Lee Davies

Chief Executive

Senior Management

Lee Davies is the Chief Executive of CIPA. Lee joined in February 2012, having previously been the Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), the professional body for further education teachers and trainers.

Lee has a background in further and higher education, having led the Thames & Solent District of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), a voluntary membership body providing adult education, and before that having held a number of senior roles at Highbury College, in Portsmouth.

Lee describes his career path as somewhat unconventional, having started his working life as an apprentice plumber in Portsmouth. Lee was given the chance to try his hand at part-time plumbing teaching in the late 80s and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Lee freely admits that coming to work in membership associations was a complete accident. He says that he hadn’t really identified the importance of membership to the WEA when he joined it in 1999 (despite the giveaway name), but he was soon hooked on working with volunteer members and has considered himself to be a membership professional ever since.

Lee also has experience of volunteering as a member and holding elected office, having been the 2011–12 President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). Lee is a frequent speaker at events in the membership sector, covering topics such as association leadership and governance, professionalism and the future of professional identity. Lee is a keen (though no longer much good) squash player and a sea fishing enthusiast.

Follow Lee on Twitter here.

Contact Lee on 020 7440 9366.

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