Gavin joined esg. as CEO in September 2010, and until recently was also CEO of Paragon Skills which he joined in May 2007. Gavin’s role focuses on managing the executive team in its achievement of the operational and strategic business objectives of the company.
Gavin’s previous roles have included ten years in the IT industry, gaining experience with global organisations such as IBM and also private equity backed technology businesses; elata as CEO and Civica plc as Group Business Development Director.
Group Financial Director
Jo joined esg. in February 2010 as Head of Commercial Finance. Prior to this Jo spent six years with Tribal Group Plc, a support services business, where she had been Commercial Director for the Education Division since 2008. Other roles at Tribal included leading the finance team as Financial Controller and a period as Interim FD.
Jo qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 and undertook roles in Audit and Corporate Finance before making the move into industry.
Jo is 35, is married with one daughter and lives near Sheffield.
Group Commercial Director
Steve joined esg. in April 2010, having previously delivered significant business growth as Business Development Director of welfare to work and skills provider, Working Links. Additionally Steve’s career history includes working for a number of years in various roles at global recruitment company Adecco and as Sales Director for US health and social care company Allied Healthcare International. Steve has a burning ambition as Group Commercial Director at esg. to develop our business into a brand that is synonymous with innovation and originality in all the sectors in which it provide services.
Steve is married with three children and lives in Sheffield.
Group HR Director
Di joined esg. in April 2011 to lead the group’s national HR function. She works closely with esg.’s operations around the country to deliver on the company’s people strategy to ensure operational excellence. Di brings a wealth of experience with her, not only from the training and employment sector, but from her years in the healthcare sector where she spearheaded the HR strategy for the Nestor Healthcare Group, providing HR services to the company’s 81 branches.
An MCIPD qualified HR professional, Di plays a major part in the group’s continued growth strategy through directing and overseeing its ongoing organisational development.
Chief Operations Officer
Professionally qualified with a degree and background in Mechanical Engineering, Anthony has previously assumed leadership positions which have benefited from his systematic and pragmatic approach, most notably including his time as Managing Director of Foundation Software Solutions, Managing Director for Tribal Software and Services and more recently as Chief Operations Officer for Tribal Education.
Anthony has successfully driven significant business improvements in his previous roles and was responsible for major organisational restructures which led to growth in both revenue and profits. Change programmes instigated by him have covered technology, processes and quality, which have been affected through inspiring people and engendering a spirit of teamwork. Most of all he believes in releasing people’s talent, building capacity and developing effective teams.
Operations Performance Director
Matt joined esg. in August 2007 when the training provider he’d run since 2002 - orient - became part of our group. During his time heading up orient, Matt was responsible for developing a strong business with a reputable name amongst big brand name employers, providing them with quality vocational training and assessment. Since joining esg. Matt has carried out the role of New Business Director, where, as part of the senior management team, he was responsible for the growth of skills and employment contracts and the diversification of the business into new sectors. More recently, Matt has taken on the role of Operations Performance Director for skills, where he is utilising his experience from his days as CEO of orient.
Prior to entering the skills industry Matt spent the previous 11 years in the Royal Navy, ensuring, amongst other things, the operational effectiveness of his entire ship. Most notably in his naval career, Matt was the only Midshipman to have served on Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia.
In his spare time, Matt is rather unconventional in his pursuits, holding a private pilot’s licence and listing advanced diving, powerboat and fast-roping instruction as basic credentials on his CV. He’s also an avid supporter of Derby County football club, watching the Rams as often as he can.
Hairdresser from Tamworth wins esg.
prize draw from HairUK show
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Come and see esg. and Adee Phelan at HairUK, the NEC 19, 20 May.
The Employment and Skills Group (esg.) is delighted to announce that Adee Phelan will be appearing at HairUK on the esg./BBA stand. This is an amazing opportunity for stylists and apprentices to gain valuable advice and skills from one of the country’s leading hairdressers, whose celebrity clientele includes David Beckham, Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding and Liza Minnelli.
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So I missed a week blogging because I had some time off work to do what is, for me, one of the best ways to spend a week relaxing. I skied with a bunch of friends that I have been away with each year for the last eight years or so. And what do I come back to? More snow!
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