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, December 3, 2019 - 11:19

The West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) drive to increase job and skills opportunities for local people has been boosted by figures showing a rise of more than 2,500 new apprentices

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 09:50

Nine Warwickshire students have been named among the UK’s best young apprentices and students at a glittering ceremony in Birmingham.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 09:25

The announcement of a December General Election should not distract regional businesses from preparing for life outside the European Union, a Brexit workshop has been told.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 09:22

A whole community came out in force to be thrilled by a spectacular event in Coventry on Sunday.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 15:56

The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry has issued an invitation to the engineers of the future to look at apprenticeship opportunities available in its Advanced Manufacturing Training Cent

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:59

A further £750,000 has been pledged to the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), thanks to new contributions from three large organisations.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 10:55

With only seven days to go until the annual Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival, local companies across the region are adding the finishing touches to their eagerly anticipated events!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 16:18

The MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is gearing up to turn the spotlight on the importance of new skills for the automotive industry as the lates

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 15:31

After the release of the Business Festival Brochure, the two-week countdown to the Festival has officially started.

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 15:19

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College has been judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted with the behaviour and attitudes of its students rated as ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors.

Meeting Dates 2019

9th January

7th March

9th May

25th Junbe

12th September

23rd October

4th December