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The Cogent Skills Board comprises highly experienced science and nuclear industry professionals who hold senior positions in Sector-based employers and Trade Bodies.

Developing Today's Workforce, Creating Tomorrow's

The Cogent Skills Board comprises highly experienced science and nuclear industry professionals who hold senior positions in Sector-based employers and Trade Bodies. The Board normally meets four times a year and ad hoc as is required.

The Cogent Skills Board oversees our strategy, approves our business plans and any key companywide decisions, and monitors our performance.
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Nick Gardiner
"Nick joined the BIA as COO in October 2014, bringing with him extensive industry and not-for-profit management experience. Nick is responsible for overseeing the BIA’s operations, with specific responsibility for financial systems, office management, governance issues and human resources."
Mike Barber
"Mike joined the NDA in October 2017 and holds accountability for the NDA Group’s People Strategy and the ‘One NDA’ strategic agenda."
Colin Reed
"Colin has accepted the invitation to join the Cogent Skills Board in association with his role as Chair of NSAN (National Skills Academy for Nuclear). "
Liz Collins
"Liz has held a number of positions across the pharmaceutical sciences business in scientific leadership and management roles. In early 2021, Liz progressed into an Executive Director role with matrix accountability for the pharmaceutical sciences business in the anti-infective category."
Elizabeth de Jong
"Elizabeth de Jong joined as Chief Executive of the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) in April 2022. As CEO, Elizabeth is responsible for the overall management and effectiveness of UKPIA as the UK's principal advocate for the downstream oil sector. "
Tony Burke
"Tony Burke is an Assistant General Secretary at Unite. A trade unionist for over 45 years. Tony was previously the Deputy General Secretary of the GPMU."
Justine Fosh
"I am incredibly proud of the difference our people make. We know that some of the greatest challenges we face as a society can only be resolved through the advancement of science and technology. The work of Cogent Skills remains crucial to driving up the accessibility of skills right across the science sector, ensuring employers have access to the workforce talent needed to compete, innovate and grow."
Joanna Woolf
"Joanna Woolf was born in Bollington and went to Macclesfield High School for girls in Cheshire. During her engineering apprenticeship at Simon Engineering, Cheadle, she studied for an OND. 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."
Karl Gorge
"Karl has a proven track record of managing and delivering change and has in-depth knowledge and experience of working within SME, PLC and Private Equity environments."
Katie Woods-Ruddick
"Katie Woods-Ruddick is Head of HR at px which provides operations management, engineering services and energy management solutions to partners in highly regulated industries, has been appointed to the Board of Cogent Skills."
Steve Elliott
"Steve Elliott joined the Chemical Industries Association in 1997, spending four and half years as Head, International Trade with additional responsibility for Sustainable Development. In April 2002, he was promoted to the position of Director, Trade & Competitiveness and subsequently Director, Business Environment. Steve was appointed Chief Executive of the CIA in February 2006."
Simon Earp
"Simon is currently the EDF Energy Deputy Pre-Operations Director at Hinkley Point C, responsible for establishing and implementing the operational capability for Hinkley Point C leading to initial commercial operation of the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station."

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Cogent Skills is sector based, working with companies from across the Science Industries embracing Life Sciences, Industrial Sciences and Nuclear.
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