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, October 22, 2020 - 11:20
Image of Transforming Nuneaton

An update on the ambitious £500 million plan to transform Nuneaton has been given to businesses in the region.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 07:43
Erik Prins, who is launching Talk of the Dog

Warwickshire-based entrepreneurs considering taking the leap and setting up their own business due to Covid-19 and increasing unemployment rates can take advantage of a free course.

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 09:29
Picture taken before March 2020 to illustrate Peer Networks story

Young leaders in tourism, hospitality & leisure and professional services in Coventry and Warwickshire are set to benefit from a free development programme.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 07:49
Nick Abell, chair of the CWLEP

Two leading business organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire have put extra charge in the call to Government to build a factory in the region that could create thousands of jobs.

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 13:36
Jason Ashby, CEO of UK Flooring Direct

A national online flooring retailer is investing in Coventry by opening a new warehouse and offices in the city as part of its rapid expansion.

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 09:01
L-R Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, Helene Dearn, Jobcentre Plus, Cllr Ian Brookfield, leader City of Wolverhampton Council and Ganga Bansal.

Young people, whose job prospects have been the hit hard by the Covid 19 pandemic, are to be guaranteed training and career opportunities under a new youth employment offer.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 13:48
Poster promoting the Community Connectors programme

Community organisers from across Coventry are being given the opportunity to develop their skills thanks to a new programme from Coventry City of Culture Trust in partnership with 64 Million Artist

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 07:31
Nuneaton Town Deal Board members Cllr Kris Wilson, Sean Farnell, Marion Plant and Cllr Julie Jackson.

A successful bid for funding of £1million will be used to give a new lease of life to a retail space in Nuneaton town centre.

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 14:35

Local people are being urged to join an online careers fair to find out more about thousands of new jobs in construction coming to the region as major infrastructure projects get underway.

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 09:06

Young people in Warwickshire and Leicestershire are set to benefit from a radical new approach to delivering high level skills following the induction of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire

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 next scheduled meeting of the Productivity and Skills Business Group is listed below.  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 7 days prior to any scheduled meeting.


10th February

31st March - CANCELLED

27th May

6th July

9th September

12th November