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)


Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 14:05

A Warwickshire company that specialises in manufacturing blinds for complex buildings is planning to more than double turnover and take on new staff after investing in its growth.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 12:54

One of the world’s biggest car makers has driven in to answer Warwickshire County Council’s calls for more personal protection equipment to help the region’s care workers during the coronavirus pan

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 10:21

Garden centres across Warwickshire are helping local people prepare to take holidays – in their own gardens!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 15:29

A Coventry biotech business has raised £1.2m for a new hand-held device that allows paramedics and emergency doctors to quickly diagnose patients who are having a stroke.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 11:31

A Coventry business has been working with one of the world’s most iconic motorsport companies as part of the Ventilator Challenge UK Project.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 10:32

Business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire have urged the Government to provide clear and early guidance to the leisure and hospitality sector so they can prepare to restart operations in the su

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 11:03

A Stratford maths tutor has completely transformed her business due to the coronavirus pandemic by moving teaching sessions online, in a move which could see her work internationally in the future.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 08:43
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:50

Eleven refugees and migrants have been learning new skills to help them rebuild their lives in Coventry, thanks to training funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 08:04

A ‘Safe Working Charter’ to enable home builders to return to work safely and get the region’s construction sites back up and running, has been formally backed by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy St

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