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, February 27, 2020 - 13:48

A Leamington-based outdoor furniture manufacturer has begun work on ambitious new expansion plans which will lead to the creation of new jobs when complete.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:31

A former global director at Jaguar Land Rover is the new chair of a taskforce set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to drive up skills in the automotive sector.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 15:04

A community scheme funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) for jobseekers is giving people in Binley and Willenhall the skills to get new and better jobs.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 09:47

Coventry is going back to the future as part of an £44 million programme of works to improve its city centre.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 14:45

Hundreds of adults will benefit from better skills and jobs thanks to a £3.5m training boost in the West Midlands to help them make the most of opportunities across the region, such as those provid

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 14:37

School children from across the West Midlands found out about the range of professional service careers in the construction sector at a showcase event run in partnership with the West Midlands Comb

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:21

Interactive Futures, a celebration of the rich talent within the Leamington Spa Games Hub, saw hundreds of students, children and parents – plus leading video games names – attend the Royal Spa Cen

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 14:43

One of the UK’s largest independent video game developers, Mediatonic, has announced that it will open a new studio in Leamington Spa, creating at least 60 new jobs in the Warwickshire region.

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 14:39

A fund set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to enable more local small and medium-sized businesses to take on apprentices and upskill their staff has hit a new milestone.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 15:45

We’re delighted to confirm Playground Games as an Associate Partner for Interactive Futures 2020, which is taking place in Leamington Spa on January 31st & February 1st.

Meeting Dates 2019

9th January

7th March

9th May

25th Junbe

12th September

23rd October

4th December