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, August 22, 2019 - 11:37

Young people getting their GCSE results today have been guaranteed an extra bonus – half-price travel on trams, trains and buses.

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 13:15

Coventry City Council is set to accept a grant from Arts Council England, which will be used to invest in the city ahead of 2021.  

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 11:08

The West Midlands has again bucked the national trend with a further increase in the number of people in work.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 13:39

A new contract to secure the future of a door-to-door transport service for more than 12,300 registered users in the region has been welcomed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 08:20

The global e-commerce industry is poised to be more lucrative than ever as the number of transactions taking place worldwide climbs.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 08:01

Warwickshire’s businesses, colleges and training providers came out in force once again for the second Supportive Employers Inc.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:04

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched its first Automotive Skills Plan alongside a £3m skills boost for the region’s automotive supply chain businesses.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 07:52

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has achieved its Stitch In Time fundraising campaign target of £3 million to support the restoration and redevelopment of its Costume Workshop in Stratford-upon-

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 11:38

A major landmark in the Transforming Nuneaton has been reached with the purchase of Powell House on Church Street.

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 13:35

Telecoms giant BT has become the latest big employer to sign up to the unique West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund.