Mike Smith OBE, Gen2 CEOMike 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 Gen2Lord 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 DirectorVelma 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 DirectorLesley 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.