With more than one hundred years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group offer high-quality services, support, and representation to the education and skills sector. Through our partnerships, we work to create local, national and international education opportunities.

Executive Leadership Team

Paul Eeles

Chief Executive

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the post-16 skills sector, including seven years as a lecturer and 13 years managing work based learning with colleges and independent providers. Before becoming our Chief Executive, Paul worked at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) as Director of Sector Reforms and 14 to 19. Paul is also the Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB).

Paul holds a Degree in Business Management, jointly from The University of Central England and The Birmingham College of Food, a Post Graduate Diploma in Training Management from the University of Wolverhampton and a Masters in Personnel and Development from the University of Plymouth.

Simon Feneley-Lamb

Chief Operating Officer

Simon has worked in the further education sector for 20 years within business, marketing and project development. Prior to that, he worked in a training and development role for a large public limited company.

Simon holds a Masters in Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University and a Diploma in Management Studies. Simon is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Executive Management Team

Tanya Jones

Assistant Director Finance and
Corporate Services

Karl Stringer

Assistant Director Compliance and Access

Scott Forbes

Assistant Director Membership,
Foundation and External Affairs

Michael White

Assistant Director Awarding,
Development and Delivery

Board of Trustees

John Beaty


Gill Clipson MBE


Paul Eeles


Angela Foulkes


Verity Hancock


Jo Maher


Janet Meenaghan


Tom O'Brien


Atholl Stott

Chair of Trustees

Len Tildsley


John Yarham

Vice Chair

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