Area Relationship and Development Leads map

We have a team of Area Relationship and Development Leads (ARDLs), who work to support providers with our T Level Professional Development offer.

The Area Relationship and Development Leads can signpost providers and practitioners to the CPD activities that best suit your needs.

Click on the map to view the ARDLs nearest to you, along with their contact details.

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Meet the Area Relationship and Development Leads

Our team of ARDLs work to support you with the TLPD offer, by signposting you to the CPD activities that best suit your needs. Meet our ARDLs by reading their profiles below.

Clare Appleby, Region: East of England

Name: Clare Appleby

Region: East of England

Past experience: I have over 19 years’ experience working in the Further Education sector including animal management, SEND, apprenticeships, quality assurance, quality improvement, professional development and coaching.

Fun fact: My first experience of flying was actually jumping out of a plane on a sponsored parachute jump.

Contact: You can contact Clare on 07821 863095 or email her at

Omar Lakhssassi, Region: London and South East

Name:  Omar Lakhssassi

Region: London and South East

Past experience: I have approx. 15 years’ experience working within education, primarily within business development and employer engagement within Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning.

I have a good understanding of vocational training, having been based within both a Further Education college and more recently the University of Portsmouth, supporting engagement within Level 6 and 7 work based learning programmes. I am passionate about Continuous Professional Development and have undertaken many courses through my local FE provider and recently completed my own Degree Apprenticeship within Leadership and Management.

Fun fact: I once got my Mum to give a member of Take That a lift home when he couldn’t get a taxi!

Contact: You can contact Omar on 07526 190150 or email him at

Mandeep Sahotay, Region: London

Name: Mandeep Sahotay

Region: London

Past experience: I have worked in the FE sector for over 25 years, managing and leading large cross college departments, faculties and directorates. I have also worked in Adult Learning and the HE sector. My areas of specialism are quality assurance, curriculum development and staff development. For the last ten years, I had been working as a consultant supporting London Colleges improve their self-assessment rates.

Fun fact: I LOVE cake and chocolates. I have completed the marathon and do many sponsored walks to raise money for charity. 

Contact: You can contact Mandeep on 07594 521341 or email her at

Carole Brown, Region: South East

Name: Carole Brown

Region: South East

Past Experience: I have 12 years’ experience within education, including as a Teacher, Senior Practitioner and Learning Manager. I have worked across the Secondary and Further Education sectors and my subject specialisms include Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Business Law, Finance and Accounting and Maths.

Fun Fact: I used to work at a local theatre, and I had the opportunity to meet a lot of stars in various shows. The standout moments were while talking to Boxer Frank Bruno, I made him laugh so loud that the whole room fell silent and looked over to see what was going on (we were at an after panto party with a DJ playing) and when I met Comedian Lee Evans, he said he felt “so short” (he actually is a little) as I was taller than his security guard – I was 20 years old, 5’10” and wearing 5 inch platform shoes.

Contact: You can contact Carole on 07542 861 952, or email her at

Seb Baker, Region: South East

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Name:  Seb Baker

Region: South East

Past experience: I have been working in Further Education for 11 years, primarily as a Head of Sixth Form and member of SLT. Amongst other things I have focused on Curriculum Planning & Development, University & Career Guidance, and on establishing and nurturing key partnerships.

Fun fact: I love gardening, chess and maps! I am also a huge West Ham fan (for my sins!).

Contact: You can contact Seb on 07514 308008, or email him at

Ollie Knight, Region: London

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Name:  Ollie Knight

Region: London

Past experience: I started as a History and Government & Politics teacher at A-Level and equivalent level 3 courses. I have worked for 15 years in FE and International schools as a department manager and member of SLT and have focussed a lot on partnership and relationship development. I have also worked as a quality and partnership manager for another education and research charity

Fun fact: I am a keen amateur historian focussing on military history and militaria, and have a particular interest in the Anglo-Zulu Wars. I visit battlefields around the world in my spare time. I also used to live in Sweden!

Contact: You can contact Ollie on 07594 514449, or email him at

Rosemarie D’Ambrosio-Winter, Region: South West

Name: Rosemarie D’Ambrosio-Winter

Region: South West 

Past experience: I have worked in the sector for over 20 years and have delivered and managed courses from Business and Marketing Foundation Degrees, to English and maths for the disengaged. Latterly I have focussed on teacher training, OTLA project, research and consultancy work; supporting providers to address challenges and find solutions.

Fun fact: I taught David Dickinson to say Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) on Bargain Hunt!

Contact: You can contact Rosemarie on 07821863115 or email

Punam Khosla, Region: North West

Name: Punam Khosla

Region: North West

Past experience: I have over 20 years’ experience of working in partnership with providers in the Further Education, learning and skills sector nationally. I am passionate about striving for excellence, and developing opportunities for continuous improvement for providers.

