Stan Lester Developments






Dr Stan Lester




Professional competence

Work-based learning





Dr Stan Lester


I have worked since 1993 as a consultant, researcher and systems developer in professional and work-related education and development.  My work includes advising emerging professions on setting up systems for self-regulation, as well as working with more established ones to review and revise entry pathways, standards, accreditation and regulatory processes.  I also work on research and development projects concerned with systems and practices in professional, higher and work-based education, increasingly involving digital learning. 

My published work spans four principal areas: professionalisation and self-regulation, professional competence, work-based higher education including degree apprenticeships and practitioner doctorates, and more recently digital learning.  I have been described as a leading expert on professional competence as well as one of the the world’s most important thought-leaders and most cited authors on (university-level) work-based learning. 

I have a master’s degree in education from the University of the West of England and a doctorate in professional accreditation from Middlesex University (based on a real-life development project).  I’m also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a fellow of the Society for Education and Training. 

Outside work my main interests are the landscape, walking and photography.  In 2005 I sailed around Britain (and wrote a book about it), and I also enjoy the occasional motorcycle trip.  I currently run a walking web site for the Exmoor region in the south-west of England.


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