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Learning and Skills Council appoints Director of Skills and eight Executive Directors

David Way was appointed yesterday as the new National Director of Skills at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). The Chief Executive of the (LSC), Mark Haysom, also announced the appointment of eight new local Executive Directors.

As the National Director of Skills, David Way's remit will be to deliver the Government's Skills Strategy and to work closely with the Sector Skills Councils, all key employers and their representative organisations to secure commitment and involvement in learning and skills training.

Way was previously the Executive Director for Black Country LSC working on learning and skills matters in the region. Previously he led the early preparatory work for the Regional Development Agency in the South West and was the Director of Business and Learning Division in the Government Office for the West Midlands from 1997.

Mark Haysom, Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council, said: "The LSC exists to make our country better skilled and more competitive. David's strong leadership and drive will be crucial as we forge ahead with our work with employers and the delivery of the Government's Skills Strategy."

The eight new local executive directors of the Learning and Skills Council are:

  • David Ansell for LSC Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. David is currently Principal of Henley College
  • Mick Brown for LSC Nottinghamshire. Mick is Principal of South East Derbyshire College
  • Philippa Langton for LSC London North. Philippa is currently Director of Strategic Development and Quality at London East LSC
  • Fiona Blacke for LSC South Yorkshire. Fiona is currently Chief Executive of Tees Valley Connexions Service
  • Mike Bell for LSC Coventry and Warwickshire. Mike is Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Connexions Service
  • Martin Lamb for the LSC Berkshire. Martin is currently Director of Young People's Learning at National Office
  • Vivien Cutler for the LSC London East. Vivien is currently Assistant Director of Education, Curriculum and Community Services within Camden Education Department
  • Richard Greenwood for the LSC Northamptonshire. Richard is currently Managing Director of Scouting 2007

Commenting on the appointments, Mark Haysom said: "I am delighted that we have been able to appoint such highly experienced new colleagues to drive forward our work at a local level. One of our great strengths is our localness.

"These appointments are vital as we continue to build effective and open relationships with all our partners, local employers and local people. The skills and experience they bring will be immensely valuable in tackling the exciting and challenging work around Success for All and the Skills Strategy."

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is responsible for funding and planning education and training for over 16-year-olds in England, excluding universities. Established in April 2001, the Council operates through 47 local offices and a national office in Coventry.

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