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Our 15 Route Panels represent the employer voice within the Institute. Panel Members are experts in their industry, characterised by their outstanding occupational knowledge, exceptional experience and critical grasp of the future skills needs of their sectors. They are also passionate advocates for apprenticeships and T-Level qualifications.
What do Route Panels do?
Route Panels are responsible for ensuring that apprenticeship standards and T-Level qualifications are high quality and meet the needs of employers, apprentices and learners and the economy at large. They meet every six weeks to consider submissions from trailblazer groups and T-Level Panels.
Route Panel Members operate strategically and collectively, using ‘occupational maps’ to:
- review and make recommendations to the Institute’s Approval and Funding Committee on whether or not to approve apprenticeship proposals, standards and assessment plans, as well as the content of T-Level qualifications
- make recommendations on funding bands for apprenticeship standards
- support the review of existing apprenticeship standards
They maintain a strategic overview of their occupational sector, identifying potential skills gaps or overlaps and ensuring that new apprenticeship standards and T-Level qualifications work together to provide clear pathways for career progression.
We aim to ensure that each Route Panel has the necessary skills and expertise to cover all of the occupations identified within the occupational maps. Where there are niche specialisms or gaps in Panel expertise, Panels may call on the additional insight and support of peer reviewers, specially commissioned for that purpose. Occasionally, expertise is shared across Panels where there is a degree of overlap in what is being considered.
Route Panel Members are sometimes also called on to act as Ambassadors to the Institute, speaking at sector conferences and sharing their perspectives with other key stakeholders.
Our Members offer their time and expertise on a voluntary basis, although we reimburse all reasonable travel and subsistence expenses and pay Route Panel Chairs a nominal fee to cover the additional elements of their role.
How do we select Route Panel Members?
Our Route Panel Members are, without exception, outstanding representatives of the industries they serve, carefully selected to undertake this important role.
Our selection criteria include, but are not limited to:
- applied expertise rather than generalist: we need Members with ‘hands-on’, recent specialist expertise – our Members understand the detailed requirements of different occupational roles and can speak from a position of authority (we rarely accept applications from candidates representing training providers or professional bodies, unless the individuals themselves can demonstrate applied, high level expertise in a particular occupational field; the valuable perspectives of these types of organisations are, instead, channelled through the Institute’s Stakeholder Reference Panel)
- expertise at the right level of seniority: we’re looking for Members with a track record of significant achievements and seniority within their organisations, generally director level or above – the professional credibility of our Members and their ability to take a strategic view of occupational needs, are vital to the Panels’ success
- relative lack of conflict of interest: we work hard to minimise conflicts of interests that may, or may be seen to, compromise Panel recommendations – that’s why we’re unable, for example, to consider applications from candidates who express an interest in joining a particular Panel, but are already involved in trailblazer groups or T-Level Panels in the same sector (though we may, in certain circumstances, consider former members of such groups or candidates working in sectors that are different)
We actively manage the balance of skills and expertise on the Panels to meet the requirements of each route and so will deliberately avoid taking multiple representatives of the same sector or occupation.
Are you interested in being considered for Membership of a Route Panel?
To identify and attract candidates of the right calibre and ensure Panels reflect diversity of background and experience, we use executive search, soft search and open recruitment methodologies. All Route Panel recruitment is managed by our Membership Office.
Our open recruitment competition takes place annually in May/June and is open to any candidate who meets the criteria for the role. Open recruitment is primarily aimed at developing a pipeline of prospective Members that enables the Institute to fill future Panel vacancies as soon as they arise.
We advertise the start of our open recruitment campaign through our social media channels and on our website.
Meet our Route Panel Members
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Jude Capper, PhD ARAgS
Route Panel Chair
Independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant
Jude L. Capper, PhD ARAgS undertook her BSc (Agriculture with Animal Science) and PhD (Ruminant Nutrition and Behaviour) at Harper Adams University College (UK), followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University (USA) and a faculty position at Washington State University (USA). She is currently an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK.
Jude's research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy and beef, including quantifying changes made by improving productivity or adopting differing management practices. She is also currently working on projects relating to the impacts of medicines use on UK beef farms and 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 a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to livestock production. To this end, she was awarded the Women in Dairy “Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017” and the Farmers Guardian “Farming Hero of the Year 2018” awards, and was awarded Associate Membership of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2018.
Director, Reading Agricultural Consultants
Peter is Director of Reading Agricultural Consultants, a group industry experts delivering agricultural and environmental advice to clients across the UK, from companies running major infrastructure projects to small livestock farms.
Peter is a chartered environmentalist and an expert in agriculture, hydrology and ecology. He was formerly a trustee and member of the Board of Management of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, and member of both the Environment Agency’s Thames Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee and Council of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants.
Peter’s involvement in the Route Panel is founded on a strong belief in the benefits of workplace learning: transferable knowledge, skills and behaviours employers actually need; and more defined opportunities to start and progress in a chosen career.
Dr Juliet P Dukes
Senior Scientific Officer, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Juliet is an animal scientist with a background in molecular biology and genetics research. She has a PhD in Zoological Genetics and has worked with animals in diverse contexts, including forensic science, neuroscience, veterinary virology and human cancer research.
As a Senior Scientific Officer at the RSPCA, Juliet works with colleges, universities and doctoral schools to embed animal welfare and ethics in their programmes. She also leads the development and delivery of the organisation’s tertiary education programme for post-16 students using animals in their professional or personal lives.
Director, Tristram Plants
Martin has been active in both skills development and horticultural business management since graduating with a BSc in Horticulture from Reading University in 1986. He is currently a Director of Tristram Plants, a group of wholesale nurseries supplying garden centres and multiple retailers across the UK. Alongside his management role, he also provides training consultancy in specialist horticultural skills to growers, gardeners and landscapers.
Martin currently chairs an Education and Employment sub-committee on behalf of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group and has previously held lectureships at Brinsbury College and Reading University.
Professor Quintin McKellar CBE
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Hertfordshire
Quintin has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire since 2011. In 2015, he was elected as a Board member of Universities UK and is currently chair of the University Vocational Awards Council. He has been a member of the government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board since 2016, was previously Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pirbright Institute and, since 2018, has been a Non-Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock.
Quintin is a distinguished researcher with interests in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic animals. In August 1997, he took up the post of Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation and, in 2004, was appointed Principal of the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London. Quintin was awarded a CBE in 2011 for services to science.
Business and administration
Route Panel Chair
CEO & Co-founder, Tutorfair
Andrew co-founded Tutorfair, a website to help parents find great tutors. He was previously Chief Commercial Officer of LOVEFILM, Managing Director of Homeserve, and Brand Marketing Director at Sainsbury’s. He trained at Procter & Gamble after Cambridge University. In his spare time he has been a local Councillor and a school governor.
