Advanced Learner Loans Stakeholders Group

The Advanced Learner Loans Stakeholders Group is a joint group between the Student Loans Company (SLC) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), appointed by the Department for Education (DfE).


The purpose of this group is to:

  • engage with key stakeholders at a strategic level in order that the Advanced Learner Loan delivery organisations are supported
  • gain external advice in the development and implementation of the service
  • oversee the detailed engagement with practitioners on different aspects of the service and receive relevant updates from this engagement
  • ensure key interactions and processes that the SFA and SLC respectively need to put into place with the further education (FE) sector, including apprenticeship providers, are effective and work well to ensure the smooth delivery of the service
  • support the SFA and SLC in the communication of the loans service to FE sector representative organisations and applicants
  • help identify risks and key issues, providing advice regarding mitigating actions and feedback on service functionality and issues ‘on the ground’ - suggesting future improvements and changes to the service.


Organisation Name
Chair - Leicester College Principal Verity Hancock
Association of Employment and Learning Providers Paul Warner
Association of Colleges Julian Gravatt
Learning and Work Institute Fiona Aldridge
National Union of Students Alan Roberts
Joint Council of Qualifications Andy Walls
Stockton Riverside College Phil Hastie
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Alex Lawrence
Department for Education Paul Robinson
Education & Skills Funding Agency Daniel Smyth
Federation of Awarding Bodies Tom Berwick
Preston’s College Dianne Allott
Beacon Education Partnership Christian Wilkins
Ixion Holdings Brett Hudspith
LD Training Services Linda Johnson
Lincoln College Mike Hoyer
New College Swindon Deborah Bendle
New City College Kristian James
Sutton College Kay Burton-Williams
Student Loans Company various

Meeting dates

The Advanced Learner Loans Stakeholders Group meet at key points during the loans work programme.

Contact details