Kelly Morris​

I’m Kelly and I work for The AA as an Emerging Talent Manager. I am responsible for all Apprenticeships within the AA, for both new entrants and existing employees. I am passionate about developing strategies to enable the next generation of top talent to have opportunities at The AA. I am also driven to ensure that our existing employees have opportunities to utilize Apprenticeship offerings to help get them on to the next step of the career ladder. In my spare time I enjoy bootcamp, walking and cycling.

We are the AA. And we keep everyone’s show on the road. There for our customers wherever and whenever they need us, we’re always ready for anything. That’s why, for over 100 years, we’ve continued to evolve and adapt. Today, as the nation’s number one motoring organization, we offer a range of excellent products and services to millions of customers.

Edward Collett

Edward has worked in Further Education for 10 years and has always been involved with apprenticeships in his various roles. He currently works at Abingdon and Witney College in Oxfordshire where he promotes the benefits of apprenticeship training within his own organisation as well as supporting businesses of all sizes, across a wide range of sectors to engage with apprenticeships.

Apprentices are a key part of the staff development strategy at Abingdon & Witney College.

Edward is currently an apprentice himself with Oxford Brookes University, studying towards an MBA as part of the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship Programme.

Paul Brivio
Active Oxfordshire

Paul Brivio

Active Oxfordshire’s purpose is to fight inactivity and tackle inequality. We do this by working collaboratively and by building strong relationships with trusted partners and local communities. We are as strong as our team so equipping them with skills, confidence and techniques to make change happen is critical to our success. My job as Chief Executive is to surround myself with talent and be the dumbest man in the room so the apprenticeship route is helping me do just that! 

Sue Taylor

ALPS is a network organisation that supports providers and the wider community across the Surrey area.  We also run the graduation event for apprentices annually and support the AAN running various events across the year.

David Fawcett

David is the Group Social Value Manager for Amey. He has been recognised for his contribution to social value and community engagement at two national awards (“Outstanding Individual Corporate Leadership” at the National CSR Awards 2016, “Outstanding Employee” at Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2017).

David is a passionate advocate for social value and community engagement as well as a prominent supporter for apprenticeships, work life balance and developing long-term relationships with charities and community groups. He developed and maintained a robust, award winning Community Engagement strategy for Amey in Hampshire and now has a wider remit as Social Value Manager for Amey Group.

Prior to his time with Amey he was responsible for community, education and diversity activities in the South East for HSBC. He has also been a successful Process Manager, Financial Adviser and HR Relationship Manager. He is an experienced public speaker.

Tilly Hawkins

Apex Lifts’ apprenticeship scheme was founded in 1976. Since then, we have seen over 60 trainees and apprentices successfully pass through our doors. I oversee the employment of new apprentices alongside our HSQE Manager and, ensure those enrolled really get the most out of their educational/working experience. Apex Lifts strives to be an apprentice employment, diversity and inclusivity leader within the lift industry and is continuously looking to promote and encourage uptake of lift engineering apprenticeships in order to build a strong future for the industry with the calibre of a skilled workforce.

Chris Baldwin

I work for Portsmouth City Council, a local authority and has 5769 employees. As a council, we’re passionate about providing great apprenticeships, both for our future workforce, and also to provide opportunities for local people and set the right examples to Portsmouth employers.

Apprentices are a key part of the future talent pipeline, and we’re increasingly using apprenticeships as a route into our vast array of professional roles, including surveyors, accountants, lawyers and, in the future, social workers and town planners.

By promoting apprenticeships, we have seen our under-25’s increase from 1.27% to 8.35% of the workforce, bringing new skills, energy and a fresh outlook to our business and how we deliver services.

John Druce

Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure company at the heart of the digital economy. We are behind the scenes and central to millions of vital connections and everyday our infrastructure and associated services enable millions of people and machines to connect wherever they are through TV, radio and mobile.

We have been delivering apprenticeships since 2008 and recognise the fantastic value and contribution they make to our business, creating a vibrant talent pipeline providing the skills we need to meet the needs of our customers and achieve our business goals.

We are very proud that 80% of our apprentices stay with us for the long term, developing and progressing their careers and demonstrating fantastic levels of loyalty and commitment. As Co-Chair of the South-East region, I am always delighted and proud to share our story and encourage other employers to reap the benefits apprenticeships have delivered for us.

