Team

Ascentis are passionate about customer service, and keep the learner at the heart of everything we do. Meet our dedicated and specialist team and our sector expert Board of Trustees.

Sales Team

Alex Houghton

Alex Houghton

National Account Manager

Alex joined Ascentis in March 2021, after spending the last 14 years working with education providers in the Disabled Students Allowance, colleges and universities in the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as businesses and local authorities, providing innovative technology solutions. 

Alex looks after our Ascentis centres in the North of England and Northern Ireland and enjoys spending time with our centres, discussing our qualifications and their plans for each academic year. 

Outside of Ascentis, Alex spends his summers playing cricket for his local team and enjoys walking throughout the lake district.

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Freya Cronin

Freya Cronin

Regional Sales Assistant

Gabriella Lancaster

Gabriella Lancaster

Regional Sales Assistant

Leadership Team

Fiona Lugiano

Fiona Lugiano

Group DCEO

Paul Howarth

Paul Howarth

Group Commercial Director

Phil Wilkinson

Phil Wilkinson

Group CEO

Trustees

Alison Bolton

Alison Bolton

Trustee

Alison has been a Trustee and a member of both the AVA and AO Committee at Ascentis since June 2013. Having spent over 25 years working in Higher Education admissions, Alison has more recently been undertaking project and support work in a number of Universities in both the North East and North West of England. She has been very happy to be part of an organisation supporting opportunities to enhance lives through education.

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Paul Rowe

Paul Rowe

Trustee

Paul has worked in international education and transnational education (TNE) partnerships throughout his career, initially teaching overseas in Spain and Japan for 8 years. On returning to the U.K., he used his background in teaching TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in a large Further Education college managing an ESOL department, running international foundation and teacher training programmes and recruiting international students. Replicating this role in Higher Education more recently has led to role focused on developing and maintaining TNE partnerships at scale and international student exchange opportunities for a University and supporting the development of complementary partnerships with Further Education colleges.

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Rosemarie Davies

Rosemarie Davies

Chair of the Awarding Organisation Committee

Rosemarie started her career in sales and marketing, followed by three years as a social worker in residential care settings for young people in Greater Manchester, before moving into Further Education in 1986.

In 2006 Rosemarie moved to Manchester Enterprises (now Economic Solutions) where she was responsible for the delivery of university accredited Leadership and Management qualifications.  In 2007 she was appointed as Head of Higher Education Programmes for Economic Solutions’ training arm, Skills Solutions, since which time she has overseen the substantial development of Economic Solutions’ HE provision. Rosemarie is the Chair of the Awarding Organisation Committee.

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Stephen Carlisle

Stephen Carlisle

Chair of the Board

Stephen has a professional background in Human Resources. He was a senior manager in Further Education for over 20 years. Until his retirement, he had been Principal at two Further Education Colleges for a total of 7 years. Stephen is Chair of the Ascentis Board and he also Chairs the Remuneration Committee.

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Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service Speaking about Ascentis English & Maths Stepping Stones

Ascentis has a fantastic suite of English and Maths Stepping Stones qualifications which enable learners to focus on specific skills, build their confidence and progress onto further learning. This testimonial video features Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service who outline the benefits to them and their learners of using these qualifications.

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The City of Liverpool College Speaking about Ascentis Access to Higher Education

Access to HE with Ascentis - We Make a Difference. Watch our Testimonial and hear how it makes a difference to learners and the opportunities it brings.

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Best Practice People Speaking about Ascentis Short Online Qualifications

The Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are delivered in many centres across the UK and help to support learners’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Listen to Ascentis Customer, Best Practice People talk about how effective the Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are and how they successfully aid their NEET learners, improving skills and confidence in turn helping them secure employment.

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“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”

Waltham Forest

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”

Bradford College

“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

Brent Start

“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”

Kensington & Chelsea College

6th Jul 2022

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The future of Access to HE Programmes in the new FE and Skills environment

Ascentis in association with e-Memoir Suitable for Directors of Curriculum, Access to HE Managers, Planning and Funding Managers and Data Managers. Access to HE provision is an important part of the FE and skills offer for adults seeking to progress to HE programmes but it is facing significant challenges in the new FE and skills environment. The Skills and Post-16 Education Act and Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill as well as the reviews of qualifications at level 3 and below, greater devolution of adult funding, increased use of remote learning, and the introduction of T levels, will together put significant pressure on FE colleges and other providers to review their curriculum offer and delivery. This one-hour webinar will provide you with the most up-to-date information on the future of Access to HE in light of these changes, and some insights into how providers might respond. It will cover • The importance and scope of Access to HE programmes • Funding of Access to HE programmes – Adult Education Budget and Advanced Learner Loans • Implications of the levelling up agenda for delivery of Access to HE – upskilling and retraining • Effective delivery mechanisms, including flexible and online learning – actions to support learners • Future prospects for Access to HE, including progression into higher apprenticeships • How Ascentis can enhance your Access to HE offer

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