ASET Advocates

The ASET Advocates Panel (AAP) is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the skills of the ASET Executive Committee. The panel serves to make recommendations and to provide key information and materials to the ASET Executive

The ASET Executive has ultimate governance authority for ASET business, enabling the AAP to focus on specific issues, and to advise and support.

Initially created during the outbreak of COVID-19, the purpose of ASET Advocates in the form of a Panel (AAP) was to bring together a group of ‘critical friends’ for the ASET Executive Committee to:
• Comment on professional development
• Comment on new policies
• Support Task and Finish Groups
• Comment on new Good Practice Guides
• Lobby, on behalf of the Executive Committee in areas of work based and placement learning
• Focus on specific tasks related to business need

The membership of the AAP is by invitation only, voluntary, and limited to a total of 6 members. Members have been selected by the Executive Committee as having a clear understanding of the purpose and role of ASET in the work based learning and placements arena, and are likely, but not required to be, former ASET Trustees or Industry professionals.
Members of the AAP are required to make declarations of any conflicts of interest and maintain confidentiality in relation to Executive Committee operations and decisions.
AAP Membership is initially for one calendar year, renewable in line with business need.

2023 ASET Advocates Panel Members

James Corbin
James is Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Kent. An ASET Trustee from 2014 to 2018, and Vice Chair from 2015, James initiated ASET Regional Hubs which have since become a key benefit to members, particularly when services moved online due to COVID-19.

Carrie de Silva
Carrie is Professor of Real Estate Practice Law at the Royal Agricultural University, having retired from her role as a Principal Lecturer in Law and Taxation at Harper Adams University.  An ASET Trustee from 2006 to 2010, Carrie has been key to the development of the ASET Good Practice Guide for Health and Safety for Student Placements and leads on the delivery of our workshop : Managing Health, Safety and Welfare for Student Placements (HSWP).

Professor Colin Turner
Colin is Executive Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment at Ulster University.  An ASET Trustee from 2013 to 2019, he is also a National Teaching Fellow and a former President of the Engineering Professors’ Council.