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)


Monday, October 21, 2019 - 10:08

The 2019 Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival brochure has officially been released with over 15,000 copies being distributed across the region.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 15:08

Operators behind the transformation of the former Coventry Evening Telegraph building into the city’s first four-star hotel have revealed the first completed interiors.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:50

Following on from the success of last year’s ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is supporting Colleges Week (14-18 October 2019) by highlighting the a

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 10:11

Some of the UK’s most creative individuals including Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight have launched a powerful new body to turbo charge the region’s screen industry.

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 15:15

We are very pleased to be able to launch our 2019 Case Study Booklet.

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 15:09

We are very pleased to be able to share case studies from the 2014 to 2020 England European Regional Development Fund. The new Supporting Local Growth booklet showcases 44 of the pro

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 15:22

The traditional view of apprenticeships conjures images of young trainees learning a trade from scratch - but modern apprenticeships offer much more than an introduction to industry.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 14:37

The manager of FarGo Village, Coventry's creative quarter for specialist shops, markets, studios, music and art, has praised entrepreneurs for surviving and thriving after the hub celebrated its fi

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 14:03

Businesses can help Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre take a stride towards a fundraising target by taking a step in its new development that will make it more self-sustainable in the future.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 09:48

A Coventry man is back in the workplace after being unemployed for nearly six years – thanks to a scheme funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).