Paul Joyce in conversation with Stephen Exley


Paul Joyce HMI

Director of FE, Ofsted

Paul Joyce is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and is the Deputy Director for Further Education & Skills. Paul joined Ofsted in 2005 as HMI having previously worked within the Further Education and Skills sector in both general and specialist further education colleges. Immediately prior to working for Ofsted, Paul was a consultant for the former Department for Education and Skills and worked on national initiatives supporting improvements to teaching and learning and in leadership and management. Paul has significant inspection experience in both the schools and further education & skills remits and prior to being appointed Deputy Director was a Senior HMI with responsibility for the college inspection programme nationally.


Stephen Exley

FE Editor, TES

 Stephen is TES' Further Education Editor. He has worked at TES since 2010, and was previously the education correspondent at the Cambridge News. He was twice named the winner of the award for Outstanding National Education Journalism at the CIPR Education Journalism Awards.

UKFEchat LIVE: The big chat

Hosted by Stephen Exley


David Hughes

Chief Executive, The Association of Colleges

David Hughes became Chief Executive in September 2016. He is responsible for the overall management of the organisation and regularly meets with politicians, stakeholders and partners to represent colleges. David joined Learning and Work Institute (previously NIACE) as Chief Executive in 2011, following 11 years in the further education sector, working at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). David has most recently led the merger of NIACE with Inclusion to form Learning and Work Institute in 2016. At the LSC and SFA David led funding relationships with colleges and providers. David has also worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, co-operatives, welfare, regeneration and community development.


Martin Reid

Director, The Society for Education and Training

Martin has considerable experience and success in the membership sector having worked for three other membership organisations and also spent time on the supplier side acting as a membership marketing consultant. His career has included working in the private and public sectors and he qualified as a Chartered Insurance Practitioner before pursuing a career in Marketing. He joined the Society for Education and Training (SET) , part of the Education and Training Foundation, in March 2018.


Andrew Harden

UCU Head of Further Education

Andrew is Head of Further Education at the University and College Union, advancing the interests of further education staff through local and national negotiations with employers and policy engagement. He first joined the union (then NATFHE) in 2005 and has over 28 years’ experience working within unions both in the UK and Australia, covering a range of industries including construction, printing, new media and education.

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Hilda Koon

Assistant Principal, The Manchester College

UKFEchat LIVE : FE Transforms

Introduced by Andrew Harden

This presentation will draw on the UCU, Further Education in England: Transforming lives & Communities report findings. It provides robust evidence of how the further education is vital in transforming lives and communities in 21st century Britain. It also provides evidence of how further education is an important lever for supporting social justice and social cohesion; challenging intergenerational poverty and of offering people from diverse communities hope, agency and a positive orientation towards the future.


Dr Vicky Duckworth

Professor in Education, Edge Hill University

Dr Vicky Duckworth is a Professor in Education at Edge Hill University. Vicky has developed considerable expertise as an educationalist and researcher in the field of Adult Literacy and Education. She is deeply committed to challenging inequality through critical and emancipatory approaches to education, widening participation, inclusion, community action and engaging in research with a strong social justice agenda.

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Dr Rob Smith

Reader in Education, Birmingham City University

 Dr Rob Smith is a Reader in Education at Birmingham City University, His body of work explores the impact of funding and marketisation on further education.  He has researched and written extensively in collaboration with FE and HE practitioners.  His recent research with Vicky Duckworth focuses on further education as a space for transformative learning. Other research projects include Social Justice and Leadership in Further Education (funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership) and Off the Job training – stakeholders’ perceptions (funded by the Gatsby Foundation).