Our Global TVET Skills Experts

Our specialist team of skills experts all have proven extensive experience of technical education, vocational training and apprenticeships, delivered within the workplace (on the job) and in the further education (off the job) contexts, across a large number of industrial sectors and countries.

Having worked in both public and private education, as well commercial corporations, our world-renowned experts are able to share best practice from across the globe, whilst developing practical solutions at the national and local level that are tailored to meet your specific needs.

Jonathan Ledger
Jonathan LedgerRenowned Global TVET Expert
Jonathan’s renowned global skills work has twice been a co-winner of the British Council’s prestigious International Skills Partnership of the Year Award 2015 for its outstanding achievements and impact in vocational education working in partnership with the Building Materials giant, Viglacera Corporation, Vietnam and in 2014 with Petra Print and Media, Egypt.

Jonathan’s high impact approach to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been demonstrated through skills programmes in 70+ countries across the Americas and the Caribbean, Europe and Wider Europe, Middle East and North Africa, China, Asia and South Asia.

Jonathan has achieved a post-graduate in Management and also Learning and Development Provision. He achieved educational excellence through the vocational technical training and assessment route. Jonathan is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, a member of the Institute of Directors and of the Chartered Management Institute.

Afshan Baksh
Afshan BakshEducation Expert
Afshan has over 20 years of leadership experience in the vocational education and training (TVET) sector both within the UK and globally. Her specialisms are: quality assurance; quality improvement; inspection; change management; teaching and learning; leadership; curriculum development; learner support services; community and employer engagement; enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Afshan has an experienced insight on developing and delivering outstanding education and training which is effective, has deep reaching impact and supports individuals into education and employment.

Currently Afshan is supporting a number of organisations, with specialist technical assistance. Afshan is also a trained coach and has supported managers in the UK VET sector to overcome challenging situations and has led successful skills development and capacity building projects across Africa, ASEAN, EU, Central Asia and MENA regions.

Claire Cousins
Claire CousinsRecognition & Licensing Expert
Claire has a diverse experience of collaborative working with a number of international clients from all over the globe including Egypt, Libya, Vietnam, Ukraine, Bangladesh and many countries in Europe to provide administration provision & support for inbound and outbound skills visits and co-ordinated the logistics for all UK Skills Study Tours for several years.

Claire is currently the Managing Director of Proskills Global Limited which delivers an outstanding range of professional recognition such as training and competence certification, licensing services and quality assurance of training providers – both in the UK and overseas.

Claire’s business expertise has been developed in the workplace over 31 years undertaking various roles in finance, IT procurement and training departments, within a variety of industries.

Simon Elsy
Simon ElsyConstruction & Engineering TVET Expert
Simon is an internationally experienced and professionally qualified Vocational Education and Training specialist with senior management experience across leading international Construction, Mining, Civil Engineering, Marine and Rail companies.

Simon’s expertise includes developing competencies and qualifications on behalf of Employer Organisations, and working with UK and Australian Sector Skills Councils. His project experience is global and includes Australia, NZ, EMEA, The Americas, and India.

Simon’s specialist experience includes developing competency frameworks for compliance, performance and process improvement. Associated skills include Quality Assurance and Auditing to National Regulatory Standards.

His projects have been award winning and recognised best practice both in the UK and Australia. Simon is both a Chartered Geologist and HR Professional, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Pooja Gianchandani
Pooja GianchandaniApprenticeships & Engagement Expert
Pooja has 360 degree experience of designing and implementing vocational training and skills programmes in South Asia, EU, and MENA region. She is committed to the continuous development of TVET institutions that promote innovation, local leadership and focus on long term impact. In her various public & private sector roles she has worked extensively with public sector enterprises, chambers of commerce & industry, service providers, schools & colleges, vocational institutes and international donor institutions globally.

Pooja’s expertise is in structuring public- private sector engagement for all forms of TVET , especially formal apprenticeships and work-based learning programmes. As a Humboldtian and Chancellor’s Fellow she is conducting a research on the governance frameworks, funding arrangements, cost – benefits of employer led models at BiBB, Germany. She is a regular contributor to projects requiring exposure to practical ground realities while having a to the policy objectives.

Najib Hamouti
Najib HamoutiEmployability and Careers Expert
Najib has fifteen years of experience in higher education and higher vocational education, as a lecturer, as a project manager of educational and social partnerships, and currently Career Development Centre (CDC) Manager.

Najib has contributed to employability programs in Morocco and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. His main areas of expertise include career development and employability programs for young people, skills policies and leadership training.

