Debbie Gardiner - AELP Board Member

Date published: 27.01.2022

Debbie is incredibly proud and humbled to have been included on Her Majesty the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list; recognised with an MBE for Services to Apprenticeships and Charity. Additionally, she won the East of England IoD Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year Award 2018 for her work on the AELP Board. Debbie has been an AELP Board member since 2013 and is currently a member of Finance Committee and Quality Advisory Group.

Debbie started her career in T&D at Sainsbury’s in 1990, moving to Qube Learning in 2000 where she held several operational/quality management roles. Debbie was appointed Managing Director in 2006, promoted to CEO in 2010 where she led the company through significant growth and change, retaining an Ofsted GOOD grade 2, Matrix and achieving consistently very high FE Choices employer and learner satisfaction levels. In 2017 she became Executive Chair, before leaving in June 2018 to launch DSG L&M Consultancy Services.

Debbie is a Non-Executive Director for five Independent Training Providers (ITP) including being the Chair at Learn Plus Us, which is her membership sponsor organisation. Additionally, Debbie is a Governance Advisor for two ITPs and an Independent Apprenticeship Assessor with the CMI.

Debbie established DSG L&M Consultancy Services in July 2018 to provide a range of leadership, governance, oversight, management, and consultancy services, focussing on Apprenticeships, FE/skills, health care, the service sector, and people centric charities. She only works with organisations that have shared values and a genuine passion for people development.

In her spare time Debbie has the role of Cancer Research UK Campaigns Ambassador for South West Bedfordshire and is an NHS Public Involvement (PPI) Volunteer in Oxford. She also values spending time with her family, friends and ‘Lady Gardiner’ her much loved Border Collie.

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