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Welcome to Landex

We help Land Based Colleges and Universities achieve excellence

We have 36 member Colleges and Universities in England and 3 Members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. To qualify for membership the provider must deliver significant volumes of education and training in land based occupational areas. Landex was formed in 2006 from its predecessor organisation, Napaeo, which was founded in 1950, and represented the interests of land based Colleges and the industries they served during a period of continuous change and development.

Landex Structure

Landex operates through an elected Board of Directors, which determines the strategic direction of the organisation, approves the annual budget and operating statement, and monitors performance.

The Directors are elected for a term of 3 years and one third are elected annually at the AGM, which is held in November. The directors are elected to represent Regional or National constituencies as follows: a) National (7 Directors) b) Regional: 1 per Region representing Yorkshire and the North East, Eastern and East Midlands, North West, West Midlands, South West, London and South East. (6 Directors) c) Representative of members in N.Ireland, Scotland & Wales.

Landex ‘Land Based Colleges & Universities Aspiring to Excellence’ Ltd. Members of the Board are elected annually by the AGM to serve as Chair (c), Vice-Chair (vc). These posts are honorary and are usually held by directors for at least 2 years.

Director Post Constituency Date
Alison Robinson Principal, Myerscough College & University Centre National To Retire: 2024
Angela Joyce Principal, Warwickshire College Group West Midlands To Retire: 2022
Bill Meredith Principal, Bishop Burton College National To Retire: 2023
Corrie Harris Principal and Chielf Executive, Moulton College East and East Midlands To Retire: 2024
Iain Hatt Principal and Chief Executive, Wiltshire College and University Centre National To Retire: 2024
Jeremy Kerswell Principal, Plumpton College National To Retire: 2023
Julie Milburn Principal and CEO, Sparsholt College Group London and the South East To Retire: 2024
Luke Rake Principal, Kingston Maurward College South West To Retire: 2022
Marcus Clinton (C) Principal, Reaseheath College North West To Retire: 2023
Martin McKendry Director, CAFRE, N. Ireland N.Ireland, Scotland & Wales To Retire: 2023
Russell Marchant Vice Chancellor/Principal, Hartpury University & Hartpury College National To Retire: 2024
Suzanne Duncan (VC) Principal, East Durham College Yorkshire and the North East To Retire: 2022
Tim Middleton Vice Chancellor, Writtle University College National To Retire: 2024
Tim Whittaker Principal, Askham Bryan College & University Centre National To Retire: 2022

Landex ‘Land Based Colleges & Universities Aspiring to Excellence’ Ltd. Members of the Board are elected annually by the AGM to serve as Chair (c), Vice-Chair (vc). These posts are honorary and are usually held by directors for at least 2 years.

Director Post Constituency Date
Alison Robinson Further Education Quality & Curriculum Committee Chair
Lynn Forrester-Walker and Graeme Lavery College Finance and Funding Committee Chair
Marcus Clinton Membership Committee Chair
Marcus Clinton Remuneration Committee Chair
Marcus Clinton Learning Materials & Technology Committee Chair
Tim Middleton Higher Education Committee Chair

Landex ‘Land Based Colleges & Universities Aspiring to Excellence’ Ltd. Members of the Board are elected annually by the AGM to serve as Chair (c), Vice-Chair (vc). These posts are honorary and are usually held by directors for at least 2 years.

Director Post Constituency Date
Alex Payne Chief Executive, Landex Appointed: January 2021
Andrew Bailey Assistant Director of Student Services, Moulton College Appointed: December 2017
Claire Whitworth Vice Principal, Hartpury University and Hartpury College Appointed: March 2019
Dawn Whitemore Principal, Brooksby Melton College Appointed: March 2019
Jeremy Kerswell Principal, Plumpton College Appointed: March 2019
Marcus Clinton (C) Principal, Reaseheath College Appointed: October 2017
Suzanne Duncan Principal, East Durham College Appointed: March 2022

Landex ‘Land Based Colleges & Universities Aspiring to Excellence’ Ltd. Members of the Board are elected annually by the AGM to serve as Chair (c), Vice-Chair (vc). These posts are honorary and are usually held by directors for at least 2 years.

Director Post Constituency Date
Alison Robinson Principal, Myerscough College Appointed: July 2018
Claire Whitworth Vice Principal, Hartpury College and Hartpury University Appointed: July 2020
Mandie Stravino Principal, Derby College Group Appointed: July 2018
Peter Husband Group Principal and Chief Operating Officer Appointed: July 2020
Sandra Burnhill Executive Director Quality and Standards, Askham Bryan College Appointed: March 2019
Suzanne Duncan Principal, East Durham College Appointed: November 2017
Tim Middleton Vice-Chancellor, Writtle University College Appointed: March 2019

Landex ‘Land Based Colleges & Universities Aspiring to Excellence’ Ltd. Members of the Board are elected annually by the AGM to serve as Chair (c), Vice-Chair (vc). These posts are honorary and are usually held by directors for at least 2 years.

