The green apprenticeships advisory panel will help focus efforts to make sure the right skills are in place for the future workforce to deliver the green technology shift the UK needs.
The panel will advise on two main areas:
- enhancing our current apprenticeships to ensure that they meet the needs of the employers within the growing green economy
- creating new apprenticeship to reflect new occupations to meet the challenge to reach net-zero carbon
The panel will also work closely with the Green Jobs Taskforce set up by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education to develop an action plan for creating the necessary new green jobs and skills. The panel will look at how apprenticeships can play a key role within this.
The panel will be supported by an advisory community of employers. The community will offer greater expertise on particular occupations. They will share insight with the panel and help them shape their final recommendations. To join the green advisory community, please email Institute.Sustainability-Team@education.gov.uk
You can also listen to The Insitute talks podcast about green apprenticeships. Within the podcast, Judy Ling Wong talks more about the panel and how green apprenticeships can help achieve net-zero carbon emissions.
Meet our members
Judy Ling Wong, Honorary President, Black Environment Network (BEN)
Judy is a poet, painter and environmentalist, best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN). She has an international reputation as the pioneer of an integrated approach to environmental engagement, bringing together social, cultural, environmental and economic concerns in the built and natural environment.
Judy’s work is marked by a philosophy of the leadership of many leaders, and fuelled by her closeness to the community, their needs and their aspirations. She was awarded an OBE for pioneering multicultural environmental participation in 2000 and a CBE for services to heritage in 2007. Judy is passionate about the vast potential of apprenticeships and technical education to contribute to the green recovery agenda.
Jude L Capper, PhD ARAgS, Independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant
Jude undertook her BSc (agriculture with animal science) and PhD (ruminant nutrition and behaviour) at Harper Adams University College, followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University and a faculty position at Washington State University in the USA. She is currently an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire.
Jude's research focuses on modelling the sustainability of livestock production systems. She is also currently working on projects looking at the national and global impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability. Jude’s professional goal is to communicate the importance of factors affecting livestock industry sustainability to enhance the knowledge and understanding of food production stakeholders, from the farmer through to the retailer, policy maker and consumer. She has an active social media presence and spends considerable time de-bunking commonly heard myths relating to livestock production.
In 2017, Jude received the Women in Dairy “Dairy Industry Woman of the Year” award and, in 2018, the Farmers Guardian “Farming Hero of the Year” award, as well as Associate Membership of the Royal Agricultural Society.
Anna Nitch-Smith, COO, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Anna is a Chartered Environmentalist with over 20 years’ experience as an environmental expert. She is currently a Board Director at Waterman Infrastructure & Environment Limited, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy providing sustainable solutions to the built environment sector. She works with a range of clients, including public and private sector property developers, infrastructure asset managers and developers, and construction contractors.
From 2018 to 2019, Anna was co-chair of the trailblazer group responsible for developing the environmental practitioner degree apprenticeship. She has a passionate interest in ensuring that the UK’s apprenticeship schemes provide access to the right talent needed to tackle global environmental issues such as climate change.
Arthur Smart, Associate Director, Arup
Arthur is an experienced architect with global experience in master planning, cities and design practice. He currently co-leads Arup Urbanism in London and Sydney. He has significant expertise in leading public realm, master planning and strategic planning teams on complex sustainable development projects.
Before joining Arup, Arthur was Associate Director at Stirling Prize-winning Witherford Watson Mann Architects and has practised in the UK and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and has taught and lectured extensively in architecture, landscape and urbanism. Arthur is committed to supporting young designers, architects and the wider construction industry.
Denis Richard, Head of Major Programmes, Energy Systems Catapult
Denis is Head of Major Programmes at Energy Systems Catapult, an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system. He is passionate about decarbonisation and developing solutions to overcome barriers to innovation and is currently leading the Catapult study on skills for net-zero. He also heads up the centre’s role in managing the Electrification of Heat Programme for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aimed at better understanding and overcoming barriers to the large-scale roll-out of heat pumps.
Prior to this, Denis led the Smart Systems and Heat Programme, working with hundreds of households and a number of businesses and local authorities to develop real-world evidence on the key challenges facing consumers in the transition to low carbon heating and the potential of existing digital energy services. Before joining Catapult, Denis spent four years at Intelligent Energy working on fuel cells development and over 20 years in the automotive industry.
Dr Emma Wilcox, Chief Executive, Society for the Environment
Emma is the Chief Executive of the Society for the Environment, the chartered organisation responsible for the registration of environmental professionals. She has a strong academic research background as well as broad experience in business leadership, governance, strategy development, change management and small business delivery.
