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The Skills Network Appoints New Chief Executive

Details: Written by Benjamin Atkinson |

The Skills Network (TSN) is proud to announce the appointment of Mark Dawe as our new Chief Executive, with effect from 17 August 2020.

Mark has spent the last 4 years as Chief Executive of AELP (The Association of Employment and Learning Providers) and holds a wealth of leadership experience across the education sector.

Prior to AELP, Mark spent 5 years as Chief Executive of OCR, the exam board. He has also held previous roles as the Principal of Oaklands College and Deputy Director for the Department of Education and Skills.

With a key influence in the education sector, Mark is currently on the board of WorldSkills UK as well as a range of government boards such as the ESFA Advisory Board and the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board.

Mark’s appointment signifies a significant milestone in TSN’s development. He will use his knowledge and expertise to underpin TSN’s growth into the future.

Speaking on his new appointment, Mark said:

Whilst I leave behind a great dedicated team with many incredible members at AELP, it certainly isn’t goodbye, and the memories will last for a lifetime!

The Skills Network has offered me an amazing opportunity to work with an incredibly ambitious and knowledgeable team, who combine two of my main passions – education and training, along with technology and online learning. 

In the face of the Covid-19 crisis, the importance and effectiveness of good quality online learning has been recognised, and I am very excited to be at the forefront of driving this agenda forward.”

Claire Conlaund, Managing Director at The Skills Network, said:

“We’re really proud to welcome Mark aboard in what feels like a really pivotal, exciting step in TSN’s trajectory. In the last few years, we’ve gone from strength to strength and Mark will be joining an extremely passionate and talented team.”

Peter McCann, Chairman at The Skills Network, said:

“We are delighted that Mark is joining TSN. Mark brings an unparalleled track-record of outstanding leadership across the education and skills sector, and under his leadership, TSN looks forward to the exciting future as we continue to delight our students, employers and partners.”