Chief People Officer, 10x Future Technologies Limited
Sallyann originally began her career in marketing before moving into HR. Over the past 25 years, she has worked across a range of contexts, including fast moving consumer goods, retail, finance and technology, for companies as diverse as Unilever, SC Johnson, Barclays, The John Lewis Partnership, The Coop Group and Conviviality.
Sallyann is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has extensive experience of leading HR functions and building organisational capability. As Chief People Officer at 10x Future Technologies Limited, she heads up the company’s people agenda, which focuses on allowing ‘great people to thrive and ensuring the company is a 10x better place to work’.
Media consultant (formerly Sky Television)
Barbara has spent her entire career working in the media, including some 20 years at Sky Television, the UK's premier pay TV service. During that time, she was an Executive Producer on Sky News, launched a new entertainment channel and was involved in a number of business-to-business channels before taking up her final post there as Director of Production and Operations in the company’s marketing department.
Throughout her career at Sky, Barbara was directly involved in a number of mentoring and apprenticeship schemes, principally – and successfully – aimed at giving less advantaged students the opportunity to gain full-time trainee and apprenticeship roles within a large media company.
Head of Profession for Project Controls in Nuclear, Wood
Christine is Head of Profession for Project Controls in Nuclear for Wood, a global engineering company employing some 60,000 staff. She has significant international experience, having spent parts of her career in Japan, South Africa, Paris and Dubai and worked on a number of worldwide – often multi-billion pound – projects.
Christine is an expert in cost management, change management, planning, estimating and risk and opportunity management. Alongside her role at Wood, she is an Engineering and Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) accredited trainer and assessor for NVQs and a Director for the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE), having gained her Fellowship there in 2018.
Professor Philip Powell
Executive Dean, Pro Vice-Master (Enterprise and Innovation), and Professor of Management, Birkbeck, University of London
Philip is Executive Dean, Pro Vice-Master (Enterprise and Innovation), and Professor of Management at Birkbeck, University of London. His extensive research into information systems, management, operations and higher education management has led to more than 350 published outputs.
Before becoming Dean in 2009, Philip was Deputy Dean of the School of Management at Bath and previously worked at Warwick, Adelaide, Southampton and Lisboa Universities. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, Academy of Social Sciences, Centre for Distance Education, and the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Senior Scholar of the Association of Information Systems and a former president of the UK Academy for Information Systems. Prior to becoming an academic, Philip worked in insurance, accounting and systems analysis. His long-standing interest in skills development and opportunities for reskilling led him to his current role as a Route Panel Member.
Kristin Watson FCA
Director of Professional Qualifications, Earnst & Young
Kristin is Director of Professional Qualifications at Earnst & Young, responsible for the development and delivery of qualifications for school leavers, graduates and experienced hires across the company’s many different services. It’s a role that involves significant liaison with external tuition providers, professional bodies, regulators and other employers within the sector. It also has a strong connection with the company’s apprenticeships programmes.
Kristin previously worked for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) as a Director in the Learning and Professional Development Department, leading on client relations, student support and promotion of the Institute’s Associate Chartered Accountant qualification. She was formerly Chair of the trailblazer steering committee for the professional services sector, overseeing the development and delivery of the Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship Programme.
Sir Roger Singleton CBE
Route Panel Chair
Safeguarding Consultant and member of the Independent Family Returns Panel
Sir Roger was chief executive of Barnardo's for 21 years and was awarded a knighthood for his services to children in 2005. From 2007-2012 he chaired the Independent Safeguarding Authority, a Home Office agency created to decide who should be statutorily barred from working with children and vulnerable adults because of the risk they posed to them. He was also the Government's Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children. Recently he has been the interim Managing Director of Lumos - an international charity founded by J K Rowling to end the unnecessary institutionalisation of children globally. Sir Roger currently has his own consultancy specialising in safeguarding. He is also a member of the Home Office Independent Families Returns Panel.
Safeguarding Consultant and member of the Independent Family Returns Panel
Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE
Formerly CEO, The Royal National Institute of Blind People
Lesley-Anne has had a long career in the public and voluntary sectors. She was CEO of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) from 2004 until 2016 and, before then, Director of Operations for the Peabody Trust and Director of Housing for the London Borough of Enfield. While at RNIB, Lesley-Anne was instrumental in uniting the fragmented sight loss sector through the development of the UK Vision Strategy. She also created the RNIB Group of charities.
Lesley-Anne holds a number of non-executive positions, including Non-Executive Director of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Trust and Big Society Capital. She is Chair of the not-for-profit practice at Brevia Consulting and a trustee of the MicroLoan Foundation, a development charity providing advice and small business loans to women in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Lesley-Anne is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs and was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to the voluntary sector.
Principal, Appletree Treatment Centre
Clair has been working with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties since graduating from Cambridge University in 1989. She started her career in a secondary residential special school and subsequently studied for her Masters in Special Education. In 1995, Clair helped establish Appletree Treatment Centre – a group of children’s homes, special schools and therapeutic services specialising in assisting young girls and boys traumatised through abuse and neglect to return to families, foster families and day schools.
Clair was previously Chair of the children, young people and families apprenticeship trailblazer group. She is passionate about creating training opportunities that have a positive impact on the most vulnerable in society.
Martin Kelly OBE
Assistant Director, Children and Families, North Yorkshire County Council
Martin’s 28-year career in social work has focussed on reforming and improving practice across child welfare services. He is an experienced system leader of early help, youth and social work services, developing and leading provision regarded as outstanding by Ofsted. As Assistant Director of Children and Families at North Yorkshire County Council, he is also the author of the award-winning solution-focussed ‘No Wrong Door’* service, a multi-agency approach to supporting young people in or on the edge of care.
Martin is passionate about the benefits of practice-based learning and the value this brings to industry and public service. He is especially keen to see the growth of apprenticeship routes in the social services sector, seeing this as a way of improving workforce sustainability, particularly in hard-to-recruit areas.
* Martin would love to hear from employers who can offer work experience opportunities to care leavers supported by the Council’s ‘No Wrong Door’ service. If you can help or you would like to find out more, please contact the Route Panel enquiry line.
Catering and hospitality
Route Panel Chair
Human Resources & Board Director, CH&Co
Alison is passionate about improving education standards in the hospitality sector and encouraging people, be that young, disadvantaged or just those that ‘don’t know’, about what a wonderful career you can have in her sector. Alison has strong links with industry, is a non-executive director for Springboard and has been an informal advisor to People 1st in regards the new trailblazer standards. She has experience chairing multi-employer and stakeholder committees both at Springboard and in a past role working with local government in Adult Education.
