Dr Kevin Richardson is assistant professor of educational leadership and management in the Centre for Research in Educational Leadership & Management (CRELM) at the University of Nottingham. He teaches on both the full-time and distance learning version of an MA in educational leadership and management. He is a product of the further education (FE) system (ONC Business Studies) studied for a degree in business studies before becoming an FE lecturer. He quickly gravitated towards a management-orientated career and studied part-time for master’s degrees in personnel management (Aston University) and industrial relations (Keele University), the latter by distance learning, and then part-time for an EdD at Leicester University. He has spent half his career in the FE sector, half in the higher education sector and has held a range of leadership positions, including that of vice principal in an FE college, head of school (Education) and faculty dean in a university. He has a long-standing interest in educational leadership in the FE sector both as a practitioner and researcher. His research interests are in the areas of learner support, middle leadership in colleges, and the professional development and growth of college lecturers. His most recent research work was an evaluation of college principals’ response to leading in a pandemic.