Thursday, 28 November 2013

Introducing our new trustee

Richard Dorrance, NEC's new trustee

A passion for distance learning and widening opportunities, a high level of experience in the field of education, and a desire to use that experience to help NEC learners to achieve their ambitions: these are the things we need from our trustees.

The National Extension College is the trading name of the Open School Trust, a not-for-profit organisation which is governed by a  board of trustees. The trustees advise the management team, make strategic decisions and ensure that the mission of the charity–set down 50 years ago by Michael Young–is at the forefront of everything we do.

In our 50th year we are delighted to introduce Richard Dorrance as our newest trustee, agreed unanimously at our annual general meeting held earlier this month.

Richard Dorrance is excited to have been elected to the Board of the Open School Trust. He said, ‘I am passionate about education, particularly education for those who have either not achieved at school or who are finding school difficult. I believe that people have different learning styles and are motivated in different ways. A single curriculum does not work for everyone. That is the advantage of NEC’s approach. It allows students to learn what they want, when they want to, and how they want to. It puts the student in charge within a protective support network, which is a great enabler and motivator for learning. I am looking forward to working with the Board to ensure that the NEC goes from strength to strength.’

After 19 years in the post, Richard recently retired as the Chief Executive of CACHE, the UK’s leading awarding body for the childcare, health and education sectors. His vision saw him transform CACHE from a niche awarding organisation to the specialist, leading organisation we know today.

With a long and distinguished career in the field of education, Richard also spent several years as Chief Executive of the Early Years National Training Organisation, and held positions at the School Examinations and Assessment Council (who regulated A levels and GCSEs) and the National Curriculum Council (who were responsible for the implementation of England’s first National Curriculum). He brings to the NEC Board experience of running a charity, and of supporting students many of whom have either not achieved in a school environment, or who are adult returners to education.

NEC Chief Executive Ros Morpeth said of the new appointment, ‘All of us at NEC are delighted to welcome Richard Dorrance on to the board. We have had a long association with Richard at CACHE and have great respect for his leadership and his integrity. His experience and knowledge will be invaluable in helping us move forward with our vocational provision for childcare and related sectors. Innovations in the technologies for teaching and learning make it an exciting time to be involved in distance education and I know that Richard, along with the rest of the board, are determined that NEC  maximises every opportunity to improve the quality of the support we offer to our students.’

Richard joins NEC’s existing existing trustees who all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. They are:

Tony Dodds (Chair of Trustees), who has a rich and varied history of working in Adult Education, including establishing learning opportunities in Africa as well as many other international projects. He even worked for NEC in the late 70s on a project to help young people who were unemployed back into work!

Sheila Carlton OBE, whose long involvement in education has included working on education policy and practice for NIACE and earned her an OBE for services to adult education.

Peter Lavender OBE, who was awarded an OBE for services to education and has held positions at many prestigious organisations such as the Open University, the Further Education Funding Council and NIACE.

Greville Rumble, whose notable achievements in education include publishing widely on the subjects of management, planning and costs of distance learning and editing Open Learning.

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