UK Commission for Employment and Skills strengthened by new appointments

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UK Commission for Employment and Skills strengthened by new appointments

Business Secretary Vince Cable and Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith have appointed nine new Commissioners to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.


The UK Commission works with government to raise skill levels, helping drive enterprise, create more and better jobs and promote economic growth.  It is led by Commissioners from large and small employers, trade unions and the voluntary sector.

The new Commissioners are:


  • Lucy Adams, Director of Business Operations, BBC
    Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby
    John Cridland, Director-General of the CBI
    David Fairhurst, Chief People Officer,  McDonald’s Europe
    Dr Deirdre Hughes, Lead Consultant, European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network
    Tony Lau-Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Eastleigh College
    Trevor Matthews, CEO, Aviva UK
    Seyi Obakin, Chief Executive of Centrepoint
    Sean Taggart, Owner and Chief Executive of The Albatross Group


They join an existing team of 16 Commissioners, led by Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. 


Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable said:


“The diverse backgrounds and viewpoints represented by the nine new Commissioners will strengthen the Commission’s capacity to deliver skills for growth across all sectors, helping boost national productivity and competitiveness.”


UK Commission Chairman Charlie Mayfield added:


“It is a great time to refresh the Commission, adding to the authority and credibility we bring to bear just as we start to get traction on our priorities and goals.

Together with our existing Commissioners we have an extremely strong line up.  Following a competitive recruitment process, I’m also pleased to appoint Michael Davis as the Commission’s permanent CEO. I know he will be a great asset in our mission to raise skill levels to help drive enterprise, jobs and growth.”


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