The PAG meets three times a year to share their opinions about the current and future membership offer and to provide insight on proposals which support the development of the SET membership strategy.
The PAG is comprised of up to 40 Society for Education and Training (SET) members working across the FE and training sector. You can find out more about the current PAG below, including who is currently on this group. The group meets three times a year and reports into the SET Management Board (SMB). The PAG aims to share experiences, discuss membership and help develop proposals suggested for the SET membership strategy.
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.
- 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.
- Following an initial three-year term, members may apply for reappointment for one further three year term.
- It’s a voluntary role but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Applications for the 2023 PAG recruitment round are now closed.
Find out more about the current PAG members' experience and background below.
Afzal Sayed Munna is a Lecturer, Module Leader and Academic Coordinator at the University of Sunderland in London. His subject area includes business and digital learning and he undertakes post doctoral research in education. Afzal has been engaged with education, development, training and community throughout his life and has experience working with a multitude of organisations at managerial level.
Beulah Obianwu is Lecturer at Harrow College.
Beverley Woolford is a Teacher and Quality Assurance trainer in beauty and holistic therapies. She is also a Senior Lecturer of Education and Training Professionals, Quality Assurance and Assessment qualifications/Apprenticeships and Professional Mentor to PGCE Programme at Fareham College.
Clovis Matthews is an accomplished and highly experienced educator with a passion for assessment and teaching, and learning. With an impressive academic background and a commitment to continuous professional development, he has earned esteemed Fellowships in both Assessment and Teaching and Learning. Over the years, Clovis has made significant contributions to the field of education, empowering students and colleagues alike with his expertise and innovative teaching approaches. His dedication to fostering a supportive and intellectually stimulating learning environment has consistently yielded outstanding results.
Clovis holds the Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status, Fellows from the Society for Education and Training (SET) and the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (The University of Hertfordshire), and Professional Membership of the International Compliance Association. He boasts an impressive teaching career that spans over 15 years. His journey in education has involved working with the post-16 age group from further to higher education and awarding bodies.
Clovis has served on academic committees and task forces to improve assessment practices and teaching and learning and has created and implemented the standards for evidencing equality, diversity, and inclusion in teaching and learning. In addition, Clovis has advanced the development of exceptional Continuous Professional Development for teaching colleagues to include tailored CPD requests.
Clovis firmly believes that education is a transformative journey that should empower students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and lifelong learners. He values a learner-centred approach, where each student's unique strengths and challenges are considered. His teaching philosophy revolves around fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment that encourages students to take ownership of their education and achieve their full potential.
Clovis' dedication to assessment, teaching, and learning has shaped his career and positively impacted countless students and educators. His passion for continuous improvement and commitment to advancing education make him a valuable asset to any academic institution or educational community.
Dr Serry is a highly qualified educational manager with an unwavering passion for transnational education and commitment to excellence. With over 30 years of expertise in the Further and Higher Education sectors in the UK and internationally, Dr Serry stands as a renowned expert in designing and managing UK curricula within an international context including; the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, UAE, Saudi, Jordan, and Malaysia. Additionally, Dr Serry holds roles as examiner, moderator, and accreditation advisor for various qualification awarding bodies in the UK and EU. His is a registered European Commission Educational Expert and a member of The UK Chartered Quality Institute, The UK Institute of Directors, and The Society for Education and Training.
Dr Serry actively advocates for the establishment of strong relationships between communities and the promotion of understanding and acceptance of diversity through international and transnational education. His inclusive approach is evident in his work with students from diverse backgrounds worldwide, as he consistently fosters a welcoming and inclusive learning environment. Dr Serry possesses an exceptional aptitude for leveraging technology to enhance learning experiences, continuously seeking innovative approaches to make education more engaging and effective. Dr Serry's contributions extend beyond his professional achievements, as he remains an active and dedicated member of his community. Serving as a trustee for several charitable organizations focused on international and transnational education, he has been recognised for his efforts in promoting international cooperation within the education sector.
Gail Lydon has worked for a wide range of organisations in both education (FE, WBL, Secure Estate, ACL and Schools) and business (PWC, IBM). Gail has extensive experience providing staff training, writing training manuals and supporting practitioner led action research. Gail’s areas of expertise include: Provision Improvement, Project Management and Investigations (Research), English and maths (GCSE, Functional Skills, SfL), T Levels, Digital Literacy.
Lora Scott is a Curriculum Lead for Teacher Education and Human Resources at Coventry College and also works in HE. Lora began teaching in FE in 2005 and joined a HE institution in 2015. Lora has 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 has completed QTLS, ATS and is working towards a Doctorate in Education at The Open University.
Magda King 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
Martine Ellis 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. Before working in education, she was a senior leader in the finance sector. Martine writes about wellbeing-driven productivity and neurodiversity on her blog and in various publications including inTuition.
Martine spoke at the SET conference in 2021.
Mesay E. Gashaw holds qualifications including NPQLTD (National Professional Qualification Leading Teacher Development), MSc in Internet and Database Systems, PgDip. in Computer Science, BSc in Mathematics, Diploma in Education (Post-Compulsory), and Certificate in Internal Quality Assurance. Mesay has worked as an educator since 2010, teaching at various colleges including Tower Hamlet College, Southwark College, LeSoCo (Lewisham and Southwark) College, Orpington College, and LSEC (London South East Colleges). During his tenure Mesay has had the privilege of teaching students in the fields of ICT, Computing, and Mathematics. Aside from teaching these subjects in post-compulsory institutions, he has instructed EOTAS (Education Other Than at Schools) and currently holds multiple positions and responsibilities including IT/Computing Lecturer, Course Leader, and Lead Internal Verifier. Mesay strongly believe in providing equal access to education and opportunities for both students and teaching staff and is passionate about offering tutoring, pastoral support, and mentoring.
Penny is the Head of Newark College campuses at The Lincoln College Group. She has worked in the education sector for over 30 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 commitment to ensure she is current with learning, assessment, and teaching practices. Penny is a Fellow of SET and holds QTLS, ATS and CTeach.
Having recently completed a masters focusing on the impact food has on learning, Penny is proud that all sites at across the Lincoln College group operate a non-means tested foodbank which allows all students to access good food to eat in college and recipe packs to take home. Newark College recently organised an event with partner organisations to celebrate 5 million meals being cooked from foods that would have otherwise gone to waste.
Penny has just been awarded an MBE for services to education, skills and employment in Newark and Sherwood in the Kings Birthday honours list.
She has run an active brownie group for over 20 years who keep her young and enthusiastic about empowering young people to have dreams and develop skills to achieve their goals.
Rabana Haneef is Head of Engineering with 12+ years’ experience working within the education sector and holds an MSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Haneef provides academic leadership of the Engineering Department, overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of academic programs and ensuring that they are aligned with the industry's standards and accreditation requirements. Haneef's work involves lectures, tutorials, and workshops and facilitating group discussions, ensuring that they have a thorough understanding of the engineering concepts being taught.
Stavroula has been involved in vocational and professional education and training for over 15 years, having started her teaching career as a Further Education and ESOL tutor. She is currently a senior lecturer on higher and degree apprenticeship programmes at the University of Exeter, and truly enjoys working with apprentices as she witnesses first-hand the determination of many young adults to succeed in their chosen professions. Before making the transition into apprenticeships in 2018, she was a research fellow at the University of Birmingham and the National School of Healthcare Science, where she examined curriculum and assessment strategies for postgraduate work-based learning programmes. Stavroula was one of the first 23 practitioners to be awarded ATS in 2018, and she also contributed to the development of the ATS programme as a critical reviewer.