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Martin Doel CBE


Martin Doel is FETL professor of leadership in FE and skills at University College London, having taken up this role in 2016. Prior to this Martin was the chief executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC), which he joined in 2008; the AoC represents and promotes the interests of further education colleges. The AoC role was preceded by a successful career in the Royal Air Force.

Martin was appointed CBE in the Queen’s New Year 2016 Honours List in recognition of his service to further and higher education. Whilst in the RAF, his final role was as director of training and education for all three Armed Services, working in the Ministry of Defence, the largest employer of apprentices in the UK. Prior to this, he filled several operational support, personnel and training posts in the RAF. He was appointed OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations. His current work focuses on the unique contribution that further education makes to the prosperity and well being of students, communities and business and he is a co-director of both the Post-14 Centre for Work and Education and the Centre for Global Higher Education at the Institute of Education.

Martin is also a trustee of the Royal Society for Blind Children and a member of the Skills Funding Agency Audit Committee, as well as sitting on a number of other policy consultative boards and committees.

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