Practitioner Advisory Group

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

Applications to join the PAG are currently closed.

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. Twice online and one as a Summer Conference in a hired venue.

- 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

Recruitment to become a PAG member is currently closed. 

We welcome applications from all members, so if you are interested in joining the PAG and would like to be informed when a future opportunity arises, please email

"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 has been in teaching and training for 20+ years in colleges and has curriculum leadership experience in apprenticeships and adult provision and teaching in a range of areas including sport and management. She has taught on PGCE and Cert Ed programmes and has been an Ofsted Inspector since 2005.

Her achievements include taking a curriculum area from requiring improvement to outstanding within 2 years.

Alison has competed internationally in synchronised swimming. She loves swimming, surf lifesaving, fitness and running as well as reading to relax.

She aspires to stay fit and healthy and maintain a good work /life balance which includes regular sea swims and saunas!

Charles Aylward works as a Teacher for First Class Tailored Solutions. He has experience as a Commercial Manager, Product/Project Engineer, Senior Design Engineer in Engineering Sector (10 years); 19 years in Adult Learning sector. His last post was as SfL Locality Manager.

He has achieved a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1 year from HND level. Charles has been awarded PGCE in Leadership and Management from Derby University; Awarded 'Outstanding Teaching Service Award' in 2019.

His interests are in playing golf, swimming, tennis, learning languages, and reading.

In the nearby future, Charles would like to purse either Mentoring, Coaching or a Health and Wellbeing role in the teaching sector or counselling.

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.

Wendy is a Teaching Skills Advisor (Quality) at Capital City College Group.

She is a creative practitioner with 22 years' experience teaching learners aged 14 years to adults and apprenticeships at Levels 3 and 4.

Wendy supports teaching, learning and assessment via a range of collaborative initiatives, college communications and impactful professional development for teachers and students.

She has completed ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring and successfully supported a £500,000 ETF/DfE project.

Wendy enjoys visiting galleries and going for canal or forest walks.

Her long-term goal is to support all practitioners to use technology effectively, to reduce the admin burden and create engaging learning experiences.

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 is a Professional Development Manager at The Guernsey Institute. 

Martine has over 13 years' experience in FE, most recently in professional development and teacher and assessor education. Prior to working in education, she was a senior leader in the finance sector. Martine writes about wellbeing-driven productivity and professional learning on her blog and in various publications including inTuition. 

Martine spoke at the SET conference in 2021 and has achieved over 100,000 downloads for her podcast, The Teaching Space.

Martine enjoys knitting and Nordic walking.

Martine would like to support teachers to be amazing at their jobs without having to sacrifice their mental health and wellbeing.

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.

Anita is a Programme Convenor for HRM and Business Management Entrepreneurship Courses at the University of Roehampton.

Anita is an accomplished HR professional who is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Her experience is gained predominantly for working in large International ‘Magic Circle’ law firms before moving into the world of Education.

In 2016 Anita was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for her services to the community and her excellent support to students. Anita has gained a doctorate in Education looking into the Professional Identity of the FE teacher.

Anita enjoys walking with her black Labrador dog and browsing through antique fairs and car boot sales looking for the elusive hidden gem.

Anita is inspired to continue raising the profile of FE following her doctorate work.

Jerry Nightingale is an FE Lecturer for Weston College, delivering L2 Cycle Maintenance and L3 PAT testing @ HMPPS Channings Wood, Denbury, Devon.

He has over 19 years of experience in Prison Education, having delivered almost the full gamut of courses over the years, Arithmetic to Alcohol Awareness, Presentation Skills to Personal Health, Fathers Inside to Functional Skills, Sex Ed to Sustainable Energy, and more recently PAT Testing to Pedal Power.

Jerry has been received the National Recycling Award – Best Partnership Project 2012; Pearson FE Lecturer of the Year 2015; Keeping that recycling project running, viable and active with all the original partners, for over a decade. 

His interests are in machinery and engineering, driving his Land Rover, fishing, shooting, gaming, books, nature, and DIY.

Jerry’s long-term goal is to get a self of achievement by getting at least one learner per cohort to be seriously amazed with what they can do, by the end of the course he lectures on.

