... dedicated to establishing and sustaining innovative international ethical partnerships in technical vocational education and training
A graduate the University of Johannesburg, Sidney is a dedicated, results-driven HR professional with five years experience in the South African Revenue Service, Citibank South Africa, Denel and the Ford Motor Company.
In addition to his day-job, Sidney has extensive extra-curricular interests. He is the Founder of Phetelo Motivational Workshops, giving pro bono advice to young people on how to successfully apply for jobs. He is also Champion Coach to Kaizer Chiefs football club. Sidney is passionate about youth development, possesses excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills, and enjoys being part of , as well as managing, successful teams.
After an extensive career in industry and education Chris is now a consultant in education. He is currently working with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust on their Apprenticeship
programmes as well as tutoring for GCSE/A-level Maths and Physics together with BTEC Engineering.
After completing his student apprenticeship and gaining a BSc Hons degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 1970s he spent time working with Ferranti at their metering and electronics division in Greater Manchester.
He then spent three years working on mainland Tanzania and a further two years on Zanzibar working under the British Aid Programme in developing and equipping two technical secondary
schools. It was here that Chris’s passion for education flourished as he also taught electronics, electrical installation and related subjects. On return to the UK in the early 80s Chris gained his PGCE (FE) with Distinction in both Theory and Practice of Education from the University of Manchester.
Throughout his time at Lambeth College he gained a wealth of experience in staff management and curriculum development, implementation of quality systems, as well as teaching electronics, maths and general engineering. As a Head of Technology, and subsequently Acting Director of Technology, he was responsible for a wide variety of courses from entry level to level 4. These covered the construction trades, building services, motor cycle maintenance and repair, electronics, and media courses including journalism, radio, video and sound technology.
Chris was recently the College lead for the Ofsted inspection of construction. In previous inspections and inspections of good practice his lessons have had special mention as has the ‘outstanding leadership and management’ in engineering, for which he was a key team player.
Chris has travelled extensively throughout Africa and is currently, with his family, sponsoring and
setting up a school in Akoanso village, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Peter is a highly experienced senior manager working for more than 30 years in the learning and skills sector in the UK. He was Principal and Deputy Principal in a further education college in South East England for seven years. Prior to that Peter was County Adviser for Further Education in Hertfordshire. Peter spent his early career in Liverpool leading initiatives to support employability skills for unemployed young people and adults. Peter has been an ‘Additional Inspector’ for the Learning and Skills inspectorate Ofsted for 17 years.
For the past 9 years Peter has established his own highly successful company providing consultancy, training, inspection and interim management services to further education colleges and work based learning providers. Peter’s particular specialism is transforming standards of learning, assessment and teaching. His approach is to support teachers to improve their planning, develop their repertoire of skills, techniques and the range of learning activities they use. He encourages teachers to experiment and take risks. He has successfully supported many colleges to radically improve to meet the high standards expected by Ofsted.
Most recently Peter was selected to carry out inspections of Technical Colleges and Colleges of Excellence in Saudi Arabia and to provide guidance on quality improvement strategies.
Richard Chambers has held senior management positions in London colleges for 20 years including eleven years as a college Principal. He has considerable experience of all major aspects of institutional leadership and development including curriculum improvement and corporate management.
Richard's fundamental commitment has been to the successful progression of students, very many of whom enter further education colleges with modest achievements from their statutory schooling. In his view, successful progression from further education depends on teachers who hold high expectations for their students, the shaping of curriculum delivery and student support to enhance students' prospects of success and the development of partnerships with employers, universities and others which strengthen progression opportunities. These focuses have formed Richard's leadership priorities and have led to the introduction of many innovative programmes at local and national levels.
Richard has worked on national and regional quality improvement projects particularly in respect of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and also students who experience economic disadvantage. He has given evidence to the UK Parliamentary Select Committee in relation to such subjects as well as co-authoring materials to support institutional and professional development. Richard has also undertaken a number of international assignments related to the development of further education colleges in South Africa, India and European countries.
Richard was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to further education.
Gloria was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (Ofsted HMI) for 10 years until October 2013. She led inspections of colleges, schools and undertook many national surveys to evaluate a range of concerns and educational initiatives.
She is a highly accomplished consultant, manager of change and catalyst for significant quality improvement. Her penetrating analytical skills allow her to identify the root cause of issues and under performance. Her ability to win hearts and minds when designing and implementing strategies for quality improvement has resulted in excellent results.
She has strong and persuasive communication skills and always acts with the utmost integrity. Gloria exemplifies uncompromising values such as always putting the interests of the learner first; striving to achieving excellence in everything she does; being supportive of people whilst rigorously tackling issues. She has a wide view of sector issues and the quality of its provision.
Previously, Gloria was a lead inspector with the Adult Learning Inspectorate and was involved in inspecting adult and community education, apprenticeships and prison education as well as inspecting colleges. Her career includes working as a senior manager in colleges and as director of development at an awarding body.
Jannett is a highly experienced and respected trainer with 15 years experience in further and adult education. She designs and delivers a range of courses such as Employability Skills, Career and Life Management, Communication Skills, Coaching & Mentoring and Equality & Diversity, either directly to or on behalf of her clients.
Jannett is also a qualified dyslexia specialist who provides a range of services including diagnostic assessment, study skills support to dyslexic students and strategy training for employees and managers.
Jannett Morgan also runs her own company providing training programmes, project management and consultancy (up to board level) for a growing portfolio of clients which includes leading further education colleges, higher education institutions, learning and skills sector agencies, third sector and commercial organisations.
April is former Principal & Chief Executive of New College, Stamford.
She has 22 years FE experience, rising through the ranks from P/T Visiting Lecturer in a number of colleges. She has also run her own training business, and has had a very successful stint as an interim manager.
