I started my career in 1985 helping young people to start up their own businesses which led to a role setting up an enterprise agency in North Manchester and ultimately to becoming the Head of Enterprise for the Manchester Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
This activity was taken over when the Training and Enterprise Councils arrived and with them Business Links. From this point I managed two Business Link satellite offices promoting a range of business support services. I built on this expertise by leading a Business Support Team at Salford City Council team where our focus was attracting domestic and international inward investors.
A relocation to the East Midlands led me join North Nottinghamshire TEC where I led an inward investment team and attracted ten companies over a two year period.
From this point I undertook a number of sector and project management focused job roles for the Learning & Skills Council including managing a three year flagship project with NHS East Midlands which led to the delivery of over 26,000 training opportunities including 1,700 apprenticeships.
I then moved into training provider and employer relationship contract management for the Skills Funding Agency. During this period, I managed seven training provider contracts with a total contract value of £18M and went on to be the account manager of Employer Ownership contracts which enabled employers to shape their own training, the largest single contract was for £17M.
Finally, I went full circle and returned to my roots by working for the East Midlands Chamber as a Business Development Adviser where I supported 250+ companies of all sizes to develop workforce development plans including the recruitment of apprentices.
I have now decided to harness the wealth of experience I have built over the last 30 years to start my own consultancy where my sole focus will be to making a real difference to the competitiveness of the individual businesses of my clients.