fbfe council members
Dr Ann Limb
An educationalist, charity entrepreneur and businesswoman, Dr Ann Limb was born in Moss Side, Manchester in 1953. A former Board director and Group Chief Executive of the University for Industry (Ufi Ltd), she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the UK government’s e-flagship projects ‘learndirect’ and ‘UK on line’ – national networks of supported e-learning and e-services centres. Ann is now Vice President e-learning with the international strategic management consultancy gov3 as well as working as a government adviser both in the UK and overseas. She holds a number of public and private sector non-executive directorships. She was a member of the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair’s Digital Inclusion Panel and sat on the Education Committee of David Cameron’s Public Services Improvement Policy Group. Ann spent the first half of her career working in education including 14 years as Principal and Chief Executive of Milton Keynes College and Cambridge Regional College. She writes and publishes widely on strategic leadership and corporate culture change and features amongst the top UK executives in the innovative 50 LES50NS portfolio. Ann was a finalist in the Cambridgeshire Businesswoman of the Year in 2000 and sits on the National Council of the Institute of Directors. As a non executive director of the main board of DRS Data Research and Services Group, Ann chairs the Remuneration Committee. DRS, is a plc that designs, manufactures and distributes scanning technology which captures data electronically. Ann is also a non executive director of Entrepreneurs in Action a social enterprise company which trains young people to aspire to move from the classroom to the boardroom. In 1991 Ann founded a social enterprise charity the Network for Women Managers. Ann holds a number of public appointments. She is a Non Executive Director of HMGCC and of English Partnerships serving as Chair of the Milton Keynes Partnership Committee, the public body charged by the Department of Communities and Local Government with overseeing the sustainable growth of Milton Keynes over the next 30 years. In July 2005, the Department of Media Culture and Sport appointed Ann as the first Chair of the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel, a new non departmental public body charged under the Libraries Act of 2003 with the task of making recommendations to the Secretary of State on future legislation relating to the legal deposit of digital material. Ann undertakes a significant amount of voluntary and charitable work. Since 1998, she has been Chair of the National Extension College and the Helena Kennedy Foundation, the charity she founded that promotes social inclusion and widening participation in further and higher education. Ann is also Chair of fbfe and the Anne Frank Trust UK and Milton Keynes Arts for Health Ann has been awarded an honorary Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute and a doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in recognition of her contribution to the learning and skills sector. She also holds an honorary Professorship in Leadership and Management at Thames Valley University. Ann lives with her partner in Milton Keynes and enjoys the theatre, opera, walking and spending time with her niece and nephew. A linguist by degree, who is also trained in psychodynamic counselling, Ann works voluntarily in her local community as an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Co Chair, fbfe Council
College Principal, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
Marion Plant OBE is Principal of North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College and Chief Executive of the newly formed Federation between the two colleges. Marion is Chief Executive of the North Warwickshire & Hinckley College-led Midland Academies Trust, which leads a growing chain of academies, including two Studio Schools, and is an ambassador for the Studio Schools Trust. She is dedicated to ensuring her students receive the right information, support and guidance during their College careers and beyond. Indeed at a recent Ofsted inspection The North Warwickshire and Hinckley College Chaplaincy was one of many elements that featured as Outstanding.
In addition to her role as Co-Chair of the FBFE Council, Marion serves on several other national and regional bodies, which include being a Trustee of the Edge Foundation, and a Board member of the Church of England Board of Education. Marion is the board member responsible for Skills on the Board of the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the Skills Business Group for the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. She is a Director of the Skills Show, Chair of the Premier College Group and Chair of the national AoC WorldSkills Portfolio Group.
