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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Beata Babula

Beata joined the PAG in 2017 as a Quality Practitioner and Skills Development Lecturer at the College of West Anglia (CWA), where she delivers continuing professional development sessions, mentor and support colleagues, conducts Learning Walks and makes quality assurance visits. In addition, as a Skills Development Lecturer, she teaches English and maths to small groups of students who require support. 

Beata's background is in teaching English as a Foreign Language. To begin with, she worked in secondary education, and then moved on to become a Teacher Trainer in Further Education. "Working in FE suits me very well, and I especially appreciate the variety and range of opportunities for progression for practitioners as well as learners. My work is, more often than not, challenging and very satisfying. I feel as though I am making a difference."

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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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Katie Bottomley

Katie Bottomley works with learners in a clinical placement setting. Her speciality subject is Radiography, with Dental and Maxillofacial Radiography and Imagine Autopsy being her primary focus. Katie's favourite thing about working in post compulsory education within a clinical setting, is being able to share her passion for medical and forensic Imaging with a wide range of learners on a variety of different courses and career paths.

Since moving to Imaging Autopsy Katie has been developing close links with her local education providers, focusing on developing novel and interesting programmes of learning for the region. "The challenges of developing new courses in new fields and across disciplines is an exciting process which has added to my teaching skill set, adjusting my perspective on the role of teaching and learning from learner/teacher to planner and leader."

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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.

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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Dr Dieu Hack-Polay

Dieu has been working in the post-16 sector since 1996 when he undertook the City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training to qualify as an FE and adult education teacher. He then went on to complete the PGCE in PCET at Greenwich University and the Doctorate in Education at Lincoln. He has since worked as an adult education lecturer and a training officer for the British Refugee Council, before moving to the local authority sector.

Since 2006 Dieu has been teaching at university level, working nationally and internationally. However, he has maintained close contact with the FE and AE sector, undertaking QTLS. He is a keen support of SET’s mission and vision and a believer in widening participation. Dieu currently works in the university sector where one of his key roles is to liaise with the FE sector to ensure the smooth transition of students from FE to university.

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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.

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.

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.   

Chris Waterman

Chris has worked for 44 years in the printing industry, starting as a print finishing apprentice through to supervisory and management roles. For 11 years he delivered apprenticeships and NVQ’s in Printing and Management for the British Printing Industries Federation. Throughout his career he has been passionate about productivity and working efficiently, training and development of staff is integral to this objective.

In the past, Chris sat on a committee developing the standards for the sector and maintaining links with companies to ensure knowledge of current practice and keep up with the technological developments. 

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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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