Vaughn Meir

With over 30 years’ experience working in the defence industry, Vaughan is currently Head of the Engineering function at BAE Systems Maritime Services. He started his career as an engineering apprentice straight from school in 1984 and has since achieved a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Working in a variety of engineering, project management and operations roles, he has had a variety of experiences, including managing two large manufacturing businesses in BAE Systems and a three year secondment with a joint venture company in France, where he helped develop a revolutionary technology in medium calibre weapon systems.

In his current role, Vaughan is responsible for the development of engineering early careers, capability and talent. He is passionate about attracting the next generation of young people to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and is actively involved in working with organisations focused on reducing gender imbalance across engineering.


I work in the Economy and Culture team at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council focusing on employment and skills. I coordinate the Basingstoke Employment and Skills Zone, working with local partners on a range of skills and employment issues. Within this partnership we plan events and social media campaigns to promote and celebrate apprenticeships.

As an organisation we’re keen to promote the fantastic contribution our own apprentices make to the council and to the communities we serve. Their attendance at careers events and through social media helps to demonstrate the wide range of apprentice opportunities available within the public sector and provides an insight into what it’s like to be an apprentice for those thinking about what to do next.

Josephine C-Thornewill

As the Sustainability Advisor for Berkeley Homes’ Southern division, Josephine provides in-house sustainability consultancy and support for all construction projects. Alongside this, the social sustainability element of her role extends to improving the industry image of construction. Recognising that increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships in construction is key to addressing the Skills Gap, her involvement in the Ambassador Network has assisted her in developing this within her business.

Berkeley is the Group’s longest established brand, founded in 1976 and today creating medium to large-scale developments in towns, cities and the countryside, encompassing executive homes, mixed use schemes, riverside apartments, refurbished historic buildings and urban loft spaces. Berkeley is proud to be one of the leading property development companies in London and the South of England.

Brian May

AA for 10 years; apprentice training for centuries. Berthon Boat Company can service or refit your yacht or commercial craft, offering anything from a fresh coat of antifoul, to a new teak deck, new suite of electronics or complete rebuild. Berthon Yacht Sales Division is a large international brokerage house with offices in Lymington, France, Spain and the US. We also have an active new yacht division, distributing Windy Boats of Norway, Advanced Yachts & Solaris yachts, both from Italy, Iguana yachts from France and Pearl motor yachts from UK.

Berthon Lymington Marina has 300 deep water berths situated in the heart of the enchanting Georgian town of Lymington with easy access to the Solent. Berthon has been trading continuously since 1877 and has 30 apprentices among 150 employees. With a strong balance sheet and no bank debt, you can depend on Berthon. We look forward to being of service to you client, customer or apprentice.

Nicole Laming

Nicole is the Recruitment Officer at Blake Morgan LLP. Blake Morgan is one of the UK’s leading full service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region.

Nicole focuses on Early Years recruitment including Apprenticeship hires and development.  She plays an active role in building relationships in the local community, specifically with local schools and colleges in order to attract the best candidates for the firm and to promote starting careers with an apprenticeship.

James Mortimer

James Mortimer has been involved many times with apprentices over his working life, he has won Brighton City Achiever with the Met college and also came highly commended in the national apprenticeship awards.

James has now taken up a role within Brighton CCTV who specialise in security systems, his role is to develop the apprenticeship scheme along with the project management and tendering practices in his role.

Brighton CCTV has grown exponentially in recent years and we are looking to develop the company further still.

Mark Kite

BT currently offers over 40 apprentice frameworks/standards in various job roles all over the UK. We have approximately 82,000 UK employees and this year we’ll have over 4500 apprentice starts. We’re passionate about and committed to attracting new talent, skills and leadership capabilities for the future, and offering development and progression to our people. We see apprentices as a core part of our long-term talent strategy to develop and maintain a highly skilled, motivated workforce. Many senior managers and directors joined as apprentices and we have high rates of promotion and retention. I have worked in the apprenticeship arena for over 20 years, in further education and for a number of large employers providing apprenticeships to their own workforce. Apprenticeships are such an important part of my life and I passionately support and promote them wherever I go. Apprenticeships will provide the nation with the skills needed for the future.

