Employment & Skills Board


Employment & Skills Board

Our Employment and Skills Board gives strategic leadership and direction on the skills programme of the strategic economic plan. It brings together key stakeholders working in skills and employment in the North East.

The Board includes representatives from our Board, the North East Combined Authority, universities, colleges and local business representatives. The Board membership is:

  • Andrew Hodgson – Chair, and Chair of North East LEP Board
  • Emma Banks – Datatrial
  • Carole Botton- VONNE
  • Sandra Brydon – Department of Work and Pensions
  • Beth Farhat –  Trades Union Congress
  • Tony Fawcett – Durham University
  • Geoff Ford – Ford Aerospace and Ford Component Manufacturing
  • Sarah Glendinning – CBI
  • Simon Hanson – Federation of Small Businesses
  • David Harper – Harper Co Ltd
  • Catherine Marchant – Improvement Architecture
  • Mike Parker – Schools NorthEast
  • Geoff Paul  – North East Combined Authority
  • Bob Paton – North East LEP / Accenture
  • Michelle Rainbow – North East LEP
  • James Ramsbotham –  North East Chamber of Commerce
  • Karen Redhead, Derwentside College
  • Denise Wilson – Springboard NE

If you’d like to know more about the board, please contact Michelle Rainbow at the North East LEP: [email protected]