fellow of the Society of Education and Training, Penny also holds QTLS and joined the PAG so that she could better support her colleagues and demonstrate her commitment to the professional status of the sector.

John has worked in FE since 2003. His experience covers college lecturing, one-to-one tuition, booster tuition, vocational training, apprentice assessing, mentoring, training management. His current roles are: Assessor, BESTT (Boiler Education Skills Training Trust), working with steam locomotive restoration apprentices, mostly on heritage railways; Freelance Academic one-to-one tutor - specialising in English, Business and Sociology - mostly at GCSE; Mentor/Inductor - with one of the 'big four' UK passenger transport group companies.

Jon has been a SET member since 2006 and on the PAG since 2015. He is also a Chartered Member of the CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport).

"My favourite thing about working in FE is sharing my knowledge with others, to help them enrich their own knowledge."

Sandra Rennie began teaching as an Organisation Studies lecturer in Adult and Community Education in 1984. She went on to become a teacher educator, researcher and consultant with FE colleges and universities working for SEQUALS, an independent training provider.

She now teaches ESOL part-time, is a QTLS reviewer and has an Art Education based Youtube channel.

Her special research interests are teacher training and developing better inclusion and access to education. Her most recent publications are two chapters in Robinson D (ed) (2019) Classroom Behaviour Management in Further, Adult and Vocational Education, Bloomsbury Academic. "My favourite thing about working in FE is that it enriches life experiences for people of all ages and from all communities.”

Verity is the Head of Education and Training for LV Care Group and is based in Jersey. Verity is a Registered Nurse and worked in Higher Education gaining FHEA status before moving into Further Education. She currently teaches and assesses on level 2, 3 and 5 health and social care programmes, as well as a range of mandatory training courses for nurses and healthcare support workers. Recently, she developed an online training portal which serves the training needs of a variety of staff in healthcare.

Verity's professional interests include training efficacy and developing healthcare practice; areas which she was able to develop her knowledge of through completing her MSc Professional Practice and MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice.

"My favourite thing about working in FE is helping people realise and achieve their potential."

Kerry Scattergood is an adult literacy tutor, delivering functional skills at Solihull College and University Centre, and is a primary school governor, specialising in SEND.

She is a passionate advocate for further and adult education, believing in valuing tutor and student voices. She is keen to promote expertise in the sector and, following her own QTLS journey, is currently working to build interest in practitioner-led research within her own setting. Having been inspired by last year’s conference theme, ‘Pride in Professionalism’, Kerry has been very active for the past year in advocating QTLS and has recently joined the SET Practitioner Advisory Group.

Kerry tweets as @KMScattergood and blogs at, on promoting real-life literacy practices, reading for pleasure, and empowering voices.

Lora began teaching in FE in 2005 and with an interest in HRM and people development, became an Advanced Practitioner in 2010. She has since worked within quality improvement, coaching and teacher education.  

Having studied online for a variety of postgraduate qualifications and having authored some of the first UK MOOCs for degree credit on FutureLearn; she now specialises in online pedagogy and technology for learning.  

Lora is now Curriculum Lead for Education and Human Resources at Coventry College. She has completed QTLS and is now working towards ATS as well as a Professional Doctorate in Education at The Open University.

After a career in show business, Sarah took a teacher training course in an FE college. As well as teaching English and drama, Sarah is a TES columnist and judge on The TES FE Awards.

She contributes to a range of publications, conferences, sector-wide discussions, and FE projects across colleges. Sarah is Founder and ‘Matron’ of #UKFEchat, a community of FE professionals who get together on Twitter every Thursday at 9pm.

Penny has worked in the education sector for over 25 years in a range of setting, from prison education, youth offending and alongside youth organisations working with NEET students. She is currently employed by the Lincoln College Group and is based at Newark College where her role focuses on education and training and curriculum development, as well as teaching commitment to ensure she is current with learning, assessment and teaching practices. Penny has a key focus of developing an active curriculum to teach the skills and qualities required for work and social and personal development.

She is a Fellow of SET and holds QTLS, ATS and CTeach.

Director of Independent Training Provider Realtime Education, Lynne is a Midlands-based teacher educator, author and mentor designing and facilitating the curriculum for initial teacher training and ongoing teacher and leadership professional learning.

With a background in FE teaching Computing, maths and Access to HE, Lynne specialises in digital skills and learning and work-based training. Lynne is an ETF associate and some of her current projects include OTLA mentoring for action research teams and online course design through Claire Collins Consultancy, and digital mentoring and design work on the touchconsulting #APConnect programme.

Lynne holds ATS, CTeach and CMALT statuses. She has completed a doctorate in education via the ETF’s Practitioner Research Programme through SUNCETT, with a focus on informal, online professional learning for FE teachers.

She tweets on FE matters @realtimeedu.

Vikki is Senior Manager within Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service with lead responsibility for Workforce Development, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Quality Improvement, and Safeguarding. Vikki has worked in the FE and Skills sector for 30 years and has an MA in Education, is a qualified teacher (with QTLS and ATS status), a qualified coach/mentor and a Fellow of SET.

As an experienced educationist Vikki remains current in TLA practice, educational issues, and leadership/management development, by leading on Collaborative Action Research and EU ERASMUS+ projects, to improve and develop teaching, learning and assessment, practice, approaches and resources across Derbyshire and the wider adult learning community. "Every day is different – there are always new people to meet and there is always something new to learn – and above all we can make a difference in people’s lives and life-chances – what could be more important?"

Dr Barbara Van der Eecken has 27 years’ experience in the Further Education and Skills sector, along with some HE experience. For nearly 20 years she was a modern foreign languages lecturer delivering A-Level, vocational and adult classes in colleges around the Midlands and at Birmingham University.

A passion for quality and a constant focus on learners and customer experience have led her to become a teaching and learning coach, curriculum manager and a quality manager. More recently, she has worked for Independent Training Providers, leading on Apprenticeship development and liaising closely with employers, awarding organisations and EPAOs. She is an Ofsted nominee, achieving a Grade 2 with the Capita Apprenticeship Team. Barbara has a particular interest in developing and mentoring staff in their teaching and management careers.

Helen has 23 years’ experience in work-based teaching and learning within the Third Sector. Her current role is Head of Staff Professional Development at The Loddon School, a residential children’s home and school for young people with severe autism where she manages the vocational qualification centre, coordinating the delivery of a range of qualifications and courses for staff. Helen has delivered Autism and Positive Behaviour Support training nationally and internationally, supporting NGO’s and Humanitarian Aid teams working with children and adults with special needs in Romania and Azerbaijan.

Helen is an Assessor and Quality Assurer; she gained her Qualified Teacher Learning Status in 2012 and her Advanced Teacher Status in early 2020. She has recently completed her International Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow member of the Chartered Management Institute. With a background in Psychology, Helen has a particular interest in understanding the learner experience and getting it right for every student. She is a passionate advocate for teaching and learning in the post-compulsory sector and believes that learning never stops, given the right support and encouragement.

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