Lesley has worked in the education and training sector for the majority of her career. She now divides her time supporting the sector through her advisory and non-executive work, and is currently the Chair of the Corporation of the Hull College Group. Prior to this she was CEO and Principal for The Trafford College Group. Before moving to Trafford Lesley held the position of Senior Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer for Pearson, with responsibility for qualification standards, quality and the awarding of all academic and vocational qualifications. She was also responsible for the development of all vocational qualifications worldwide. Lesley joined Pearson from the Association of Colleges (AoC) where she was Deputy CEO and led on UK and international education policy, AoC Create and business development. Lesley has also held senior positions in the Learning and Skills Council and the Adult Learning Inspectorate.
In 2016 she became Chair of the newly formed UK Skills Partnership Board, a network of the UK’s leading education sector organisations and which was established to promote the development of vocational and technical skills internationally. She is a member of the DIT’s Ministerial Education Sector Advisory Group and British Council’s Education Advisory Board.
As well as being a Trustee for CVQO, Lesley is also on the governing body of Liverpool John Moores University and is an Ofqual board member. In 2015 she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to education, and is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Further Education.