A strategic advisory body to the Board on all matters related to skills, employment and productivity. 


  • Using skills to drive growth and create jobs – overcoming skills gaps and skills shortages to support the high value industries of the future.
  • Developing skills to tackle unemployment – future-proofing the workforce and helping those without jobs to get the skills that employers need.
  • Getting a better fit between education and employment – closer working between employers and schools, colleges, universities and training providers.


Group Chair & CWLEP Board Lead: Marion Plant (North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College)

Executive Support: Gemma Gathercole, (CWLEP)

Ian Dunn (Coventry University)

Lorraine Gearing (Coventry University)

Sam Hardy (University of Warwick)

Angela Joyce (Warwickshire College Group)

Gill Banks (Coventry College)

Kirston Nelson (Coventry City Council)

Sally Lucas (CWT)

Kim Mawby (Coventry City Council)

David Ayton-Hill (Warwickshire County Council)

Michelle Wilson (Advent Communications)


Mary Dunleavy (Department for Work & Pensions)

Iona Old (Department for Work & Pensions)

Deb Unitt (Department for Work & Pensions)

Paul Welch (Prospects)

Karen Allen (Prospects)

Martin Price (Think Higher)

Sarah Windrum (Emerald Communications)

Sarah Pagan (CW Growth Hub)

Anne-Marie Tranter (Coventry City Council)

Lee Osborne (FSB)

Fleur Sexton (Pet-Xi)

Ruth Richardson (City of Culture Trust)


Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:43

A popular Leamington coffee house is full of beans after confirming it is growing its presence in the town.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:24

Business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire believe employment will fall further without additional help for firms to keep people in work.

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 09:28

An expanding Warwickshire printing company has invested in two state-of-the-art machines and moved premises.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 08:35

Leading Midlands law firm Wright Hassall has signed two major deals to supply legal services to the housing association sector which is on an expansion drive to meet rising demand.

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 14:41

Business leaders across the Midlands have issued a united call to Government to do more to help get young people ready for the workplace in the aftermath of the Coronavirus crisis.

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 14:20

Young people in the West Midlands will benefit from new one-year training courses at further education colleges and private providers to equip them with the skills needed to gain jobs, as the regio

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 07:39

Residents from across the West Midlands have put forward their priorities and principles to rebuild the region following the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 12:24

Plans to build the UK’s most landlocked surf park near Birmingham have taken a major step forward after officials voted unanimously in favour of the project.

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 09:22

Coventry College is ramping up its preparations for a full re-opening in September as demand for student places gathers pace.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 14:26

A leading training and education company, which is rooted in Coventry, has thrown its support behind Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

Meeting Dates 2020

In these unprecedented times, to focus our work on the immediate support of our business community and to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, adhering to the Government guidelines, CWLEP Business Group meetings are largely being suspended.

The meeting planned for 31st March was cancelled.  The next scheduled meeting of the Productivity and Skills Business Group is on Wednesday 20th May.  As the current situation is very fast-moving, this will be kept under review and Members will be notified of any change to this schedule no later than Wednesday 13th May.


10th February

31st March - CANCELLED

27th May

6th July

9th September

12th November