KIRSTY HUNN - THE LEARNING CURVE GROUP (VICE CHAIR)
RICHARD CLIFTON - SHAW TRUST
Chief Commercial Officer
Richard has worked in the employment and skills sector since 1993, delivering every major contract from New Deal to Work and Health Programme, alongside other national and local government contacts. Richard has a broad range of knowledge and experience from working in both the not for profit and commercial sectors. He also has experience of local government commissioning as a previous elected County Councillor and Cabinet Member.
LIZ SEWELL - BELINA CONSULTING
Liz Sewell is Director of Belina Consulting and runs their GRoW Programme to support women excluded from the labour market get back to work. She has worked as a consultant advising public sector on Childcare for staff and is a former Chief Executive of Gingerbread, Director of the Insitute of Employability Professionals and Chair of Trustees at the Welfare Rights organisation LASA. She is a Fellow of the IEP.
NAOMI ILAGOSWA - THE GROWTH COMPANY Head of Partnership Services
Naomi Ilagoswa is the Head of Strategic Partnerships & External Projects for The Growth Company. The Growth Company is an award-winning, accredited, social enterprise with a mission to enable growth, create jobs and improve lives. Naomi has worked in the sector for over 13 years and is now responsible for the integration and stakeholder engagement for a large range of key employment, health & justice programmes across the North of England as well as managing bespoke projects and pilots such as the Employment Legal Advice Service and EmployGM.
TONY ADAMSON - LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY Head of Partnership Services
Tony has worked in the disability sector for 20 years. He is currently Head of Partnership Services at Leonard Cheshire Disability, the largest charity in the UK working to improve the lives of disabled people, and is accountable for the delivery of a wide range of community-based employment, volunteering and digital inclusion programmes. Before this, he worked at Mencap for 12 years and was a senior manager developing and delivering support for people with a learning disability.
VANDA DE FREITAS - BLACKPOOL COUNCIL Head of Work and Health Programme
After graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Social Policy followed by teacher training, Vanda worked in Further and Higher Education before moving into employment services with Connexions Lancashire. She was seconded to Blackpool Council to set up a new adult employment team – Positive Steps into Work – and is now Head of Work and Health Programmes.
Having worked in both the education and employment support sectors for almost 20 years, Vanda has extensive experience at a managerial level of overseeing the delivery of a range of programmes across an array of funding including the Northern Way Worklessness Pilots, Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, Future Jobs Fund and Work Programme.
More recently, Vanda has been involved with the delivery of a number of high profile national pilots focused on embedding Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in allied health services; DWP Joint Work and Health Unit’s Mental Health and Employment Trailblazer and Public Health England’s IPS – Alcohol and Drugs trial.
CAROLINE FOX - TWIN GROUP
Caroline Fox is the CEO of Twin Group, a company formed 25 years ago with her Twin sister. Twin has two main businesses. The first is a UK employability and skills focused business, acting as prime contractor to national Government bodies, like DWP, ESFA and the NCS trust, also regional commissioners like LEPs and GLA. It also subcontracts for other industry participants. It serves a wide range of service end-users, from NEETS and disadvantaged demographic groups to families, parents, ex-offenders, university graduates – and teenagers aged 16-17 from all backgrounds. The second is an international education and student travel, serving students from 90+ nations, with English schools, teacher training, work experience provision and “young learner programmes” in the UK and Ireland.
Caroline achieved a Directorship at Pitman’s colleges at the age of 29, before setting up Twin from a spare bedroom. She then describes her career development as the continual addition of skills in Finance, Business Development, Sales, Marketing and most importantly, building a high performing management team. Resident in Southeast London, outside of her work, Caroline’s interests are travel, family and Cockapoo Phoebe. Caroline’s main focus daily is thinking of ways to link both parts of Twin to maximise life-improving opportunities for all who have access to Twin services.
OLIVER JACOBS - TWINING ENTERPRISE
Oliver is CEO of Twining Enterprise, a mental health and employment charity. He began his career as a stockbroker and then transitioned to change-making work for organisations including TimeBank, Save the Children International, the United Nations and the Cabinet Office. Oliver studied at Nottingham Business School (MBA), Harvard Business School (Strategic Perspectives in Non-for-Profit Management) and has written on innovative approaches to individual, team, organisational and community development through Action Inquiry.
MOHAMMED ALI OBE - QED
Founder and CEO
Mohammed Ali has lived in Bradford since 1969. He studied at Huddersfield and Bradford Universities. For ten years he worked in private, public and the voluntary sectors in UK and abroad before setting up QED Foundation in 1990, a national charity that supports the social and economic integration of ethnic minority communities. QED runs ESOL and employability skills training to find people jobs and provides consultancy support to public and private sectors in recruiting an ethnically diverse workforce. He has held numerous pubic and voluntary sector appointments at local, national and European levels. For his work with communities in 1997, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Bradford and OBE in 2001.
PAUL DE PELLETTE - TRIAGE CENTRAL (CHAIR)
Chief Executive Officer
Paul de Pellette joined Triage as Chief Executive Officer in September 2019.
Triage was founded in 1998 by people who wanted to champion and nurture a collaborative and people focused culture to fuel social cohesion, personal development and achievements and contribute to economic drivers. Working across Scotland and the North of England, Triage partners with multiple public, private and CVS organisations to deliver employment, education and training programmes that respond to the social, cultural, inclusive and economic growth agendas.
COLIN GEERING - LTE GROUP
Business Development Manager
Colin has worked in and around employment-related services for over 25 years. From brokering jobs and placements for offenders as a young graduate, to running successful operational and business development teams across large public, private and third sector organisations. Colin has also worked in Central and Local Government as a service commissioner and in making the case for devolution of employment and skills to city regions and devolved nations.
Colin is currently LTE Group’s Business Development Director. LTE (Learning Training & Employment) are a Social Enterprise and an FE Corporation whose subsidiaries/divisions include Novus (Offender Education/Rehabilitation); The Manchester College (FE), UCEN (University) and Total People (Apprenticeships/AEB).
JAMES CLARK-ALLAN - CAPITA
Business Development Manager
Having graduated from Leeds Beckett University, James enjoyed an accomplished early career in banking with first direct and HSBC PLC.
James entered the Employment Support sector in 2004 with A4e Ltd, and holds a deep understanding of the sector, being part of the many W2W policy and delivery changes over the last 20 years. He managed the delivery of New Deal, Flexible New Deal and The Work Programme, as well as ESF/ESIF provision, before going on to work with a number of the large Prime organisations as well as within the Training Provider network, working across Employability, Skills, Justice and Youth.
Having built a successful career in Senior Business Development and Operational roles within the sector, James is currently working within Growth, Health and Welfare shaping Capita’s Employability Business and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals.