Dr Elizabeth Walker FCIPD is an education, evaluation and leadership development specialist. From 1990 to 2011, she worked for the Further Education Staff College and its successors, in research, consultancy and professional development. She led the national senior leadership development programme, an Education MBA, Diploma Certificate, and NVQ management development programmes. Later she developed and led a National Evaluation Research Centre for the Education and Training Sector. She developed evaluation frameworks and designed and led a wide range of evaluation research, including longitudinal evaluations. Clients have included ETF, LSIS, LLUK, TDA, LSC, SFC, NCSL, BLI, WLN and a number of FE and skills providers.
Liz has worked in FE and skills, education and training, HE and schools sectors across the UK as a teacher, tutor, trainer, lecturer, inner city training centre manager, staff development practitioner, management trainer, leadership development practitioner, education policy adviser, organisational and staff development consultant, registered inspector, leadership programme director, researcher, and evaluation specialist.
Much of Liz’s work has focussed on positive action initiatives. She attended the Commission for Black Staff as a witness, has been a member of the Black Leadership Initiative Steering Group, and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Network. Liz has worked in the voluntary sector in equal opportunities and vocational education and training. She is chair of governors of a large 11-18 school, and a foster carer. Liz currently works independently as a researcher, with specialisms in evaluation, diversity and inclusion.