Having established the Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership and played key roles in the creation of two Skills Academies, Emma has broad experience of the challenges and opportunities presented by apprenticeships. She is passionate about accessible education for all and recognises the critical role of education in addressing climate and environmental emergencies.
Gareth Williams, Managing Director, Caplor
Gareth has a deep-rooted and evolving passion for the sustainability agenda. Building on his family farming roots in Herefordshire, he has developed a diversified, rural enterprise that now includes a renewable energy business, property rental and farming activity. Three generations of the Williams family have operated from Caplor Farm since 1923.
Having graduated with an agricultural degree in 1990, Gareth has continued to pursue development opportunities and activities that reflect his wide-ranging passions, including leadership and management, counselling, public speaking, and UK and overseas energy and sustainable-based consultancy. Latterly, Gareth has been involved in the Goldman Sachs growth programme at Aston University, which has led to a position as visiting fellow.
Hannah Corcoran BSc (Hons) MSc MBA CEnv MCIEEM PIEMA CMgr MCMI, Associate Technical Director, Arcadis Consulting
Hannah is an Associate Technical Director at Arcadis Consulting. An Ecologist by trade and passionate environmentalist, she has worked in the consultancy industry for the last 15 years, leading major project delivery teams focusing on environmental and ecological requirements. Hannah’s background is heavily infrastructure-focused (specifically highways) but, in recent years, has branched out into the energy sector (nuclear).
During her career, Hannah has worked with many colleagues who have entered the profession via the apprenticeship route. She has witnessed first-hand the benefits apprenticeship programmes bring, not only to individuals but to project delivery and team dynamics. At a time where a green recovery is absolutely critical following the COVID pandemic, Hannah is keen to play her part in ensuring that future apprenticeships deliver the green workforce the country needs. She hopes that her drive and motivation for long-term sustainable solutions, and desire to leave a positive legacy, will make a valuable contribution to the panel and its mission.
Luke Osborne, Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor, ECA
Luke Osborne is the Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor for ECA, providing advice and technical coverage for low carbon solutions, including renewable energy, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and emerging energy trends.
Luke entered the industry through an apprenticeship with the Ford Motor Company and worked for various companies in the UK and abroad as a mechanical/electrical engineer and site supervisor, before transitioning to the role of design and development engineer. Following the completion of a BEng (Hons), with a focus on energy systems and sustainability, he became the owner/director of a renewable energy installation company. He also co-founded UrbanFarmers, an innovative, award-winning circular economy solutions project, turning local waste into gourmet oyster mushrooms.
With a focus on sustainability and addressing the problem of climate change, Luke is keen to work with the Institute to support credible pathways for new entrants to the profession who, in turn, can become part of the solution to these problems.
Mark Kenber, Managing Director, Orbitas
Mark has worked on environment, climate and energy issues for over two decades, in government, NGOs and the private sector. He is currently Managing Director of Orbitas, an initiative that aims to make investors and financiers aware of climate change and climate response risks to investments in tropical soft commodity production. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive of Mongoose Energy Ltd, the UK’s largest developer and manager of community energy projects, and spent 12 years at internationally renowned NGO, The Climate Group, including six as its Chief Executive.
Mark has worked across various areas of environmental and climate policy, with a particular focus on the use of economic instruments in the pursuit of sustainable development. His career has included spells at Fundación Natura in Quito, as climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government, at WWF, supporting its international climate change programme, and as a lecturer at both the Catholic University in Quito and the Institute of Development Studies in the UK.
Mark is currently a board member of Community Energy England and Verra, and Chair of the Reneum Advisory Council and Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop. His previous board memberships include the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Climate Policy Journal, the BP Carbon Advisory Panel and the Zurich Insurance Climate Advisory Board.
Paul Cross, Senior Advisor - Workforce and Skills, Environment Agency
Paul is a chartered water and environmental manager and scientist focused on creating people strategies to deliver lasting business change. His specialisms include building capacity and capability through strategic workforce planning, skills strategies, talent management and learning and development. He has an established track record of overcoming challenging problems through the application of evidence-based decisions and strategic and creative collaboration.
Paul is committed to playing his part in helping the country build back better and greener following the COVID-19 pandemic. He sees the work of the panel as fundamental in supporting the green recovery with the right level of technical education and training to upskill existing talent and attract and equip the brightest young minds to pursue green careers.
Paul Harmer, Lead Technical Consultant, CIPHE
Paul is a Chartered Engineer and technology innovator who supports the development of organisations through the creation of physical and digital innovation, with a strategic eye on the horizon.
