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Semta Chairman to Step Down

Allan Cook612th January 2017

Leading industrialist Allan Cook CBE, is to stand down from his role as Semta Chairman at the end of March, it has been announced.

Allan has been at the helm of the Semta Group for more than six years and has overseen the transition from a Sector Skills Council to an employer-led organisation recognised by government and industry as the pre-eminent experts in apprenticeships, technical and vocational education in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector.

Allan Cook CBE said: “The skills landscape in our sector has changed beyond all recognition and during my time as Chairman of Semta I have been very fortunate to have had the benefit of the support and collaboration of an outstanding Semta board and of course the Semta organisation under the strong leadership of Ann Watson. It has been an honour and a real pleasure to play a part in this important transition and I know that I leave in the knowledge that it is thriving and will continue its vital work – helping to provide the engineering skills this nation needs.”

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta said: "On behalf of the Semta board of trustees I would like to sincerely thank Allan for his drive, commitment and leadership over his tenure as Chair.

“Allan will leave a strong Semta Group and legacy behind on which his successor to the role can further build.”

An announcement on Allan Cook’s successor will be made in due course.

Find out more about applying for the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees. The deadline for applications is Friday 27th January 2017.