It is a very fond farewell that we waved to Toni Fazaeli recently as she stepped down as our Chair of Trustees. Toni is L4A’s co-founder along with Melissa March. Toni chaired the board of trustees at L4A since it’s inception in 2008 for 9 years and she will be much missed. However, we are delighted to announce that she will continue her involved with L4A as our patron. This an offer we were proud to extend to her and delighted that she accepted.
Rob Hunter, a trustee, said that Toni had brought four “C”s to L4A:
– Creativity (in starting the organisation, having ideas and finding ways to keep going)
A little bit about Toni Fazaeli, Patron of Learning for the Fourth Age.
Toni was a national educationalist specialising in quality, teaching and learning and leadership. She is passionate about people of all ages having access to good quality learning opportunities, and especially those least well served, including older people. Toni is chair of governors at South Leicestershire College. Until April 2014, Toni was the chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), the professional body for teachers and trainers across further education and skills that had more than 33,000 members.
As a qualified teacher, Toni taught in prisons, further and adult education, as well as schools. Before joining IfL in 2008, Toni was a senior civil servant with policy responsibilities for further education, was national director in quality and standards in the Learning and Skills Council, and for seven years was an inspector in the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) specialising in literacy, numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and humanities across further and adult education. Toni also was an adult education adviser and officer in Leicestershire local education authority and a development officer with NIACE. Toni writes in the educational press and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton.