Key Contacts

Chief Executive

Alex Payne

Alex Payne

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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 550106


Director of Quality Enhancement

Eileen Swan

Operations Manager

Nico De Vries

Nico is the Operations Manager at Landex. He worked in business strategy consultancy and operations before joining Landex. He has held management positions within large organisations and has experience of business development, Marketing and communication leadership. His key priorities are to develop a strong network with our associates in order to understand and promote the interests of Landex Members, also to support and oversee the delivery of projects that are of benefit.

Tel: 01604 550108


Quality Advisors

Liz Lawrenson

Liz is a Quality Advisor for 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.

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

Zoe Lee

Tel: 01604 550109



Olivia Hern

Land Based Assessment Limited

Heather Yates



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

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 550109