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Board of Directors
Our board of directors combine wide-ranging experience in the delivery of Apprenticeships and employability skills in a number of UK organisations, with the knowledge of business operations needed to make our programmes relevant to the current requirements of industrial partners.
Simon Gotch - Chairman
Responsible, with the Chief Executive, for setting the strategic objectives and direction of the company, Simon provides high level and operational support where necessary within the business. Part of the business development process and a key driver of employer, sector and strategic partnership development, he has managed training and recruitment businesses for over 15 years.
Martin Dunford OBE - Chief Executive
Working with the rest of the Board, Martin is responsible for setting and delivering the strategic and operational objectives for Skills Training UK. Previously he was Chief Executive of The Training and Business Group (TBG) during which time the organisation grew to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK.
After University, Martin began his career in education, teaching science to overseas students in Oxford. He then moved into international sales and marketing, product and business development of high value, hi-tech scientific instrumentation; a demanding industrial market where competitive advantage is achieved via fast paced continuous improvement. Whilst working in this market he gained his MBA.
Martin is a founder member and Chairman of The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and has steered the organisation in its growth in size and influence. He meets frequently with government ministers, senior civil servants and funding agency CEOs and senior managers.
He was a member of the Steering Group of The End to End Review of Modern Apprenticeships (2002) and also a member of the advisory panel to Sir Andrew Foster (The Foster Review of FE) (2004). In 2004 he was appointed to the Board of the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), and later the Board of the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA), chairing its Finance Committee.
He was also a long-standing member of both the Further Education & Skills Ministerial Advisory Panel and the Apprenticeship Ambassador’s Network.
Martin was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to skills training.
Sacha Dingomal – Director of Finance and Corporate Services
Sacha is a qualified accountant and mathematics graduate of Kings College London. He has worked across several diverse sectors in both Financial and Management accounting roles.
Sacha joined us in Feb 2015 from the Royal Opera House and has experience of delivering education as a non-QTS Secondary Maths teacher. His responsibilities at Skills Training UK also include the MIS, Information Technology and overseeing the HR function.
Graham Clarke - Development Director
Graham is responsible for business development, designing and developing our employability and skills programmes and for building supply chain networks for effective delivery.
He is an accomplished relationship manager, educationalist and welfare-to-work specialist with experience of many facets of delivery including tutoring, centre and district management and continuous improvement strategy.
Stephen Crawley - Skills Director
As Skills Director, Stephen is head of our Apprenticeships delivery and programmes for 16-24s. Since he joined Skills Training UK he has achieved year-on-year increases in funding for our Apprenticeships programmes and has ensured we are at the forefront of delivery of a wide range of Apprenticeships to all sizes and sectors of business.
Stephen's background is in quality assurance and continuous improvement in manufacturing; general management of businesses and in education and training.
Steven Mitchell - Director of Continuous Improvement and Compliance
Steven has led Skills Training UK towards a number of quality milestones, including; becoming the first organisation to achieve Excellent for the Merlin Standard twice; an overall grade of Good from OFSTED; and full assurance from the DWP Provider Assurance Team. Steven started his career after university at ABN AMRO before joining Reed In Partnership, leading the quality team there nationally before joining Skills Training UK in 2009, joining the Board in 2014. Steven currently attends as a member of the AELP Quality Forum and is a member of the Pearson Work Based Learning Advisory Board.
Julian Harley - Non-executive Director
Julian provides an extra tier of accountability to the Board, and his commercial experience is a valuable source of strategic guidance, business development and business enhancement initiatives. He has run businesses in the training and recruitment sector for over 20 years and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Directors. Julian has been a non-executive director of several businesses.