Alison also has responsibility for business & administrative functions, learning & development, payroll & benefits services and in the past IT.
Executive Head Chef, Huddersfield University
Lee has a 20-year track record of success in the catering industry. He has been Executive Head Chef at Huddersfield University since 2016, where he has set a new benchmark for university fine dining. Two years on from his appointment, the catering team and service is now award-winning, with accolades including TUCO Catering Team of the Year 2017, Catering Innovation Award 2018, and runners up in both the 2018 Chef Guild and Cost Sector Chef of the Year awards.
Lee joined Huddersfield from Bolton Wanderers, where he helped steer the team to become national stadium of the year for culinary excellence and training. Before that, he was a national chef advisor for the Children’s Food Trust and Head of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Salford City College. Prior to moving into teaching, Lee was executive Head Chef for Granada TV, part-owned and ran a Michelin rated restaurant in Cheshire, and spent almost eight years working in some of London’s leading hotels, including Claridges, The Ritz and Hilton on Park Lane.
Professor David Foskett MBE CMA FIH BEd HONS
John Williams MBE
Executive Chef, The Ritz London
John became Executive Chef at The Ritz London in 2004, where he oversees some 60 chefs and is responsible for the hotel’s restaurants, room service and banqueting and private dining rooms. He came to The Ritz with three decades of hospitality experience – from his first position as Commis Chef at a hotel in Northumberland to his 18-year tenure with the distinguished Savoy Group of Hotels and Restaurants, where he served as Premier Sous Chef at Claridge’s and Maître Chef des Cuisines at The Berkeley, before moving to head up Claridge’s kitchens as Maître Chefs des Cuisines in 1995.
John was appointed Executive Chairman of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in 2004 and is the Committee Chairman for the Academy’s Annual Awards of Excellence. He has received numerous industry awards and represented Great Britain in the prestigious Bocuse D’Or culinary competition; he continues to mentor the English team. In 2005, he became the first British chef to be conferred with a CMA (the equivalent of an MBE) by the French Government and, in 2008, was awarded an MBE for services to hospitality.
Route Panel Chair
Technical Director, Gradon Architecture
Tanja works between the UK and Mongolia and so adaptability to change has become integral to her life and what she does. Over the years Tanja has worked in a number of diverse practices and is able to draw from this experience working on a number of significant urban regeneration and master planning projects, which has seen her play an advisory role in Mongolia’s national “Green City” initiative and BIM Mongolia. Tanja is also involved with NAWIC representing women in construction at regional committee level and is involved with CIAT as an assessor. She was the winner of the 2017 ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction’ award.
Dominic Benoist FCIOB FIOD
Director, Benoist Associates Ltd
Dominic has been working in the construction industry since 1973, starting out as an apprentice site engineer for George Wimpey, now Taylor Wimpey, and becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Building some seven years later. In 1985, he joined Symm and began a career managing work on some of England’s most historic and famous buildings.
In 1991 Dominic was highly commended at The Building Manager of The Year Awards for his exceptional work in planning the restoration of Taplow Court for SGI UK – then the largest project ever undertaken by Symm. In 1996 he was promoted to Construction Director, with responsibilities including oversight of the company’s apprenticeship and management training schemes.
Dominic is now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institute of Directors. He is passionate about the progression of young people within the craft and management fields in construction and, above all, believes that ‘once you have a trade you have a career for life!’
Managing Director, SJD Electrical
Ruth is Managing Director of SJD Electrical, a high-growth SME electrical contractor in Milton Keynes. She is passionate about improving industry skills and promoting apprenticeships and was part of the trailblazer group that developed the Electrician Apprenticeship standard.
Ruth is Chair of the Electrical Contractors’ Association Skills Committee, supporting campaigns to encourage diversity and improve industry standards. She is also a volunteer Enterprise Adviser for the Careers and Enterprise Company, working to promote local employer engagement with education, as well as providing strategic support to help Milton Keynes College achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks for career guidance.
Ruth is an alumni of the Goldman Sach’s 10,000 small business growth programme and recently completed her MBA.
Professor Mukesh Limbachiya
Head of Degree Apprenticeships, Directorate of Research, Business and Innovation, Kingston University London
Mukesh is a Chartered Engineer with a wide-ranging career in the higher education sector. He is currently Head of Apprenticeships at Kingston University, where he has been instrumental in developing the civil engineer degree apprenticeship and is now leading a team responsible for the governance, quality and business of apprenticeships across the University.
As a civil/structural engineer, Mukesh has a particular interest in novel construction materials, concrete technology and construction, as well as design processes for the modern, sustainable built environment. He has worked closely with different sectors of the construction industry and has a track record of providing expert strategic support on a range of projects and initiatives.
Mukesh has a passion for developing and promoting partnerships that offer creative solutions for addressing knowledge and skills gaps. He brings the same passion to his work as a Route Panel Member.
Kevin Mcloughlin MBE
Founder and Managing Director, K&M Mcloughlin Decorating
Kevin is the founder and Managing Director of London-based K&M Mcloughlin Decorating, one of the largest independent decorating companies in the UK and one of only two painting and decorating companies to receive charter status from the Chartered Institute of Building.
In 2012, Kevin designed and implemented the UK’s first five-week pre-employment programme. Funded by the company, it offers work experience to people of all ages and backgrounds from across London. To date, almost 700 people have taken part, with a significant number going on to take up employment or full-time apprenticeships.
Kevin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and, last year, was appointed a Board Trustee for the Construction Industry Training Board. He is an avid supporter of apprenticeships. As well as his role as a Route Panel Member, he has also been involved with the Greater London Authority group for Skills for Londoners and was the lead employer representing the painting industry on the painting and decorating trailblazer group. In 2014, Kevin was awarded an MBE for his services to skills and apprenticeships.
Director, Qualifications for Industry (QFI)
Richard graduated from Queens University Belfast as a Civil Engineer in 1989. Since then, he has worked in many occupations across quarrying operations, the production of mineral products, house building and civil engineering and held design and construction management positions on major projects to the value of £250 million. Richard has achieved recognition as a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner, Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Construction Senior Manager.
Richard believes wholeheartedly in apprenticeships and he is currently a registered Construction Apprentice in Scotland. His inspiration for getting involved with the Institute is to use his years of civil engineering insight to contribute to the development of world-best apprenticeship standards and associated training that leads to a safe, smart and successful construction workforce.
Creative and design
Iain Smith OBE
Route Panel Chair
Film Producer, Applecross Productions
Iain has produced numerous films including: Mad Max: Fury Road; The A Team; Wanted; The Fountain; Children of Men; Alexander; Cold Mountain; Spy Game; Planet of the Apes; Entrapment; Seven Years in Tibet; The 5th Element; Mary Reilly; 1492-Conquest of Paradise; City of Joy; Killing Dad; Hearts of Fire; The Mission; The Frog Prince; The Killing Fields; Local Hero; and production managed Chariots of Fire’ and Deathwatch.
In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film and was made an OBE by the Queen in the 2008 New Year's Honours List for services to film. In 2011, Iain Smith was appointed Chair of the British Film Commission. He is a patron of the London Film School, Chair of the Film Skills Council and Chair of the UK Film Industry Training Board.
Workforce Development Manager, National Theatre
Kath works for the National Theatre on projects aimed at improving workforce diversity. Previously, she was a theatre lighting designer and technician, lighting world premiers for Alan Ayckbourn, John Godber, Tim Firth and Enda Walsh, in venues across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Kath is a Non-Executive Director of social enterprise organisation, Creative Access, and Co-Chair of the technical training forum, Skillscene. She is passionate about encouraging young people to learn about technical/backstage theatre and, in particular, supporting young women into technical careers – many of those she has helped are now working successfully in the creative sector. She sees her role on the Route Panel as building on and continuing this work.
Managing Director, Sophie Hicks Architects
Sophie Hicks is a British architect. However, she began her career in the world of fashion, becoming a Fashion Editor at British Vogue. After ten years, she changed career and, in 1993, qualified as a chartered architect. Perhaps, predictably, her best known architectural work has been on behalf of leading fashion brands. She has designed shops for Yohji Yamamoto, Paul Smith, Chloé (over a hundred worldwide), and Acne Studios. Her practice is currently working on new-build houses in the UK, one of which has been shortlisted for the RIBA awards 2019. Sophie has also designed a number of exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Her most celebrated of these was SENSATION, Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection.
As a mother of three working-age children, Sophie is aware of the difficulty young people face in landing their first job and finding an enjoyable and fulfilling career. She is committed to her work for the Institute, hoping to improve the work and life chances of young people.
Founding Director, Bauer Academy
Courtnay is the Founding Director of the Bauer Academy, which delivers industry-immersed learning opportunities to individuals, businesses and communities across the UK. With a commitment to supporting under-represented groups, the Academy provides a pipeline of talent to the creative industries.
Courtnay previously worked as an academic at universities in the UK and abroad, holding advisory posts, visiting professorships in media convergence, and teaching fellowships. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Courtnay is passionate about innovating education and ensuring skills provision is aligned with learner, employer and industry needs.
Global Head of Training, DNEG
Vic Wade is Global Head of Training at DNEG, one of the world’s largest providers of animation and visual effects (VFX) for film and television, including Oscar-winning work on films such as Blade Runner, Ex-Machina, Inception and Interstellar.
Vic joined DNEG in 2004 as a senior artist, progressing to supervision roles on films including Quantum of Solace, Iron Man 2, Angels and Demons and Total Recall. In 2010, he became Head of 2D, supporting an extended period of growth in the business and helping to set up and establish a new studio in Vancouver in 2015.
In 2016, Vic took up his current role as Global Head of Training, overseeing training across all of DNEG’s growing network of studios in the US, Canada, India and London. His role includes working with the NextGen Skills Academy, an industry-led education initiative focused on developing the next generation of talent for the games, animation and VFX industries.
Route Panel Chair
Chief Information Officer (CIO), Burberry
Mark is a firm believer in the power of digital technology to inspire and connect people. As Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Burberry, he has driven a broad global agenda across both digital and more traditional technologies to do just that.
Prior to joining the iconic fashion brand, Mark worked at consumer goods giant Unilever for 29 years. In January 2007, he became CIO of Unilever’s North America division and, from January 2011, led the global digital transformation of all of Unilever's consumer-facing technology. Mark is currently on the advisory board of the First Love Foundation (a charity that provides food, support and advice to people facing crisis in their lives) and is also a non-executive director at Bonmarché.
Mark took up his role as Chair of the Digital Route Panel in January 2019, seeing it as an opportunity to work with colleagues across the landscape to help define the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed by the next generation of digital apprentices and learners.
Director, PPG Consulting Ltd
Dominic is a Director of PPG Consulting Ltd and acts as Skills Policy Consultant to Microsoft UK. He has worked with Microsoft since 2006 and founded Microsoft’s award-winning Apprenticeship Program.
Dominic is also Managing Director of Intequal, a Microsoft Learning Partner delivering digital apprenticeships and commercial IT training, and co-founder of Franklin Apprenticeships, a US-based apprenticeship consultancy and capacity building organisation. Intequal was initially set up to provide an ‘employer engagement’ function for the Microsoft Program but now offers a remotely delivered, instructor-led apprenticeship. Franklin Apprenticeships is acting as a catalyst to drive quality and scale in US competency-based apprenticeships, using methods and best practice originated in the UK.
Associate Director, Deloitte
Lisa is an Associate Director in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk practice, based in London. She has an MSc in Information Security and over 12 years’ experience working in the cyber security industry. Her work focuses predominantly on large-scale cyber transformation programmes for clients within financials services. She has significant experience working on cyber-security strategy, risk management and cloud transformation programmes.
Lisa leads the Women in Cyber initiative at Deloitte and has developed this over the last four years, within the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the aim of promoting gender diversity in the cyber-security industry. She was listed most recently in SC Magazine as one of the 50 most influential women in cyber-security UK.
Formerly Chief Technology Officer, Lloyds of London
Vimal Kohli is a technology transformation and change leader with multi-industry experience, covering financial services, telecoms, consulting and advisory services for companies such as Accenture and Ernst & Young, as well as large FTSE-listed and heavily regulated organisations. More recently, he was IT Director at Three and Chief Technology Officer at Lloyd’s of London, where he planned and managed large transformations.
Vimal specialises in leading complex organisations to plan, execute and deliver strategic technology change to enable business growth, drawing on his software engineering technology background and MBA in International Business Management to act as a conduit between technology and business functions. Alongside this, he advises start-ups as a non-executive director and also runs his own technology development company, creating pilot products for large organisations.
Co-founder and Director, InnovateHer
Having worked in the digital sector for over a decade, Jo saw first-hand the negative impact of the gender gap. In response, she co-founded InnovateHer, a pioneering organisation with a mission to tackle the gender imbalance within the digital and tech sector through education and campaigning.
Working with young women aged 12-18, InnovateHer uses schools-based programmes and industry role models to reverse gender inequality, improve digital skills and invest in the future of young people. The team also works with companies across the UK to help them become more diverse and inclusive.
Before joining the Route Panel, Jo served on the digital trailblazer group. She is passionate about ensuring young people have access to a broad range of options post-16, particularly those who may not be able to afford University.
Director of Digital, The Spectator
Tom is Director of Digital at The Spectator, the world's longest running weekly magazine. He sets and delivers the digital strategy across the company’s digital product portfolio, including development of new industry-leading products.
Tom is an experienced digital leader with a background in digital product design and development, gained from working with top brands such as Apple, Accenture, Canon, HSBC, EDF and SPARCK. He started his career at the Apple Store Genius Bar when he was 18 – pre-apprenticeship days. He still credits 90% of what he knows today to those crucial formative years. That’s why he cares so deeply about getting young people into the workplace and learning digital skills as soon as they can.
Giselle Stewart OBE
Director, UK Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft
Giselle joined Reflections, a leading independent software studio, as General Manager in 1996, following an MBA at Durham University. Reflections later became part of Ubisoft, the global video games publisher and developer. Now Ubisoft’s Director, UK Corporate Affairs, Giselle’s focus is on facilitating the company’s growth and further investment in the UK.
Alongside her day job, Giselle is an active contributor to various industry associations, with a particular interest in skills and talent development. She is on the governing body of Newcastle’s first University Technical College and an Advisory Board Member for NextGen Skills Academy, working to increase the sector’s industry-led qualifications and developing qualifications for emerging roles. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Department of Computer Science at Durham University as well as the Institute of Industrial Strategy at Kings College, London.
In 2016, Giselle received an OBE for services to video games and was named as Person of the Year at the TIGA (the games industry trade association) Industry Awards.
Education and childcare
Mary Isherwood MEd, NPQH
Route Panel Chair
Headteacher, Camberwell Park Specialist Support School
Mary has always worked in the field of Special Education. She was a class teacher in a special school in Lancashire for 10 years before moving on to hold middle and senior management posts in Rochdale LA and currently in Manchester LA.
Mary has been headteacher of Camberwell Park Specialist Support School since September 2006.
The school has been judged outstanding three times under her tenure, in 2010, 2013 and most recently in January 2018.
Mary is an established National Leader of Education and her school is a National Support School. As such, Mary and members of her team offer support to other schools in challenging circumstances.
Principal/CEO, Riverside College, Widnes and Runcorn (Halton)
After a successful career as a general manager in the travel and tourism industry, Mary changed paths and became a teacher in post-16 education. Twenty two years later, she is Principal of Riverside College, Widnes and Runcorn (Halton).
Mary is passionate about vocational education and her own career path is testament to this; she left school at 16 to study Hospitality and Catering Institutional Management at Nelson and Colne College and then Huddersfield Polytechnic.
Mary has a wealth of industrial and educational experience. Every day, alongside her team of teaching, support and training staff, she invests that experience in young people and adults to ensure they have the best opportunities to fulfil their potential.
Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jean-Noel is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University. As well as ensuring the successful strategic functioning of the University, he has driven forward some of the institution’s most impactful projects, including the creation of the largest degree apprenticeships portfolio in the UK. Before joining Manchester Met, Jean-Noel was Executive Dean of Kingston Business School in London, overseeing a £30m transformation of the School’s buildings and significant growth in research activity to become the top modern Business School in the Research Excellence Framework.
An engineering science graduate from École Centrale de Lille – an Engineering Grande École – Jean-Noel went on to obtain an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems and PhD from Brunel University, where he became a lecturer and Course Director for their Special Engineering Programme. He subsequently joined Henley Business School, where he served as Professor of Processes and Systems Management and Academic Dean. Jean-Noel is currently Vice-Chancellor Designate of the University of Roehampton, a post he will take up on 1 May 2019.
Dr Phil Smith
Executive Principal, Outwood Grange Academies Trust
From January 2012 to September 2017, Phil was Principal of Outwood Academy Portland, which he led from Special Measures to Outstanding, with a Progress 8 score that placed it in the top 10 schools in England. During that time, he was also Principal of Outwood Academy Valley which became Outstanding under his leadership in 2016. In the same year, GCSE results at both schools ranked them as the top two performing academies in Nottinghamshire. Since September 2017, Phil has been an Executive Principal for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, responsible for eight schools.
Phil’s exceptional career as a school leader is underpinned by a degree in Theoretical Physics, a Masters in School Leadership and a Doctorate in the Transformational Leadership of Schools. He is passionate about empowering students to shape their own futures and ‘follow a life-long path that leads to personal greatness’. He feels apprenticeships ‘offer a doorway to success, one that allows young adults to really shine in a range of skills and talents that may otherwise be missed’.
Registrar, University of Warwick
Rachel joined the University of Warwick as Registrar in September 2016 to lead its professional services. Before joining Warwick, she was shadow Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Apprenticeships, having spent eight years as Director General in the government’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and held a variety of posts in the Government Legal Service.
Rachel is on the Executive Board of the Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA), sits on AHUA’s Training and Development Committee and is a trustee of Ambitious Futures, which recruits graduate trainees into higher education professional services. She is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Freeman of both the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the City of London and a Companion of the Order of the Bath.
Rachel was named as one of the 2016 FTSE 100 ‘Women to Watch’ and The Times 100 ‘Most Influential Lawyers’, 2012.
Engineering and manufacturing
Dr Graham Honeyman CBE
Route Panel Chair
Chief Executive at Sheffield Forgemasters
Dr Graham joined Parsons Turbine Generators Limited in 1978 as a Research Metallurgist rising to Principal Engineer before joining Sheffield Forgemasters as Technical Director in 1988. He led a management buyout of the Company, turning around its fortunes and was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. At the IOD Director of the Year Awards in 2010, Graham was very proud to win the Global Director of the Year, Investing for Growth Award and Overall Director of the Year. Graham was awarded a CBE in 2008 and in 2012 Graham received the Bessemer Gold Medal. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Teesside University in 2013.
Bob Barnes FIMI MIoD
Managing Director, Motortrade Consultants Ltd
Bob has worked in the motor industry for some 53 years. He started his career in engineering in 1966, before moving into sales and then management and reaching board-level at the age of 37, when he was appointed to the role of Sales and Marketing Director.
He worked closely with Toyota in the nineties, including a period as National Dealer Council Chairman. He also worked with the Institute of the Motor Industry (the professional association for individuals working in the sector) on the development of GNVQs. During this time, Bob was made a Fellow of the Institute. In 2003, he saw a niche in the market and set up Motortrade Consultants, assisting and coaching managers to meet the newly launched Manufacturers Standards.
Alongside his motor industry experience, Bob is also a children’s author. His first book was published in November 2017; his second is due out later this year.