A ‘graduate’ of the Network for Black Professional's Black Leadership Initiative Inspection Shadowing Programme, April was also a highly rated Ofsted additional inspector, specialising in Core Aspects of the Common Inspection Framework, as well as Business and ICT. She led the recovery of Sussex Coast College from a poor inspection outcome, and in re-inspection the college scored Grade 2 for both Teaching and Learning and Leadership and Management, an excellent performance in the time frame.
April has, from time to time, provided pro bono advice on quality assurance to the Sisonke Partnership and has delivered training to FET colleges in South Africa.
Chris has over 25 years experience of working with senior managers, professionals and entrepreneurs. His work is characterised by a commitment to foster the achievement of an organisation’s goals interventions that inspire and empower individuals to work to their full potential. His focus is on increasing personal and organisational effectiveness and successful change management.
During his time in further education Chris has held a number of successful and influential cross-college leadership roles, with key responsibilities for enterprise, innovation, funding, planning and delivering large contracts and projects. This required managing large teams, driving up performance standards through the rigorous analysis and evaluation of key performance indicators, and reporting to key stakeholders on strategy and performance issues.
For the past 4 years Chris has been a Non-executive Director for an established Recruitment company based in London. Chris's unique career history and experience provides the company with invaluable experience and partnership opportunities which enables the company to remain at the forefront of the specialist recruitment sector.
Robin’s parents were active anti-Apartheid activists who were exiled to the UK in 1964. Well known in SA & UK FE circles, Robin currently has a portfolio of activities in the UK and in South Africa, after having led the Network for Black Professionals for over 14 years.
Robin has worked in four UK colleges, his last role being Deputy Principal at Hackney Community College. In 1999 he was FE Adviser to the British Council, from which he was seconded to work as General Manager of the Colleges Collaboration Fund (CCF) of the National Business Initiative, an innovative PPP between government and the business community to transform the FET colleges system in South Africa, until 2001.
The system remains beset by multiple challenges, and the thesis of the Sisonke Partnership is that we are well placed, working with others, to provide the necessary assistance to achieve the ambitions of the White Paper published in 2014.
In 2010 Robin was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Race Equality.
Indra is a highly respected Project Manager and trainer who has worked in both the public and private sector for over twenty years in FE/Sixth Form Colleges, Royal Bank of Scotland, Marks and Spencer and Lombard Tricity Finance. Indra’s roles have included project/programme manager, business development director and chief executive of a small business enterprise agency.
As a highly experienced practitioner, Indra has utilised her skills in planning, analysis and problem solving to successfully manage projects worth several millions of pounds in total.
In addition, Indra leads her own company providing consultancy services in a range of areas including programme management, bid writing, and development and delivery of short training courses. She has extensive experience of developing and delivering employability skills training to those unemployed or in low skilled employment, leading to employment or further training for participants involved.
Paul Wilson has an MSc in Community Safety and is a past recipient of a Fulbright (Police) Scholarship to study community policing in the USA.
He is former superintendent with London’s Metropolitan Police with 31 years of public service, covering operational, policy and strategic commands in criminal investigation, public order policing, human resource management, corporate planning, safer schools, public and police partnership development, community cohesion, community policing and anti-terrorism. Paul is a seasoned management professional, experienced in leading complex partnership portfolios, including a team of Civil Servants while on secondment to central government as well as large teams of operational police officers.
Accomplished in change management, negotiation and the delivery of key-note presentations in the UK and abroad, chairing large conferences and numerous senior level partnership meetings, Paul is a keen advocate of race equality and was the architect and subsequently the Chairman of the London Black Police Association and the first elected Chair of the National (UK) Black Police Association. He has published a number of papers on the issue of race and policing in the UK. Following retirement from policing and an invitation to relocate to South Africa, Paul established the NGO, Safer South Africa Foundation, and as CEO was responsible for developing its role in the field of criminal justice advocacy and crime prevention.
Salim Akoojee is an independent research associate of eduVOC Research and Development, a research consultancy, providing research-related services in education and training for development, with a focus on TVET and Skills policy and practice. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor (Education) at Wits University. With extensive experience in research and policy, his most recent position as Chairperson of the TVET Technical Task Team on Further Education and Training at the Human Resources Development Council of South Africa (HRD-SA) provides a blueprint for review of the TVET system in the country.
He has published extensively in further and higher education policy and practice. Numerous books and more than 30 research articles in national and international peer reviewed publications attest to his extensive experience and expertise in the area. He has served as Senior Consultant Editor in ’Africa Education Review’ and is current Board Member of the International Network of Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) and a member of the WERA (World Education Research Association) TVET group . He has also worked on a range of international joint research projects including for UNESCO, ILO/World Bank, DANIDA and DFID. As a invited peer reviewer to the Third International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) entitled Building Skills for Work and Life held in Shanghai 13-16th May 2012.
Dr Anthony Gewer has for the past 15 years provided strategic and technical support to government, donors, industry and institutions, around strengthening the relationship between post-school skills and employability.
Anthony has a doctoral degree in education policy with a specific focus on vocational education and the transition from school to work. His expertise lies in the development and implementation of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks in the realm of Vocational Education and Training, and in translating these frameworks into effective interventions strategies to strengthen skills and job creation.
He has also been instrumental in the design and implementation of turnaround strategies for Vocational Colleges in South Africa. He has written and presented extensively on the challenges associated with youth employability in a developing context. Until recently, Anthony was Executive Manager at JET Education Services, a well-established South African NGO. He is now a director of the Culima Institute, an innovative Vocational Education venture aimed at delivering demand-led qualifications and employability skills to youth for entry into targeted occupational sectors.