Advocates are successful in their chosen career and strongly believe in the work of WorldSkills UK. They champion their support for our work on social media, in their organisations and at events helping us to reach more young people, education groups and businesses.
Peter Bakare, Olympian
Peter is a professional volleyball player who represented Team GB at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
After completing his degree in Animation and a Diploma in Executive Coaching and Leadership, Peter set up his own company Nutri Troops which works with schools to help young people understand how to live and embrace healthy lifestyles.
Peter is an enthusiastic supporter of the work of WorldSkills UK through his role as a Performance Coach. Drawing on his experience as a professional athlete, Peter mentors and supports the members of Squad and Team UK as they prepare to represent their country at the ‘Skills Olympics’.
Peter said: “Witnessing the competitors grow in confidence, and you know regardless of how far they progress in the competitions that confidence will stay with them throughout their working life, shows why the work of WorldSkills UK is so important. I enjoy every minute of being a Performance Coach, I have also learnt a huge amount from the competitors I am mentoring. If you feel you have experience and knowledge to share, I would certainly encourage you to apply to be a Performance Coach.”
Ben Murphy, Chef
Having learnt his craft under Pierre Koffmann at the Berkeley, who also trained Gordon Ramsey and Marco Pierre-White and who to this day remains Ben’s mentor, Ben went on to hold positions at three Michelin-starred restaurant Les Pres d’Eugénie in the south of France, Le Bristol in Paris and Mayfair’s two starred The Greenhouse, before being appointed Head Chef of The Woodford. With accolades such as the Good Food Guide’s Chef to Watch and Food & Travel’s Breakthrough Chef of the Year under his belt, Ben is now Head Chef at Launceston Place, London.
Ben competed as part of Team UK at EuroSkills Lisbon 2010 and went on to compete at WorldSkills London 2011 winning Gold. He said: “Taking part in the WorldSkills UK, EuroSkills and WorldSkills Competitions has had a massively positive impact on me and my career. Competing gave me confidence in myself, brought me out of my shell and most importantly made me believe in my own cooking ability, something that has been invaluable in my career so far.”
Rory Andrew, Fashion Designer
Inspired by fashion at a young age, Rory began studying design aged 16 at North Glasgow College. In 2012, he moved to Paris to work at Yves Saint Laurent, where he worked closely with Hedi Slimane, Creative Director at the fashion house. In 2016, Rory left Paris, returning to Glasgow to follow his childhood dream of launching his own fashion label. In late 2016, Rory launched ‘Rory Andrew’, which is a collection of women’s and men’s pieces that have a timeless elegance encapsulating the history, beauty and romance of Scotland, with a modern sensibility.
Rory competed as part of Team UK at EuroSkills Lisbon 2010 and at WorldSkills London 2011. He said: “Competing at EuroSkills and WorldSkills was such an incredible experience. The training and the Competitions, really do provide you with skills that you can use in your professional working life. Being given the chance to meet other young individuals who are just as passionate as you really inspires you and helps build your confidence, it also makes for lasting friendships.”