Meet our PAG members

Find out more about the SET members from varying roles across the FE and Training sector who make up our valued Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG).

The members of the PAG are selected as part of a recruitment process open to the entire membership body. Please email if you would like to be notified when the next recruitment window opens. 

Our PAG members comprise:

Ysolina Delgado Arvelo

For the past 10 years, Ysolina has been working in Adult and community education, teaching Maths Functional Skills and GCSE to learners with different skills levels in a variety of settings all around the County. Currently, she is Lead Tutor at Leicestershire County Council’s Adult Learning Service (LALS). She is also a Foundation Governor at a secondary school in the City of Leicester and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Before joining LALS, Ysolina worked as a researcher and part-time lecturer at De Montfort University (DMU), teaching modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Production and Operation Management, Manufacturing Principles, Cost Estimating and Modelling, and Economic and Control for Manufacturing. "I feel very fortunate working in FE as two days are never the same. I also love and admire the resilience, determination and commitment of my learners and the look on their faces when they have their Eureka moments." 

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Alison Attfield

Alison is a teacher trainer based in the South West. She also does 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."

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Charles Aylward

Charles is currently employed by the Leicestershire County Council Adult Learning Service, and for the last 18 years has been working within a community setting. He manages the SfL Curriculum in the West of Leicester, is the Lead in the development of the maths programme, and also teaches functional and GCSE Maths. Before his teaching background, Charles worked in the Engineering Bearing industry for more than 10 years as a mechanical engineer.

Charles has been a member of the PAG for over two years. "It has really benefited me being able to share best practice with my peers. Being involved in the dialogue and issues that really affect educators nationally and membership has helped me to keep abreast with the latest developments in the teaching and learning environment. The one thing I enjoy about being in this sector is working with students from all kinds of backgrounds and diverse needs and having an opportunity to make a difference in their lives by supporting them on their learning journey."

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Giles Bennett 

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. Moving from banking to education, Giles’ roles in HE, and FE in HE, builds on more than 20 years’ experience in sixth form and FE colleges spanning teaching and learning and senior management roles including 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. A PAG member since 2017, Giles is now working towards his ATS.

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Stravroula Bibila

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.

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Nicole Capon

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.

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Wendy Coley (member of the SET Management Board)

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 FE and the transformational impact it has on learners’ lives. 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.

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Jim Crompton (Chair of the SET Management Board)

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.  

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. 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.

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Martine Ellis

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.

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Philip Green (member of the SET Management Board)

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."

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Anita McGowan MBE (member of the SET Management Board)

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. She is a Fellow of SET, gained Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS) in 2010 and has recently been awarded Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).

Anita is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and a governor of a local secondary school. "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."

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Jerry Nightingale

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."

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Annie Pendrey

Annie started her career as a nursery nurse. Today she is a Professional Development Manager 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!"

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John Podgorski

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."

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Sandra Rennie

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. She now heads teacher education with Education Partnerships UK Ltd, an independent training provider.

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."

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Kerry Scattergood

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 Scott

Lora began teaching in FE in 2005 having held a variety of roles in the beauty and leisure industry and establishing her own small business.

Her interest in HRM and people development led to her becoming an Advanced Practitioner in 2010 and since then, has been working in a quality improvement and coaching capacity.

Having studied online for a variety of qualifications including an MEd and MSc HRM, 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, and is now working towards ATS as well as a Professional Doctorate in Education at The Open University.

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Sarah Simons (member of the SET Management Board)

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.

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Penny Taylor

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.

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Lynne Taylerson

Director of Independent Training Provider Realtime Education, Lynne is a Midlands-based teacher educator and mentor designing and facilitating 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, elearning and work-based training. Lynne is an ETF associate and T Levels EMD Digital Lead through Claire Collins Consultancy. She holds ATS, CTeach and CMALT, and is studying towards a doctorate in education through the ETF’s Practitioner Research Programme through SUNCETT, with focus on informal, online teacher CPD. 

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Vikki Trace

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?"

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Barbara Van der Eecken (Vice Chair of the SET Management Board)

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.   

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Helen Wood 

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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Jane Chillingworth

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.

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Stephanie Janka-Spurlock

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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Penny Petch

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.

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Verity Sangan

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."

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