SET Management Board

The SET Management Board (SMB) is made up of six SET members, two trustees from the ETF, a lay member and two senior ETF members of staff.

The SMB is critical to the function of SET. It consists of SET members from the Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG) and a lay member, in-house Education and Training Foundation (ETF) staff and trustees. Each board member is appointed for a period of three years. Over the course of the year the SMB aims to:

  • Draw together recommendations from the PAG and advice from SET staff to shape the operational and strategic plans for both SET and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)
  • Forecast and monitor the yearly performance of SET - looking at member numbers, QTLS candidates, and the impact and outcomes of these
  • Approve new policies and procedures designed through PAG and other panels
  • Listen to any matters of concern or issues and aim to find a resolution
  • Reports any plans to the ETF Board for approval

The SMB meets three times a year, aligning with the meetings of the ETF and PAG.

Meet the board

Education and Training Services Officer, British Army

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

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

Jim has worked within 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.

Director of Quality and Service Standards at Babington

Dr. Barbara Van der Eecken is an Ofsted nominee, achieving a Grade 2 with the Capita Apprenticeship Team. She has a particular interest in developing and mentoring staff in their teaching and management careers. 

Barbara has 27 years’ experience in the Further Education and Skills sector, along with some Higher Education 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.

Her passion for quality and a constant focus on learners and customer experience saw her tak on positions of 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.

Writer, Lecturer, Director of The UKFEchat Community

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.

Teaching Skills Adviser, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

Wendy Coley 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 (part of Capital City College Group), 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 successful ATS mentor and LNG leader. Wendy is passionate about Further Education and the transformational impact it has on learners’ lives. A voluntary church youth worker with 20+ years’ experience. She recently completed an MA in Education at IoE UCL, with a strong focus on the uses of technology in education.

Athletic Coach Education Tutor at England Athletics

Phil is a Fellow of SET and a member of the Practitioners Advisory Group. He is also a Member of the Chartered College of Teaching and has gained QTLS, ATS and Chartered Teaching Status. Phil is always keen to use his experience as well as his mentoring and coaching skills to support those around him to see and achieve their full potential as individuals, as teams and as an organisation.

Phil has been coaching and teaching since 2000. He has a diverse range of experience; working in Malaysia as an Outward Bound Instructor, coaching football to young offenders, teaching and managing on Schools Groups and Youth Engagement projects in FE as well as teaching on and then programme managing Sports and Public Services again within FE.

For the last six years Phil has worked as an Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach as well as a Centre Course Leader for Initial Teacher Education.

In his spare time he works for England Athletics as a Coach Education Tutor as well as volunteering at his local running club, where he coaches both the junior and senior runners as well as being part of the running club’s committee.

Lecturer in Business Management and HR, University of Roehampton

Anita is a Fellow of SET and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD). Anita is a qualified QTLS FE teacher and has recently achieved Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).  She is currently finishing her Education Doctorate where she is investigating the Professional Identity of the FE teacher.

Anita has experience of teaching students from Level 3 up to Level 7 and has worked in the FE sector for over 12 years. Her experience has contributed to raising the standards of internal quality assurance within her programme area and the recognition of improved success rates.

She is passionate in enabling students to achieve their potential, particularly with those students who may not have had the same opportunities as others.

In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for her services to working with students in the FE sector as well as for her volunteering work as a Governor in a secondary school in her local community.

Head of Membership Engagement, The Institute of the Motor Industry

Sarah has over a decade of experience working in the membership profession, including roles that are responsible for inspiring talent in the sector, recognising world-class talent through running skill competitions for World Skills UK, to shaping various strategies for growing membership and membership engagement for the The Institute of the Motor Industry.

Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience in managing member networks and volunteers, a deep understanding of the challenges that face membership organisations, and is passionate about recognising the skills people have and helping people reach their full potential.

Chief Executive Officer, Education and Training Foundation

David was appointed as the first permanent CEO of the Education and Training Foundation in January 2014. He has a wide range of experience in education and skills in England, including in Academies Policy and Performance, the Adult Skills Strategy, Apprenticeships and in National Curriculum reform.

David is a qualified teacher and an experienced school and college Governor. Previous senior policy roles included leading the Open Academies programme and managing the cross-government Skills Strategy.

David was educated in Scotland at Crieff High School, St Andrews University and Moray House Institute of Education, Edinburgh. He is a member of the judging panel for the annual TES FE awards, and an assessor for the Queen’s Anniversary Trust Awards in Higher and Further Education. He is also an experienced school and college Governor.

Director of SET

Martin joined the Society for Education and Training in March 2018 as Head of Membership. He has spent the last 15 years working within the membership sector for other professional membership bodies and providing consultancy services.

During his career he has also worked within the public and private sectors in a variety of senior management roles. He started his career in financial services, becoming a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and then progressing his career in Marketing.

He has managed award-winning teams in each of his membership roles and led the initiative for the College of Occupational Therapists to become a Royal College.

Education Consultant in FE, working exclusively on technical and vocational curriculum

Lynette is a consultant in FE who specialises in technical and vocational curriculum. With 12 years-experience she has worked in a range of roles across a diverse set of subject areas including Health & Education, Inclusive Learning, Engineering and Construction, Digital Technologies, Business, Tourism, Hair & Beauty and cross college English and maths.

Lynette believes that curriculum should be inspiring, holistic and accessible; her role as a Senior Leader is to make further education count. She is passionate about creating curriculum and environments that are enriching and that strive for the excellence that staff and students deserve. Lynette has driven improvements across all college provision types and is working extensively on T Level implementation.

With a personal and professional commitment to addressing underrepresentation and inequality, Lynette feels that we have a responsibility to avoid simply embedding E&D and therefore pulls from this to create a truly inclusive curriculum and culture that embraces diverse perspectives.

Group Deputy Principal, NCG based at Kidderminster College

Palvinder has been involved in the further education sector for over twenty years. He was a FE student himself and one of the first cohorts following incorporation of the sector in 1992. Palvinder began FE working life at a large GFE in West Yorkshire. He has since worked in a number of colleges in various roles spanning the breadth of the country. More recently, moving from Leeds City College (Luminate Education Group) as Executive Vice Principal for Growth and Development to Group Deputy Principal at NCG based at Kidderminster College.

Palvinder has successfully led transformational change and quality improvement across large, complex organisations operating in diverse settings; a number of which having attained outstanding outcomes. Palvinder has a demonstrable track-record in leading with clarity of vision, instilling a high performing culture, realising the potential of others and earning the trust of staff, students and the stakeholder community.

Palvinder has written and presented a number of educational articles, from leading with compassion through to challenging unconscious stereotypes. More recently, a topic close to him on ‘social consciousness of the FE sector’ in particular for social mobility and race impact

Palvinder’s passion is working with people to be the best they can be and he firmly believes that once this happens, everything else often falls into place. The best organisations are those where staff are empowered, clear about purpose and are travelling in the same direction.

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