Najib is member of the Ethics and Good Governance Commission at the Moroccan General Enterprise Confederation (CGEM) and has been twice awarded the Faculty Advisor of the Year (2010-2014) by international NGO Enactus.

Najib speaks fluentl Arabic (MT), English, and French and is currently a senior manager at the ESITH engineering college in Morocco.

Walid Qorish
Walid QorishPrint and Media TVET Expert
Walid has more than 20 years’ of experience and outstanding achievement with many international and national projects delivered in partnership with global organisations providing training and development, implementing vocational education and training systems, employment and employability programmes, and building TVET institutions.

His work in partnership with donors and international partners has proven to have increased the employability skills amongst young people and enabled their transition from school to real jobs.

Walid has led and developed PETRA – the Print and Media Enterprise Training Partnership (ETP) since 2008 as the Executive Director. He has developed human capital and capacity building for many governmental authorities in different ministries such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Manpower and Emigration, Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Higher Education. Walid is fluent in both Arabic and English.

John Mountford
John MountfordInternational Further Education Expert
John has extensive experience of leading global and EU projects and programmes.

John has extensive experience in leading and supporting national TVET reform programmes. These have included initiatives supporting shared approaches to; leadership, Sector Skills Councils, capacity building of Colleges and apprenticeships. He has led numerous projects including in the areas of entrepreneurship, employability, curriculum development and qualification design.

He has played advisory and policy roles in supporting UK and overseas Government international initiatives, including; UK India Education Research Initiative, UK China Partners in Education and the UK Education sector’s international strategy. He has extensive experience of the delivering international projects and programmes delivered in partnership with stakeholders including; DfID, FCO, EBRD, DIT, EU Commission and the British Council. John has achieved post graduate qualifications in International Development, Management and Teaching.

Lisa Williamson
Lisa WilliamsonEducation and Training Expert
Lisa is an education and training expert who is specialist in supporting awarding bodies, end-point assessment organisations and developing apprenticeship standards, vocational qualifications and national occupational standards.

She is an experienced Responsible Officer and Quality and Operations Senior Manager with five years’ experience working with regulated awarding organisations. Lisa has a proven track record of success in ensuring continuous compliance with regulatory requirements, managing governance and ensuring quality. Her key achievements include setting up an awarding organisation and end-point assessment organisation including accreditation from Ofqual and ESFA, developing and setting up all relevant systems and procedures including Governing Board.

Lisa is highly experienced education development manager with over 20 years’ experience in developing and delivering apprenticeship standards, vocational qualifications and national occupational standards projects successfully.

Salman Shehzad
Salman ShehzadConsulting and Aid Funded Project Expert
Salman has an extensive background in project management, talent recruitment and workforce development. He is currently literacy project implementation with the National Institute of Banking and Finance in Pakistan. Salman has been supporting business development and growth by implementing a range of practical interventions which enable personal growth and increased performance.

As Skills Manager for British Council Pakistan, Salman developed and delivered dynamic education consultancy services across Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan) in partnership with a mix of aid donors, NGOs and other international stakeholders including British High Commison, FCO, ILO, AKRSP, USAID, EU, Pakistan Peace Collective, M&C Saatchi.

Janet Read
Janet ReadProject Management & Quality Expert
Janet is a proven manager with vast experience and knowledge of the further education and training sector, particularly skilled and experienced in managing projects, contracts and working with small businesses.

Janet has excellent organisational, business and ICT skills and vast experience of working with colleges, universities and private training providers throughout the UK.

Janet has recently contract managed an intense project with the Government of Panama associated with the development of a technical education institute. Janet demonstrates excellent experience with training centre recognition and approval processes and procedures.

David Llewellyn
David LlewellynEntrepreneurship Expert
David is very experienced in Leadership, Management, Soft Skills, and Enterprise. He has over 25 years’ experience in financial services and commercial businesses, as well as running a small business.

David’s career has included several roles with a major international bank and was until recently Chairman and Director of a limited company representing speciality food and drink producers.

David has led, successfully designed and delivered bespoke leadership and management programmes for employers – both in the UK and internationally. David was co-winner of the British Council’s International Partnership of the Year in 2012.

Andy Rotherham
Andy RotherhamTraining and Assessment Expert
Andy has been working in the Extractive and Building Products Industries for 30 years with various roles in production, technical and training departments for global companies.

He has delivered training expertise in vocational education and training solutions worldwide for a variety of sectors including Concrete, Heavy Clay, Ceramics, Extractives, Glass, Travel and Tourism, Mining, Health and Safety to delegations from, Ukraine, Vietnam, India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Iraq.

Andy is a fully qualified and very experienced assessor, internal and external verifier, National Occupational Standards (NOS) and qualification developer.

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