At the Sharp End – CEO FOCUS: Gary Headland, Activate Learning

In the first of a series of regular interviews with CEO’s both in and outside of the B4 community, we meet new Activate Learning CEO, Gary Headland. B4 Chairman Frank Nigriello is your host.

Gary was appointed as the CEO of Activate Learning and member of the Activate Learning Education Trust on 1 April 2022. Prior to this appointment, Gary was CEO of the Lincoln College Group for 7½ years.

We’re looking forward to finding out how Gary is approaching his new role and the importance of the business community to Activate Learning which provides secondary, further and higher education, apprenticeships and workforce training, consultancy, international, learning companies. The united common purpose of the Activate Learning divisions is to ‘transform lives through learning’.

More About Gary:

Gary holds voluntary offices as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County of Lincolnshire, President of the Royal British Legion in Lincolnshire, Chair of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and non-executive director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  He is also a non-executive director and chair of a cyber security company called KryptoKloud.

Prior to joining the education sector, Gary was a Director of Northgate Public Services for 3½ years, a Director at Norfolk Constabulary for over 2 years and a senior Royal Air Force officer for 23 years serving in locations throughout the UK and overseas in Germany, Italy and the Middle East.

Gary has underpinned his public and private sector career spanning over 35 years with high quality education and training: he holds an MA from Kings College London and an MBA from the Open University Business School.

Gary is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and qualified previously as a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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