Skills Advisory Panel

Improving skills in the North East workforce is fundamental to our economic future. We aim to meet the needs of each and every person living in our area. Through our Skills Advisory Panel, we’re working to understand our region’s current and future skills needs and labour market challenges. The Panel includes representatives from the North East LEP, the North East Combined Authority and North of Tyne Combined Authority, universities, colleges and local businesses.

You can read the Skills Advisory Panel Terms of Reference here.

Ellen Thinnesen

Board member

Emma Banks

Head of Ramarketing

Sir David Bell KCB

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland

Carol Botten

Chief Executive of VONNE

Reshma Begum

Skills Advisory Panel member

Sandra Brydon

Operations and Partnerships Manager for the Department for Work and Pensions

Paul Butler

CEO of North East Automotive Alliance

Cllr Amanda Hopgood

Niamh Corcoran

Skills Advisory Panel Member

Beth Farhat

Regional Secretary of the Northern TUC

Sarah Glendinning

Regional Director of CBI

Sam Harrison

Rep for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Sector