The Board does a fantastic job, often behind the scenes, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their ongoing dedication to Semta and its aspirations.
Our Board members are a multi-disciplinary group from across a wide variety of sectors – from automotive and aerospace to electronics and defence. Their collective breadth of experience and expertise is unparalleled. All of which helps to steer Semta in the right direction and ensures our continued relevance to the sector we support.
I'd like to give a special mention to our Chairman, Allan Cook CBE. Allan has held a wide range of senior positions at a number of leading companies, including WS Atkins, Cobham plc, GEC Marconi and BAE Systems. He is also the Lead Non-Executive Board member at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, where he is Vice President, and chairs the Academy's employer-led Diversity Leadership Group.
I'm also delighted to welcome two new members to the Semta Board. Martin Hottass from Siemens was appointed in September 2015 and Alison Fuller from University College London joined us last December.
Martin has been with Siemens for the last ten years, where he is responsible for their UK skills agenda. His commitment to learning and development is exemplary, representing Siemens on the Strategy Group of the National Skills Academy for Power. He also serves on a number of steering groups, most notably for the development of the Higher Apprenticeships in Manufacturing and Project Management. Martin has been responsible for Siemens' Apprenticeship Programme in England, Scotland and Wales since they became a national training contract holder in 2008.
Alison is Pro-Director of Research & Development at University College London Institute of Education and Professor of Vocational Education and Work. She has been researching and publishing in the field of education - work transitions, apprenticeship vocational education and training (VET) and widening participation in higher education for 25 years. Alison has been appointed Independent Adviser to the Education and Training Foundation's VET expert panel, is a member of the All Parliamentary Skills Commission and was recently consulted by BIS about the selection of the new employer-led National Colleges.
I look forward to working with Martin and Alison and the other Board members as we continue to deliver employer-led solutions to meet industry's skills' needs.
Watch out in the coming weeks for their 'guest blogs' - these will give you an insight into their day jobs and why they are passionate about the work that Semta supports.