Ian Ashman is President of the Association of Colleges, the membership organisation which exists to represent and promote the interests of colleges in England. The President is annually elected from serving principals, to act as an ambassador for the college sector; helping to shape AoC policy and maintain the high profile of the sector with Government and other stakeholders.
Ian was Principal of Hackney Community College between 2007 and 2016. During this period, Hackney Community College saw significant improvements in student success rates and teaching quality, leading to the first ‘Good’ grade awarded to a college by Ofsted, under the new Common Inspection Framework in 2015. He led a series of initiatives and increased employer engagement by the College, including the development of a new hospitality centre, facilitating training of 50,000 volunteers for the London 2012 Games and expansion of work with students with significant learning difficulties and disabilities. He also worked closely with technology companies to implement an innovative Tech City Apprenticeships Programme.
Prior to 2007, Ian was an independent consultant; his projects included supporting quality improvement in colleges developing a Skills Academy for Financial Services, and supporting partnerships with China and India. He was previously Principal of Lambeth College and a Deputy Principal in Hackney, during which time he developed the ‘world class’ Shoreditch Campus. He has also worked in local government and the voluntary sector. Ian has also been Chair of the Association of Colleges London and a member of the London Enterprise Partnership - Skills and Employment Working Group.
Ian has lived in Hackney, in North East London for 35 years.