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David Russell

Chief Executive Officer - Education and Training Foundation

David was appointed as the first permanent Chief Executive of the ETF in January 2014.

He has grown the ETF from start-up to become a trusted, effective improvement agency working with Government and the FE sector to support quality and standards.

He previously served in the Department for Education under Labour and then the Conservative/Lib-Dem Coalition Government, latterly as national policy director for Vocational Education.

Previous senior policy roles included leading the Open Academies programme, and managing the cross-government Skills Strategy. David was educated in Scotland at Crieff High School, St Andrews University and Moray House Institute of Education, Edinburgh. He is a member of the judging panel for the annual TES FE awards, and an assessor for the Queen’s Anniversary Trust Awards in Higher and Further Education. He is also an experienced school and College governor.