My Career began in 1990 whilst working for the Training and Enterprise Councils in Wales. Steering provider auditing practice and overseeing self-assessment plans for the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model. From there I moved into the programme management profession working on skills related projects
Over the last 25 years, I have been working within the Welsh Civil Service. Initially, on European Programmes building consensus around policy and delivery related objectives whilst maintaining links with the EU Commission and other nations via programmes such as Leonardo, Erasmus and Interreg.
From 2005, I was responsible for the development of policies and associated programmes to deliver against Welsh Government’s Ministerial priorities around those Not in Education, Employment or Training, tackling economic inactivity and unemployment.
Between 2010-2018, I was responsible for the Apprenticeship programme in Wales. I cultivated a culture of innovation, expanding the boundaries of what constitutes an Apprenticeship via the development of high quality integrated learner pathways. I collaborated with schools to develop Junior Apprenticeships (14-16 year olds); I enhanced Further Education Programmes (16-19 year olds); created a Shared Apprenticeship scheme and directed new Degree Apprenticeships offer. In late 2017, I published “Aligning the Apprenticeship model to the needs of the Welsh Economy.” It delivered the Programme for Government target of 100,000 Apprenticeship places; and supported around 35,000 employers across Wales.
Since 2019, I have been operating as “Head Employability Development, Delivery and Operations” this has involved leading major transformational change programmes linked to Employability and Skills activities across Wales. I manage a diverse range of projects and grant approaches. Gender Equality, Wales Union Learning Fund, Offender Learning, Essential Skills in Wales, Employability and Skills Programmes together with Careers Services within Schools and for adults via our new Working Wales Service.
I am the Welsh lead for Skills Competitions. I developed and now lead the “Team Wales” network of over 100 Welsh external organisations; linked into regional and global competitions and benchmarking activities on skills. I have used my energy and commitment to cultivate awareness around the benefits of skills competitions, forging links and unifying “Team Wales.” Supporting around 1,400 Welsh competitors each year.