John Browning

John Browning

John Browning is Workforce Skills Manager for Buckinghamshire Business First.  BBF provides the Buckinghamshire Growth Hub and Buckinghamshire Skills Hub on behalf of the Buckinghamshire LEP.  My role is to advise businesses on their training and skills needs.  I have a background in corporate L&D, where I ran large-scale apprenticeships schemes, and subsequently for sector skills councils developing and championing apprenticeships and work-based learning.

Sue Flavin

Sue Flavin

My name is Sue Flavin, and I am Head of Learning & Development at FM Conway Ltd.  I have supported apprenticeships for over 40 years and worked with the Government on the early design and adoption of the new Trailblazer Standards both in the construction industry and the fire service working with the Home Office and the National Apprenticeship Service.  Working with the Institute of Apprenticeship & Technical Education to support the approval of several apprenticeships which are in use today. 

Simon Newton

I am the Joint Managing Director at Darke & Taylor.

The Apprenticeship Initiative at Darke & Taylor has evolved over time to become the cornerstone on which the company and its progression is founded. Today it is a vital part of our business model which recognises that sustainable success is about developing people. Over the last 40 years the company has offered jobs and training to in excess of 350 young school leavers and today over 20% of the workforce are engaged in an apprenticeship learning to become electricians, fire & security engineers, business administrators and ICT specialists.

Darke & Taylor is committed to apprenticeships and our scheme is special because it really delivers; two of our current Board Directors, two Associate Directors, eight senior managers and the majority of our senior engineers completed their apprenticeships with the company. We are very proud of our award winning apprenticeships.

Dr Jamie Mackay

As Skills Strategy Manager at Enterprise M3 LEP, Jamie has a central role in helping to shape and focus the development and activities of the skills agenda within the LEP area. A key part of Jamie’s work is leading on the support and development of the Skills Advisory Panel – a membership group with representation from business, education, government and the not for profit sector. A significant output from this group is the Skills Strategy, to include an Action Plan that will feed into the LEP’s emerging economic recovery plan.

Jamie’s background is largely with the higher education sector although a common thread through his career to date is helping to empower individuals to make informed decisions about their own careers. Central to this has been Jamie’s work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and as an annual Ambassador with National Careers Week.

Read more on Jamie’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doctormackay/

Judith Moule

I own a training needs analysis company that specialises in looking at the educational development and investment of individuals to promote business and career growth.

I have been in and around apprenticeships all my working career for over 35 years, learning, teaching, assessing and developing throughout an ever-changing climate.

I am passionate about all companies investing in apprenticeships to grow their own talent and create a workforce that is sustainable for many years to come.

Apprenticeships are good for business and promote a healthy culture of continuous development.

Sally Claughton

Having started as an apprentice myself at 17, I have been passionate about it all from the beginning. I went through a very successful career as a recruitment consultant and continued to learn whilst I worked throughout, and still do now. Now I am the joint owner of ETA and we strive to promote the lifelong learning to all.

Jo Wright

I am an HR Manager for Eurotunnel, market leader in cross-Channel transport for passenger vehicles and trucks, which employs 930 colleagues in the UK, and is part of Getlink Group employing 3,500 colleagues.

 I have worked in HR for 15 years and although I am skilled and experienced in wide-ranging HR disciplines, my passion is in supporting the organisation achieve the workforce of tomorrow.  I positively contribute to this objective through succession planning, developing talent, delivering effective change management, and work closely with local educational establishments to support pupils with careers advice.

 I have successfully managed the implementation of the new Apprenticeship scheme at Eurotunnel as we recognise that due to the uniqueness of our product, equipment and infrastructure, we must grow our own talent.  I believe that apprentices play a key part in our future workforce and recognise the benefit they bring to the organisation and the wider community.

Jim Cunliffe

The Face Media Group is a Brighton based business offering promotional design and  business printing services with UK delivery coverage.

The company has  been running for 17 years and is a small company with 8 employees. The company has employed and supported 12 Apprentices since 2010. Some have qualified and moved on, others are still employed by me today and studying at a higher level. Apprentices have brought a young, impressive vibe to my company, so important in today’s world.

I actively encourage all employers, especially small to medium sized employers, to offer young people a chance to get on the first step of the employment ladder.

First Intuition

Matt Dyson

I am Managing Director and co-founder of FI Reading. I have worked in the Professional Education sector for over 25 years and am passionate about providing opportunities to young (and not so young) individuals through high quality apprenticeship programmes. At FI we not only deliver finance apprenticeships, we also employ apprentices across levels 3-7 to give them the best possible start in what we hope and expect will be a long and fulfilling career with us.

