Leadership and Management
Mr Joshua Cole, CMgr FCMI, MIoD
Joshua Cole is an effective, inspirational and visionary Professional Leader and Chartered Manager, currently engaged as CEO of Focus Awards, an Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation. He has an unique blend of entrepreneurial skills and business acumen, combined with exceptional knowledge of the Education, Training and Social Care Sectors.
Joshua is recognised as a charismatic and driven leader amongst peers and regarded as a ‘safe pair of hands’ within the wider management profession.
Joshua Cole as attained Chartered Manager status and Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute, the UK’s foremost professional management organisation. Chartered Manager is the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession, and is widely regarded as a ‘practical MBA’.
Joshua successfully acquired ownership of Focus Awards, an embryonic, non-operational Ofqual registered and nationally-recognised Awarding Organisation, in May 2014 to become its Chief Executive and Strategic Lead.
He delivered leadership and provided direction to recruit and drive a committed professional team to achieve full operational capability within the first 12 months. Joshua led, trained and inspired the team to develop more than 100 regulated qualifications on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) across 11 disparate business and commercial sectors in the same timeframe.
Joshua founded and established a Registered Charity in 2003. BPDWORLD is a specialist organisation designed and constructed to offer information, advice and support to those afflicted with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Although no longer a registered charity, BPDWORLD continues – under Joshua’s direction – to provide the same high-quality services to an ever-expanding client base.
He also personally set up a brand new distance-learning establishment ‘from scratch’ in 2010. My Distance Learning College (a UK Limited Company) was established to offer an affordable solution and flexible learning environment for people unable to attend full-time tertiary education.
Joshua successfully built the college up to deliver online education to over 32,000 students through a directly managed team of 25 administrators, support staff and professional tutors. The College was awarded “Approved Centre” status by several of the UK’s largest Ofqual registered and recognised National Awarding Organisations.
Through his astute commercial relationship-building skills, Joshua secured preferential commercial contracts and relationships with some of the UK’s biggest brands, including Reed, Amazon, Wowcher, Living Social and Groupon.
Joshua has established a reputation as a business innovator and has an incisive intellect. He is regularly consulted by small businesses in his local area on such issues as staff training and recruitment, marketing and advertising, business planning and cash flow management.