I was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1968 to
1997. I held a number of senior positions in Margaret
Thatcher's Government, including Secretary of State for Education
and Science when I introduced the National Curriculum, Tests,
City Technology Colleges and Grant-Maintained Schools. I
became a member of the House of Lords in 1997. As co-founder of the
Baker Dearing Educational Trust, we are leading the
introduction of University Technical Colleges. I firmly
believe that young people should have access to high quality
education combining academic, practical and vocational learning -
vital both for our students and for our economy.
Fresh from her role heading up the Peter Jones Foundation,
Alice has enjoyed considerable public profile notably as Chief
Executive of rural campaign group, the Countryside Alliance. After
graduating from Cambridge University with an MA in history, Alice
pursued a career in journalism working for Sporting Life editor
Mike Gallimore and on the Metropolitan Police newspaper,The Job,
before moving into publishing.
David HarbourneDirector of Policy and Research
David Harbourne is Director of Policy and Research. His role
includes commissioning, collating and summarising research evidence
and using it to support evidence-based policy making. David has
previously worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, National
Association of Master Bakers, Hospitality Training Foundation,
North Yorkshire Training and Enterprise Council and the Learning
and Skills Council.
Nicolas HeslopHead of Public Affairs
I joined Edge as its first public affairs manager in February
2006. I was previously public affairs manager at SEMTA (Science,
Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies Alliance), a Sector Skills
Council. Before SEMTA I worked as special adviser to the then
education secretary Gillian Shephard and also have experience of
working in the House of Commons.
Jane SamuelsHead of Projects and Partnerships
I joined Edge in 2005 from local government. Before that I spent
more than 15 years in the music and broadcast industries, licensing
music videos to television companies. I'm responsible for Edge's
project management system as well as specific projects. I think
Edge is a great chance to work somewhere that can really make a
difference to the education system.
Jayne PhentonPress Officer
I've been managing media and PR campaigns in the charity sector
for over 15 years, raising the profile of causes and organisations
ranging from single parenthood to heritage to mental health. I am a
great supporter of Edge's advocacy of the benefits of technical,
practical and vocational learning. As a former polytechnic student
I think there should be options available to everyone to ensure we
can all make the most of our skills and talent.
Anna RibenforsMarketing & PR Executive
My degree in Educational Studies gave me a huge insight into the
disparity between vocational and academic routes through education.
As someone who learns much better by doing I think it is so
important that young people are made aware of the many paths
available to them. Having a keen interest in PR and Marketing
alongside this, meant that the Edge Foundation was the perfect fit
Marissa Jennings Executive PA
I have worked in the Media sales Industry for over 10 years and
joined Edge in March 2011. I work for the CEO of Edge and the
President as their Executive PA. Since being at Edge I myself have
learnt a great deal about the concept of "learning by doing" and I
have seen it put into practice and how it can inspire and
enthuse young people and make them believe in not only themselves
but their futures.
Matthew BogleOffice Manager and CRM Administrator
Edge has been an inspiring experience, especially as its message
promoting practical and vocational learning correlates with how I
have gained my achievements. I didn't enter my career through
the university route. I have previously worked in many local
council authorities and entered Edge to work specifically on our
large database as well as managing the Edge office. I believe
Apprenticeships and work based learning should be valued as highly
as other education routes, they can give young people an
advantage as they learn top class practical skills and can gain
degree level knowledge.
Lord Adonis, Neil Bates, Pauline Daniyan, Sir Garry Hawkes CBE,
Professor Colin Riordan, Sir Kevin Satchwell, Andrew Stevens
and Toby Peyton-Jones.
HRH The Duke of Kent, KG
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