jump to content
Search the website

Thames Valley Berkshire

You are here: Home > Investing in Growth > People


We are committed to developing a well-motivated workforce with the skills that business needs. We need to ensure that the SEP target of 33,000 new jobs created by 2021 is not hampered by lack of available skills: ‘our workforce will be the lifeblood of our economy: young people will be inspired and older workers valued...’

This programme is where the investment of European funds most directly supports the implementation of our Strategic Economic Plan and where the LEP provides key evidence – labour market intelligence and economic data – to inform the interventions of skills providers. 

Skills Advisory Panel

The Skills Advisory Panel is a LEP Programme Group and leads on behalf of the Board on all matters relating to people, specifically to provide strategic direction for Skills, Education & Employment (SEE), based on the SEP and evidence of need from employers through a Skills Priority Statement (SPS) – all to improve productivity.  

Group membership:





Voluntary and Community Sector

Katharine Horler

Chief Executive


FE Sector

Kate Webb

Chief Executive

Windsor Forest Colleges Group

HE Sector

Darren Browne

Commercial Director

University of Reading

Private Training Providers

Sue Taylor




Joanne Harper


Activate Learning Education Trust

Employer representative

Chris Sykes


Volume AI

Employer representative

Maggie Neale

Workforce Manager


Employer representative

Sarah Atkinson

Global Director of CSR

Micro Focus

Employer representative

Dominique Unsworth


SME Apprenticeship Ambassador DfE

Resource Productions

Employer representative organisations

Atif Baig


Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

Local Authorities

Kevin McDaniel

Director of Children’s Services

Royal Borough Windsor and Maidenhead

Local Authorities

Mark Browne

Post 16 Advisor

West Berkshire Council


Imelda Goldsboro

Senior Partnership Manager 



Skills Capital Investment

Skills Capital Local Growth Funds projects to date can be found here

Berkshire Enterprise Advisor Network (BEAN)

The Berkshire Enterprise Adviser Network, a joint initiative by The Careers & Enterprise Company and the LEP, is formed of local business people who work one-to-one with school and college leaders, helping them to develop effective employer engagement plans, drawing on existing, local business networks.

ESF Investment

Current ESF contracts in Berkshire can be found here