Alison Parmar

FSB offers its members a wide range of vital business services including legal advice, insurance and business support as well as a powerful voice in government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

My responsibilities are to represent and develop the work of the FSB in Kent and Medway, to ensure that the interests of its members are represented; and to enhance the status and profile of the organisation through advocacy, media and member support.

Dan Amos

I work as the Apprenticeship Lead for Retail & Stadia for GVC. GVC are the parent company of Ladbrokes and Coral Betting and Gambling. We have various offices and shops based around the whole of the UK. We currently have around 30 apprentices on programme in retail and stadia and are looking to expand this in 2021.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Tinsley

GTR was launched in 2003 to concentrate solely on Composite manufacturing in the Motorsport industry and has since diversified into other composite sectors including Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Gas and Oil.

GTR is one of the largest Composite suppliers in the Motorsport industry operating over three sites in the Arun catchment area with its headquarters based at Fontwell.

GTR currently employs 21 Level 3 Apprentices (06/12/19)

I have worked at GTR Fontwell for over 12 years and my role as Training & Assessment coordinator has been developing since 2016. I am dedicated to improving training and learning.

Trevor MacAlonan

Trevor is an apprenticeship Development Manager for Hampshire County Council, leading on the corporate apprenticeship programme for council departments. Trevor works in the apprenticeship team alongside Claire Allen, apprenticeship Development Manager for Hampshire Schools and Stacey Allan, Apprenticeship Adviser.


The team is responsible for growing the apprenticeship programme, providing expertise and practical support for leaders, managers, staff and apprentices, across a diverse and vast range of apprenticeship areas and specialisms. Day to day activities include end to end commissioning and contract management of apprenticeship training provision, marketing and communication, running events and celebrations, planning and delivering on corporate strategic objectives, and working alongside networks and stakeholders.


The energetic team prides itself on its skilled and responsive communications, and dedication to people at all levels of the organisation, to help and support them with everything from simple apprenticeship questions to developing partnership work for cross organisation and council programmes.

Alison Galvin

I work for Invotra Ltd as their HR Director. I joined the Ambassador network to promote apprenticeships as a brilliant way of upskilling your workforce and offering individuals an opportunity to progress whilst learning – with the added bonus of zero university debt! Growing in-house talent is wonderful which has led to incredible staff retention rates. Invotra is a leading SaaS provider of enterprise intranet and portal solutions. We power over 45% of central UK Government department intranets, as well as local authorities. We provide our product to clients such as DWP with 87,000 users and Sierra Club in the USA with 77,000. Based in Surrey, 1/3 of our workforce are doing an apprenticeship. We are proud to have won multiple awards for our scheme and have been recognised as a ‘Top 100 Apprentice Employer’ two years running, success we see as directly achieved by our apprenticeship programme.

Lee Grainger

30 years in the construction industry, 20 plus in supervisory roles. My career is a 50-50 split of Subcontractor specialist companies and tier 1 contracting. I have an in-depth understanding of all disciplines within the industry from Commercial management to the design process, planning to on site delivery. I have mentored students on graduate programmes for John Sisk Ltd, Skanska and Creagh concrete products Ltd previously so would relish the opportunity to carry out an Ambassador role for SCC. My current employer is ISG Construction whom are a major player in the Tier 1 contracting world and a company that invests massively in development of young persons.

We currently are running a national vocational qualification, Level 3 applied Diploma in Professional construction practice, that is recognised as an A-Level standard qualification by Universities.

We launched this in September 2018, and supplement this with various schemes aimed at a range of students from School leaver to year out graduates.

Michelle Flegg

Kent County Council is the largest local authority with a workforce in excess of 30,000, serving a population of 1.4 million. More than two thirds of our workforce provide services directly to the public such a Social workers, Teachers, Occupational Therapists and Care workers. Additionally, some of our service delivery is commissioned out to the market.

Kent has a public sector Apprenticeship target of 457 and contributes £2.2m annually to the apprenticeship levy.

Prior to joining KCC I worked in Financial Services in the private sector and have many years’ experience in Workforce development. I lead on the Apprenticeship and Graduate agendas for KCC.

