Stephen Exley

‘It has been on my wish list for such a long time’

Sector stalwart Lesley Davies has done it all, but running a college is a new ‘buzz’

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GCSE results day usually marks the end of the busiest time of the year for Lesley Davies. During her five years spent in senior roles at awarding body Pearson, the end of the exam season brought a welcome opportunity to pause for breath.

Not this year. After a quarter of a century working in and around the FE sector – including a stint as deputy chief executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) – she has finally fulfilled a long-held ambition to lead her own college. Now established in the principal’s office at Trafford College, Davies is acutely aware that, in her new job, the hard work ...

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