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Former Chief Exec of FE funding council occupies seat at LLUK

A former Chief Executive of the Further Education Funding Council has taken over as the new Chair of Lifelong Learning UK.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, Professor David Melville, assumed the post as Chair of the Sector Skills Council, succeeding John Hedger, who presided over the organisation from inception in January 2005.

Professor Melville commented on his appointment, first announced earlier this year: “Lifelong Learning UK is now well established and has the strong support of government. Ministers recognise that it has a central role to play in ensuring that the wider workforce is better skilled in the light of the forthcoming Leitch review”.

“I look forward to hearing what Leitch has to say and am confident that the lifelong learning sector will rise to the challenges that he sets us in the months and years ahead”.

And in a statement released last week, his predecessor, Mr Hedger, expressed his satisfaction in helping to “bring together employers from across the UK who, in some cases, had initially held different perceptions of their interests within the lifelong learning sector”.

Mr Hedger noted: “We have reached a point where we have established a basis of trust across the sector. I”m pleased that LLUK has made such a flying start and is extremely well thought of within the Skills for Business network”.

Vijay Pattni.

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