Nikki Annable

Nikki Annable (MSc FCIPD)

Fellow of CIPD, specialising in Strategic Personnel and Management, Employee Relations, Learning and Development. Passionate about Apprenticeships, coaching and careers.

Rebecca Earl

Maersk is the world’s largest container shipping container company.  With over 80,000 employees, operating in 130 countries, we enable global trade for a growing world.

I am the Apprentice Development Manager at Maersk.  I’m responsible for developing the apprenticeship programme across the business, along with the development of all of our apprentices and our Year In Industry students.  I am passionate about apprenticeships and the importance of providing such opportunities to young people

Here at Maersk we offer a range of apprenticeships within our IT Headquarters in Berkshire.  We have opportunities for IT Technicians, Business Analysts, Data Analysts, Software Developers and Business Administrators.  We are passionate that our apprentices are the next generation of talent into Maersk.

We are proud to have been recognised and won an award for The Best Apprenticeship Programme in Berkshire and I am very proud of our award winning apprentices.

Faye Walsby

Hi! I’m Faye, a previous apprentice, now HR Advisor here at MCFT. Our apprentices at MCFT, champion the route of apprenticeships and are all like-minded individuals who have chosen the rewarding route to earn as you learn. We champion our next apprentice colleagues right from the recruitment stages, taking the time to meet the team and share our experiences and sharing lunch and learn sessions right through to collaboratively forming working groups. The success of our apprenticeship programme comes from the continuous growth and learning and development opportunity. We each have our own unique pathway experiences and journeys to share.

Joanne Budd

I am the Workforce Development Consultant for Medway Council and was fundamental in the creation of our nationally recognised Apprenticeship Academy.  I have responsibility for apprenticeships within our organisation, a role that I am passionate about.  I am committed to ensuring all our apprentices receive high quality programmes, plus wider personal and professional development opportunities.  I am proud that Medway Council makes maximum use of its Apprenticeship Levy funds and met its Public Sector Target for 2017/18. I am an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with many years’ experience working in HR Services. Medway Council is a unitary local authority (formed in 1998) located in the South East of England, supporting c.280,000 residents.  It has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Medway is the largest urban area in the South East, outside of London.

Anna Prygodzicz

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

Anna Prygodzicz is a Workforce Transformation Lead at Health Education England (Wessex) and part of her role is the implementation of the Apprenticeship agenda.

Anna has worked in Health for 15 years, holding a number of roles e.g. with the European Commission, the Department of Health, Health Protection Agency (Porton Down) before moving to HEE.

Kirsty Marsh-Hyde

My job is to maximise the uptake of apprenticeships in the NHS and social care across England. This involves co-leading a team of regional staff who work directly with hospitals, surgeries and care homes to plan and support their apprentice workforce. I also lead a portfolio specifically concerned with the role of maths, English and digital skills within and outside of apprenticeships in health.

Joanne Nightingale

EKHUFT vision is to be a leading provider of hospital services and to improve health and wellbeing, for our patients and our staff. EKHUFT staff and patients are the stars of the NHS’s biggest ever recruitment campaign.

I am the Head Biomedical Scientist working in the pathology laboratories. We are the hidden workforce that analyse samples for disease and monitor diseases. My specialist interest relates to diseases diagnosed using blood. However pathology is comprised of disciplines that diagnose haematological and biochemical disease. We provide compatible blood and blood products for transfusion. We screen and advise on medicines for infection, and are involved with all cancer diagnosis.

Health care scientists are involved with 80% of patient diagnosis and compromise 5% of the NHS workforce. The NHS is the largest employer of scientists in the UK, and we have careers in physics, engineering and life sciences.

Nicola Morgan

Nicola (Nikki) Morgan

Sub-regional Chair, EM3 region

I have worked for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust as a registered nurse for approx. 20 years. The last 10 years I have spent in training and education, with a focus on widening access and participation and leading on apprenticeships, something that I am very passionate about and supporting people to step into and developing their careers within the NHS.

I have been an apprenticeship ambassador and part of the ‘South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network’ Enterprise M3 region for about for 3 years, and recently took on the role of Chair in 2021.

Joanne Hauffe

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place. Anna Prygodzicz is a Workforce Transformation Lead at Health Education England (Wessex) and part of her role is the implementation of the Apprenticeship agenda.

