Rob Matts (Chair)- ESF Relationship Manager
After graduating from the University of Bath with a BSc in International Management and French, Rob worked as a consultant for 5 years at Zennor Consulting in Stroud, Gloucestershire, specialising in programme and project support and audit/assurance services for ESF, ERDF, and Government Funded organisations and funding bodies. Rob worked on a number of assignments for funding bodies including the Government Offices, Regional Development Agencies and Learning & Skills Councils, as well as for grant recipients including Colleges, Her Majesty’s Prison Service and Local Authorities. During this time Rob was assigned to the Department for Education & Skills as interim project manager on the ESF Funded ‘Get On’ campaign.
Rob then joined Hartpury College in Gloucester to lead a large ESF funded Environmental Technologies project, developing new qualifications and delivering training to the construction and building services sectors. Rob also took on responsibility for all externally funded projects and partnership provision.
On leaving Hartpury, Rob joined Brunel & Gordano Training in Bristol as Operations Manager. BGT delivered apprenticeships in engineering and construction as well as foundation learning. Rob moved to Serco in 2013 as ESF Relationship Manager, managing a supply chain of 40 sub-contractors to deliver the successful ESF Skills Support for the Workforce contracts in Gloucestershire, Swindon & Wiltshire, Dorset and Heart of the South West LEP areas.
Bryan Davis- Managing Directory, Green Inc (eu) Limited
After 20 years as a Senior Submarine Engineering Training Officer in the Royal Navy, I worked for a global Online Training company as the Head of Professional Service in EMEA and was VP (Product and Services) at a Financial Services Training company before becoming the Longwater Group Limited. After a short break as an RN Reservist where I managed the UK Fishery Protection squadron on behalf of DEFRA, I became part of the Management Team that delivered OfSTED Outstanding in all categories at The Oldham College. I then moved to New College Swindon as the Director of Curriculum and Deputy to the Principal after which I started Green Inc. Green Inc, through its training brand, Green Labyrinth, delivers Private and Publicly funded training across multiple sectors focussed on progression into work. We are contracted to deliver Youth Contract, Study Programmes, ESF, and Apprenticeships across a large number of disciplines.
Green Inc also consults into the HE and FE sector and recently has launched “EngageCRM” to support advanced employer engagement in the education sector.
I have also recently established an approved Apprentice Training Agency (Longwater ATA CIC) which has found a great deal of success placing Apprentices into the SME businesses.
Julie Bird - (Development Officer (Literacy, Language & Numeracy), Gloucestershire County Council)
Julie spent a number of years working for Gloucestershire County Council Education Dept followed by 8 years as a Training Co-ordinator at Gloscat, supporting trainees in the Hairdressing and Beauty sector. She then moved to the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) where she spent 1 year as a TEC Liaison Officer, working nationally, raising the profile of the printing industry to Training and Enterprise Councils around the County followed by 7 years as the South West Regional Business Adviser (Training).She then moved to the LSC as Basic Skills Co-ordinator for 3½ years, 1 year teaching Literacy at Gloscat, finally 10 years ago returning to Gloucestershire County Council Adult Education as Language, Literacy & Numeracy Manager where she manages a team of tutors teaching Literacy, Language and Numeracy to adults around the County. Since returning to Adult Education in Gloucestershire she has also managed 2 successful Basic Skills ESF projects.
Chris Baish- ~Vice Principal Business Development and Employer Engagement, New College Swindon
Chris is Vice Principal at New College, Swindon, responsible for Fast Forward (the Apprenticeships and Commercial training team), Adult Community Learning, Flexible Learning, Leisure programmes and Employability provision
Recent projects have included implementing Salesforce CRM within the Fast Forward and Employability teams, as well as leading ESF funded provision for NEETs and adult jobseekers. Prior to that he managed the delivery of a number of courses for all ages, specifically: ESOL, Functional Skills and Foundation Learning.
Prior to joining the college, Chris graduated with a BSc in Architecture from Cardiff University and went on to work for a small architectural practice in London, before spending a year in Poland teaching English. He also has commercial experience, having worked in Purchasing and Buying at Intel and then Homebase over a period of 5 years.
He finally found a home in Further Education in 2005 and he has gone from strength to strength within the college over the last 11 years gaining experience and expertise in many areas of the College whilst remaining close to overall grass-roots curriculum issues.
Employer and community engagement sit at the heart of the areas he manages, so he is keen to support the work of the GWP.
James Burt - Apprenticeship Performance Manager, Wiltshire College and University Centre
Ewen Saunders Commercial Director, Prospect Training Services
Victoria Lukins Partnership Manager, GWP
After obtaining a BA Honours Degree in Arts & Education, Vicky progressed her career in the education sector, from youth work and advice and guidance practitioner to manger and commissioner of advice, guidance employability and support services for young people and adults. Vicky has delivered and managed and commissioned educational support services and programmes for charities, independent providers, local authorities and most recently a large FE college before joining GWP in October 2018 as their Partnership Manager. Over the years I have developed in depth knowledge and understanding of further education, careers information advice and guidance, youth unemployment and of current educational and political landscapes as well as highly developed project management skills with the ability to develop effective multi agency partnerships to achieve common goals.