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)


Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 15:25

Welcome to the September 2018 issue of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Programme Bulletin.

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 15:17
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 15:06

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has promised every young person the support they need to get an apprenticeship or training opportunity in a bid to cut youth unemployment in the region.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 13:34

Over 1,000 young people have had the opportunity to learn a new trade at an enhanced construction learning facility at Royal Leamington Spa College since it opened three years ago to address a cons

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:14

Employment in the West Midlands has grown faster than anywhere else in England over the past 12 months, according to new Regional Labour Market figures.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:31

Solihull Council needs an experienced communicator to join the team to cover for maternity leave - the timescales is nine-12 months from October 2018.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 08:22

A new £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund is now open for bids from Lo

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 08:08

Businesses have just two weeks left to submit events to become part of the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival, taking place from 19 November to 30 November.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 13:47

A new Degree Apprenticeship Centre focusing on engineering is to be built at the University of Warwick after receiving government funding.

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 10:26

A consultancy firm that lends its expertise to help clients to improve professional and IT services is looking to expand its team and move into new territories.