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Carole Stott, MBE, Chair, WorldSkills UK

Carole Stott, MBECarole is Chair of the AoC (Association of Colleges) and also chairs its charitable trust, which oversees the AoC Beacon Awards and Gold Awards.  Carole is also a governor and Chair of Bath College.

Qualifying as a teacher, Carole has had a long career in adult and further education.  She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to adult education.

Carole is the Chair of WorldSkills UK.



Marion Plant, OBE, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College, and Deputy Chair, WorldSkills UK

Marion Plant

Marion is the Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and of South Leicestershire College.  She is also Chief Executive of the Midlands Academies Trust which sponsors four secondary schools.  

A Trustee of the Edge Foundation, Marion is also a Board Member of the Church of England Board of Education, Co-Chair of Faith and Belief in FE (febe), Board Member of the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the skills business group for the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Marion is Deputy Chair of WorldSkills UK and also leads the WorldSkills UK RemCom committee.

Pablo Lloyd, Activate Apprenticeships

Pablo Lloyd

Pablo is the Chief Executive of Activate Apprenticeships.

A founding director of learndirect and, following its successful privatisation in 2011, Pablo co-founded Aspero Consulting.

In 2014 he founded Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School as a joint venture with the Activate Learning group.

A Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants, Pablo is also a non-executive director of Ixion Holdings.

Angela Joyce, Warwickshire College Group

Angela is the Group Principal and Chief Executive of Warwickshire College Group.

Beginning her career in secondary schools, Angela moved into Further Education.  She is a board director of Landex, a member of the Employment and Skills Board for both the Worcestershire LEP and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, a Regional Director for CBI and the West Midlands Skills Lead for Midlands Engine Growth. 



Barry Liles, Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion

Barry Liles

Barry is the Principal at Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion.

Beginning his career as an engineering apprentice, Barry has a career spanning 35 years in further and higher education.  He is the Welsh Government’s Skills Champion for Wales.

Barry is the WorldSkills UK lead for Wales.



Paul G K Little, City of Glasgow College

Paul Little

Paul is the Chief Executive and Principal of City of Glasgow College.

With 27 years’ experience in further education, Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the Institute of Public Relations and Member of the Nautical Institute.

Paul is the WorldSkills UK lead for Scotland.


Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Belfast Metropolitan College

Marie-Thérèse McGivern

Marie-Thérèse is the Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College.

Beginning her career as a teacher in Further Education, Marie-Thérèse is a member of the CBI Northern Ireland, a board member of the Titanic Foundation, a non-executive Director of the Strategic Investment Board and a non-executive Director of Bombardier Northern Ireland.  She has honorary membership of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and the City & Guilds of London Institute. 

Marie-Thérèse McGivern is the WorldSkills UK Lead for Northern Ireland.



Peter Woodhouse, Stone King LLP Solicitors

Peter Woodhouse

Peter is a partner at Stone King LLP Solicitors (SK) specialising in employment and transport law.

A dual qualified a barrister and a solicitor with higher rights of audience in both criminal and civil jurisdictions, Peter was the first solicitor appointed to the panel of Treasury Counsel.


Stewart Segal

Stewart Segal

Stewart works with a number of training companies as a Non-Executive Director and advisor. 

He was previously the Director of Strategy for 3aaa, one of the largest training providers in the UK.  Prior to that, Stewart was the Chief Executive Officer of AELP the representative body for training providers in the UK and he is currently on the Board of AELP.  


Mark Dawe, AELP

Mark is the Chief Executive of AELP.

Beginning his career as a chartered accountant, Mark is a member of the ESFA Advisory Board and IfA Quality Alliance advisory group. He is also on the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board. He is currently a governor of Sawston Village College and Stapleford Community Primary School and a scout leader.

Mark is Chair of the WorldSkills UK’s Audit Committee.


Dawn Childs, Merlin Entertainments Group

Dawn is the Group Engineering Director for Merlin Entertainments Group.

Beginning her career with the RAF, Dawn was made an Honorary Doctor of Science by Staffordshire University for services to engineering.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Civil Engineers, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Women’s Engineering Society.  Dawn works as an Ambassador at Alton College.