Aerial photograph from a plane of the Brook Street campus

Martin Doel

Chair of Governors

Following a 28-year career in the Royal Air Force, which culminated in him serving as Director of Training and Education for the Armed Services, Martin joined the Association of Colleges as their Chief Executive in 2008.   In this role he worked closely with government to develop the skills and education policy, and was a member of the Apprenticeship Reform Board.

In April 2016 Martin was appointed as the first Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at University College London. His particular research interests are concerned with the distinctive contribution that further education can make to national prosperity and individual well-being, and the leadership challenges facing further education providers of all kinds.

Martin is a Trustee of the Royal London Society for the Blind and of The Challenge, a social integration charity delivering the National Citizen Service.  He is also a Life-Vice President of the RAF Football Association and a qualified FA Coach.   In 2016 he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to further education.