The gathering was held at the invitation of Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons education select committee before the election.
He said the new body - Lifelong Learning UK - has a "vital" job to do as the standard of further education comes under increasing scrutiny from Government.
LLUK will be bringing colleges together with universities and other post-16 education organisations to create a common set of standards, a task Mr Sheerman said would be a major achievement.
Parliament is in recess, but Mr Sheerman told FE Focus: "If I return to the job of committee chairman, I will want to get them in front of us pretty damn quickly."
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