Introducing your Vocational Quality Advisors

Welcome to your dedicated Quality Nominee Support Hub.

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Jon Wolton

This is the place to get quick answers to your questions, support with planning training for both experienced and new Quality Nominees and Lead Internal Verifiers, access to face-to face and online networking with other QNs as well as easy access to more help if you still need it.

We've created a single point of contact (email and telephone) where your named Account Specialist will be on hand to answer any vocational quality questions you may have. If they're unable to answer your question straight away it will be referred to our expert team of Vocational Quality Advisors who will respond personally.

This new services will replace the Regional Quality Manager team as your point of contact from 4 April 2016. I’d like to introduce our team of Vocational Quality Advisors who are here to support you and lead on standards.

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Val Benney

I’m the new Vocational Quality Advisor for London and South East area. I’ve over 30 years experience in FE of delivery and assessment in a range of vocational qualifications across levels. I’ve worked in regional support roles for Pearson for 10 years, firstly as a Curriculum Development Manager and then as senior Regional Quality Manager. I am passionate about vocational education and look forward to supporting you and your teams to ensure the best outcomes for learners.

Howard Wilson

I’m the new Vocational Quality Advisor for the East Midlands area. I’ve worked for Pearson for nine years, firstly as a Curriculum Development Manager and then as a Regional Quality Manager - many Quality Nominees in the area will remember me in those roles. Before that I was a Principal Lecturer and Head of Department at an FE/HE Institution for over twenty years teaching a diverse range of subjects. I’m passionate about vocational education and look forward to supporting you and your teams to achieve the highest quality standards and best outcomes for your learners.

Darren Cass

I’m the new Vocational Quality Advisor for the South West area. I’ve worked for Pearson for over 3 years as a Regional Quality Manager and before that as Director of Quality at a large college. I’ve been a QN too, so know the pressures you’re under. I'm looking forward to supporting you through training and development to help you able to get the best outcomes for your teams and learners.

 

Helen Elshaw

I’m the new Vocational Quality Advisor for the West Midlands area. I’ve worked with Pearson for many years as Standards Verifier, Examiner and a Centre Quality Reviewer alongside being a Curriculum Manager and a Head of School in a large college. With a background strongly based in quality, I really enjoy the continual development and improvement required within the sector!

Michele Watson

I’m the new Vocational Quality Advisor for the North and Scotland area. I’m an experienced BTEC practitioner, with experience of delivering, programme managing and quality assuring BTECs in large FE colleges including seven years as a Quality Nominee. Having been a QN, I can empathise with the challenges of the role! I’m looking forward to supporting you so that you can achieve success, and while there’s lots of common support I recognise that each centre is unique.

 

Helen Elshaw

I’m the new Vocational Quality Advisor for the Wales and Northern Ireland area. I’ve worked with Pearson for many years as Standards Verifier, Examiner and a Centre Quality Reviewer alongside being a Curriculum Manager and a Head of School in a large college. With a background strongly based in quality, I really enjoy the continual development and improvement required within the sector!

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