faith and belief community members
Head of Education and Promotion, British Humanist Association Sara studied Education and English Literature at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and has since led on multi-million pound educational programmes across the UK in a number of different settings. Sara joined the British Humanist Association in May 2011 and has responsibility for promoting understanding of Humanism and humanist beliefs and values through an educational setting, and for promoting the BHA to diverse audiences. Sara represents the BHA on the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Diocesan Director of Education, St Albans – CHURCH OF ENGLAND Jon Reynolds went to school in Kent. After Science A levels, he was a student at the local FE college before going off to train at Christ Church College, Canterbury where he did his first degree. He has an MA from King’s College, London and is currently a research student at St John’s College, Durham. He taught Religious Studies and Physics at schools in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. He was a Head of Sixth Form and liaised closely with the local FE colleges. He was an Adviser and Inspector of Religious Education and Science in Buckinghamshire, and joined the Diocese of St Albans as their Director in 1999.
Marketing and Development Manager – AFAN – MUSLIM Raheed is educated as a Molecular Biologist and MBA. Other qualifications include PTLLS [Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector], ABPI [Association of Pharmaceutical Industry]. Raheed also has training within Safeguarding, including written programs for the faith sector [Islamic]. Raheed has participated in several in-house business courses spanning his time in the Pharmaceutical industry Raheed’s career has spanned over 15 years within the [corporate] Pharmaceutical industry in Business Development working specifically on business strategy, tendering contracts within the NHS, Marketing, PR/communications and training. Projects managed regularly exceeded the value of £10 million per annum [profit]. Subsequently within the past 5 years’, Raheed’s time and effort has been used working within the statutory sector predominantly within BME organisations. Currently Raheed holds positions with NCVYS [National Council for Voluntary Youth Services] as the Muslim member of the Interfaith Committee and as Mentor/Assessor Consultant for National Safeguarding Standards [accredited program]. Work with NCVYS has also included building in capacity where equality, diversity and faith need to be recognised, nurtured and encouraged within a structured framework [Progress Partnership]. Raheed is a Consultant with Muslim Youth Skills Ltd., working on operational activities and delivering training spanning grassroots level [Muslim community] up to National bodies [CDWC, Department of Education, Metropolitan Police, local authority and UK NGO’s]. Reports for the Government of South East have been compiled and written to demonstrate the impact of local authority provision on practices of faith and culture. Raheed is a member National Council for Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education [fbfe] and Marketing and Development Manager with AFAN [All Faiths and None]. The partnership between fbfe/AFAN is to deliver workshops regarding faith and belief across the FE Sector for both staff and students. For the past three years Raheed has been Managing Director of a Business Consultancy, Crescent Consultancy, which helps start-up and/or restructuring Third Sector organisations. Finally, Raheed has been a member of the Islamic Association of North London/North Finchley Mosque [Management Team] for over 5 years and helps run a local weekly youth club. During his spare time, Raheed spends time with his family including his three growing children, is a competitive sportsman and enjoys debating the issues of the day. Raheed has ambitions to continue working within the faith and community sectors, helping to deliver on capacity for learning, participation at local levels and developing meaningful strategies for all.
Rev Ian Millgate
Ministry Department – BAPTISTS, BUGB Ian Millgate has been a Baptist Minister since 1977. In his first appointment he served as Baptist Chaplain at Bristol University as well as working in a local church. Between 1980 and 1990 he served as minister to two Baptist churches, firstly in Birmingham and then in Gloucestershire, and then he joined the national staff of the Baptist Union. He works in the Ministry Department, where one of his areas of responsibility is to oversee their support networks for chaplains in various sectors, including education, and his special interest in the work of fbfe is to support everything done to encourage and resource chaplains.
Education Chaplaincy Officer, Methodist Church Stan Brown has been a Methodist minister since 1985 and is currently Education Chaplaincy Officer for the Methodist Church, working to support and develop Methodist chaplaincy work in schools, FE and HE. Stan has a background in Methodist Circuit ministry and Higher Education Chaplaincy with a particular commitment to widening participation. After school he studied at Leeds University, worked in a hospital and then trained for ordination with postgraduate study at Birmingham university. He has served in three very different Methodist Circuits including work with local schools, colleges and SACRES. From 2003-2011 he was a full time ecumenical university chaplain, working with the local Inter-Faith Forum to create a more diverse chaplaincy team. He is particularly interested in the changing nature of secularity and is currently researching the role of chaplaincy in the secular university. Stan is committed to seeing more Methodist involvement with the FE Sector, particularly through a local contribution to chaplaincies.
