Rooney Anand is Chairman of private equity backed businesses Away Resorts and Purity Soft Drinks. He also serves as Senior Independent Director for Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and senior advisor to KKR in the UK. After an early career in FMCG, Rooney is credited with having turned Greene King, the national pub retailer and brewer, into a brand-led restaurant/hotel operator and FTSE 250 company during his tenure as CEO.
Marion Plant OBE is Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC and Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust which is responsible for four secondary schools. Marion also served a three-year term as a Non-executive Director at the Department for Education. In March 2018 Marion was awarded the ‘Business Woman of the Year Award’ by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.
Barry Liles OBE is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Skills & Lifelong Learning) and Head of the Wales Institute of Science & Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Barry joined WorldSkills UK’s Board as a Trustee in 2013 and is also Chair Carmarthenshire Public Services Board (2015- present day) and Chair Regional Learning & Skills Partnership Provider Group (2014- present day).
Brian has been Principal and Chief Executive at Southern Regional College since the formation of the college in 2008. He previously held the position of Deputy Director for Teaching and Learning at the Newry and Kilkeel Institute. Brian has taught in both the post primary and further education sectors and is a past graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University and has recently completed a senior leadership programme at the University of Oxford.
Dawn Childs is the Change Director for National Grid with responsibility for driving transformation across the UK business. She has held several previous roles across various industries, including the Group Engineering Director for Merlin Entertainments and the Head of Engineering at Gatwick Airport. Dawn joined Gatwick Airport in 2012 after serving for 23 years as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force. Dawn is also President of the Women’s Engineering Society.
Mark is the Chief Executive of The Skills Network. He is on a range of government boards such as the ESFA Advisory Board and the FE Reform Advisory Group. Previously, Mark Dawe was the Chief Executive of OCR, the exam board, for 5 years. He has been a governor of primary and secondary schools and a further education college.
Mike James is an engineer by background and now Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale College Group. He has over 23 years of experience in the FE sector, including holding senior posts in both Bristol and a major London College prior to Cardiff.
Sam is Portland Communications’ Managing Director responsible for the agency’s client teams around the world. He provides senior counsel to a range of clients on all aspects of media, politics and reputation. He began his career working at The Independent before joining the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) as a fast stream entrant.
Paul Little is founder/CEO of Glasgow City College. Over the past 30 years he has successfully led and reshaped five UK colleges earning a national and international reputation as a visionary reformer, successful change agenda leader, merger specialist and thought leader in redefining college education.