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EXPANSION PLANS REVEALED BY NEW 157 GROUP CHIEF IAN PRETTY

EXPANSION PLANS REVEALED BY NEW 157 GROUP CHIEF IAN PRETTY

The 157 Group is set for expansion following a strategic review, chief executive Ian Pretty has revealed in an exclusive interview with FE Week in which he claimed that up to 15 colleges had already asked about signing up.

The results of the review were explained at an event in London on Thursday (January 14) and Mr Pretty, who took over from executive director Dr Lynne Sedgmore in September, said members told him they wanted the group to grow.

Mr Pretty, whose previous roles included senior roles in HMRC, the Cabinet Office and Capgemini, told FE Week: "The members wanted to take the 157 Group in a different direction, which is why they took the conscious decision to hire someone from outside the sector.

"What I said to them was in order to create this new mandate for the 157 Group we need to undertake a strategic review - the members agreed."

He added: "Our members have agreed that we should look to take on new member colleges. We have 26 members at present and there has been discussion over whether we want to have more or less in future. We decided to look at expanding." Read more...

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