Mark Langhammer is Director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers having previously led the University for Industry’s learndirect e-Learning initiative. He has recently served on the Ministerial working group for Higher Education and on the Policy Council of the ESRC funded vocational education research centre, SKOPE. Mark chaired the Purvis working group on educational disadvantage. Previously an elected Independent Labour councillor, Mark served on the Irish Labour Party’s National Executive. He is married with two children.