Michael Osbaldeston has spent his working life supporting people, with barriers, gain the skills they need to achieve sustainable employment. In addition to identifying and celebrating individual and organisational excellence.
Currently, he is the Special Adviser and Skills Ambassador at the City & Guilds Foundation, it seeks to highlight the impact that skills development has on organisations and people. His work at City & Guilds has spanned over a quarter of century. During it he has discussed the skills importance of skills globally and across all forms of media. Michael is a passionate supporter of skills and where they take people. He is responsible for managing relationships with senior stakeholders including the City of London, the Livery, Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Foundation and with City & Guilds President, HRH The Princess Royal.
Michael has been involved with BITC for over a decade. He helped develop the Generation Talent and Future Proof initiatives, aimed to engage young people and ensure access to employment opportunities. The Future Skills and Good Work Taskforce allows him to continue to work with like-minded organisations and practically contribute to the broader skills debate.
Outside of work he is a trustee of organisations in the art, music, supporting offenders and youth skills sectors. He has two amazing grandchildren and enjoys photography. He would be delighted if the banana trees in his garden would one day bear fruit, though he worries what it would say about climate change!