Director Post Constituency Date
Alex Payne Chief Executive, Landex College/University sector Appointed: January 2021
Charles Matts (C) Director, Brixworth Farming Company Employer / Industry sector Appointed: June 2015
David Phillips Managing Director, City & Guilds Employer / Industry sector Appointed: April 2018
Julie Milburn Principal and CEO, Sparsholt College Group College/University sector Appointed: January 2021
Marcus Clinton Principal, Reaseheath College College/University sector Appointed: September 2017
Richard Longthorpe Farmer and Chair, AgriSkills Forum Employer / Industry sector Appointed: June 2015
Russell Marchant Vice-Chancellor, Principal – Hartpury University and Hartpury College College/University sector Appointed: June 2015
Simon Gadd Farmer Employer / Industry Sector Appointed: August 2020
Sue Biggs Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society Employer / Industry sector Appointed: May 2021
39 Members
53000 Students Supported
70 Years Experience
800 Courses Offered

Our Strategy

Identifying Key Issues and Activites

In line with the continuing growth in membership, Landex has recently increased its staff to allow closer working relationships with a wide range of other membership organisations, and provide a rapid response to the challenges faced by member colleges and universities. This allows us to help members achieve the highest standards of teaching, learning and student experience.

Strategy

Our activity in key areas of our strategic plan continues, and in particular:

  • Engaging with a range of government departments and agencies to raise the profile and promote the importance of land based education and training.
  • Working in partnership with GuildHE and AoC to ensure that the service it provides meets effectively the needs of specialist land based providers with respect to both further and higher education issues.
  • Working particularly closely with the funding agencies to ensure that the cost of meeting the specific needs of education and training for the land based industries is reflected in the various funding methodologies.
  • Working closely with the Government officers responsible for policies on ‘Discretionary Learner Support Funding’, ‘Residential Bursaries’, and ‘Residential Care Standards Funding’. This provides the opportunity to reinforce the importance of appropriate support for students attending land based courses and to highlight students’ ability to participate in land based education and training.
  • Working with the quality assurance agencies to ensure that inspection and audit processes are as effective as possible in improving the quality of both teaching, learning and assessment, and student experience.
  • Providing an extensive range of continuous professional development (CPD) events and conferences each year, often at Landex colleges, and involving a wide range of delegates from Landex Colleges and other providers of specialist land based programmes.
  • Responding to a wide range of public consultations on behalf of its members.
  • Working with industry leaders on the direction and content of the Agriskills Forum strategy “towards a new professionalism”, and continuing to participate actively in the work of this forum, and the various initiatives emanating from it.
  • Providing through its annual conference, the opportunity for members to meet and share good practice, and for national leaders to share emerging policy issues with members.
  • Building on the model of quality improvement Landex completes over 120 site visits to member Colleges annually, spanning well over 150 on-site days in order to provide structured analysis and guidance through peer review and the Landex model of quality improvement.

Our Strategy

Quality Improvement

Each year members make significant progress towards our goal, of at least good quality teaching, learning and assessment being delivered in all Landex colleges and universities. Peer review, linked to structured improvement plans, continues to be our main method of effectively sharing good practice and forming shared views of the required standards.

Landex colleges have freely and willingly shared performance data and this has been used to more accurately identify high and less well performing areas in member colleges, and to support action planning for improvement. Landex delivers its quality improvement activity through visits to member institutions by a Landex quality officer accompanied by a senior member of staff from another Landex college. This activity is directed towards:

  • supporting self-assessment
  • improving planning
  • preparing for inspection
  • identifying topics for Landex CPD events.

To further support members, significant volumes of data and case students are collected both nationally and from Landex colleges. Once analysed these provide a range of additional ideas for improvement. Although there were relatively few curriculum level inspections in the last round of inspections, the trend observed in previous inspection rounds, where land based provision was judged consistently higher quality in member colleges, than in the rest of the sector was repeated. This reinforced the pattern that emerged in the
previous Ofsted cycles (between 2001 & 2005 and between 2005 & 2009).

Confidence in college management was expressed in every one of the Landex colleges that received either an ‘Institutional Audit’ (higher education institutions) or an ‘Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review’ (Further Education Colleges with Higher Education provision) of the quality of learning and for the standards of awards that they offer on behalf of awarding bodies.

Under the HER/QAA process introduced in 2013, Landex member Colleges performed on-average much better than the rest of the sector, with the proportion of ‘commended’ judgements being very impressive. There is evidence that land based provision is best where the college places a clear strategic emphasis on offering a range of provision, supported by good and extensive practical resources, together with a commitment to continual quality improvement.

Our Strategy

A Self-improvement Regulation Model

Regular discussions, consultations and considered debate takes place to adapt the Landex Quality Improvement Strategy and develop it in a way which will accelerate improvement towards a position where members entitled to use the Landex logo will be identified with high quality provision in all its manifestations. The ambition being to reflect the strap-line: Land Based Colleges & Universities Aspiring to Excellence.

Get in touch

Contact us today

If you have any questions around our membership or are interested in learning more about our services and events, please get in touch today using our contact form and a member of the Landex team will get back to you within 24 hours (Mon-Fri)

T: 01604 550112

E: nicodevries@landex.org.uk