Debbie Gardiner - AELP Board Member

Date published: 22.10.2019

Debbie’s background is in retail management, HR and training & development, having worked for a blue chip retail chain, both in retail and training management for some fifteen years. In 1997 Debbie made a career change, moving away from traditional training and development into vocational learning, playing a key role in the planning and implementation of a store based infrastructure of qualified Assessors and Internal Verifiers. Debbie joined Qube in 2000 as Training Manager, progressing through the company to be promoted to Managing Director in 2006 and CEO in 2009. Since taking over the leadership Qube has seen a steady increase in revenue and MCV whilst maintaining an acceptable level of margin. With fifteen years leadership and management experience in work-based learning, Debbie has a reputation for achieving results; she is passionate about work-based learning and providing learning and development opportunities that add value to individuals and businesses alike.

Debbie is an active member of the Association of Employer and Learning Providers (AELP) Board and AELPs Strategic Forum, she also chairs the AELP Leadership and Governance Strategic Exchange. Debbie was involved with the development of the ‘Common Accord’ working with colleagues from independent training providers and colleges, led by the Association of Colleges (AoC). Debbie is passionate about this sector.

Debbie is also a part-time Leadership and Governance Programme Assessor for the ETP, having previously been an LSIS High Quality Manager Mentor. Debbie has been an Ofsted Nominee and led on a number of Skills Funding Agency (SFA) audits. Debbie’s key strengths lay in her people skills and having a genuine interest in people reaching their full potential and making a contribution to society.

What little spare time Debbie has is spent with her family and ‘Lady' her pet dog or doing voluntary work and fundraising.

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