Evangelical, Festive I have been involved in the support of Christian ministry within the Further Education Sector for over 15 years. I have worked within a local college and then on a national basis with Uccf (Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship). I joined the National Council of NEAFE in 1996 and have been part of the growth and transformation of the work until now with the establishment of fbfe. I come from an evangelical perspective and am part of an independant Welsh Church family. I am committed to the best relationships possible between the faiths based on respect and mutual understanding. My other work in FE is with Dare 2 Engage, a group exploring new ways to develop Christian input in 16 – 19 education, The West Midlands Churches Further Education Council, and I am a founder member of Festive, and FE and Sixth Form Initiative.
Buddhist, Buddhist Monastery Venerable Amaranatho was born and brought up in the Jewish faith, and in his late teens had severe doubts about Judaism and left all religion behind him. He went on to work within the computer industry and took a degree in computing and artificial intelligence. He then travelled around the world for four years, where he learnt about meditation and the thought began, to become a monk. He has been a Buddhist monk for nine years and lives at Amaravati Monastery near Hemel Hempstead. He leads residential family, young people and creative retreats for adults at the retreat center at Amaravati. These events are based on co-exploration, creativity, fun and a willingness to honestly look at oneself. The main emphasis is on a contemplative or reflective attitude towards understanding who we are. This is based on accepting or welcoming the way life is and allowing our natural wisdom to arise. Amaranatho has recently trained to be a Source Process breathwork therapist, which uses the breath for healing any life limiting decisions we made when we took our first breath. Part of this training is understanding the birthing process, which for some couples can be a very spiritual experience, when done in a conscious way.(www.sourcebreath.com and http://www.fatherstobe.org/). He is also deeply influenced by Ken Wilber’s integral approach and shadow work. He has edited two books of Ajahn Sumedho, the Abbot of Amaravati, one called Intuitive Awareness which is available for free distribution and has been translated into several languages, and another called The Sound of Silence available from Wisdom Publications.
Dr Deesha Chadha
The Hindu Forum
President Zoroastrian Trust funds of Europe (Inc)
Dr. Atul Keshavji Shah
Co Chair, fbfe Council Founder and Chief Executive, JAIN, Diverse Ethics Ltd Dr. Atul Keshavji Shah is a creative social entrepreneur with distinguished skills in education, business and media. He is author of the highly acclaimed book ‘Celebrating Diversity – How to live, enjoy and benefit from Great Coloured Britain’. Atul was born in Kenya and migrated to the UK in 1980 to study at the London School of Economics, where he obtained a BSc, MSc and PhD. Atul is also a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with KPMG and has worked for various charities and public institutions. He has lectured at the University of Bristol, University of Maryland – USA, and University of Essex. He is the founding editor for the distinguished Jain Spirit international magazine and transformed the global awareness and perception of the Jain culture. Atul is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC Asian Network and helped launch the BBC website on Jainism. Among his qualities are service and accuracy, and he works on any assignment with passion, diligence and application. Through his media work, Atul has developed exceptional contacts in the UK and around the world. Atul was short-listed for the UK Asian Achievers Media Award in 2005. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Presently he is founder and Chief Executive of Diverse Ethics Ltd, a training, research and consulting social enterprise and also writes a blog on diversity.
