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Senior management team

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    Lesley Longstone

    Interim Chief Executive and Registrar

    Lesley is our Interim Chief Executive and Registrar while Vicky McDermott is on leave due to personal reasons.

    Lesley has worked in a variety of fields including employment, education, youth and criminal justice in both national and international contexts. She has recently completed periods as Interim Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service and was previously Chief Executive of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

    Lesley is also Deputy Chair of Ambitious about Autism and Chair of the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust.

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    Vicky McDermott

    Chief Executive and Registrar

    Vicky served three years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Papworth Trust, the leading disability charity in the East of England. In this role she was responsible for leading an organisation of over 600 staff with a broad portfolio across accessible housing, social care, disability employment and policy. 

    Alongside this position Vicky was also Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, in which she directed more than 90 charities in campaigning for improved adult social care across England.

    She joined the Papworth Trust in 2014 from the NHS Business Services Authority, where she led the transformation of the NHS Pension scheme and advised Government Ministers on a range of issues.

    In addition to her experience in healthcare, she has worked in the private sector for BT; responsible for transformation and customer involvement. 

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    Alistair Bridge

    Director of Strategy

    Alistair is a qualified solicitor and has expertise in policy, strategy and communications. He has an MA in organisational consultancy and a record of working across organisations to deliver change.

    His previous experience with communications regulator Ofcom has seen him develop policy to reduce consumer harm, lead the development of its strategic plan, build strong links with stakeholders and introduce regulatory best practice.

    As Director of the Communications Consumer Panel, the independent statutory body that champions consumers’ interests in the communications sector, Alistair led projects that used research to successfully influence Ofcom, Government and industry.

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    Dr Subo Shanmuganathan

    Interim Director of Education

    Subo has had multiple roles in the university, NHS and not-for-profit sectors, most recently as Director of Education, Policy and Research at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and as Director of Skills Development at Relate UK. In both roles she was involved in the strategic planning, innovation and implementation of major influential workforce programmes.

    She has also served as a Chair, Trustee and Non-Executive Director for international development charities, grant awarding charities and a social enterprise, for 14 years. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified coach.

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    Mark Webster

    Director of Resources

    Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has held Finance Director roles across a variety of Companies within the not-for-profit, healthcare and recruitment sectors, including at The Royal London Society for Blind People, Lifeways Financial Limited and The JM Group.

    In his previous roles, Mark’s key achievements include leading a charity through strategic transition, leading the integration of large healthcare divisions into a highly acquisitive group, and working with senior management to implement new business information systems.

    Mark possesses a wide range of skills and a varied portfolio gained within both large and smaller organisations, overseeing the Finance, HR, IT, Registration and Facilities functions. 

  6. Picture of Dionne Spence (started from 28 January 2019)

    Dionne Spence (started from 28 January 2019)

    Dionne has extensive experience in leading large multi-disciplinary teams of up to 500 staff to deliver against challenging corporate objectives, with budgetary responsibility for up to £22m.

    She is currently Head of Casework Teams at the Financial Ombudsman Service. Prior to that she has had roles at the Prison and Probation Ombudsman, HM Inspectorate of Court Administration and HM Courts Service.

    Dionne is an active volunteer within her local community, leading a local Brownies and Guide group for the last nine years. She has recently started learning to play the piano and is hoping to begin learning British Sign Language within the next 12 months.