Fun fact: I have got an energetic and adventurous spirit. I love to be out exploring the outdoors and being spontaneous, going on expeditions and adventures with family and friends.

Podcast: Listen to Punam speak to Georgina Belcher, Communications Officer, about Understanding T Levels and in-house CPD training days.   

Contact: You can contact Punam on 07821 863097 or email her at

Tom Mantel, Region: North West

Name: Tom Mantel

Region: North West

Past experience: I have worked in Further Education for almost 20 years, focusing on careers, IAG, quality assurance and employer engagement. Most recently, my focus has been on developing strategies to grow work experience and create strong employer partnerships to support the growth in Industry Placements for T Levels. In my last role, I was able to achieve Chartered Management status through the CMI.

Fun fact: I love being in the outdoors and getting back to nature. I’m always happiest on the top of a hill, on a long, muddy bike ride or kayaking down a river!  

Contact: You can contact Tom on 07594 518185 or email him at

Teresa Farran, Region: North

Name: Teresa Farran

Region: North

Past experience: With more than 25 years in FE and HE I have extensive experience of college wide curriculum development including the introduction of new programmes, projects and initiatives and managing quality, leading on professional development of teachers and trainers.

Fun fact: I enjoy outdoor swimming for which I have set myself the challenge of swimming in every lake in the Lake District.

Contact: You can contact Teresa on 07821 863107 or email her at

Simon Chalk, Region: North East

Name: Simon Chalk

Region: North East

Past experience: I have worked as a Senior Leader in both the further education (FE) and secondary education sectors, working as a Head of five FE academies and as a Deputy Head in secondary education. I have also represented a number of organisations at board level, working on Governance.

Fun fact: I am an advanced diver and skier. I love diving in Egypt and skiing in Italy. 

Contact: You can contact Simon on 07760665955 or email

Iain Thompson, Region: Yorkshire and Humber

Name: Iain Thompson

Region: Yorkshire and Humber

Past experience: I started life as a Personal Trainer before diving into teaching and course managing. I progressed as department leader before most recently working as an advanced practitioner in supporting technology enhanced learning. I have worked in the FE Sector for nine years.

Fun fact: I am on a mission to read 53 books this calendar year and so far I have completed 50. Lockdown had its perks! 

Podcast: Listen to Iain speak with the ETF’s communications team about the first steps providers should take to ensure they are T Level ready. 

Contact: You can contact Iain on 07546415109 or email him at

Alex Eslor, Region: Yorkshire and Humber

Name: Alex Eslor

Region: Yorkshire and Humber

Past experience: I have 13 years experience working in education, in both the Further Education sector and secondary schools. I have held a variety of non-teaching roles and responsibilities, including managing MIS, Academic Registrar, Data & Exams Manager, and School Liaison. I also spent two years getting to grips with the New Zealand education system – and the challenges of distance education – working at Te Kura, New Zealand’s Correspondence School, which covers all the way from early years to post-16.

Fun fact: I spent time living and travelling in New Zealand and it was fantastic to experience life in such an incredible country. I fulfilled a lifelong ambition to go hang gliding in Queenstown, and loved the feeling of flight so much that I also jumped off a cliff attached to a paraglide a few days later in Christchurch.

Contact: You can contact Alex on 07594 521240 or email her at

Sue Blake, Region: West Midlands

Name: Sue Blake

Region: West Midlands, part of the South West and Midlands

Past experience: I have over 30 years’ experience of working in partnership with providers in the education, learning and skills sector, striving for excellence, identifying and developing opportunities for improvement.

Fun fact: I hold a current Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Pilots license to safely fly a drone!

Contact: You can contact Sue on 07821 863108 or email her at

Louise Jones, Region: Midlands

Name:  Louise Jones

Region: East and West Midlands

Past experience: I have worked for 14 years in Further Education as a manager, a coach and mentor and campus lead as well as leading on a culture change projects. My curriculum responsibilities cover the Creative Industries – Media, Film, Art, Games Design. I am really passionate about the quality, the improvement and inclusivity of education.

Fun fact: I love anything on wheels, cars and bikes! I have a classic mini, which needs some TLC but did take it to see the Italian Job at a drive in movie, just for minis!

Contact: You can contact Louise on 07885 222573, or email her at

Em Gibson, Region: Midlands

Name:  Em Gibson

Region: Midlands

Past experience: I have 13 years’ experience working in further and higher education as a senior tutor, head of multiple departments, and teaching, learning and assessment manager. I’ve spent recent years working with providers nationally on the T Level Transition Programme and industry placements. My subject specialisms are English and media, and I’m passionate about enhancing the quality of learner experience and outcomes.

Fun fact: I have an extensive collection of animation art and changed my middle name to one of the characters from She-Ra Princess of Power!

Contact: You can contact Em on 07709 508705, or email her at