'World-class team' set standard

13th May 2005 at 01:00
David Hunter has surrounded himself with an all-female team of four to run the new organisation responsible for setting standards for staff training in post-16 education.

Between them, they will be responsible for Lifelong Learning UK's role in identifying the training needs of staff, including college and work-based tutors, as well as advising the Government on the future needs of their teaching and non-teaching colleagues.

LLUK is one of a network of sector skills councils being set up across the country to improve the effectiveness of government investment in work training in different industries.

They include Asset Skills, representing the property industry, Cogent for the chemical industries and e-skills UK, covering information technology.

Mr Hunter, chief executive of LLUK, said: "We have a world-class team that I am confident will prove up to the many challenges we face."

Monica Deasy is director of standards, qualifications and research, a post she has occupied since Lifelong Learning UK was established in January. She had been acting chief executive of Fento, the further education national training organisation, which preceded LLUK.

She said: "We will be undertaking comprehensive research to identify the skills that the workforce currently holds as well as identifying those that will be demanded in the future."

Heather Wood becomes the new director of corporate and membership services.

She previously spent seven years at the House of Commons with responsibilities which included keeping an eye on MPs' allowances.

Leah Swain is the new employer and stakeholder relations manager. She joins from the Sector Skills Development Agency, which is responsible for licensing sector skills councils.

Susan Edge is appointed chief officer of Standards Verification UK, an LLUK offshoot responsible for endorsing initial teacher qualifications. She carried out a similar role in Fento.

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