Our senior team

Our Leadership Team meets regularly to set our strategic and operational direction based on our business plan. 

Oonagh Smyth - Chief ExecutiveNew Oonagh Image

Oonagh Smyth is CEO of Skills for Care. For seven years she was Executive Director of Strategy and Influence at Mencap leading a directorate of around 500 people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Oonagh has held roles at the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and the Northern Ireland Equality Commission, senior roles in Westminster Equalities Partnership and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. She is a former Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, which is a cross-sector alliance of 80 social care organisations influencing at the highest government levels.


Tricia Pereira 

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Georgina Turner

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).

 Jenny Patton and Sarah Gilbert (Jobshare)

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Kevin Pyatt

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 Shaw

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.

Ruth Stickler

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Sarah – Jane Dale 

 Sarah-Jane is also Chief Operating Officer of Affina Organisation Development (part of the Skills for Care Group).  She has held senior roles in health and social care workforce, organisation and business development for over 10 years.

Sarah-Jane has led strategic and operational business development in a range of sectors, working with both dedicated teams and remote associates, across the UK and Ireland, and has been a key partner leading pioneering work focused on dignity in care across northern Europe.

Sarah Jane is an experienced organisation development practitioner committed to collective and compassionate leadership.A Masters level qualified software engineer, social science graduate and lean business improvement facilitator.