The TSNLA is led by a voluntary Board of Trustees.  All of the Trustees have extensive knowledge and experience with third sector learning, and many also have current senior roles within their own Third Sector learning organisation.

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Tim Ward

Chief Executive

Tim was appointed Chief Executive of the TSNLA in April 2017.

Tim has extensive experience in the skills and learning sector including 16 years until 2015 as Chief Executive of Learning Curve, a highly regarded third sector learning provider. He has been a tireless advocate of the role of the third sector in the FE sector and represents the sector at high level committees. He is now working as a freelance consultant and is also Chair of Voluntary Action Swindon.




Don Hayes MBE

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Chair of the TSNLA Board of Trustees

Don is the Chair of the Board, and is also Chief Executive of Enable, the Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium covering the East Midlands, since its formation in 2003.

Enable brings Third Sector organisations together to deliver government funded learning and skills programmes for adults and young people. As well as managing contracts, Enable supports Third Sector organisations to build their capacity, particularly in relation to quality improvement, and address their workforce development needs.

Previously Don was for 13 years Chief Executive of a leading not-for-profit training provider delivering work based learning for young people and adults, and programmes for the unemployed in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

Don is a Director of both Fair Train, the Group Training Association for Third Sector employers, and the Education and Training Foundation. He was awarded the MBE in 2002 for services to the unemployed.


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Vice-Chair of the Board

Janet was formerly head of the Voluntary Sector National Training Organisation (VSNTO), which later became the UK Workforce Hub for the voluntary and community sector. She promoted the benefits of work-based learning for staff, volunteers and trustees across the sector and led the work to develop national occupational standards for trustees, managers of volunteers and fundraisers in partnership with regional and UKpartnerships.

As Head of the UK Workforce Hub, Janet worked with partners to establish the TSNLA. She was also a member of the steering group which established Fair Train, the Group Training Association (GTA)for the VCS.

Janet is a trustee of Why me?, a small national charity which promotes and delivers Restorative Justice for victims of crime. She also sits of the board of Islington Arts Factory, the only multi-arts community centre for all ages in the London Borough of Islington.


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Board Member

Joanna Cain is Director of Education and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) which delivers adult education across 4 themes - employability, health and wellbeing, culture and community engagement.  WEA works across England and Scotland with over 300 community partners and delivers a broad curriculum of community learning to around 60,000 students every year.

Jo leads on partnerships, public policy, equality, devolution and research.  She has worked in adult education for many years both as a teacher, organiser and manager. She was previously head of learning at public service union UNISON and has also worked at Ruskin College and in the voluntary sector.


Photo Anthony Harmer.jpgAnthony Harmer

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Board Member

Anthony is the Chief Executive of ELATT Connected Learning, a leading educational charity in Hackney which has helped hundreds of East Londoners into IT jobs since 1984.  His career began as a teacher of English to refugees in the further education sector in London. Motivated by the potential of technology to support equality, literacy and integration he moved to ELATT in 2004.

 He has led the organisation since 2008, where he leads a team of 55 staff and volunteers and supports 500 young people and adults each year.  In that time ELATT has achieved Ofsted Outstanding (Grade 1), Investors in People Gold and Provider of the Year at the Times Educational Supplement (TES) FE awards in 2016. 

Anthony is also a Director of techUK and regularly sits on national steering groups in the field of education and digital skills. Outside of work, Anthony is a keen musician and is married with two children


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Board Member

John has extensive experience of working in the VCSE, particularly in employment and skills. John is currently Senior European Officer at Network for Europe assisting the VCSE to access European funds. Prior to that he had a number of roles in training projects as well as managing a large social enterprise in Inner Manchester providing business space and support. In connection with his role at NFE he is the VCSE representative on the England Programme National European Social Fund committee. John is a Governor of The Manchester College where he Chairs the Higher Education Divisional Board. He is also an elected member of Manchester City Council and sits on the Economy and Skills Scrutiny Committee.


Photo Stephen Howard.jpgStephen Howard

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Board Member

The pressure on the Third Sector has never been so severe, with shrinking budgets and very few opportunities to apply for alternative funding sources. Stephen´s experience brings to the board a holistic set of skills, gained from 18 years of working within the Third sector.

Stephen is passionate about the essential role Third Sector providers contribute to the skills agenda.  His own consortium, V Learning Net, which operates across Devon and Cornwall, supports 2000 learners per year from challenging backgrounds, provides opportunities for individuals to learn which would not be available within other FE institutions due to the learner’s personal circumstances.

Stephen is also the chair of the SW Forum and one of the original “founding “members of the Peninsular Community Learning Trust, so he is very involved in the efforts within the SW to continuously get the role of Third sector providers recognized and, more importantly, fully understood.


Stephen Jeffery MBA, FRSA, MIoD

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Board Member

In 2005, Stephen took a small South London European Social Funded project, and developed the London Learning Consortium (LLC), a thriving and dynamic social enterprise and Third Sector skills Consortia turning over £3.5m yearly. He has developed market-led approaches to increase the Third Sector’s share of the public service market, and in 2009 he co-founded a National Third Sector Consortium (3SC).

In 2010 Stephen co-founded Fair Train, a National Employer Workforce and Apprenticeship organisation owning the Work Experience Quality standard. Prior to this, he was Director of Social Firms South East and led nationally on social business development and contracted delivery management for both NACRO and RNIB.

Stephen has an MBA and is a Level 7 ILM Executive Coach and Mentor, and his expertise is in demand at a high level for organisations including the Skills Funding Agency, HOLEX and NIACE.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors.


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Amanda Pavon-Lopez

Policy Advisor

Amanda provides part-time policy support to the TSNLA, writing the Policy in your Pocket bulletins. She also supports Board members with communications, and maintains the website and Twitter feed.

Amanda is an expert in adult learning, and runs her own company Seedbed Consulting Ltd. She works with a range of learning providers and other organisations, providing learning resources, research, marketing and publicity, project management and quality improvement support. 


John Harris

Professional Exchange Manager

John  manages the Professional Exchange project on behlaf of the TSNLA (see separate section for more information.

Outside of the TSNLA, he fundraises for small to medium sized VCSE organisations as well as support organisations in strengthening their overall development through strategy and fundraising strategy. John has a strong background in organisation development – designing and delivering the Leeds University Post-Graduate Certificate in management in the Public and Voluntary Sectors, and writing the NCVO Guide to Good management in the Voluntary Sector.