Dr. Gareth Thomas

Chair of Governors

Dr Gareth Thomas is Managing Director of his own consultancy business, as well as being a Chair,  Director and Associate Director of a number of other businesses. Prior to establishing Skills and Employment Support Limited, Gareth held a number of senior roles in the skills sector on behalf of Government. Gareth’s role’s included Director of Integrated Employment and Skills for the Learning and Skills Council, leading pre-employment programme design and implementation nationally for the Skills Funding Agency as Head of Programmes for the Unemployed and Head of the Area Relationship Team (East Midlands), overseeing the quality and performance management of many Colleges and Training providers across the East Midlands (including Apprenticeship delivery).

Gareth left public service in 2014 to establish Skills and Employment Support Limited. Since then Gareth has been invited to speak at numerous national conferences and events, and has maintained his close relationship with policy makers. Gareth specialises in working with Independent Training Providers, providing challenge and guidance in matters of governance, funding compliance and quality. Business growth, market entry, and exit are also areas of specialism. In 2019 Gareth was named as the Institute of Directors Non-Executive Director of the Year for the East Midlands.

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