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New skills body recruiting permanent CEO

People 1st, the recently-launched Sector Skills Council dedicated to the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries, is currently looking for a new CEO to replace interim CEO, Simon Turl whose one year secondment from Compass Group will end in November.

Having led the organisation through the process of achieving Sector Skills Council status, Simon's next position has now been confirmed as Managing Director of the Airports and Marine Division, for Select Service Partner, part of the Compass Group. He will take up this post in November 2004 after handing over to the new appointee.

The new CEO will take forward the organisation's work which includes representing industry to government and learning providers, helping address current and future skills issues and increasing business productivity and individuals' employability.

People 1st was granted Sector Skills Council status by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in May. Sector Skills Council status means that People 1st has a statutory remit to represent the sector on skills issues in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Its priorities are to bring the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries to the centre of the skills debate, establish itself as the voice on skills issues for the sector, build partnerships with key stakeholders, and to work with business to drive productivity through skills development.

People 1st's mission for the next five years is to have an impact on increased completion rates for qualifications and learning programmes, investment in training, employee skill levels, productivity levels, and reduced staff turnover through lifelong career development.

John Brackenbury, Chairman of People 1st, said: "This is a dynamic and fast-moving industry. If it is to achieve its full potential, there is a clear need for access to the right training and funding to improve skills and productivity. We are looking for a forward-thinking, business-focused leader, who has an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the skills challenges it faces, to take People 1st forward. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with these qualities to make a real difference to employers and staff and ultimately, to the future of this industry in the UK."

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