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

Self-employed Education and Skills Consultant, BVDE Quality Solutions LTD

Barbara has 30 years’ experience in the Further Education and Skills sector, along with some Higher Education experience. For 20 years she was a modern foreign languages lecturer and manager delivering A-Level, vocational and adult classes in Colleges and Adult Education around the Midlands and at Birmingham University. A qualified teacher and assessor, she completed a Master's in translation followed by a PhD with Edinburgh University specialising in Francophone literature and was also a Teaching and Learning Coach and an Advanced practitioner. Barbara has held many senior leadership positions in Colleges and, for the last 9 years, with large independent training providers.  Barbara has led on multiple inspections across the devolved nations with good outcomes and led on external positive audits with Matrix Standards and Leaders in Safeguarding. 

She is now an Education and Skills consultant working with workplace providers, universities and colleges and is an associate for trusted associations. Also, a member of the Matrix standards review advisory board, a member of the Career Development Institute and the EPAO Quality Alliance. She also is interested in the #JoyFE movement and is currently Chair of SET Management Board and serving as an observer of the ETF Board.

Barbara has helped many organisations advance their Quality Assurance and Development activities through practical and impactful approaches. Her work is centred around the power of collaboration, reflection and action and she has a particular interest in developing, coaching, and mentoring practitioners and leaders across the sector.  She wants to continue to champion  Quality and Professionalism in Further Education and Skills, increasing collaborations across sectors leading to innovative, inclusive and successful teaching and learning, transforming people's lives and communities.

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.

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.

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.

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. Sarah is The Board’s Lay Member.

Director of Education, Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

Vikki's remit at the ETF includes CPD standard setting, leading a team of subject matter experts in areas such as initial teacher education, technical education, education technology, English and maths.

Education is Vikki’s academic discipline and for the past 25 years she has worked across further and higher education sector. Having completed a PhD focused on how adults learn, she was a lecturer in vocation education and training, providing teacher training in England, China, Jordan, Ethiopia and Australia, the latter wholly by distant education. Vikki went on to be the Director of Pedagogy & Assessment at City & Guilds of London Institute where she was responsible for assessment research and strategy, quality, policy and regulation, and research and development.

Prior to joining the ETF Vikki was the education lead for the British Medical Association (BMA). She was responsible for introducing and growing the CPD offer for clinicians across the modalities of face-to-face, online and blended learning.

Vice Principal, Hull College

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 under-representation 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. Lynette is also, one of the ETF’s Trustees.

Sam is Group Principal and CEO of London and South East Education Group, comprising London South East Colleges and London South East Academies Trust.

In recognition of her contributions to the educational communities of South East London, Sam was awarded a CBE, and also recognised as the TES Further Education Leader of the Year in 2020.

Sam achieved her Doctoral degree in Education Policy in 2019 and currently sits on the Board of University of Kent and is a Chair of the Mixed Economy Group. 

She is a fellow of the CIPD, RSA and the Chartered Institution of Further Education. Sam is also a designated National Leader of Further Education and undertakes improvement work across the sector, including the mentoring and coaching of new and aspiring principals.

Chief Executive Officer, The Education and Training Foundation

Katerina brings a wealth of experience from a career spanning education, health and membership sectors.

Before commencing her role as Chief Executive Officer for the ETF, she was Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Deans of Health, a UK-wide membership organisation of over 100 universities. Prior to this she held Executive roles at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, including Director roles for Education, Quality Assurance and Revalidation of nursing programmes in the UK.

Katerina has worked as a teacher in universities across Europe and the Middle East and has been one of the national evaluators of the EU education, research and innovation programmes since 1998. Katerina also has non-executive leadership experience: she is a governor of Petroc, an FE College in Devon; she chairs the ACEVO Women Charity CEO Group on leadership; and is a Trustee of Queen’s Nursing Institute.  

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