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Meet our two new executive directors

Details: Written by Kelly Worsnop |

We’ve welcomed 47 new recruits this year, including Sian Thomas, executive director for international and Paul Wakeling, executive director of curriculum and quality. Sian will lead our international strategy, which will be key to supporting the organisation's growth plans and expanding its international customer base. As a former director at Global Prosperity Skills, she has a wealth of experience in the skills sector.

Paul will provide leadership and strategic development of the company's curriculum offer, including distance learning and apprenticeship provision, to help drive the delivery of bespoke quality products. He previously worked as group deputy principal at New City College and principal and chief executive of Havering Sixth Form.

Sian Thomas said: "Skills development and access to innovative, accessible online learning are in demand across all sectors, worldwide. We've seen a real growing need for a future proof e-learning solution that can deliver bespoke learning solutions at scale. The Skills Network has so much to offer, with an incredible range of technology-based solutions and services – I'm really looking forward to expanding our offer to partners and learners across the world."

Paul Wakeling added: "Even before the pandemic, online learning had become extremely prevalent within today's society, but it's absolutely essential that we continue to develop our offering to support each individual learner to achieve their best. Having previously worked in further and higher education, I'm excited to share my knowledge with the business, and to help deliver high-quality and bespoke learning experiences."