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 16 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 five divisions:

Meet the FE Associates team

Our Leadership Team

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.

Matt Atkinson

Matt Atkinson
Managing Director

Matt Atkinson joined FE Associates in August 2016 and is responsible for the strategic leadership, growth and development of the business. As a former successful college CEO and Principal and a highly experienced sector leader, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the sector and the support needed for colleges to succeed. He is highly focused on the needs of clients and on ensuring that the FEA portfolio of products and services evolves in line with sector needs.

 

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.

Matt Atkinson

Jo Johnston
Director of Recruitment

Jo joined FE Associates in 2019 and is responsible for delivering expert leadership recruitment solutions across the FE Associates client base. Since joining FE Associates Jo has placed numerous senior leaders in leading sector roles and has made a significant contribution to the development of our market-leading services. With a focus on client satisfaction and candidate well-being, Jo has proved herself to be one of the FE sector’s leading recruitment practitioners.

As an expert leadership recruiter who has worked across both the public and private sectors Jo has worked within further education leadership recruitment since 2009 and over that time has built outstanding client relationships and first-class candidate networks.

David Sykes

David Sykes
Commercial Director

David joined FE Associates in November 2015 and as Commercial Director has responsibility for the development of our offer to the further education and skills sector with a particular focus on services to improve quality. 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.

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.

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