SET Management Board

SET is steered by two groups: the Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG) and the SET Management Board (SMB). 

SMB comprises six SET members, two trustees from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), a lay member and three senior members of the in-house SET team.

Chair: Dan Williams - Lecturer and Collaborative Partner Lead for the PGCE Post 14 Education and Training at the University of Derby

Dan Williams (1)Dan is a Programme Leader and Lecturer on PGCE Post 14 Education and Training at the University of Derby, working with practitioners from a range of providers to develop their teaching, learning and assessment practice.

Prior to this, Dan worked as a Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training and Advanced Practitioner at New College Nottingham, a Teaching and Learning Coach at Central College Nottingham, and as a Lecturer and Advanced Practitioner in Sport and Public Services at Leicester College. This experience has given Dan a sound appreciation of the impact of policy on practice and the positive impact that Further Education can have, particularly for disadvantaged groups.

Dan is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, achieving QTLS status in 2012. He is passionate about professionalism, practitioner identity and giving practitioners a voice. His experience of supporting and working alongside practitioners in different sectors, alongside his large social network of practitioners allows him to maintain a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced.

Zayn Azam - Trainee IT Engineer, Qubic Group Plc

Zayn AzamZayn is a Trainee IT Engineer for Qubic Group Plc, a managed enterprise cloud computing business which adds value through people, technology and process. He is currently completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship in IT, Web and Telecoms with Solveway Apprenticeships and is due to continue his studies with a Degree Apprenticeship fully supported by Qubic Group.

Zayn was previously a pupil at Challney High School for Boys, an Ofsted outstanding school. During his last two years of high school Zayn mentored English students; he was also nominated for the Alan Turing award for academic excellence in IT.

Zayn has spent time fundraising for numerous charities including Cancer Research UK. He has volunteered for the British Heart Foundation. Outside of work Zayn enjoys socialising with friends, watching movies and playing football. He is currently taking driving lessons and hopes to get on the road soon.

Amanda Annis - Head of Quality Assurance, RSL Awards

Amanda has over 20 years' experience in vocational education in FE, HE, private training providers and awarding organisations. She has set up and run four successful training providers delivering teacher training, and programmes in the health and social care, social housing and language services sectors.

She has also worked on the design of vocational qualifications in the music, uniformed public services and interpreting. Amanda currently works as the Head of Quality Assurance at RSL Awards, an international awarding organisation in graded music exams and creative vocational education.

Lisa Williamson - Freelance Lecturer and Specialist Teacher

Lisa Williamson

Lisa is a freelance lecturer and specialist lead teacher/ advisor in Secondary, Further Education and Alternative Education Provision. She has several subject specialisms which include the teaching of vocational qualifications, Functional Skills, GCSE and A levels (for English, Psychology and History).

Lisa has a personal interest in Special Educational Needs and mentoring. She is currently a member of the Practitioner Guidance Panel for SET with a passion for excellence in teaching and learning. 

She is a South West Literacy, Language and Numeracy Champion as well as the Gloucestershire / Wiltshire Mentor Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Prince’s Trust.  In addition, for the Trust, she is also a Progression, Next Steps and Business Mentor for Young People. At local level, Lisa is Trustee of the Tetbury Area Youth and Community Trust and appointed Governor/ Director of Sir William Romney’s School in Tetbury.

David Russell - Chief Executive Officer, Education and Training Foundation

David Russell

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

Jenny Jarvis - Chief Operating Officer, Education and Training Foundation 

Jenny Jarvis

Jenny was appointed as the COO for ETF in September 2017. Jenny has over 18 years’ experience working across a range of public services delivery funded primarily by UK government. Her work has covered Welfare, Skills, Justice, Health and Training contracts and programmes.

Prior to joining ETF, Jenny was the MD of Rehab JobFit, a third sector prime delivering national contracts on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions. Jenny has a passion for organisational development and completed an MBA in late 2011 to help support her work in this area.


Martin Reid - Head of Memberships 

MMartin Reid Smbartin 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.

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