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.


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

Ian Dunn (Coventry University)

Lorraine Gearing (Coventry University)

Sam Hardy (University of Warwick)

Angela Joyce (Warwickshire College Group)

Peter Brammall (Coventry College)

Sally Lucas (CWT)

Kim Mawby (Coventry City Council)

David Ayton-Hill (Warwickshire County Council)

Michelle Wilson (Advent Communications)

Mary Dunleavy (Job Centre Plus)


Lee Weatherly (MGTS)

Paul Welch (Prospects)

Martin Price (Think Higher)

Jane Benton (The Westwood Academy)

Sarah Windrum (Emerald Communications)

Sarah Pagan (CW Growth Hub)

Tracey Brown (ESFA)

Gemma Gathercole (CWLEP)

Julie Venn-Morton (Coventry City Council)

Lee Osborne (FSB)


Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 09:47

Companies in Coventry and Warwickshire have been urged to follow in the footsteps of an innovative automotive engineering firm and contact one of the “most joined-up areas of the UK” to help with t

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 07:46

Businesses from across the West Midlands are being urged to act fast to enter the Midlands Innovation 50, an in-depth index of the region’s most forward-thinking

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 10:42

Coventry and Warwickshire is experiencing a significant growth of creative businesses following the implementation of its creative clusters programme.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 10:13

The principal and chief executive officer of a college and the managing director of a long-established manufacturing business have joined the board of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 08:23

Thirty per cent of people wrongly believe that only workers in permanent roles are entitled to the National Living Wage/ Minimum Wage, a poll has revealed.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:20

Welcome to the April issue of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Programme Bulletin. This month, alongside the usual Programme updates, we include an ESI Funds / EU e

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 14:25

The Technical Assistance team is available to provide support on further developing any ERDF project ideas you have on the four themes of the ERDF programme within Coventry & Warwickshire:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 13:57

Artists, creatives and cultural organisations from across Coventry can find out how to source vital funding from major regional and national bodies at an event this month.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 15:25

An expert in finance and real estate will be driving major investment programmes in the West Midlands.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 09:51

Businesses have been urged to volunteer to work alongside schools and colleges to develop effective careers advice for students across Coventry and Warwickshire.