Anna has worked in Health for 15 years, holding a number of roles e.g. with the European Commission, the Department of Health, Health Protection Agency (Porton Down) before moving to HEE.

NHS Royal Surrey

Chloe Archer

Within my role of Career Progression and Apprenticeship Lead at Royal Surrey NHS, I’ve been working to raise the profile of apprenticeships, showcasing the benefits and highlighting the breadth of opportunities available. We have sought to address the stigma, providing masterclasses for our current workforce and have delivered sessions externally to promote apprenticeship career pathways and to provide advice and guidance to our future workforce.

Natasha Kearslake

Facilitating change that means people and organisations become more effective is at the heart of everything I do and I love it! I work with leadership and management through learning and development, providing outsourced HR services, including organisation design and recruitment.

A fully qualified HR professional (MCIPD) with in-depth knowledge and applied experience, strategic and operational, across the major HR disciplines; I support small and large organisations to bridge their unique gaps in education, talent, professional development and experience.

When individuals and teams are able to engage in creative dialogues in a safe, yet challenging space it becomes possible to nurture growth and maximise potential. Using a pragmatic yet creative approach works well for organisations and our organic approach has enabled and supported many leaders and teams to improve their business performance, through enhanced confidence and competence.

Kate Brady

I work for Portsmouth City Council, a local authority and has 5769 employees. As a council, we’re passionate about providing great apprenticeships, both for our future workforce, and also to provide opportunities for local people and set the right examples to Portsmouth employers.

Apprentices are a key part of the future talent pipeline, and we’re increasingly using apprenticeships as a route into our vast array of professional roles, including surveyors, accountants, lawyers and, in the future, social workers and town planners.

By promoting apprenticeships, we have seen our under-25’s increase from 1.27% to 8.35% of the workforce, bringing new skills, energy and a fresh outlook to our business and how we deliver services.

Penny Buckmaster

Penny Buckmaster

The University of Portsmouth offers apprenticeships to provide opportunities for members of the community to gain quality training and employment. We also support apprenticeships for existing staff, delivered by a range of local training providers, including our own Degree Apprenticeships, as part of our commitment to realise the potential of our staff.

I am the Apprenticeship Coordinator at the University, based in the HR Learning and Development Team.  I am responsible for supporting managers and staff to access apprenticeships.  My background is firmly rooted in apprenticeships, having completed a ‘Job Skills’ course (the predecessor to apprenticeships).  I subsequently trained as an assessor, and I have worked in delivery and management of apprenticeships in a range of roles throughout my career.

Julie Harris

Julie became Premier Foods’ Apprenticeship and Graduate Manager in 2017 in preparation for the management of the Apprenticeship Levy.  With a strong knowledge of the business and its people, having been a part of it since 2001, her focus has been on implementing a whole array of different apprenticeships across the business.  The company’s aim is to upskill existing talent and recruit new colleagues to support succession.  We have colleagues on apprenticeship programmes in engineering, IT, manufacturing, CI, HR, finance, administration, packaging technology, marketing and food science.  We’re committed to support apprenticeships so that talented individuals can ‘earn while they learn’.

Premier Foods has been part of the Trailblazer groups for the Food & Drink Standards and plays an active role in working with schools to raise awareness of working in the food industry which needs a pipeline of highly skilled new talent.


Helen Layton

Hi, I am Helen and work for Quilter as the Apprenticeship and Early Careers Manager.

At Quilter our purpose is to help create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow.

In order for all of us to meet our purpose, Quilter are passionate about creating a fully inclusive environment to work in and through apprentices, we will be able to support and develop both our existing and future colleagues with the skills and confidence to build their careers.


Hannah Marsden

I’m Hannah the Skills, Curriculum and Providers Liaison for RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity. RFEA supports members of the military community into sustainable career pathways. Collaborating with schools, colleges, and training providers I assist military dependents, and this involves linking providers with the career, education, and skills requirements of these dependents.

As a military spouse I recently took a year to upskill and enhance my leadership and management experience gained through The Education Sector by studying for master’s in management at Leeds University Business School. This experience contributed towards my passion for supporting others with their careers.

Dominique Unsworth BEM

Dominique runs social enterprise ‘Resource Productions’, based in Slough, Berkshire and is the SME Apprenticeship Ambassador. She has worked in the Creative and Digital sectors, with young people and community groups for more than 20 years and was honoured for her services to young people, community groups and the Arts in 2014. Her passion for Apprenticeships arose from seeing first hand how taking on her first apprentice in 2008 led to the steady growth of her own organisation and the services they offer, whilst enabling more workforce diversity across the wider Creative Industries.

