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.

Velma Bottomley, HR Director, Innovia Films - Gen2 Board Director

Velma has been Group Human Resources Director at Innovia Films Limited, based in Wigton, since October 2006 having held previous generalist HR and training roles there for the previous 24 years. She is a Cumbrian farmer’s daughter who first joined the Wigton site in 1977 in an accountancy role having completed her training articles with a professional accountancy firm in Carlisle. She is therefore a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Innovia Films is a leading producer of speciality cellulose and biaxially oriented polypropylene films with production sites in the UK, USA, Belgium and Australia. It holds leading global positions in the markets for labels and security films, coated packaging, overwrap and biodegradable and compostable films and has 15 Sales and Technical offices throughout the world with sales to over 100 countries. During her time with Innovia Velma has therefore been involved with all the HR aspects of running an international business. She has also been responsible for the administration of the UK pensions for the company for over 25 years. She is currently Chairman of Innovia British Pension Trustee Limited and chairs the investment sub-committee and Chairman of the Stakeholder Governance Committee. Velma has served as a Director of Gen2 Engineering and Technology Training Limited for over 10 years ago and is now also a Director of Cumbria Apprentice Training Agency.

Lesley Bowen, Head of HR Operations, Sellafield Ltd - Gen2 Board Director

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.

David Boath, Vice President & Chief Engineer, AMEC Power and Process, Europe - Gen2 Board Director

In his role at AMEC, David is responsible for the Engineering, Technical and Project Management functional support to AMEC’s European power sector projects and is on the Steering Committee with EDF for their nuclear new build programme in the UK. Academically, David is on the steering committee for the Nuclear Eng.D diploma scheme involving a consortia of UK universities, advises the University of Cambridge on their nuclear courses and the University of Manchester on their mechanical engineering programmes. He is sponsor for AMEC's professional graduate development schemes accredited by the I.MechE, ICE, IET, I.Chem.E, RSoC, and IoP. David is a chartered engineer, having qualified with a B.Sc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. He joined NNC as a graduate trainee and has over 30 years experience in project and consultancy support to construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear stations and associated facilities. Having held various operational management positions within NNC, David was appointed to the Board of the Company in 2002 and successfully expanded its engineering and consultancy activities overseas both organically and through a number of acquisitions. Following the acquisition of NNC by AMEC in 2005, David’s remit has expanded to include conventional power, renewable and transmission and distribution technologies. David is also on the Energy Sector Council of Advisors and is an advisor to the UK Government on nuclear matters.

Jonny Lowe, Head of HR, Iggesund Paper Board Ltd, UK - Gen2 Board Director

Jonny Lowe joined Iggesund in 2008 and is the Head of Human Resources having been previously responsible for Training and Development at the mill. Before joining Iggesund, Jonny served for 10 years as an Army Officer in the local infantry regiment having commissioned into the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment in 1998. The Iggesund Workington Mill employs 400 people and is a member of the Holmen Group. Iggesund is Europe´s leading manufacturer of high quality virgin fibre paperboard for use in the packaging and graphics sectors and employs specialists in a variety of disciplines in manufacturing and energy generation. Jonny is responsible for setting the HR strategy at the mill which includes recruiting, selecting and retaining talented individuals in a broad array of competences including electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, automation and chemical engineering as well as competences in energy, pulp and paper. Jonny is a member of CIPD.

Craig Scott, Managing Director, TATA Steel Projects - Gen2 Board Director

Craig Scott is Managing Director of Tata Steel Projects, an engineering-led multidiscipline project solutions business which provides design, manufacture and construction services to the rail, nuclear, offshore, security and industrial sectors. In 2012 Tata Steel Projects won two awards, Large Business of the Year and Commitment to West Cumbria, from Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster, and was designated a regional Export Champion by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) for its excellent performances in the export sector. Tata Steel Projects has demonstrated its commitment to the region through engagement with local partners and the local supply chain, as well as by training apprentices from the community. Craig also serves as Director of Tata Steel UK Rail Consultancy Ltd and Group Senior Manager of the Tata Steel Group. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 30 years of experience on major projects in the UK and worldwide.