About Us

Who we are and what we do

Established in 1999, Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership (SLLP) is a registered Charity. Each year we help between 600 and 800 people return to learn to gain new skills, qualifications and employment. We rely on a mix of income streams, including generating funds through our Bike Project social enterprise and securing grant funding for projects.

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Our vision:
All within Surrey have the opportunity to re-engage in learning throughout their lives.

Our mission:
To work with partners to ensure that those, in Surrey and beyond, who have missed out on learning in the past, have opportunities to learn and to reach their full potential.

What we offer:

  • Opportunities for more people to learn by providing courses locally.
  • Ongoing support so that they are able to continue on their learning journey.
  • Approaches to learning which are more attractive and accessible.
  • A shared understanding of local learning needs among education and training providers.
  • A positive influence over the policies and planning to meet local learning needs and wants.

Who do we support:

  • Those living within disadvantaged communities in Surrey and surrounding areas.
  • Adults (19+) of all ages who wish to develop new skills to gain employment, to improve their health or well-being, or to develop new interests.
  • Young people aged 14-19 where these are not already being catered for.

Our Trustees

Anne Rouse, (Chair)

Anne grew up in one of the most deprived wards within Essex.  She is a powerful advocate for the power of learning.  With the benefit of a good education Anne went on to higher education and now works full-time as an accountant for small businesses.  Throughout the pandemic Anne worked diligently to help her clients in financial hardship. Anne would like more people to benefit by re-engaging in learning.  She has always worked hard in the community, as a governor of three local schools, and now as Chair of Trustees for Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership.  She was formerly Chair of Trustees for Surrey Nurturing Links, a charity which promoted the health & emotional wellbeing and safety of children and families in Surrey.

Sue Hackman

Sue was the Chief Adviser on School Standards to several Secretaries of State at the DfE between over a period of 7 years across three political parties. She was responsible for accountability, assessment, inspection, school improvement, pedagogy, catch-up programmes, international and deprivation as well as the core subjects. Her key contribution at the DfE was to develop progression. She has been an Ofsted inspector, LA adviser and a National Director of the National Strategies under the last government. Her experience as a teacher spans all key stages. She is also a well-known writer with over 100 publications. covering English, literary theory and basic skills.  Sue has a good understanding of learning itself, of meeting poverty-related targets, the evaluation of projects and budget scrutiny

Martin Bridge

Martin has spent a lifetime involved in education. Beginning as a Secondary school teacher he moved to the primary sector where his passion for the education of the whole child was developed. At the birth of his son he moved into part time work in the classroom and became a house husband, something much rarer 35 years ago than now! On moving back into full time work Martin transferred into university life as a senior lecturer in Primary Education, later becoming Director of Primary Education responsible each year for the development of 900 students.



Michael Fairweather


Michael has over 30 years of experience as an executive director of a number of supply chain companies.

Now an entrepreneur and director of Catch Bigger Fish, he has a deep understanding of the industry and the market dynamics and the pains his clients face.  He leverages expertise and insights to offer clients strategic guidance and tailored solutions, facilitating substantial growth and increased profitability.

He is passionate about the power of learning, has worked and taught in further education and holds degrees in Business and Marketing, Computing and Mechanical Engineering.

Ian Spires


Ian worked for many years operating in the provision of Facilities Services and people management.

His experience includes leading a variety of in-house and outsourced teams of up to 250 staff. Financial responsibilities ranging from small projects up to £50m p.a. budgets. He has a wide range of knowledge across private and public sectors including financial, consultancy, corporate, higher education and police experience.

Prior to Ian becoming a Trustee he volunteered as a mentor to support our learners.  At the same time he also helped us to establish the Epsom &Ewell Employment and Skills Hub.

He has previously been a trustee for Family Line and St. Georges University of London Student Union.

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