Shelley Salti

Shelley Salti

Hi, I’m Shelley Salti and I work as the Apprenticeship Scheme Manager across Saga Group. I have been in role for the past 2 years and been working across group to utilise our Levy and support our skills gaps across the business. I currently have 29 programmes running, with 150 live learners and 60 completed apprenticeships. I am really passionate about the scheme making a business in our businesses and community.

Saga is a diverse group of companies that range from travel services, insurance and healthcare. We have around 4,500 UK employee’s and a further 1,000 employees working abroad. Our Head office is in Kent however we have 11 sites across the UK through our different businesses.

Fiona Jones

Fiona is Chief Executive of Slough Aspire CIC, an award-winning social enterprise and innovative training and events venue. Our social enterprise mission is to enable the local talent pool to develop skills relevant to local business. Slough Aspire hosts the Berkshire Apprenticeship Hub, a one stop shop for Berkshire’s business community on Apprenticeships. Fiona has extensive leadership experience and a multinational background across Europe, Asia and Latin America in HR and education within corporates and public and third sectors. A motivational people manager and operations specialist with the commercial acumen to design and implement innovative strategy to achieve business objectives, she excels in bringing together effective internal and inter-organizational teams and leading successful collaborative partnerships.

Sarah Jones

I’ve worked in the rail industry for 13 year and have had the opportunity to cover roles in various departments, getting a good overview of the business and industry.  Since 2017 I have been looking after apprenticeships, developing the strategy as well supporting the team and learners throughout their journeys. Working closely with the training team we deliver apprenticeships internally across the organisation including 350 Train Drivers and Conductors as well as outsourcing 70 apprenticeships, including Engineers and Financing. We now have over 400 colleagues on  programme and are constantly looking for ways to further develop and enhance our programmes.

Siobhan Clarke

Siobhan was appointed to the Sub-Regional Chair role for Dorset and Solent and we warmly welcome her on board.

Siobhan is the Solent & Dorset Apprenticeship Ambassador Chair and HR Advisor (Apprentices) at Southampton City Council. She’s worked with apprentices in various capacities for over 8 years across both the public and private sectors including retail and professional services.

As an employer, Southampton City Council are currently utilising more than 25 different apprenticeship standards internally, ranging from Levels 2-7 and are steadily growing the number of apprentices on programme through both new starts and existing staff. We understand the value of apprenticeships for both retention and succession planning of our own workforce and hope to lead the way for Southampton based employers.

To support this, we are also helping local SME’s take advantage of the opportunities apprenticeships can bring via the levy transfer scheme and open applications regularly for SMEs to request a transfer from the Southampton City Council levy pot.

Ben Clarke

After completing my engineering apprenticeship I took up a role at Superior Seals and have worked in a variety of quality and manufacturing roles.  I didn’t realise an apprenticeship was an option when leaving school and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made, therefore I think it’s so important to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. Superior are an internationally recognised manufacturer of precision elastomeric o-rings, seals and special mouldings with approximately 200 employees; this family owned business has offices and manufacturing facilities in Ferndown, Dorset.  With its own Academy based on site, it offers apprenticeships to students as young as 16; apprentices learn about engineering, science and manufacturing and are all given the opportunity to gain a degree.  Superior has over 30 apprentices at different stages in their programme, including design, manufacturing, maintenance, quality, toolmaking and working in the laboratory.

Maggie Fowler

Maggie founded SupplyTrain CIC in 2015. She had recently retired from a successful finance career in Higher and Further Education and wanted to help small businesses understand apprenticeships and the benefits they could bring. After talking to employers, it became clear there was a lot of bad advice and misconceptions about apprenticeships and how to access skills and support. SupplyTrain CIC was set up to address those concerns. Maggie takes no income from the company, using any fees paid for her services to support small businesses understand apprenticeships and work on any projects that improve the apprenticeship process. You can read more about her here.
Emma Slade

Emma Slade

I’m the Apprenticeship Consultant at Surrey County Council.  I’ve worked in the apprenticeship sector for over 10 years and am passionate about the difference that apprenticeships can make to people looking to start or develop their career.

