Ken Bate is The Founder and Managing Director of Ken Bate Associates Limited, a specialist Further Education Consultancy business, supporting the management of work- based learning, apprenticeships and employability projects.

With over 20 years of specialist experience within the education sector, leading on many significant ESF and ERDF revenue and capital projects; managing large contracts for Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU) and Skills Support for the Redundant (SSR).

Ken is a graduate of Loughborough University Management School and has held a number of senior operational and strategic management roles within the sector including: Sector Manager Media and ICT with Manchester Training and Enterprise Council, Deputy Head of a National Training Organisation based in London, and Assistant Principal and Commercial Director of a large GFE College in Greater Manchester.