I am an independent freelance management consultant with extensive experience of the further education and skills sector. I have a good track of working with colleges developing leaders and managers to bring about improvement and raise standards in teaching, learning and assessment.



As a recently practising inspector of further education and skills working as a member of the core team I can provide advice on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the effectiveness of leadership and management. Since the introduction of the latest common inspection framework I have carried out inspections in General Further Education Colleges and Independent Learning Providers. I also have experience of Stage 1 quality assurance reads of inspection reports and other outputs.


I believe passionately in education and training being of high quality and accessible to all. I have always placed the learner at the heart of what a college offers and the service it provides to its students.


Catherine Prest

Managing Director

Prest Education Management Solutions