Clare Howard, Chief Executive
With 25 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, Clare became chief executive of Natspec in January 2016. Clare worked at the Association of Colleges for six years and her career has included posts in local authorities, funding agencies and in a range of education settings. As a management consultant between 1998 and 2012, Clare worked on more than 200 projects and took interim posts across the education, sport and health sectors, developing a passion for further education and a particular interest in services and education for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. She has worked with special schools, specialist colleges and national disability organisations and her expertise includes organisational development, funding bids, training, change management and governance projects.
Ruth Perry, Policy Officer
Ruth joins Natspec following 10 years as an independent consultant to the sector, having previously taught in schools and worked for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Her previous work with NIACE and LSIS, and her relationships with organisations such as AoC, AELP, ETF, Nasen, the Preparing for Adulthood programme has given her a deep understanding of many of the issues relating to young people with SEND. She has been a strong advocate for both learners and providers, and recent projects include supporting a range of providers with design and delivery of study programmes, the use of RARPA, integration of maths and English, supported internships and learner involvement in provision.
Louise Keevil, Inclusive Skills Manager
Louise Keevil became the Inclusive Skills Manager for Natspec in December 2016. She has 14 years of experience working with people with disabilities in a wide range of contexts at a member college as well as locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She has led the Inclusive Skills Competitions agenda from its infancy and now there is a growing portfolio and ever increasing interest in the education, business and political sectors. Louise has a very strong belief that everybody should have the opportunity to be the best they can be and this is evident in the Inclusive Skills work.
Rita Buckley, Business and Projects Officer
Rita joined Natspec in September 2016. During her career, she has undertaken a range of roles within the administration, events, training, and project management sector. Rita is organised and efficient with extensive experience in all areas of administration, project planning and budget management. Outside of work Rita is a member of Girlguiding UK as a volunteer and has completed the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification and runs a weekly Brownie Unit of 27, 7-10-year-old, girls.