Our Leadership Team is currently made up of our Interim Chief Executive and six directors. The meet regularly to set our strategic and operational direction based on our business plan. We are currently recruiting for a new Chief Executive following the departure of Sharon Allen OBE who now takes on the role of CEO at Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge after being at Skills for Care since 2010.
Andy originally trained as a teacher and later as a social worker and an external verifier in management and health and social care qualifications. He has a MBA with a strong focus on learning and development.
Andy has worked in residential child care and remand services, education welfare and as a lecturer in a further education college. He helped to set up a training company attached to a learning disability charity and delivered training across the South West of England.
Andy joined TOPSS England (now Skills for Care) as a regional development officer for the South West before being appointed as director of sector development – skills. He is now undertaking the role of Interim Chief Executive until we appoint a permanent Chief Executive.
Interim Director of sector development - skills
Rob has 32 years’ experience of learning development, education and leadership gained in a variety of settings from private sector, third sector and government.
Starting his career with Barnardo’s working with young people with learning disabilities in community-based projects Rob moved into government learning and development management with the Training and Enterprise Council and then the Learning and Skills Council leading teams in work-based learning and apprenticeships across a variety of sectors. Rob moved into the Department for Education in policy for Early Years Education before joining Skills for Care in January 2014.
Rob’s previous role in Skills for Care was programme head for standards, learning, qualifications and apprenticeships.
Interim Director of sector development – engagement
Georgina has over 10 years of experience in the Social Care and Health sectors. Her previous role at Skills for Care was programme head for employer engagement with responsibility for developing and implementing approaches to engagement with specific groups of employers, and managing the delivery of nationwide services and programmes.
Georgina is an experienced and programme and project manager with specific insight into the adult social care market and its supply chains, grant investment and management and stakeholder engagement.
Georgina has a BSC Honours in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration and is a Trustee of People Matters (West Yorkshire).
Director of sector development – innovation
Maria has over twenty years’ experience in social work practice and management, and education and training. She has a degree in Social Sciences and Psychology and a MS in Social Work Studies - CQSW.
Maria has managed child care services and worked in voluntary projects delivering services for refugee children and their families. She lectured in social work for six years and was course director of a practice teaching programme.
Maria moved to TOPSS England (now Skills for Care) when it was created and is now director of sector development – innovation, leading a team responsible for workforce innovation, policy, research, social work, and recruitment and retention.
Director of marketing and communications
Barry is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, has a degree in Philosophy and Linguistics.
Barry has led marketing and communications teams in the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Sector Skills Development Agency and at Department for Work and Pensions, Department for International Development and Department for Education.
He has managed large, integrated direct response campaigns using TV, radio and direct mail, as well as developing no/ low-cost techniques for organisations using social platforms to enable organisations to listen to what people are telling them; and to get their messages across quickly.
Director of digital transformation
Kevin has over 30 Years’ experience in IT and digital roles with twenty of those in IT and digital leadership roles in private and public-sector organisation working in UK and Europe. He has a BSc in Computer Science and a MSc in Business & IT Management, and is an Agile PM, Prince2 and MSP Practitioner.
He has worked with ATOS - European IT Division, Origin C&P, the Department for Education: UKCES, Skills for Justice and local authorities (Harrogate Borough Council and Lancaster City Council) providing a broad range of expertise and advice.
More recently Kevin has worked in digital transformation and delivery digital transformation initiatives in local authorities, but previously has managed large-scale IT transformation projects and delivering IT and digital initiatives into the skills and education sector.
Sue has a BSc Honours degree in Economics and Statistics from Leeds University and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship from Manchester Business School.
Sue is a qualified Chartered Accountant, who trained with one of the big four international accounting and auditing firms. After qualification she gained experience including corporate taxation, receiverships/ liquidations/ bank security reviews and due diligence.
She has managed a portfolio of audit clients including commercial companies, pension schemes and a portfolio of charitable, not for profit, voluntary sector and social housing clients mainly based in Yorkshire.
Sue joined Skills for Care nine years ago and has worked in finance and accountancy for over 25 years.