Governors bring a wealth of experience, a wide range of skills and a critical eye to the business acting as both a sounding board and reality check to the Managing Director. In addition, they provide insight into the sector and act as a critical friend to the MD providing support, challenge, and impartial business guidance.
Olga Bottomley – Chair
Olga has 30 years’ experience in the work-based learning industry and is part of the Army Apprenticeship team. She is an OFSTED inspector, a trustee of CVQO which supports young people nationally as well as head judge of the annual Apprenticeship awards which this year is also pioneering the BAME Apprenticeship award.
Louise Bennett OBE DL
The Chief Executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce – a post she has held since February 2003. With a strong commitment to young people she has voluntarily served on School Boards of Governors, College Boards and a University Board.
In January 2018, Keith Fraser was appointed as a member of the Youth Justice Board. Keith is also the Non-Executive Director/Trustee at The Work Force Development Trust Limited, Advisor for the National Police Chiefs Council Digital Engagement Project for Young People, and Chair of Employability UK. Keith was made a Commissioner for the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities on 16 July 2020.
Prior to this, Keith was a Superintendent and Chief Inspector in the West Midlands Police, having joined as a Constable, during which time he produced the 2016-19 Preventing Gang Involvement and Youth Violence strategy.
Keith also produced the business plan for City of Wolverhampton council where he was the Chair of the authority’s statutory Youth Offending Management Board. He led an innovative preventative project, targeting over 7,000 children and young adults, working with Sport England and was the Strategic Police Lead for the Princes Trust across the West Midlands.
Keith brings his experience of Youth and Justice to the PET-Xi governance team reinforcing our commitment in supporting those from diverse backgrounds.
The Dean of Warwick University in London and also a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab at the University of Warwick. Prior to starting his current role as the Dean of Warwick in London, in August 2016, Abhinay was the Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick for 8 years. He brings his wealth of experience and how to the economic impact of what we offer and how we both link to the wider political context and wider educational sector.
Anne is the 14-19 curriculum adviser for Coventry City Council. She has long-standing experience in education provision in Coventry. We will be looking at Anne becoming Chair of our Standard’s Committee, a role she also fulfilled as governor at Henley College Coventry before merger and bring a wealth of experience within curriculum management and standards within education.
Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship, regional business leader and charity ambassador, Paul started in Birmingham market and moved into a successful career in the fire service before moving into senior leadership positions within manufacturing. He sits on a number of company boards; charity groups and runs a range of small ventures.
Birmingham-based business leader who runs two successful businesses within the city. Holder of the coveted Queen’s award for Enterprise, Mark brings a wealth of expertise in business, finance and investment, leadership and management.