Our Expertise

We are the UK's most progressive further education and skills specialist, dedicated to offering expert insight, collaboration and guidance from an unrivalled network of sector-leading experts.  Established in 2005, FE Associates offer over 13 years of specialist sector intelligence, spreading the entire breadth of further education and skills, combined with over 30 years of specialist recruitment experience.

Our unique approach to offering high quality and cost-effective solutions through the highly skilled experts we deploy sees us rolling our sleeves up and working alongside governors, leaders and managers to make change and improvement happen in the most effective way.  We are practitioners who are deeply embedded in the further education and skills sector and are able to support you as your trusted advisors.

We respond to the needs of our clients through organising our business across four divisions:

  • Interim leadership and management solutions
  • Executive search and recruitment
  • Quality Improvement
  • Strategic consultancy and project management.
Meet the FE Associates team
David Sykes

David Sykes
Joint Managing Director

David joined FE Associates in November 2015 and as Joint Managing Director has responsibility for the development and growth of FE Associates. As a further education and skills specialist with a background in colleges and private training providers, David has a deep understanding of the needs of the sector and supports customers to ensure their organisations are receiving the support and expertise to succeed in today’s challenging environment.

Matt Atkinson

Matt Atkinson
Joint Managing Director

Matt Atkinson joined FE Associates in August 2016 and is jointly responsible for the development and growth of FE Associates. With recent and successful Principal/Chief Executive experience in colleges behind him, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the sector and the support needed for colleges to succeed.

Judith Richardson

Judith Richardson
Operations Director

Judith has served in leadership roles with FE Associates since 2008. Co-ordinating our operations and services to clients, Judith is well respected and well-known to colleges up and down the country. Judith is responsible for maintaining contact with our clients and consultants and ensures the smooth operation of our Head Office function in Bristol.

Lee Rudge

Lee Rudge
Finance Director

Lee has worked at FE Associates and its predecessor organisations since 2004. With an excellent understanding of the needs of the further education and skills sector, Lee is responsible for ensuring the organisation meets its objectives, provides cost effective solutions and responds to internal and external demands.

Richard Butcher

Richard Butcher
Partnerships Director

Richard joined FE Associates in January 2018 as Partnerships Director. Richard's role is to build sustainable relationships across the sector. Richard has 18 years of experience in the FE and Skills sector and 10 years of senior management experience.

My experience of working for FEA has been nothing but an excellent experience. They have provided me with unique opportunities that I would not have found anywhere else. FEA don’t just fill a gap, they have impact and it’s an honour to be part of the team.

Sharing Insight, Inspiring Success