Inter Faith Liaison Officer, The Pagan Federation Prudence Jones is a writer and commentator on the Pagan traditions of Europe and associated spiritual systems. A History of Pagan Europe, co-written with Nigel Pennick, is a standard textbook in the field. Her current publications concern the historical roots of the New Age Triple Moon Goddess. Beginning as an academic philosopher at Cambridge, Prudence later taught there and at the University of Alberta, where her research was in ancient and mediaeval logic. Her interest in other esoteric systems, particularly astrology and archaeoastronomy, led to a series of lectures, articles and translations in small-circulation periodicals, then to other publications, some of which are listed below. In this area she has taught in FE in addition to her university teaching. Prudence also trained as an integrative psychotherapist at the Women’s Therapy Centre and the Minster Centre. She is a past President of the Pagan Federation and now chairs the East of England Faiths Agency. She contributed the Pagan history section to the BBC website, and Contemporary Paganism: a Guide for the Perplexed appears in vol. 1 no. 2 (2005) of the Journal of New Age Studies. A Goddess Arrives, Nineteenth-Century Roots of the New Age Triple Moon Goddess, is in vol. 9 no. 1 (2005) of Culture and Cosmos.
Fr Tim Gardner
National Religious Education Adviser for England and Wales – CATHOLIC Catholic Education Service
FE Chaplaincy Development Officer – BLACK MAJORITY CHURCHES Greater Manchester Churches Together
SIKH, fbfe Council I was born in 1947 in Roermond in the Netherlands as Cornelis Heule. I am known as Harjinder Singh, names given to me when I became an initiated Sikh in 1996. I followed primary school in my hometown and the first half of my secondary in Heerlen. I then moved to Amstelveen (near Amsterdam) where I finished secondary school. I went to University in Amsterdam, but I got caught up in the student movement, and did not end up with any letters after my name. I worked for about 25 years in the travel industry, both in Amsterdam and in Dublin. In 1996 I went to Amritsar in Panjab, where I stayed for four years. In the first 2½ years of my stay in Panjab I studied the Sikh Way of Life and its history, and was a volunteer in the Harmander Sahib complex in Amritsar. The last 1½ year in Panjab I stayed mostly in Chandigarh, where I did voluntary work for the Institute of Sikh Studies. In 2000 I came to West London, where I lived till 2010. I do/did not have a ‘job’ but am involved in a number of different organisations as a volunteer and as ‘faith and cultural diversity consultant’. I was a member of the multi-faith chaplaincy team at Heathrow and at Richmond upon Thames College. I was involved in a Sikh lobby group and in an advisory groups to the police. I did diversity training for the Slough REC, and was the National Development Officer of Faith & Belief in Further Education. From June 2010 till 2013 I lived in Sint-Truiden, Belgian Limburg. I worked for the local Sangat Sahib Gurdwara in Sint-Truiden, but gradually also came involved with other Sikh communities in Belgium. A lot of my work was related to education. In June 2013 I returned to the UK and settled in Southall, where I also lived from 2008 till 2010. I am now the recipient of three small pensions and work part-time as a consultant for the Sikh Federation. I also still pick up odd jobs in the Further Education sector. I am a fbfe council member and a Trustee of AFAN.
Education Consultant JEWISH, United Synagogue Following a successful career in local government engineering departments, Simon spent the next twenty two years of his working life in the not for profit Jewish community education sector, initially at Jews’ College and subsequently at the United Synagogue Agency for Jewish Education, where he was Chief Executive. This led to him organising a number of high profile conferences, both here and in Europe as well as events in the regions. Involved at high levels in setting strategic goals, he has acted as consultant to a number of schools and communities in the UK,helping them to set their own strategies, a role he continues in a consultancy capacity. Simon has broadcast on BBC, Sky News and LBC and has written for newspapers, as well as journals and several education books. He continues to lecture and has spoken in a variety of educational settings in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. His work beyond the Jewish community led him to be a National Judging Panel member for the Teaching Awards and chair of the Faith School Providers Group, on which sit representatives of all the faith groups promoting schools in England today, as well as government representatives. For many years he was on the national executive of a number of charities.
