Media release – 6/5/2009

Christine Braddock to Chair ETB's New Education and Skills Panel

Dr Christine Braddock 1, Principal and Chief Executive of Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton Colleges, has been appointed as the next Chair of the ETB’s 15-strong Education and Skills Panel. Dr Braddock will take over from Professor Christopher Snowden, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Surrey at the next meeting in June.

The Education and Skills Panel provides insight, advice and strategic guidance on the supply and demand of STEM skills. Assuming the Chairmanship one year on from the panel’s formation in 2008, Dr Braddock is tasked with building on the firm foundations the panel has put in place over the past year, including establishing joined-up views on diversity, work-based learning, best practice vocational training and the new engineering diplomas.

Other high profile figures who have recently signed up to the panel include television presenter and national STEM Careers Coordinator, Kate Bellingham, Jim Mowatt, Director of Education at UNITE, the UK’s largest Union, and Annette Smith, Chief Executive of the Association for Science Education, ASE.

Professor Derek Bell, Chief Executive of the Association for Science Education, remains the Panel’s Vice Chair.

The other thirteen panellists are: Professor Helen Atkinson, Dr Christine Braddock, Sir Anthony Cleaver, William Divine, Dame Ann Dowling, Professor Kel Fidler, Bob Gibbon, Richard Green, Professor John Holman, Professor Sir John O’Reilly, Professor Baroness Diana Warwick and Professor John Wood. Dr Anil Kumar, the ETB’s Director of Education and Skills is providing the Secretariat.

Sir Anthony Cleaver, Chairman of the ETB, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Dr Braddock as incoming Chair of the ETB’s Education and Skills panel, and have no doubt the depth and breadth of her experience will help bring together education providers in both the FE and HE sectors, as well as the professional engineering institutions and the engineering community as a whole.’

Professor Snowden, Current Chair of the Education and Skills Panel, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Surrey, said: ‘I can think of no better successor as Chair of the Engineering and Technology Board’s Education and Skills Panel, and I very much look  orward to working with Christine to ensure a smooth and productive handover. ‘

Dr Christine Braddock, said: ‘I’m delighted to Chair the ETB’s Education and Skills Panel and in particular to welcome on board three experienced and high profile new members, Kate Bellingham, Jim Mowatt and Annette Smith. The Panel has had a very productive year, securing agreement on a number of high level engineering issues. The next step is to consult with business and industry and ensure we have cross-sectoral agreement regarding both Further and Higher Education practice moving forward.‘

Notes to Editors
1) Christine Braddock CBE
Christine has nearly 20 years' experience in senior roles in FE colleges and is currently principal and chief executive of Sutton Coldfield College and Matthew Boulton College of Further and Higher Education. The colleges are based in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield and currently developing a proposal to merge.

During her ten years as a principal, Christine has managed major change, including restructuring and relocating into a £40 million new building in the centre of Birmingham which is now viewed as a benchmark for new colleges. It won the RIBA and LSC Further Education Design Award for 2008.

Before moving into FE leadership, Christine worked as a senior adviser for the Home Office, managing and coordinating education policy and provision in 43 Midland prison establishments, in collaboration with local authorities and FE providers.

She worked at Dudley College as deputy principal prior to which she ran the faculty of art and design, community and special education needs where she gained experience of developing successful international links between the world of education and business.

She also has experience of lecturing, youth work and running her own business. Christine has acted as specialist adviser to the Education and Skills Select Committee and as a board member of the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA).

2) Education and Skills Panel (From June 2009):
The Education and Skills Panel consists of the following:
Chairman Dr Christine Braddock*, Principal, Matthew Boulton College
Vice Chairman Prof Derek Bell* Head of Education, Wellcome Trust
Panel Members:
Prof Helen Atkinson, Head of Mechanics of Materials, University of Leicester
Sir Anthony Cleaver* Chairman ETB
Mr William Divine, Chief Executive, NFEC
Dame Ann Dowling, Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Prof Kel Fidler* Chairman ECuk
Mr Bob Gibbon, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Manufacturing
Mr Barry Liles, Faculty Manager, Engineering & the Built Environment, Coleg Sir Gar
Mr Richard Green, Chief Executive, Design and Technology Association
Prof John Holman, Director, National STEM Programme
Dr Alison Hodge, University Partnerships Director, QinetiQ
Prof Sir John O’Reilly, Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University
Baroness Diana Warwick, Chief Executive, UniversitiesUK
Prof John Wood, Principal of Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College
Mrs Kate Bellingham, National STEM Careers Coordinator
Professor William M Banks*, Strathclyde University,
Ms Frances McEwan, Senior Careers Advisor, Imperial College
Mrs Annette Smith, CEO, ASE.
Mr Jim Mowatt, Director of Education, UNITE the Union
* Members of The ETB Board
3) The Engineering and Technology Board (ETB)

For further information please contact:
Laura Marsh, Senior Communications Executive, EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0444 or (m) 07887 943 017

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