Dr Brian Counter
Apprenticeship and Technical Training Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
Ian is an experienced engineering and HR professional, with a wide-ranging career in the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector, focusing particularly on the automotive industry.
Before specialising in HR, Ian was an engineering apprentice, progressing to roles covering a wide range of functions in the automotive product lifecycle, including design, testing, launch, conformance, quality management and production. He now leads the design, development and delivery of Jaguar Land Rover’s work-based learning and vocational education programmes, drawing on his own engineering experience to ensure they meet the needs of both the company and wider industry sector.
Prior to joining the Route Panel, Ian was the founding chair of the automotive apprenticeship trailblazer group.
Technical Director, Vapour Trail Systems Ltd
Paul is a consultant electrical engineer specialising in power control systems and automation for the electricity supply and rail industries.
Paul started his working life as an apprentice with Rolls Royce Aero Engines in Derby, which sponsored him through college while he studied for his Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) and Higher National Certificate and Diploma (HNC and HND).
Since then, Paul has worked in a variety of roles for household names including PowerGen, E.ON and Western Power Distribution. He is the director of his own small company as well as a director trustee of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.
Captain M F Rose
Defence Engineering Champion Team Leader, Ministry of Defence
Mike joined the Royal Navy (RN) in 1982 as an artificer apprentice, before specialising in marine engineering and applying his trade at sea and ashore in the rank of Petty Officer. He was selected for commission as an Officer in 1988 and, since then, has undertaken a number of sea assignments, from DMEO on HMS Newcastle to MEO on HMS Sutherland. His last assignment was on HMS Albion as Cdr(E) in 2011. In between sea appointments, Mike has held positions in engineering support, acquisition and HR, interspersed with RN-sponsored academic development, including an MSc in Engineering and MA in Strategic Studies.
Mike was promoted to Captain in February 2015 and assigned to the inaugural role of Defence Engineering Champion Team Leader. He now has responsibility for driving coherence across the multitude of engineering skills initiatives in the Ministry of Defence, working collaboratively with partners in industry, the professional institutions and government. His early roots as a ‘boy apprentice’ and his own significant career experience provide the perfect foundations for his role as a Panel Member.
CEO, Nemein Ltd
Hair and beauty
Director, GKC Infocus Ltd and Qi Spa (Spa WMC Ltd)
Route Panel Chair
The Institute would like to extend its grateful thanks and appreciation to Suki Kalirai who, following the end of his two-year contract, has now stepped down as Chair of the Hair and Beauty Panel. The Institute is now in the process of appointing a new Chair and will confirm a successor in the coming weeks.
College Principal, Champney’s Beauty College
Rachel has over 35 years’ experience of working and managing in the spa and beauty industry – as a therapist, salon owner, education manager and apprenticeship trainer. MBA-qualified, she now works as a consultant, supporting spas, salons and clinics to achieve their own business success.
Rachel has worked with a range of awarding bodies on the development of qualifications and examinations and been a member of a number of advisory boards, employer and education forums. She previously chaired ACER groups and was involved in Department for Education meetings on the Wolfe Report, looking at ways of improving vocational education for 14- to 19-year-olds.
Owner and Technical Director, Karine Jackson Hair and Beauty
Karine has run her eponymous salon in Covent Garden for 15 years and has become an active presence in the industry. She has won numerous awards, including London Hairdresser of the Year in 2007, Fellowship Consumer Image of the Year in 2011, Most Wanted Hair Trend in 2015, and Colour Expert and Hair Heroine in the Hair Magazine Awards 2018. She was shortlisted for Most Wanted Colour Expert three times and for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year in 2009. In 2017, Karine was elected President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, having previously served as Chancellor.
Karine has two great passions: apprenticeships and organic hairdressing. Hers was the first London salon to be awarded Certified Sustainable. She is optimistic the new apprenticeships will have the same success.
Head of Education, Saks Apprenticeships
Tina has worked in the hair and beauty industry for over 25 years – a passion that started when she left school to train as a beauty therapist and hairdresser. Her experience has covered a range of settings, including salons, spas and cruise liners, working for big industry names such as Steiner and Regis. She also spent two years at HABIA, where she was instrumental in the development of NVQs and created the first ever apprenticeship in beauty therapy.
Tina now heads up training at Saks hair and beauty, supporting a network of salons across the country. She also continues to work in her own salon, which she has owned for some 10 years, and which employs a number of apprentices. She has been involved in many different projects in the hair and beauty world aimed at promoting good industry practice – from the launch of free-for-all training podcasts to the creation of customer service training DVDs and resource packs with Heinemann Publishers.
National Director of Apprenticeships, Tony & Guy UK Training Ltd
Cathy has worked in the hairdressing industry since leaving school and becoming an apprentice. Further on in her career, she taught at a large FE college in Cheshire and set up a private training company in Liverpool, before taking charge of Toni & Guy’s Manchester-based Apprentice Academy in 2001. In five years, she led the Academy from Inadequate to Grade 1 Beacon status, making it one of the top five training companies in the country. Cathy now oversees Toni & Guy’s apprenticeship provision across England, supporting some 400 apprentices in over 170 salons.
Cathy is a National Apprenticeship Ambassador working to promote apprenticeships alongside the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). Before joining the Route Panel, she was also part of the hairdressing apprenticeship trailblazer group. For Cathy, being on the Panel is both a personal privilege and professional duty – something that enables her to use her knowledge and experience to give back to the industry at a grass roots level.
Health and science
Route Panel Chair
National Lead for Apprenticeships, Talent for Care, Widening Participation & Volunteering, Health Education England
Kirk is a senior leader and executive director with strategic and operational experience stretching across local government, education and the NHS.
He had a successful career as a Human Resources Director and as an Assistant Principal in further and higher education and has specific expertise in employee relations, employment law and organisational development.
Kirk has additional senior experience managing estates, facilities and health & safety coupled with a period of time running his own manager training & consultancy business. He has also chaired of the East of England network of HR directors working in the NHS.
Currently the national lead for the design and implementation of NHS workforce development strategies, requiring extensive partnership building and multi-stakeholder engagement including close liaison with the Department of Health and the Department for Education.
Head of Technical Services and Technical Apprenticeship Lead, University of Manchester
Colin began his career in electronics by joining a ‘start-up’ company in Cheshire, where the opportunity to work across the whole gambit of activities, from cradle to grave, gave him a unique introduction to the sector.
Colin later moved to Jodrell Bank Observatory as a Radio Frequency Technician, observing sites across the globe and designing and implementing cryogenic receiver systems. This international experience gave him a strong appreciation of diverse working styles and cultures and a keen understanding of the factors impacting on workforce planning. He is currently leading a team of 400 technicians and engineers through a period of significant change at The University of Manchester.
