Shakira Martin is head of Student Experience at Rose Bruford College and founder of The Class of 2020 initiative. Prior to this, Shakira served as Vice President Further Education (2015-17) at the national president of the National Union of Students before becoming National President (2017-19) representing 7 million young people studying in further and higher education being only the second person to hold the post from an FE background, and the first black women to have held the role in the NUS’ 96-year history.

Shakira holds a diploma in Teacher Training and has a Level 7 diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute and has just started MA in Student Engagement in HE at the University of Winchester. Alongside this Shakira sits on a number of boards with include Lambeth College, Villiers Park and until February 2020 sat on the OFS student panel.