Employment and Skills Leadership Team

The Employment & Skills Leadership Team is a committed group of senior executives who represent organisations that collectively employ over half a million people. They drive the over-arching strategy for Employment at Business in the Community (BITC) and currently lead the priority work stream focused on young people.

BITC’s Employment and Skills Vision

We want to make the UK a leading place for people to overcome disadvantage to gain and sustain employment, by harnessing the potential of the Business in the Community membership.


Driven by the Employment & Skills Leadership Team and the City & Guilds Group, on 4 February 2016 BITC launched the Future Proof campaign, which aims to break down the barriers in recruitment and create quality and accessible jobs for all young people. This campaign builds on the work of this Leadership Team over the last five years which has driven the agenda for our members around ensuring business has access to the right talent & skills now and in the future, with a view to removing barriers that hinder action or success.


By heading up initiatives in their own sectors, they mobilise large groups of companies to:


Marc Allera, Chief Commercial Officer, EE
Chief Commercial Officer
Lynne Atkin, HR Director, UK Retail and Business Bank, Barclays Bank plc
HR Director, UK Retail and Business Bank
Matthew Brabin, CEO of ISS UK
Tanith Dodge, Director of Human Resources, Marks & Spencer
Director of Human Resources
Paul Flaum - Managing Director, Whitbread
Managing Director
Fiona Jones
Leadership Team Member
Work Services Director Wales, Employers and Partnerships
Chris Jones, City & Guilds
Group Chief Executive
Chris Kirk - PwC, Education and Skills Consulting Leader
Education and Skills Consulting Leader
Stephen Lehane, HR Director, Alliance Boots
HR Director
Ian Peters - Director of Customer Facing Strategy, Centrica
Director of Customer Facing Strategy
Hayley Tatum
Senior Vice President, People
Mark Thurston - Regional Managing Director for Europe, CH2M
Regional Managing Director for Europe
Mike Westcott, Group Human Resources Director, National Grid
Group Human Resources Director
Catherine Williams, DWF
Chief People Officer



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