At Surrey County Council we have around 300 employees participating in apprenticeships and we’re keen to demonstrate to our local residents and employers how apprenticeships can boost the skills they need.

Gemma Neathey

Gemma works as part of Surrey County Council’s Learning and Skills team and one of their key commitments is around promoting apprenticeships to young people throughout the county. The Learning and Skills team are passionate about ensuring that young people are aware of all of the different options available to them post-16 so that they can make an informed decision about what to do when they leave school. They recognise the fantastic benefits that apprenticeships can bring to young people, including helping them to gain valuable skills and experience of the workplace and enabling them to earn while they learn. The team use their communication channels to raise awareness of apprenticeships amongst young people, parents, carers and practitioners and attend a number of local networks and meetings where they are a voice for apprenticeships.
Oxord University

Helen Johnson

Sub regional SE AAN Chair for Thames valley, Berks and Oxfordshire

Helen has an extensive career in recruitment spanning more than 10 years across commercial, private and public sectors. She joined the University of Oxford in 2019 and is responsible for managing senior recruitment across the University complex.

Helen is an active advocate for diversity, inclusion and social mobility. Within the University’s recruitment remit, she has taken additional responsibility for its apprenticeships. Passionate in her commitment to ensure that, irrelevant of age, gender, race or background, apprenticeships are seen as an opportunity for all. She currently leads the University’s Apprenticeships programme which has been awarded the ‘Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award’ in the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards and for the third year running awarded as a ‘Top 100 Apprenticeships Employer 2021-2022’ in the Rate My Apprenticeships Awards under her guidance.

Helen is Chair of the Thames Valley Apprenticeship Ambassador Network which forms part of the South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

Elizabeth Flegg

Joint SE AAN Chair and sub regional Chair for East Sussex, Kent and the C2C region

The County Council’s apprenticeship programme commenced in 2010 and since then has seen well over 400 starts.  We offer a broad range of apprenticeships across all our departments and our schools. Our apprenticeship levy contribution is significant and also subject to the public sector target.  We actively work with our schools to ensure they promote apprenticeships as a career pathway to their student.  We are actively promoting apprenticeships to them to enable their take up of this training for existing employees and to create more apprenticeships entry points for applicants. We have been an Ambassador since 2015 and keen to be part of the network to promote apprenticeships to more local employers and enable our economy to grow.

Gemma Lenton

I am the Apprenticeship Specialist at Wokingham Borough Council. 

 This is a rewarding and challenging role championing the use of apprenticeships as part of our wider resourcing strategy.  Most of my time is spent working with managers to understand their resourcing requirements and then procuring training providers to deliver the most effective apprenticeship programmes to meet our objectives.

We offer a range of apprenticeship programmes from Business Administration to master’s degree Chartered Town Planner.  Key to ensuring a successful outcome in our apprenticeship programmes is ensuring that both the apprentice and manager receive support for the duration of the scheme and that progress is monitored to ensure everyone is on track.  As part of this support, we have established a 6 weekly Apprenticeship networking group and take time to ensure we celebrate our apprenticeship successes.

Apprenticeships are a key part of our learning and development strategy. 

Advocating Apprenticeships is key to my role! 

Lee Barker
WS Planning & Architecture

Lee Barker

I’m a Chartered Architect and the Architectural Director of WS Planning & Architecture, based in Reigate and Croydon. I have responsibility for the architectural output of the Practice, overseeing and being directly involved in all projects from inception to completion. I lead the WS Work Experience and Apprenticeships Programmes.

I studied at the Universities of Sheffield and Newcastle, and live in Croydon. I have worked in private practice, in a residential development company, and as a sole-trader, specialising in domestic and residential development architecture and planning.

I’m interested in humanity’s deep past and immediate future, and try to live a satisfying low-carbon, high-impact life.

Zurich Insurance

Jude Pilcher

Sub regional Chair for Dorset and Solent regions

I have worked In Financial Services for over 30 years in various roles.  I am now a People Development Consultant in Zurich Insurance based in Whiteley.  I support the development for our apprentices, graduates, interns and all employees up to first level in management.  I am also the lead for the Insurance Apprenticeships trailblazer group working with my colleagues throughout the industry on Level 3, 4 and 6 apprenticeships.

I am married, with two children and a lovely Springerdoodle dog called Hobie.