SET Management Board

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

Vacancy for Lay Member

We are continuing to improve our governance and have opened recruitment for a Lay Member for the SMB. The Lay Member will be appointed to our board in time for the September 2019 SMB meeting.

Who is the SMB made up of?

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.

Anita McGowan MBE – Lecturer in Business management and HR, University of Roehampton

Untitled Design 3Anita is a qualified QTLS FE teacher and has recently achieved Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year for her services to working with students in the FE sector and also for her volunteering work as a governor in a secondary school of her local community. 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 and this being their second chance. 

Anita is a Fellow of SET and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD). She is currently finishing her Education Doctorate where she is investigating the Professional Identity of the FE teacher. In addition to her career in teaching, Anita had a successful career working in senior HR roles in the City in law firms before making a career change. 

Jim Crompton - Education and Training Services Officer, British Army

Jim C SmbJim has worked within Further Education and training for over 17 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.

Dr Barbara Van der Eecken - Director of Quality and Service Standards at Babington

Untitled Design 4Dr 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 and Skills Development Scotland nominee, recently achieving a Grade 2 with the Capita Apprenticeship Team. Barbara has a particular interest in developing and mentoring staff in their teaching and managing careers.   

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.

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 - Director of SET

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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