Skills team profiles
Director of Skills
Adam Powell has joined the WE LEP as Director of Skills, following eight years at Bath Spa University, where he managed a £5 million employability enhancement project and oversaw a year-on-year improvement in graduate destinations, with most recently 95% of graduates in jobs or further study within six months of graduating.
Adam will be responsible for leading the LEP Skills team in the delivery of their vision to develop a well-educated and well-motivated workforce that meets business needs now and in the future.
Marina has worked for over 10 years in Bristol within the creative industries, as Producer and Project Manager for Calling The Shots, Love Productions, Knowle West Media Centre and Icon Films. Clients included: BBC, Department of Schools and Families, Parliament, Mediabox, Firstlight, BCC, South Gloucester Youth Services, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet, Channel 4 & UK Film Council.
Marina is currently responsible for developing comms and reporting, monitoring and managing the delivery of targets whilst ensuring compliance within the projects risk and performance management arrangements. She is the project manager for the Skills Show Experience and contracts and budget manager for the skills team.
Skills Adviser: Low Carbon
Pearl has worked for over 10 years providing business support to SME's within the South West delivering the Business Link, Skills and Environmental Support Contracts. Her role is to engage businesses, identify the skills needs of the low carbon sector and provide solutions through a range of support and services offered by the LEP and partners to help businesses develop a skilled workforce and grow.
Pearl is responsible for maintaining close relationships with the LEP Low Carbon Sector Group and partner organisations that represent the views of members and ensuring that the Low Carbon Sector Skills Group actively works together to have a positive impact on businesses and the economic growth of the sector within the area.
Skills Adviser: Engineering, Professional Services & Inward Investment
Having spent over 10 years working within work based learning provision Becca has experience of Apprenticeships, NVQs in the workplace and supporting people into employment. She has worked within a variety of sectors including engineering, construction and professional services.
As the Skills Adviser for Advanced Engineering, Professional Services and Inward Investment Becca will work closely with businesses in the West of England to ensure they are getting the best from the local educational establishments. Increasing the communication between education and industry to help facilitate a variety of activities to meet the ever demanding employment and business needs and expand the range of opportunities available to young people.
Skills Adviser: Creative
Nicky has over 15 years' experience working in the creative industries; as a freelance camera lighting operator, director, creative facilitator and recently as Education and Digital Media Producer leading on the devising and delivery of the creative education programme at Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol.
As Skills Adviser for Creative, Nicky will engage with both businesses and education providers across the creative & cultural sector, identifying skill requirements and facilitating the growth of the creative industries in the West of England. Nicky will also develop the 'Creative Skills Hub' working closely alongside Creative Skillset and other partners to offer a range of services to both employers and potential employees.
Rose has over 10 years experience working in the creative sector, both as an arts administrator and as a performer. Having trained as a dancer at Bath Spa University, she went on to create and co-direct 'The Bureau of Random Acts', a touring physical theatre company. She currently teaches contemporary dance throughout Bristol and works as a choreographer for various circus performers in the city. Through 2011/12 Rose was project consultant on 'Bristol Live Open Platform' and 'You and Your Work' at Arnolfini.
Rose is currently administrating the Creative Employment Programme, an Arts Council funded project helping to create and fund paid internships within the Creative industry in and around Bristol.
Skills Adviser: Schools
Gill worked as Bristol's 14-19 Partnership Manager over the past 3 year's co-ordinating their offsite qualifications, finance and transport as well as working on individual projects with groups of schools – Gifted & Talented, Careers, audits. Gill also works for the Local Authority on Raising the Participation Age and previously on School Improvement. She is a qualified Ofsted Inspector.
Previously Gill worked in schools for 30 years finishing her teaching career as a Deputy Head of a Secondary school in Cornwall.
Gill leads and coordinates all schools activity for the LEP and has a particular focus on the Chartermark and employability in schools. Gill also leads on schools activity and the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
Henry has worked for over six years in bid writing and fundraising for both the Further Education sector and the Voluntary Sector in Bristol, working in partnership with a variety of organisations to develop joint project proposals. Henry has a background in partnership working including the delivery of the Station project in the centre of Bristol (involving the private, public and voluntary sectors) and media and communication work at Comic Relief. He has even been an Airship Crewman for the Virgin Airship and Balloon Company.
Henry will be working with the five Further Education Colleges in the West of England to develop and deliver a provider response to the LEP Skills Plan and working with the West of England Vice Principals Joint Planning Group and also co-ordinating FE engagement in delivering the LEP targets.
World Skills Administrator
Gail has recently returned to the UK after 9 years living in France. She has had a wide ranging career background in both the public and private sectors and has worked in many diverse roles – ranging from industrial photography, IT support, bar work, PA - through to company director.
She is a keen horse rider, down-trodden groom for her daughter, and fierce supporter of her son's football team.
Gail's primary focus at the LEP is providing administrative support for the World Skills Show series of events being held over the course of this year and ensuring compliancy in line with the funding agencies' reporting requirements.
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