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NCFE further strengthens its leadership team with Adam Goldstein, COO

Adam Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer, NCFE

@NCFE has announced the appointment of Adam Goldstein as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Adam joins the educational charity with a breadth of experience from across the education sector, including senior positions at multi-academy trusts such as Harris Federation and Astrea Multi-Academy Trust where he recently served as COO for over four years.

Astrea Multi-Academy Trust supports 27 schools and thousands of young learners throughout the country, giving Adam tangible knowledge and understanding of the education landscape across the UK.

Amongst his proudest achievements, Adam recalls leading the support Astrea provided for its schools during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping them remain open for vulnerable children and those of key workers, and pivoting the entire organisation towards remote learning to minimise disruption to children’s education. 

Prior to his role at Astrea, Adam gained experience working on policy and legislation at DfE (then the Department for Children, Schools and Families). He also spent 8 years at PWC as a Management Consultant, with an initial focus on their education projects, but ultimately decided to follow a path where he felt he could make more of a direct positive impact on communities, society and the lives of individuals.  

In addition to his paid roles, Adam is a keen believer in volunteering his skills and expertise to make a difference to educational organisations who can benefit from them. In May 2020, this outlook led him to a non-exec role as Chair of the Board at Barnet and Southgate FE College, which continues to give him fresh insight into the skills and FE sector, from a college perspective.

His work as Chair inspired Adam to apply for the role at NCFE, as he was keen to put his expertise to good use in another part of the sector. He was drawn to NCFE by its clear vision, charitable purpose and the passion and commitment of the leadership team. Like many across the sector, Adam has been motivated by the focused FE and skills drive that has been taking place across the political spectrum and wants to support NCFE in its drive to capitalise on this momentum and help shape the future of education in this space.

Adam commented, “I’m a strong believer that vocational and technical education is the key to economic recovery, growth and prosperity, as well as opening doors for many people to fulfil their potential. I commend the vastly increased focus on FE and skills – the policies show real ambition and a desire to make a difference to people’s lives.

“If I had a magic wand and could make some changes, I’d look to address the ongoing challenge of college funding, giving them a 3-year guarantee, and allowing them to plan ahead. I also applaud the work that is currently being done for adult learners, but I’d even go one step further – I feel that everyone should have a statutory right to lifelong learning, enshrined in law!

“In joining NCFE as COO, my top priority at will be to tie the operations function into our powerful overall vision so that everything is geared towards creating solutions which respond to learner need and help NCFE to be the improvement partner of choice across FE.”

Outside of work, Adam is a trustee at McIntyre, a charity which supports those with learning disabilities. A family man, Adam also enjoys spending time with his 11-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, as well as trips to the cinema, listening to music and reading.

Everyone at NCFE is extremely pleased to have Adam on board and looking forward to using his skillset to further build on the innovative work taking place, enabling the charitable organisation to make the biggest possible difference to its beneficiaries.

David Gallagher, chief executive at NCFE commented,

“We are delighted to have Adam on board. Adam’s experience and commitment to our charitable purpose in promoting and advancing learning makes him the perfect appointment in leading the operations of the business – identifying customers’ needs, exploring opportunities, and shaping smarter solutions.”

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