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 is a Teacher at SEQUALS.

She has 20 years’ experience in teaching Organisation Studies and Interpreting Skills and 20 years Training Teachers. Sandra is currently, supporting Arts Education in the community and teaching ESOL to Asylum Seekers.

Sandra was commissioned to paint pictures on some concrete bollards in her home city. She has achieved Advanced Teacher Status and is a reviewer for both QTLS and ATS.

Sandra plays the saxophone and clarinet, takes part in comedy Improv gigs and runs an online Art group.

Sandra would like to bring joy, excitement, and inspiration to everyday life through Art and Education.

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 is the Lead for Education and Training at Lincoln College Group.

She 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. Her current role focuses on education and training and curriculum development; as well as a teaching commitment to ensure she is current with learning, assessment, and teaching practices. Penny is a Fellow of SET and holds QTLS, ATS and CTeach.

Penny is setting up a non-means tested food bank which is accessed by over 60 students a week. Gaining two large funding bids to set up new courses which will change the local area in relation to employment opportunities and to raise aspirations of local people.

She runs an active brownie group who keep her young and enthusiastic about empowering young people to have dreams and know how to achieve their goals.

Lynne is the Director of ITP Real Time Education. She is also, a Midlands-based teacher educator, researcher, author and mentor. Moving from broadcast engineering into FE in 2001, she specialises in teachers’ digital skills and pedagogy development and designs and facilities initial teacher training and teacher and leadership development curricula in work-based learning.

From 2019-2022 Lynne mentored action research teams and designed online CPD through ccConsultancy’s OTLA and touchconsulting’s #APConnect programmes for ETF. In 2022 she began research on one of her passions, bridging the ‘digital divide’ for adult learners for Ufi/ALT as well as co-designing and managing a new ALT Specialist Interest Group, #AmplifyFE.

Lynne holds SET ATS, CTeach and CMALT status and completed a doctorate in education in 2020 through the ETF/SUNCETT Practitioner Research Programme focusing on FE teachers’ informal, online professional learning.

A keen conservationist and photographer, she writes for SET’s inTuition journal and tweets enthusiastically on all matters FE @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?"

Barbara is the Director of Quality and Service Standards, Babington Business College.

She has 30 years’ experience in the Further Education and Skills sector, along with some Higher Education experience. For over 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. She was also a Teaching and Learning Coach and an Advanced practitioner and a quality manager. For the last 8 years, she has worked for independent training providers, focusing mainly on workplace learning. Also, a member of the Matrix standards advisory board, a member of the Fellowship of Inspection Nominees and a member of the Career Development Institute.

Barbara has led on multiple inspections across devolved nations (Ofsted, SDS, EDI, QAA) with good outcomes and led on external positive audits with Matrix Standards and Leaders in Safeguarding.

She has a particular interest in developing, coaching, and mentoring staff in their teaching and management careers.

She wants to continue to champion Quality in Further Education and Skills, increasing collaborations across sectors to ensure quality assurance and development strategies lead to successful teaching, learning and assessment with a positive experience and timely outcomes for every learner.

Peter is the Mathematics Lead and Staff Governor at West London College.

For him Teaching and developing mathematics in FE is a second career after 25 years working in finance as an actuary.

Dominant themes in his work are supporting students to overcome maths anxiety and maths difficulties; building study skills surrounding innovative uses of learning technology; promoting mathematics education as a social justice issue. Peter loves to challenge views that our students “won’t”, “can’t” or “don’t”.

Outside of work, he is happiest walking in the hills or fly fishing a remote stream. Daily relaxation for Peter is from the crossword and voracious reading, visiting exhibitions, and listening to choral music. He also, plays the piano, badly, and is learning Hindi. His bookshelves reveal an amateur entomologist, specialising in microlepidoptera.

His long-term goal is to conquer his lifelong weight problem; to regain the singing voice he lost when his voice broke (though not at the same pitch!).

Helen 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 staff training function. She has 25 years’ experience in work-based teaching and learning in the Third Sector as a Manager, Teacher, Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer.

