Joanna has led the evolution of Cogent Skills to become the leading training and skills service provider in the UK for science-based industries.
Joanna started her career as an engineering apprentice at Simon Engineering, Cheadle, where she studied for an OND. She is a firm advocate of the apprenticeship route to develop jobs and careers and is now proud to lead a company that is at the forefront of developing Apprenticeships throughout the science-based industries.
After graduating with a First in Mechanical Engineering from UMIST in 1982, Joanna entered BP’s graduate programme, spending 12 months establishing the oil terminal at Sullom Voe in the Shetlands; her career at BP culminated in a head office role working on speculative oil finds for potential sites around the globe.
Moving to ICI, Joanna began at the Wilton site as plant manager in Advanced Business Materials, and then moved to the Runcorn site to set up turnaround programmes. At the age of 29 she was promoted to Engineering Manager, holding responsibility for 600 people across all trades and disciplines, and tasked with establishing a site training organisation and training to NVQ standards with TTE at Ellesmere Port. After switching to global business management within the ICI Chlor chemicals downstream business, Joanna moved into strategic supply chain global logistics.
She studied for her MBA at Manchester Business School, before joining Hays Chemicals as Manufacturing Director in 2000. The Hays business was acquired by Albion Inorganic Chemicals where Joanna fulfilled the role of Operations Director. She joines Cogent Skills as CEO in 2005.