Key Contacts

Chief Executive

Alex Payne

Alex Payne

Alex has been Chief Executive of Landex ‘Land Based Colleges & Universities Aspiring to Excellence‘ since January 2021. Prior to that, Alex was the Director Of Quality Enhancement at Landex. She has an extensive background in the Land Based sector which has included managing and developing a full range of curriculum including Higher Education, as well as driving and monitoring quality improvement. She has managed a number of specialist land-based centres and associated staff and resources. Her current industry involvement in Agriculture and Equine ensures she is in touch with current developments and challenges within the sector.

Alex brings to the role a significant understanding of land based industries, in addition to her experience as a manager in further education colleges, and more recently with Landex. In her spare time she farms with her husband in Yorkshire.

Alex will also assume responsibility for Landex’s activity with Land Based Assessment Ltd. (LBAL), Land Based Learning Ltd. (LBL), and the National Land Based College (NLBC).

Tel: 01604 550109


Director of Development

Steven Porter

Steve worked as an independent consultant in the FE Sector for two years prior to him joining Landex. He has held senior management posts in General FE Colleges in London and West Yorkshire. He is an accomplished manager in the FE Sector, with extensive experience of business development, employer engagement, apprenticeships and employability programmes. Steve’s key priorities since joining Landex in June 2017 are: developing an high quality and cost effective end point assessment service; enhancing the online learning materials provided to members by Land Based Learning Ltd; and offering a bid writing resource for members who wish to exploit collaborative opportunities.

Tel: 01604 550108


Director of Operations and Contract Delivery

Ian Hardwick

Director of Quality Enhancement

Liz Lawrenson

Liz has been a Quality Advisor for Landex for several years. Prior to joining Landex Liz spent 6 years in the Land-based sector lecturing in HE & FE along with working as an Advanced Teaching Practitioner for Agriculture & Countryside. During this period she has led programmes at both FE & HE and is a Fellow of the HEA. She has worked as a teacher, assessor and moderator for the current technical qualifications. Prior to this Liz worked in Access to Higher Education managing a successful programme alongside general studies (GCSEs in English, Maths & Science). Liz began her career in education working in disability support, initially as a dyslexia specialist, then leading the Learning Support Team in Adult Education with additional responsibility for Safeguarding & EDI. Alongside an interest across land subjects, Liz has recent classroom experience, and considerable skills in VLE development.

Quality Advisors

Victoria Cumming


Wendy Dick

Wendy Dick provides support for members by sharing her knowledge and skills, working pragmatically together in partnership to develop teaching and leadership practice that has the student at the centre. With many years experience at a senior level in two successful Colleges in both Wales and the South West she has a passion for excellence in education and training, with expertise in quality assurance, creating health cultures and dynamic teams, middle manager coaching and leadership development.

Gerald Davies (associate)

Gerald Davies provides advice and training for members in health & safety, with particular emphasis upon college farms and other land based practical resources that present specific challenges and opportunities, less common in the wider education sector. With many years experience at a senior level in a land based College with responsibilities including Health & Safety and Estate Development, he has experience of both excellence and a turn around journey. Passionate about providing safer futures for students though culture change.

Personal Assistant to CEO

Olivia Hern

Tel: 01604 550109



Heather Powell


Rachel Pearson

Land Based Assessment Limited

Gillian Innocent-Labija

Land Based Assessment Limited


Marcus Clinton

Principal, Reaseheath College

Vice Chair

Suzanne Duncan

Principal, East Durham College

Landex Representative on AoC Board

David Butler

Chair of Governors, East Durham College

Landex Representative on AoC Governors’ Council

Graham Van Der Lely

Governor, Hartpury College

Registered Office

Landex – ‘Land based Colleges and Universities Aspiring to Excellence’,
University of Northampton Innovation Centre,
Green Street,

Tel: 01604 550109

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