Colin is passionate about the need to professionalise and improve the technical service provision across the sector through appropriate training and development opportunities. It’s the driving motivation underpinning his Membership of the Route Panel.
Medical Manager, Roche Products Limited
A biochemist by background, Laura’s passion for getting transformational medicines to patients led her to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2011, she has worked in global product development at Roche, specialising in pharmacovigilance (also known as drug safety) and business management. She has a track record of operating at a senior leadership level and, in 2019, received corporate recognition at Roche for her leadership and commitment to the highest standards of integrity.
Laura is passionate about, and active in, inspiring young people to take up careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). As a Route Panel member, she is excited by the opportunity to contribute to the huge impact that apprenticeships and T levels will have in shaping the future skills landscape in the UK.
CEO, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
Tara was appointed CEO of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) in January 2015. She is at the forefront of CIMSPA’s strategy to professionalise the workforce and enhance the career prospects of those working in sport, leisure and fitness.
Tara began her career in the sector as a lifeguard in her local centre in 1987, combining this with her studies. After working in various roles within local authority leisure services, she moved into management and, in March 2001, was appointed Contracts Manager at DC Leisure Management (DCLM). After six years with the company, Tara moved to become Executive Director of IQL-UK Ltd, where she remained until joining CIMSPA.
Tara has a passion for the sport and physical activity sector and is constantly striving to achieve improvements across the industry. This was a key factor in her decision to become a Route Panel Member.
Angie Heilmann MBE
Director of Dental Nurse Education, Antwerp Dental Academy
Angie is currently Director of Dental Nurse Education at Antwerp Dental Academy. She has considerable experience and expertise in the areas of dental nursing and dental nurse education, having worked in a variety of contexts, including general dental practice and hospital-based dental nursing. She was instrumental in the development of the dental nurse education programme at Barnfield College and also worked in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire on the first Foundation Degrees in Dental Nursing and Dental Practice Management.
In 2007, in recognition of her passion for and commitment to the dental nursing profession, Angie was elected President of the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) and Chairman of Council. In 2010, she was awarded the BADN Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing and, in 2012, received an MBE for services to dental nursing.
Dr Brian Lobb MBChB BSc (Hons)
Formerly partner, Blackburn Road Medical Centre
Brian initially qualified as a pharmacist from Aston University in 1982, going on to work for Boots during his pre-registration year and periodically after that. He later returned to university to study medicine at Leeds and qualified in 1988.
After working in various hospital specialties, Brian qualified as a GP in 1992 and became a partner at Blackburn Road Medical Centre. He also worked part-time as a medical advisor in occupational health at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Brian retired from the practice at the end of 2018 and is now taking the opportunity to travel before deciding on his next professional challenge.
Professor Stephen Lambert-Humble MBE
Formerly Postgraduate Dental Dean for Kent, Surrey and Sussex and National Lead Dean for Dental Care Professionals
Stephen retired as Postgraduate Dental Dean for Kent, Surrey and Sussex and National Lead Dean for Dental Care Professionals in 2017. He was previously the first Dental Dean for all the Armed Forces. He has chaired the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses, set up and chaired the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) Advisory Board for Dental Care Professionals and the Royal College of Surgeons of England Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy and Clinical Dental Technician Exam Boards, and trained over 95% of all UK clinical dental technicians. Stephen also established the “Mouth Care Matters” programme, an oral health training plan for all health and social care personnel.
Stephen was Health Education England’s lead on Dental Apprenticeships and is wholly committed to improving the quality of patient care through lifelong learning and developing and innovating education and training opportunities for the team. It was this commitment that led him to join the Institute with a view to furthering these aims.
Stephen was awarded an MBE for services to postgraduate education in the 2012 New Year’s Honours.
Legal, finance and accounting
Director, Early Careers, Barclays
Route Panel Chair
The Institute would like to extend its grateful thanks and appreciation to Mike Thompson who, following the end of his two-year contract, has now stepped down as Chair of the Legal, Financial and Accounting Panel. The Institute is now in the process of appointing a new Chair and will confirm a successor in the coming weeks.
Akhil Shah QC
Prof Sir Jon Murphy QPM
Route Panel Chair
Former Chief Constable Merseyside Police & Professor of Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
Sir Jon joined the police in 1975 as a 16-year-old cadet, rising through the ranks as a career detective. He was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside in 2004, after working with the National Crime Squad and was the National Coordinator for organised crime from 2007 until he was appointed Chief Constable in January 2010. Jon retired from the police service in 2016.
Sir Jon has been commended on 14 occasions and was voted Merseyside Public Sector Leader of the Year by a local panel in 2014. He received the Queen's Police Medal in 2007 and was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to policing.
Temporary Deputy Chief Constable (T/DCC), Civil Nuclear Constabulary
Chris joined the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in July 2015, the only entirely armed police service in the UK. As ACC Operations he is responsible for all armed policing activity at Nuclear Licensed Sites in the UK. Chris was promoted to Temporary Deputy Chief Constable (T/DCC) within the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in February 2019. He serves as Gold Commander for all domestic and international escort operations and as strategic lead for Special Branch. He also represents the UK Government on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Security Advisory Committee. In 2014, Chris was seconded to Gwent Police as Gold Commander for the NATO Summit in South Wales, responsible for the protection of 67 Heads of State and the policing operation that delivered a safe and secure Summit. In recognition of this, the following year, he received the St David's Award for Wales.
Chris served 25 years with Merseyside Police before taking up his current role. Prior to starting his police career, he was in the Royal Engineers. He holds an MBA, along with advanced diplomas in Terrorism Studies and Criminology and Police Leadership. In 2015, Chris was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service to policing.
Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Phil joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in 1990, serving at a variety of community fire stations in some of Merseyside’s most vulnerable and deprived communities. In his current role as Chief Fire Officer, he brings a strong community focus to the service, using this to tackle the underlying factors which affect risk; this has led to a record low in the number of fire deaths.
As well as being a National Strategic Advisor for major national events, Phil is also a member of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Operations Coordination Committee, representing the role of Merseyside FRS in overseeing national resilience capabilities on behalf of the Home Office. He is also Vice Chair of the NFCC Prevention Coordination Committee and leads on the sector’s work with children and young people. The breadth of his work and experience gives Phil a unique understanding of the sector, as well as the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are vital to these essential services.
Brigadier David Neal
Provost Marshal (Army)
David has spent 25 years in the army and was appointed Provost Marshal (Army) in July 2016. As well as being the professional head of the Royal Military Police (the Redcaps), David is head of the Military Provost Staff, the personnel who run the Military Corrective Training Centre. With extensive operational experience in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Afghanistan, David is keen to continue the professionalisation of the Royal Military Police and the benchmarking with national best standards.
