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Sally Dicketts to become next Assocation of Colleges President

08 June 2020

Activate Learning is pleased that The Association of Colleges has announced our Chief Executive Sally Dicketts is to become its new President from 1 August.    

The President acts as an ambassador for the Association of Colleges and the further education sector, driving policy formation and raising the profile of colleges with ministers and external stakeholders.   

Each year, a college principal is elected by AoC members to be President. Their term of office runs from 1 August to 31 July, with a maximum two-year tenure.   

Sally, who has worked in further education since 1985 and is a tireless campaigner and advocate for the learning and skills sector, will take over from current President Steve Frampton.    

Sally has been our Chief Executive since 2013, as well as a board member of the Education and Training Foundation, Pearson’s board and deputy chair of the LEP skills board. Her long and successful career has been recognised at the highest level, with Sally being awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Honours List in July 2013.  

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said:  

“I am delighted to be appointed as the new President of the Association of Colleges and will work hard to promote the FE sector and ensure our learners are given the best opportunities to succeed.  

“Having worked in Further Education since 1985, I have seen enormous changes to our sector and have overseen the Activate Learning Group of colleges through some difficult and turbulent times – none more so than now.  

“As we move into a post-COVID world, we will need to unite as a sector to ensure we have the funding and support we need to continue to help our communities and be the engines of social mobility that we have been for so long, and I recognise both the pitfall and benefits of the proposals set out in the Government’s White Paper.  

“The global pandemic has shone a light on a lot of the things we do as education providers, and I think there are lots of opportunities for us to change and adapt our approaches to meet our learners needs in the future.  

“I want to create a united voice for the FE sector, where we collaborate with clear values of respect, empathy, and understanding of different communities we serve.” 

Find out more about it here.