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How can FE lead the green revolution?

In this episode, we’re talking about the green curriculum and asking how we develop an education and training system that creates a skilled workforce for new and emerging industries. We’re asking what role FE can play and what the next government can do to support colleges seeking to skill and reskill the workers needed to tackle the major global challenges from climate change to food security.

We’re joined by Charlotte Bonner, CEO of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, which seeks to lead and empower the post-16 education sector to make sustainability ‘just good business’, and Jeremy Kerswell, CEO and Principal of Plumpton College, in East Sussex, which uses its large estate to create real-life experiences for students, modelling best current and future practices in all aspects of sustainability and land management.

About Charlotte Bonner

As CEO of Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, Charlotte is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organisation. She has over fifteen years’ leadership experience across membership and tertiary education organisations where she’s focused on business development, transformational engagement and policy and advocacy.

Before joining EAUC, she was the Education and Training Foundation’s education for sustainable development (ESD) lead, and before that was a keystone of NUS’ sustainability work, most notably project managing the UNESCO ESD prize winning Green Impact programme from its inception. She is one of the co-founders of Students Organizing for Sustainability International. She’s previously held senior teaching associate positions at the University of Bristol and was a sustainability consultant working with private and public sector clients prior to her tenure at NUS.

Charlotte has an MSc in energy and environmental technologies, is a Fellow of the RSA and a board member at Change Agents UK. She lives in Scarborough and is happiest when on her bike, travelling overland or cooking for friends.

About Jeremy Kerswell

Having worked across England’s FE and HE sectors for 18 years, Jeremy became Principal of Plumpton College in October 2015. Originally from West Sussex, Jeremy grew up on a small holding, where his love of the countryside and interest in wildlife and animals began. He went on to study animal science at Reading University, and it was after a short period of employment in both the animal and agricultural industries, he decided to forge a career that would combine his passion for the natural environment with education. Plumpton attracts students from across the South East to study a range of land-based courses from entry to masters level.


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