Our Team

Our experienced Board are industry leaders with years of experience and great connections. We know education and training inside out and have been at the forefront of developing courses and qualifications to meet employer needs, such as Apprenticeships, Traineeships and employability skills.

Our Senior Management Team also holds decades of experience in education, quality management, improvement, business and contract management.

Board of Directors

Our long-serving Board of Directors have overseen Skills Training UK’s tremendous growth.

Their experience and knowledge drives Skills Training UK to achieve more every day.

Martin Dunford

Martin Dunford OBE

Chief Executive

Stephen Crawley

Stephen Crawley

Chief Operating Officer

Piran Scott

Chief Financial Officer

Simon Gotch

Chairman

Graham Clarke

Graham Clarke

Director of Education and Social Mobility

Steve Mitchell

Steven Mitchell

Director of Research, Innovation and Development

Our Managers

Michelle Hill

Michelle Hill

Deputy Director - Education and Social Mobility, Development

LISA KILGALLON

Lisa Kilgallon

Deputy Director - Head of Apprenticeships

Joanne Heywood

Deputy Director - Education and Social Mobility, Operations

Mehul Shah

Deputy Director – Head of Financial Planning and Analysis

Anthony Melia

Head of Quality

Catherine Lewis

Catherine Lewis

Head of Apprenticeship Sales

Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen

Head of HR

Hugo Vieira

Operations Manager

Anna Wise

Operations Manager

Neil Hynett

Operations Manager

David Crawley

David Crawley

Operations Manager

Trayceigh Hendy

Operations Manager (Apprenticeships)

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Martin Dunford

Martin Dunford OBE

Chief Executive

Working with the Board, Martin is responsible for setting and delivering the strategic and operational objectives. He has steered Skills Training UK’s year on year growth of market share to become one of the country’s leading Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Study Programme providers.

Previously Martin was Chief Executive of The Training and Business Group (TBG) which grew to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

He began his career in international sales and marketing, product and business development of high value, hi-tech scientific instrumentation; a demanding advanced manufacturing market where competitive advantage is achieved by rapid, continuous improvement. Whilst working in this market he gained his MBA.

Martin was a founder member of The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and its Chair from 2004 to 2022 during which time he steered the organisation in its growth in size and influence.

He was a Board member of both the LSDA and QIA, where he was Chairman of the Finance Committee, and a long-standing member of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network.

Martin was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to skills training.

Stephen Crawley

Stephen Crawley

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer Stephen is responsible for the delivery of all programmes and revenue streams.

He has achieved year-on-year increases in funding for all programmes and has ensured Skills Training is at the forefront of delivery of a wide range of Apprenticeship Standards in specific sectors to both levy-paying and SME employers.

Stephen’s background is in quality assurance and continuous improvement for manufacturing, as well as the general management of businesses in education and training.

Piran Scott

Chief Financial Officer

Piran joined Skills Training UK in January 2022 and is responsible for the Finance, HR and IT support functions of the Business.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC and has since worked within the Financial Services, Media, and Construction industries. Piran was previously the Divisional Finance Director at Lifetime Training Group before joining Skills Training UK.

He has extensive knowledge of ESFA funding and strong experience of financial stewardship in high growth businesses. Piran is also a governor of his local primary school.

Simon Gotch

Chairman

Simon works with the Chief Executive to set the strategic objectives and direction of the company. He provides high-level and operational support to oversee quality and delivery within the business.

A key contributer to business development, Simon oversees strategic partnerships. He has managed training and recruitment for the businesses for more than 20 years.

Simon is Vice-Chair of Education South West, a Multi-Academy Trust based in Devon. He is also a Non-Exec Director of CoGen UK, a leading developer of Energy from Waste projects in the UK and Europe.

Graham Clarke

Graham Clarke

Director of Education and Social Mobility

Graham is responsible for the supply chain management of our European Social Fund (ESF) delivery across several Local Education Partnership (LEP) areas. He also manages our relationships with the LEP’s, LA’s and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

As a qualified teacher and experienced educationalist, his knowledge is invaluable in the delivery of our large-scale Traineeships and Study Programme operations. The majority of our learners on these programmes come from a disadvantaged background with very low prior attainment, but all have great potential which is evident from the results Skills Training UK achieves with them.

Steve Mitchell

Steven Mitchell

Director of Research, Innovation and Development

Steven has led Skills Training UK to a number of important quality milestones: the first organisation to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating for the Merlin Standard twice; an overall grade of ‘Good’ from Ofsted; and full assurance from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Provider Assurance Team.

Steven started his career at ABN AMRO bank before joining Reed In Partnership to lead the quality team. He joined Skills Training UK in 2009 and was appointed to the Board in 2014.

Steven is a member of the AELP Quality Forum which supports Ofsted and the inspection of further education and skills. He is also a member of the AELP London advisory board which helps to shape the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Strategy.