Mike Smith OBE, Gen2 CEO

Mike Smith OBE has over 25 years of experience working both in and with the FE sector. Prior to joining Gen2, Mike worked for 20 years in the nuclear industry in a variety of senior roles. His experience includes maintenance of chemical and active waste plants, the establishment of engineering standards, procedures and policies and the management of large multi-million pound capital plant and decommissioning projects.

In June 2015, Mike was awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to skills, training and voluntary service. In addition, Mike is a Chartered Engineer by profession, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and a member of the Institute of Directors.

During his career he has had significant experience in the design and delivery of high quality training and educational programmes to support the engineering, nuclear and advanced manufacturing sectors. During his time with Gen2, Mike has become deeply involved in education and training issues at both local and national level having been; a governor at two secondary schools/academies, a local FE College governor, as well as a past chair of the West Cumbria 14-19 Partnership.

Mike now sits on the Programme Board of the Energy Coast Campus, a collaboration between local universities, the College, major employers and Gen2, and he is a Trustee of the Energy Coast University Technical College which is scheduled to open in September 2014.

Lord Inglewood (Richard Vane), Chair of Gen2

Lord Inglewood (Richard Vane) is a Member of the House of Lords and a farmer, landowner and businessman in Cumbria, educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge and the Cumbria College of Agriculture and Forestry. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1975 and is a Chartered Surveyor, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA).

Between 1989-1994 and 1999-2004 he was a Member of the European Parliament, first for Cumbria and Lancashire North and then one of the Members for NW England. He has held numerous appointments both at national and county level and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria in 1993 and Vice-Lord Lieutenant for Cumbria in 2012. Between 1995-1997 he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of National Heritage where he was Minister responsible for Broadcasting and Minister responsible for Tourism. He retired as Chairman of Carr’s Milling Industries February 2013 and as Chairman of the CN Group May 2016.

He is married to Cressida Pemberton-Piggott and they have two daughters, Miranda and Rosa, and one son, Henry and their historic home is Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith, Cumbria.

Lesley Bowen, Head of HR Operations, Sellafield Ltd - Independent Board Member

Lesley was educated mainly in Cumbria, completing her studies with a post graduate in Human Resource Management at Manchester Business School. She is a fellow of the CIPD.
Lesley has extensive experience of the Nuclear Sector and in her HR and Training career to date she has covered all aspects of the profession leading teams accountable for talent management and leadership development, HR Strategy, case management, resource planning and delivery and design, delivery and procurement of leadership development. Lesley’s current role is Head of HR Operations for Sellafield Limited.
In her previous role as Managing Director of the Centre for Leadership Performance (CfLP) she gained significant experience of the Cumbrian business community and the political and socio economic issues facing the region. CfLP was established in 2010 by Britain’s Energy Coast and Nuclear Management Partners with the remit to raise leadership standards across the range of Cumbria Businesses. Lesley has been on the Gen2 board since 2007 and is also a school governor of a local primary school.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive, City and Guilds Group

As CEO, and as head of the City & Guilds Group Management Board, Chris' role is to set the strategic direction of the Group.

He plays a prominent role in driving the national and international skills agenda – something he has personal experience in, as he followed the vocational education path himself.

Since joining in 2008, he has led the City & Guilds Group through a period of significant growth, which has enabled further investment in the organisation.

Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2008
Previous industries: Publishing
Previous companies: LexisNexis, Pearson, Reed Elsevier

David Miller, Director of Legal and Secretary of the Institute, City and Guilds Group

David Miller is the Director of Legal and Secretary to the Institute. He also serves as the Data Protection Officer for the City & Guilds Group.

Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2002
Also serving as: Data Protection Officer
Previous industries: Law – specialising in technology and intellectual property
Previous companies: Taylor Wessing Solicitors

Relevant qualifications: History and French degree at Bristol and Bordeaux Universities; Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at London Guildhall University; Diploma in IT Telecoms Law at Queen Mary University of London

Jim Conybeare-Cross, Chief Financial Officer, City & Guilds Group

As CFO, Jim Conybeare-Cross is responsible for the financial management of the City & Guilds Group.

His primary role is ensuring business decisions are financially sound and also providing insight and analysis to shape strategy.

Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2011
Also responsible for: Support Services – including operations, IT, legal
Previous industries: Publishing, information, advertising, real estate, oil

Previous companies: Reed Elsevier, Pearson, Jones Lang LaSalle, DMB&B, Elf

Relevant qualifications: ACA (Chartered Accountant)

Phil Ellaway, Group Strategy Director, City & Guilds Group

Philip Ellaway works with the Management Board to help strengthen the City & Guilds Group’s impact and reach in the training and skills landscape.

A key focus of his role is growing the Group’s portfolio of commercially successful businesses by partnership and acquisition.

Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2009
Previous industries: Publishing, education
Previous companies: Harcourt Education, Reed Elsevier

Relevant qualifications: MBA from London Business School