The New Anglia Skills Board for Norfolk and Suffolk has a new Chairman. Paul Winter MBE, former Chief Executive of Ipswich Building Society, takes over from Adnams Chief Executive Andy Wood OBE, who is standing down after chairing the Board since its inception in 2014.
Paul retired as Chief Executive of Ipswich Building Society at the end of 2016 after a career in the financial sector. A former Chair of the Greater Ipswich City Deal, Paul is also on the Board of the University of Suffolk and a Non-Executive Director of the Teachers Building Society. He was appointed MBE in 2015 for his work on improving the skills and employability of young people in Suffolk.
Commenting on his appointment, Paul said “I am looking forward to playing a part in improving skills in the East. I am fortunate to be involved in a Board which has grown in strength and effectiveness in the three years since it was set up. This is in no small part due to the efforts of my predecessor, Andy Wood.”
Andy stands down after three years as Skills board Chair, a role he took on following three years as the inaugural Chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. During his time as Skills Board Chair Andy has overseen a number of key strategic skills initiatives for Norfolk and Suffolk, including:
– Multi million pound capital investments at the College of West Anglia, East Coast College, Easton & Otley College and West Suffolk College.
– The development of the New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque – awarded to businesses which make commitments to apprenticeships, work experience or engaging with schools and colleges
– The signing of sector skills plans in Construction and Health and Social Care, with further plans being drawn up for a range of other sectors including Energy, Food, Drink and Agriculture and ICT and Digital.
Andy commented: “We’ve achieved a tremendous amount in the last three years, thanks to the hard work and dedication of my colleagues on the Skills Board and our local authority partners. I leave the Board in good hands, and wish Paul every success as he brings all of his experience to continue driving forward our skills agenda.”