Paul started out as an apprentice and has worked across various technology sectors in low carbon and renewable energy. He has a keen interest in government policy and how it shapes society. He is currently a member of the government’s Electrification of Heat Task Group, supporting the future decarbonisation of heat in UK buildings.
Steve Fowkes, Advisor, Business and Markets, Forestry Commission
Steve started his career with an environmental charity, delivering vocational, land-based training to redundant workers from heavy industry in the post-industrial West Midlands. He went on to study for a Master’s in Sustainable Development Advocacy, which led to a stint as a local authority sustainability officer working on the green energy agenda.
Having returned to a land-based role with the Forestry Commission, Steve has spent the last ten years influencing forestry policy, particularly on the skills agenda. As a committed environmentalist, he is constantly striving to improve both the availability of career paths into forestry and related sectors and the sustainability of land-based industry and jobs within it. Steve now chairs the arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscaping trailblazer group, helping to bring new talent into the forestry sector through diverse routes to ensure the peoplescape matches the treescape.
Tammy Bristow, Group Talent Manager, JCB
Tammy began her career as a business admin apprentice, working in sales, key account management, finance and HR, before finding her passion in learning and skills development. Over the last 16 years, she has gained extensive experience in the engineering and manufacturing sector, working with industry colleagues to develop and deliver a range of apprenticeship standards and technical qualifications to support the unprecedented change to deliver a carbon zero economy.
Tammy sees the role of the panel as vital in helping to define the apprenticeship standards that will secure the skills, knowledge and behaviours fundamental to enabling a green economy. Working to identify and shape ground-breaking occupations of the future is something she feels privileged to be part of.
Green advisory community members
- Nicola Johnson, Founder and Director, NMJ Risk Consulting
- Nick Mohlo, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group
- Adrian Wookey, Head of new entrants, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
- Carl Robb, Senior Programme Manager, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
- Prof. Joe Howe, Professor, University of Chester
- Michael Huth, Membership Development Manager, Retrofit Works
- Dr. James Littlemore, Principal Ecologist, Kier Highways
- James Hodges, Business Development, REMIT Group
- Tom Russell, Learning and Development Manager, Bentley Motors Ltd
- Dr. Caroline Sudworth, Apprenticeships Specialist, Technical Apprenticeship Consortium
- Cara Jenkinson, Cities Manager, Ashden
- Jade Pearson, New Talent Manager, Severn Trent Water
- Benjamin Gallant, Operations Manager, Westcountry Rivers Trust
- Errol Ince, Vice Principal Curriculum, Study Programmes and Adults, London South East Colleges
- Mark Hyde, Director, Member Services, United Resource Operators Consortium
- Tamma Carel, Director, Imvelo Ltd
- Stephen Radley, Director of Strategy and Policy, Construction Industry Training Board
- Phil Beach, CEO, Energy and Utility Skills
- Andy Wallace, Water Engineering Director, Wood
- Rick Gray, Director, Faithful & Gould
- Pamela Reynolds, Education to Profession Advisor, Environment Agency
- Keith Pugsley, Lead Tutor, Impact Group
- Prof. Linda Clarke, Professor, Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE)
- Charlotte Bonner, National Head of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Education and Training Foundation
- Tanith Dolan, Partner & Operational Training Manager, John Lewis & Partners
- Lee Sandford, Engineering Training Manager, National Express
- Jane Hadfield, National Senior Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, NHS
- Amy Holland, Director, Standard Chartered Bank
- Pippa Palmer, London South Bank University
- Emma Morris, Uniper
- Daniel Sandford Smith, Gatsby Charitable Foundation
- Paula MacMahon, Structures Engineer, Sir Robert McAlpine
- Ian White, Business development Midlands
- Tony Costello, Galliford Try
- Joanne Needham, NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council
- Mahesh Odedra, Geoffrey Osborne Limited
- Justin Hinshelwood, University of Exeter
- Jane Cooke, Kier
- Mark Donnelly, Baes Systems
- Richard Hamer, Baes Systems
- Andrew Large, Confederation of Paper Industries
- Joseph Crolla, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Lisa Bingley, MIRA Technology Institute
- Dave Horton, Real Energy Management
- Gary Carney, GC Solutions Consultancy
- Peter Danks, Director, Reading Agricultural Consultants
- Gemma Cassin, Santander
- Lynne Robertson, Santander
- Daniel Creed, Santander
- Hung Weiyen , Bank of England
- Greta Paa-Kerner, University of East London
- Janet Hill, Your Housing Group
- Gail Tipper, University College Birmingham
- Martin Emmett, Director, Tristram Plants
- Colin McDermid, Centrica