representatives from sector stakeholder organisation
Lynne Sedgmore CBE MSc, BA, PGCE, MCIM, FRSA, FIoD
Executive Director, 157 Group of FE Colleges Lynne is currently Chief Executive of the 157 Group and is advisor to Whitehall on a range of projects including leadership, innovation capability and community cohesion. She is also a consultant and coach in public and private organisations. Lynne was Chief Executive at The Centre for Excellence in Leadership, the national leadership college for the learning and skills sector. Prior to this role Lynne was Principal of Guildford College, Vice Principal of Croydon College, Head of Croydon Business School, and Head of Curriculum Services at Hackney College following a range of Marketing and Curriculum posts in Further Education. She is passionate about leading learners and learning, and has worked also in higher education, the adult, community and voluntary sectors and in secondary schools. Lynne has held many non-executive posts including Vice-Chair of Croydon Health Authority, and Chair of the UK Interfaith Seminary. She is currently Director of four Educational Companies, the Talent Foundation, the National FE Faith Forum and the City and Guilds Quality and Standards Committee. She was a Council member of the University of Surrey of which she is a Senior Fellow. She was a member of the FE National Bureaucracy Review Group, chaired the FE Success for All National Advisory Group and has sat on numerous national Public Sector Committees. Lynne has an MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies. She is a Chartered Marketer and was awarded the CBE in 2004. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Programme Manager NIACE
Director of Employment Policy and Services, Association of College Emma joined the AoC in May 2005 as Employment Adviser and is currently Director of Employment Policy and Services. In this role Emma supports the development of AoC strategy for lobbying, research and policy in relation to the Further Education workforce and oversees the employment advisory service to the AoC membership, which supports the human resource management needs of Colleges. Emma represents AoC in national relations with trade unions and chairs national working groups on equality and safeguarding. Emma writes regular briefings and publications for the AoC Employment Team and has lead responsibility for policy and advice on safeguarding, equality and diversity and workforce development.
Lead Trainer, AFAN
Project Manager Campus Cohesion and Interfaith (Further Education), NUS
Churches National Adviser in FE, CHURCH OF ENGLAND Biography
Company Secretary, East of England Faiths Agency C.I.C. Born in Cheshire just south of Manchester, David studied chemistry at Birmingham University before becoming a member of staff at Essex University in 1965. He married Brenda in 1965 and they had 3 children before she died of a brain haemorrhage in 1973. In 1976 he married Cynthia who had 4 children and their eighth child was born in 1979. To date they have 12 grandchildren. A life-long Anglican, he became involved with the Anglican Chaplaincy at Essex in 1974 and was a member of the Appeal Trust which led to the formation of a Multi-Faith Chaplaincy there in the early 1980s. He was a founder member of its Committee of Management of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and still serves as its treasurer. Since retirement in 1997, he has become a Trustee Director of Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource and is presently its Treasurer and Hon Executive Officer. He has been a member of FIFEF since its inception and is an Area Officer for fbfe. Together with his wife, Cynthia, he was involved in the establishment of the East of England Faiths Agency in 2001. David and is now Company Secretary of the East of England Faiths Agency C.I.C. Though retired and living in a very rural part of Suffolk, David enjoys the voluntary inter-faith work he is involved in and rejoices in the fact that as he learns more of other faiths, the more he gains insights into his own faith.
Principal, Bromley College
Sam Parrett took up her role as Principal and Chief Executive of Bromley College of Further & Higher Education in July 2010. In 2011 she led the merger of Orpington College with Bromley College, and has overseen a major transformation to align its curriculum and services to meet the needs of the local community and local economic priorities. One year after the merger the new college was recognised by OFSTED as Good with Outstanding Features, the only merged college in the country to have significantly improved quality in the period following merger. The merged college has also been recognised as having outstanding financial heath by the Skills Funding Agency.
