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, January 21, 2021 - 16:57
Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG

The CEO of a major Midlands college group has praised the Government’s latest reforms to place skills at the heart of economy and to increase the proportion of the population with technical qualifi

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 13:47
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has welcomed Government plans to put the voice of business at the heart of decision-making when it comes to future skills policy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 15:49
Apprentices at WCG

Employers are being encouraged to engage with a leading college group to see how apprenticeships can support the recovery of their business after the impact of Covid-19.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 12:25
Sean Lawe of UK Flooring Direct

The UK’s leading online flooring retailer has made a major new appointment as it has its sights firmly set on further growth in 2021.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 08:19
Andrei Feraru (Feraru Dynamics), Justine Chadwick (CWLEP Growth Hub) and Cllr Jim O’Boyle (Coventry City Council), ERDF logo, Midlands Engine logo

An innovative business in Coventry has secured its first contract for their new product which improves the safety of construction workers.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 13:48
Interactive Futures will give children and young adults the chance to discover the career opportunities in video games

The Leamington Spa games hub will open its virtual doors in February 2021 to showcase the talent and creativity of video games studios in the region.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 09:18
Fleur Sexton, Managing Director of PET-Xi

A leading national training provider based in the Midlands is set to build on virtual development with some very real growth in 2021.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 09:10

Hundreds of jobs to help transform the UK’s diagnostic facilities and create a new vaccination centre in the area are among the wide range of vacancies available at Coventry and Warwickshire’s new

Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 14:52
Anna Power of Wright Hassall

A leading Midlands law firm has bolstered its commercial property team with a senior appointment to meet increasing demand.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 10:06
Kevin Hall from Wright Hassall

A leading Midlands law firm is expanding its specialist tax team with a major appointment.

Meeting Dates 2021

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.

  • Friday 22 January  10:00-11:30
  • Thursday 4 March 14:00-15:30
  • Wednesday 5 May 14:00-15:30
  • Monday 12 July 14:00-15:30
  • Thursday 9 September 10:00-11:30
  • Thursday 11 November 14:00-15:30