Quality improvement/organisational development

Chris Bealey has worked in vocational education for over 35 years as teacher, head of department and senior manager. He has been engaged as an Ofsted Inspector for 15 years and is contracted to continue from September 2015. He has worked regionally and nationally to improve teaching and learning through a number of government led initiatives, particularly as the lead writer for construction and the built environment. This has included a range of teaching and learning materials for national release, new programmes of study for the 14-19 sector,  and as principal scrutineer for Ofqual. In recent years he has led the work of widely used pupil data tracking and analysis system and continues to manage his own training and assessment centre for the utilities sector.

 Chris Cherry undertakes FE – Apprenticeships/Inspection including STEM subjects, leadership and QA. He specialises in recovery from failure/poor inspection outcomes; leadership development and team/change management.  He has undertaken an inspection programme for an ACER member college and 22 FE inspections (17 as RI/LI) in 2014-15.

He has recently worked on the apprenticeship reform programme for BIS.

  • Focused on outcomes of support and not inputs/outputs. Teachers supporting in leading learning, not delivering courses
  • Support increasingly focused on improving grades to protect longer term planning (“3 isn’t good enough anymore”)
  • Developed leadership or curriculum team sessions across provider lines, making use of local geographical clusters or areas of mutual interest (e.g. networks of maths practitioners in the South West)

Salvatore Circelli has worked in education, training and professional development for over 20 years he is an ILM certified coach/mentor and NLP practitioner. He has extensive experience working nationally coaching and training individuals, groups and organisations to reach their full potential and exceed their performance targets and goals. Before setting up his own coaching and consultancy business, Salvatore worked as Head of Tourism, Business and MFL department in a large central London FE college for over 7 years he managed over 50 staff and was responsible for over 450 students achieving outstanding results. Salvatore’s work has always involved training, coaching, mentoring and empowering staff and students, this led to him being appointed as a Perfomance Coach and Team Leader for Worldskills Team UK -2013. He first starting working collaboratively with ACER on the CPD National Skills Competitions programme back in 2013. As a qualified Personal Performance Coach and NLP Practitioner his work has included working with a range of clients from long term unemployed people to FE principals, leaders and teachers. He joined ACER in 2015 as an associate delivering the Step Forward programme. In March 2010 he was appointed Fellow of London South Bank University for his ongoing work within young people, education and performance coaching. He holds a Masters in Education (Distinction) and was prize winner of the Gerry Fowler Award for Excellence for his work on Cultural Diversity in Education.

Gareth Cronin specialises in Mental Health, Autism, learning Disabilities, Fitness to Practice, Staff mental Health, Emotional Intelligence, CBT.

He has a Bsc Hons in Psychology; Diploma in Social Work; Diploma Vocational Guidance; Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychology and Certificate in Professional management

He works extensively in FE colleges as mental health adviser and brings together both clinical mental health experience together with 16 years of working in FE.

Gareth has over 30 years experience of working across a variety of settings within the field of mental health. He worked with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor Max Birchwood and Professor Lewis Wolpert at Conferences. He has delivered master classes to CEOs on emotional resilience and to Post Doctorates at Cambridge University.

Michael Gray since 1996 Michael has led consultancy, training, research and delivery projects for a range of organisations, including general and specialist FE colleges, land-based and sixth form colleges, work-based michael graylearning (both profit and non-profit organisations), the voluntary sector, adult and community learning, local authorities, offender learning and employer-providers. He works at all levels in organisations, from board to junior employee. Projects and assignments have also included training and organisational development for a major US IT company.

His approach is to work with clients, taking account of their resources, context and problems, leaving them with the capability to solve problems and ‘do it for themselves’.

Stephen Miller has worked for over 25 years in several different colleges in the FE and Skills sector.

For the last ten years Stephen has managed the quality assurance and improvement department in a FE and HE Stephen Millercollege. Stephen co-founded and led a successful peer review and development group in the East of England.

He has led a range of quality improvement, development and management coaching projects. Stephen is a qualified Manager and Prince 2 accredited project manager, a qualified and experienced external verifier and trained management coach.

He has led a wide variety of Quality Improvement and Innovation projects including Matrix accreditation, Enterprise education, Equality and Diversity, Self Assessment and led Teaching and Learning audits.

Dr Beverley Morris leads consultancy teams providing support and challenge to private, public and voluntary sector organisations in the learning and skills sector. Her passion is to bring about effective, long-term change through creative learning and persistent management approaches.

With twenty years of teaching and management experience in education and skills, she now specialises in working with senior leadership and management teams to introduce strategic vision and operational plans that have a direct impact on the resilience, flexibility and success of teams and individuals. Beverley has been involved in the largest national improvement programmes in post-16 education (World Class Skills, Skill for Life Initiative, Organisational Health Checks), led on the largest individual college-based improvement programme (Year of Learning) and is currently introducing leadership and development programmes at the British Antarctic Survey.

Beverley is a qualified teacher, coach and mentor, delivering bespoke Level 5 management, mentoring, coaching, counselling and teaching qualifications.

Julia Pollock is an experienced trainer and qualified performance coach with 25 years’ experience in post-16 Julia Pollockeducation, much of it as a senior manager, Assistant Principal (Teaching & Learning) and Deputy Principal (Quality & Curriculum). In collaboration with ACER; Julia has delivered training in leadership development and performance management to over 40 providers, including in-house training in 4 colleges preparing for inspection. As a former Deputy Principal, Curriculum Manager and Professional Development Coordinator for a network of colleges; Julia has extensive experience in quality improvement, innovative teaching and learning and staff development. Her dedication to innovation in CPD won her a STAR award for Workforce Development in 2010. Julia is a graduate psychologist currently working as a consultant and interim senior manager in colleges and for the NHS as a lay member on Mental Health Act panels, as well as Chair of patient group; Healthwatch. She originally qualified as a performance coach with LSIS and ILM and has recently completed a postgraduate diploma in coaching psychology with Leeds Beckett University. In the last 3 years she has worked in GFE and SFC interim roles in Quality and Curriculum, Quality Improvement, Student Progression, Staff Development and HR, supporting Principals in management restructures, post-inspection recovery plans and improvement of English and maths results. Julia is currently working with Durham University as a researcher, looking at the changes to science teaching in schools and colleges.

Wendy Wilkinson is an ACER Associate who has worked in the FE work-based sector for almost 30 years. She started her career in the college sector responsible for external contracts including WBL, commercial provision, WWprogramme and curriculum development. Having also worked for the University for Industry (UfI) and National Health Service University (NHSU) Wendy has concentrated on development models that meet both the needs of employers and learners.

Since 2006, and the set-up of her own company, Solutions for Learning Ltd, Wendy has worked with ACER – she has also project managed development work on a national and regional basis. Areas of work include: Skills and Employer Responsiveness, Unemployed into Work, Skills for Life, Access and Progression into Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships, Trailblazer Standards, Traineeships and Study Programmes. Wendy has an MSc in Strategic Marketing.