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Management Team

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 20 years.

Simon is Vice-Chair of Education South West, a 10 school Multi Academy Trust based in Devon. He is also a Non-Exec Director of CoGen UK, a leading developer of Energy from Waste projects in the UK and Europe. 

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. He has steered the company’s year on year growth in market share to become one of the country’s leading, national Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Study Programme providers. 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 he began his career in international (Europe, Japan, USA) sales and marketing, product and business development of high value, hi-tech scientific instrumentation; a demanding advanced manufacturing market where competitive advantage is achieved via rapid 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; from a handful it now has over 900 members.

He was a Board member of both the LSDA and QIA, where he was Chairman of the Finance Committee, and a long standing member of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network.

Martin was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to skills training.

Stewart Segal - Non-Executive Director

Stewart has worked in the funded work-based learning sector for over 20 years and in particular has supported the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) since its formation. He was Chief Executive Officer of AELP from April 2013 until March 2016. Following a background in HR and general management in the private sector, Stewart joined Hertfordshire Training and Enterprise Council in 1994 as Chief Executive until 1998. 

Stephen Crawley - Chief Operating Officer (COO)

As COO Stephen is responsible for delivery of all programmes and revenue streams. Stephen has achieved year-on-year increases in funding for all programmes and has ensured we are at the forefront of delivery of a wide range of Apprenticeships both frameworks and Standards in specific sectors to both levy and non levy employers.

Stephen's background is in quality assurance and continuous improvement in manufacturing; as well as general management of businesses in education and training.

Steven Mitchell - Director of Research, Innovation and Development

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 which supports OFSTED and the inspection of Further Education and Skills and a member of the AELP London advisory board which is helping to shape the Mayor of London’s Skills and Adult Education Strategy.

Graham Clarke - Director of Education and Social Mobility

Graham is responsible for the supply chain management of our ESF delivery across several LEP areas and our relationships with the LEP’s, LA’s and the ESFA.

As a qualified teacher and experienced educationalist his knowledge is invaluable in the delivery of our large scale Traineeships and Study Programme operations; the vast majority of our learners on these programmes come from a disadvantaged background with very low prior attainment; however all of them with great potential, which is clearly evidenced by the results Skills Training achieves.

Mark Parminter – Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Mark joined Skills Training UK in March 2018 as Director of Finance and Corporate Services, prior to this he occupied a seat on the board as Finance Director at Ickenham Travel Group PLC a role he held throughout a period of significant growth via a number of strategic acquisitions within the travel space. Partnering with senior management to drive growth and build value through continuous improvement.

Mark studied at the Thames Valley University and is an ATOL licensed accountant and for most of his career worked in Finance for a number of  multi-national corporations, having held senior roles at Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) a Fortune 500 Company and the Pioneer Corporation commonly referred to as Pioneer, a Japanese multi-national corporation based in Tokyo that specializes in digital entertainment products.

Mark has over 20 years of strategic financial management experience, which will prove invaluable in his role as Director of Finance and Corporate Services.