David’s own experience of investigations, close protection, detention and policing conducted overseas, often in hostile environments, combined with the unique and distinct capabilities of his organisation, bring an important, alternative perspective to the Route Panel’s work
Danny Wilks OBE
Formerly Head of Recruiting and Assessments, West Yorkshire Police
Danny worked for West Yorkshire Police for 48 years and was involved in policing HR for many years at a national level, including responsibility for managing HR for the Force’s Positive Action Recruitment Campaign. He has been a lay member of employment tribunals for over 20 years and is currently a Member of Chapter at Wakefield Cathedral.
In 2015, Danny was awarded the Force’s own award for Extraordinary Public Service, in recognition of the positive impact he had made on the police service nationally as an HR professional. In 2017, he received an OBE for services to policing and voluntary services to justice and the community in West Yorkshire.
Sales, marketing and procurement
Route Panel Chair
Station Director for Free Radio, Bauer Media
Godfrey has extensive experience and a track record of devising, implementing, supporting and delivering successful commercial transformation, across multiple business types and sectors. Having progressed from the sales floor to senior leadership roles in retail, coupled more recently with a successful transition to B2B leadership in telecoms, local media (in both print and digital) and digital advertising technology. He is passionate about developing individuals and teams and has a strong track record in building and developing sales teams on both a UK and international basis.
Formerly Head of Marketing and Industry Partnerships, Google
Sarah has over 19 years’ experience in the media profession, spanning publishing, sales, marketing and workforce development. Thirteen of these were spent at Google. A co-founder of Google’s Digital Academy, Sarah led the global expansion of its award-winning marketing leadership programme ‘Squared’ and has consulted for a wide range of global clients on how to deliver digital transformation through education.
Sarah is currently consulting on projects focused on delivering strategic growth through partnerships and/or digital education. She is passionate about the ability of technology to affect positive social change and deliver genuine value to individuals and organisations alike.
Lt Col (Retd) John Stroud-Turp
John is a retired artillery officer who has worked extensively in arms control, counter proliferation, defence capability and defence acquisition. Before his retirement, he was part of the UK’s delegation to a number of UN disarmament groups. He now undertakes consultancy work, primarily in defence and project management. He is also a magistrate, a member of the West London Bench and the London Family Panel, and a trustee of the Magistrates Association.
John holds a BA in Psychology from the University of London, BSc from the OU, and MBA and MSc from Cranfield University. An experienced teacher, instructor and mentor, John firmly believes in the importance of lifelong learning and ensuring people have opportunities to develop and prosper – this was a big part of his motivation for becoming a Panel Member.
Transport and logistics
Route Panel Chair
Head of Training Strategy, Network Rail
Michelle is responsible for directing and setting Network Rail’s apprentice policy and skills strategy. This includes safety, technical and behavioural training interventions required across the organisation, and in support of the supply chain, and of the Railway industry. Michelle also acts as the business interface with internal and external stakeholders, including Government departments, to support delivery of and subsequently report on, rail sector skills and apprenticeships.
Captain Neil Atkinson
Head of Campus, Fleetwood Nautical Campus, Blackpool and The Fylde College
Neil first went to the Fleetwood Nautical Campus of Blackpool and the Fylde College in 1989 as a night class student on a Royal Yachting Association course. Following a 22-year career at sea and continued association with the Campus, he returned as Head of Campus in 2013.
During his time in the industry, Neil obtained his Master Mariners qualification and progressed to the rank of Captain, combining a career at sea with a career in maritime education. He is now a Chartered Master Mariner, a Chartered Manager and member of the Chartered Management Institute, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Vice Chairman of the Merchant Navy Training Board and a Younger Brother of the Corporation of Trinity House. Neil is passionate about training the next generation of seafarers and sees apprentices as integral to this endeavour.
CEO, The Skills Group
David started his career as an apprentice navigation officer and has spent the last 30 years in the transport and logistics industry, delivering and managing complex warehousing, transport and freight forwarding solutions for national and multinational organisations. He is now CEO of The Skills Group and MD at Skills for Logistics. Both organisations specialise in the upskilling of individuals with separate arms of recruitment and consultancy and end-point assessment.
David holds a number of voluntary positions in the logistics sector, including Regional Chairman for the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and Distribution Sector Chairman for the local LEP. He is passionate about tackling the endemic skills challenge facing the transport and logistics industry, with a particular focus on attracting the next generation of professionals with digital skills.
Head of Heathrow Employment and Skills, Heathrow Airport Limited
Karima has worked in recruitment, training and apprenticeships for over 15 years and has extensive experience of developing employability and apprenticeship programmes in the airport sector. As Head of Employment and Skills for Heathrow, she provides strategic leadership for their award-winning Academy, helping to shape forward-thinking approaches to employment and skills development for Heathrow employers and communities. With some 76,500 employees and over 400 businesses, Heathrow is the largest employment site in the UK – the job opportunities it offers are vital to the local economy.
Karima has a passion for delivering business benefits through people. The work of her team not only ensures employers at Heathrow have access to a community of skilled workers to deliver priorities now and in the future, it also enables individuals to build sustainable and rewarding careers, often when other routes to employment have proved challenging or beyond reach.
Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Customer Officer, DHL Supply Chain, UK and Ireland
Paul is a member of the DHL Supply Chain UKI Board, responsible for two key areas of the business – innovation and customers. His role as Chief Innovation Officer focuses on the application of new technologies and use of innovation to transform customer supply chains. As Chief Customer Officer, he leads the company’s strategy for accelerating growth and retaining customers.
With over 25 years’ experience in logistics, Paul’s career has spanned both business development and operations. In 2012, he held the role of MD of DHL’s Specialist Services business, a sector established to identify new industries for DHL to enter. Prior to this, he was responsible for leading the fashion sector, where he was instrumental in the growth and renewal of an extensive customer base.
Paul is passionate about developing talent and has personally led a range of programmes to support colleagues on their learning journey and accelerate their careers within DHL.
Managing Director, Frimstone
Mark is Managing Director of Frimstone, responsible for setting and delivering strategy to grow and develop one of Norfolk’s largest independent quarry businesses.
After graduating from the University of Newcastle with an MSc in Rock Mechanics and Excavation Engineering, Mark started his working life in the land drilling industry, promoting NVQs and working on projects in Norway, France and Middle East. He later worked in various logistics and commercial roles in the extractive industry, before joining Frimstone in 2011 to help develop their rail infrastructure in East Anglia.
Mark sees the new apprenticeships as playing a vital role in drawing new employees into the industry and is a keen advocate of the opportunities they offer.