Helen has completed her International Master of Business Administration, focussing her research on understanding what factors contribute to staff feeling valued in the workplace. She is a fellow member of SET and the Chartered Management Institute and has a particular interest in staff and learner wellbeing. Helen’s background in Psychology, Positive Behaviour Support and Management complements her love of teaching and training in the post-compulsory sector.

Helen is an enthusiastic nature lover and enjoys wildlife photography. She is happiest outdoors, camera in hand.

Helen has ambitions to contribute more widely to relevant research in the sector and aims to complete her Doctorate at a future point.

Peter works for the NCFE as a Provider Development Manager.

He has been a teacher for over 15 years teaching in secondary school, FE and HE. Peter is qualified SENCo and has a real passion for inclusive practices. He is a school governor with link responsibilities for SEND and in his final year of completing his PhD in education and social justice. 

Peter has presented research on FE SEND learners at the northeast SEND conference. Also, a contributing author for a book titled, co-producing SMART targets for children with SEND. 

He is a member of the army reserves and enjoys walking and writing. 

Peter’s long-term goal is to support the SEND provision of educational providers he works with. 

Magda has been a member of the SET since 2008 and currently is in the process of achieving an Advanced Teacher Status. She is finishing a Masters Degree in Education, hoping to start a PhD in the field of educational equality.

Magda started teaching in a college of further education in 2008 and her subject specialism is Business. Over the last decade she has completed various qualifications in equality, inclusion, engagement, and mental health for young adults, in order to really understand how to best help her students learn. As a woman of Polish diaspora, she has been promoting the educational and language equality agenda, working on improving understanding and outcomes for learners with EAL, Asperger’s, Autism and ADHD needs

Helen Gott is an Advanced Practitioner at Hartlepool College of Further Education, with cross college responsibility for teaching and learning. 

Helen qualified with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and worked in industry before training to be a teacher.  She worked in secondary education as Head of Design and Technology, before moving to the further education sector to teach engineering.  She has also taught on the CertEd and PGCE programmes. 

In 2015, Helen was Highly Commended by the Edge Foundation for her teaching at the annual VQ Awards.  In 2018 Helen achieved her MA in Education. She is a Fellow of SET and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. 

Helen enjoys walking and visiting historical sites. She also enjoys reading fiction and educational literature and research.

Helen aspires to complete a doctorate in education, building on her learning of mindset, resilience, and grit as possible personality predispositions towards pervasive mobile phone use in lectures.  

Christine enjoys working as the Head of Economics and Business Studies at the Royal Russell School while studying the GDL with the University of Law. Christine joined the PAG team in October 2021.

Christine has been an educator for over 15 years at the HE and FE levels, having previously taught within the private and public sector in the Bahamas and Jamaica.

Her experience encompasses 6 years within the Harris federation at the middle leadership level, supporting team members with curriculum planning and delivery and training/mentoring of PGCE and NQTs.

Christine enjoys delivering academic, vocational and professional curricula in Economics and Business. Her passion for education and the changes in the legal environment for all stakeholders in the sector, propelled her to commence the GDL.

She is the founder of the nonprofit group, The Trade Union Society that aims to connect trade unions with law students in training with the goal of improving members access to justice.

She hopes to use the knowledge garnered from her legal studies to facilitate the growth and development of the education sector.

Mozz Baker is an Advanced Practitioner in Construction supporting colleagues to develop their teaching practice at Walsall College.

He has worked for over two decades in further education colleges and as a Private Training Provider delivering further and higher education qualifications in construction. During this time, Mozz served as a lecturer, assessor, verifier, middle manager, and senior manager holding various roles including as a Senior Tutor in Construction, Head of Faculty for Construction and Motor Vehicle and in cross-college leadership as Head of Tutorials and Student Voice.

He has been to the University of Derby and achieved a Level 7 Module in ‘Teaching HE in FE’ and the Chartered Management Institute Level 7 Award in Strategic Management.

Mozz enjoys playing the drums to let off steam after a busy week in the office.

Mozz is working towards achieving his ATS/Chartered Teacher status exploring Rosenshine’s principles and project-based learning.

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