Tony Payne

Before coming to Canterbury College I previously worked in Local Government, Higher Education and the Private Sector. I began my career as an elected Sabbatical Officer at Christ Church University after running the radio station as a volunteer. 

During my time at Canterbury I have supported the Union to become one of the best FE Students' Unions in the UK winning three NUS awards, the TES FE Award for supporting students and an AoC Beacon award. With numerous nominations for other awards including LSIS Learner Voice and TES FE awards. 

I am the chair of the Learner Voice Practitioners Network and am frequently asked to contribute to national strategies on engaging FE students including the London 2012 Olympic Games, BBC Children in Need, UK Student Volunteering Network and the National Union of Students.

Key to this success has been my belief in empowering students in the decision making process' of the College, leading their own projects. I am a passionate advocate for the enthusiasm and creativity of students and continue to develop my own practices to support their success. 
Originally from London, I now live in Canterbury with my wife and three children running local football teams and music events in my spare time.