VIDA STEWART, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vida has worked in education for over 25 years, of which over 20 have been working directly for, or very closely with, AOs. She is currently Deputy CEO at Laser Learning Awards, working closely with the CEO on strategy, planning, budget setting, financial management and leadership of the organisation, and she has responsibility for Ofqual regulated, and unregulated, business, including dealing with malpractice investigations, and being Ofqual’s Responsible Officer. With a staff of around 30, Laser Learning Awards is a relatively small AO.
Previous roles include leading the active leisure and learning sector and its 40 AOs through three years of QCF implementation as an SSC senior manager; international management of an AO; running her own international educational training and consultancy business; and running a business college in Africa as principal during its start-up year including securing accreditation by a large UK AO.
Vida has hands-on governance experience from two terms of office on the Council of Management (elected Board of Directors) at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, with specific responsibility for student matters, and she is currently vice chair of a primary school board of governors. Her knowledge and skills have also benefitted from a wide range of other activities Vida has been involved in over the years, from running the school PTA to volunteering at Samaritans.