Sam has led the strategic development of the college since the merger and built its reputation as a strong community college. In 2012 the College established the Nido Volans centre, a specialist wing of the college to support learners with more complex learning difficulties progress into adulthood. In 2013 the College was invited by the Department for Education to apply to become an Academy Sponsor and established the Bromley College Educational Trust. In September 2014 the College will be sponsoring two primary and secondary Pupil Referral Units and developing the Bromley Alternative Provision Academy. The College is also establishing the UK’s first Careers College in Food and Enterprise at the Orpington Campus and is leading a bid for a UTC in Bromley, working with partners in HE and the NHS. Sam secured the development of a £5m flagship new Sport Science centre which is due to open in September 2013 with a student led learning company running the centres community facilities. She has also established a Strategic Alliance with Canterbury Christchurch University which will ensure that the College’s HE provision continues to expand in line with the huge increase in demand for local high quality’ degrees on your doorstep’ at Bromley College.
Sam was previously Vice Principal (Skills) at City College Plymouth and Assistant Principal (Adult & Professional Studies) at Bracknell and Wokingham Colleges and has also worked for the Training and Enterprise Council, Learning & Skills Council and South East of England Development Agency in her career, enabling her to maximise the opportunities for connecting educational policy and with practice and using evidence to underpin decision making. Energetic and entrepreneurial, Sam takes a pragmatic and professional approach to building honest and open working relationships.
Sam is a member of the AoC Urban Colleges and LLDD Portfolio groups and is a board member of Faith and Beliefs in FE, a fellow of the CIPD and a fellow of RSA. She is currently studying for her doctorate and is looking into professionalism and accountability frameworks in education.
Principal, Chichester College
Ofsted Peter has been an HMI with Ofsted since 2005. He had responsibility for FE Strategy and Quality, Equality and Diversity in a local Learning and Skills Council from 2002 to 2005. Previous experience includes working as a consultant, managing quality and equality in an FE college and teaching in a grammar school and being head of department in comprehensive school, pioneering distance learning and peripatetic specialist teaching across four schools in the 90s. He has been chair of a local race equality council, chair of school governors and other voluntary work includes involvement in mediation and with CAB. Peter is actively involved as a Methodist in his local church.
REC Chair John Keast was a teacher of Religious Studies in secondary schools for 15 years. He then became an adviser and inspector of Religious Education. In 1996 he joined the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in London as professional officer for Religious Education. Whilst at the QCA, he became Principal Manager for RE, Citizenship and PSHE, in which capacity he also supervised the introduction of Citizenship Education into the curriculum. He left the QCA in September 2003. John is currently contracted to the Department for Children, Schools and Families as adviser on religious education. He also acts as a consultant to the Council of Europe, and has led training courses for many teachers across Europe and the Mediterranean. He is Chair of Examiners for the Advanced Extension Award in Religious Studies. He is also Deputy Chair of the Religious Education Council. John works with schools and local authorities as an adviser from time to time, and for the University of Exeter as a moderator of teacher training. John has also completed a Masters degree in Inter Religious Dialogue at London University.
The Inter Faith Network for the UK
Dr John Wise
Chief Executive, fbfe John Wise has worked in post-compulsory education since 1979. From 1985 to 1997 he was Vice Principal at Stanmore Further Education College in North-West London. In 1997 he left the College and joined the Corporation of London Education Department as Executive Officer for FELORS, a small education charity that provided services for local authorities and their partners in post-16 and adult education. FELORS managed support networks in student awards, special educational needs, lifelong learning and e-learning, and delivered an associated programme of seminars and conferences. In 2005 he set up his own education consultancy and shortly afterwards became Treasurer and then Executive Director of the National Ecumenical Agency in Further Education (NEAFE). He has been working for the past few months to bring NEAFE and Faiths in FE Forum together into the new National Council of Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education (fbfe) and is now the new council’s Chief Executive.