We are delighted to welcome Lorna Swinyard-Jordan to our Board of Directors.
Lorna joined the Army following a Geography degree and an Army Bursary supported PGCE. Her early appointments included commanding and teaching junior soldiers, recruiting plus staff officer and Platoon Commander roles at RMAS. An MSc in Educational Technology at Bath University led to specialising in training development as Training Development Advisor (TDA) for the Army Air Corps focused on the introduction of AH64 and SO2 TDA Officers implementing a fundamental change to officer career training.
She commanded education centres in Germany, deployed to Sierra Leone in an Information Operations Media role and was Commanding Officer for all Army education in Southern England and the rest of the world.
A Commandant’s Commendation was gained during her Advanced Command & Staff Course. Senior appointments included Chief of Staff for the Educational & Training Services directorate proposing and creating a bespoke reserve capability as part of Army 2020. She then led Army Training Development before attending the NATO Senior Officers Course in Rome. Her last military post was Chief of Staff at the UK Defence Academy where she became the first military officer to achieve the highest level of recognition as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for delivering significant improvements in learning at graduate level.
This expertise in education and change management continued as Lorna joined the Open University to direct support to 28,000 disabled learners and those in secure environments, to manage the partnerships validation team and support internal change. She has just assumed responsibility for business change linked to new technical infrastructure and is seeking to identify and deliver an improved student experience for all 168,000 students across the 4 learning systems.
Neil Marshall, FPS CEO said
"On behalf of the Chairman and the FPS Board of Directors we are delighted to welcome Lorna onto the Society’s Board of Directors. With such a depth of experience from her impressive military career and now with the Open University, I know Lorna will make a tremendous contribution to the Society’s strategic oversight and development over the years to come .”