Skills Advisory Panel (SAP)

The LLEP has a Local Industrial Strategy Prospectus and is now developing a full Local Industrial Strategy; the SAP will support with the skills and other aspects of this.

The Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) supersedes the former People Board. The SAP is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the development of the skills aspects of the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) and leading the strategy and direction for skills development and employment support priorities
  • Developing a LLEP area skills action plan
  • Providing delivery assurance to the Executive of the delivery of projects and programmes
  • Making recommendations to and advising the LLEP Executive and Board about future skills investment opportunities
  • Engaging stakeholders in the development and review of the LIS and delivery of programmes

For the past few months the LLEP has been mapping out local data to examine skills demand and supply across the LLEP area, in order to start to identify key priorities and actions to develop a LLEP area skills action plan. The Skills Evidence Base Summary is available for download here: Skills Evidence Base Summary 12.03.2020

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the LLEP is now working on collating business, skills and economic intelligence to inform our Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Recovery Strategy, where we will analyse the economic shock to the area, create short term economic recovery plans, and develop a long term economic recovery strategy.

Who’s on the Skills Advisory Panel:

  • Verity Hancock – LLEP Board – Chair
  • Fiona Baker – LLEP Head of Strategy
  • Anna Cyhan – LLEP People Officer (minutes)
  • Jane Toman – Blaby District Council (districts representative)
  • Diane Beresford – East Midlands Chamber
  • James Smalley – VAL (voluntary and community groups lead)
  • Pete Chandler/Joanne Ives – Leicester City Council
  • Chris Grocock – Futures (National Careers Service representative)
  • Gareth Thomas – Institute of Directors
  • Bharat Keshwala – Job Centre Plus
  • Caroline Boucher – Leicestershire County Council
  • James Bagley – Gateway College (FE lead)
  • Dawn Parkinson– Beaumont Leys School (schools representative)
  • Eloise Shelton -Vanilla (recruitment agency representative)
  • Adele Brown – DMU (HE representative)
  • Allison Tripney – Leicester City Football Club (local employer representative)
  • Peter Sutton – BEIS
  • Teresa Culmer – Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • TBC– LLEP Executive Board

Meetings are held quarterly. An outline of how local skills and employment groups link into the Skills Advisory Panel (formally known as the People Board) is in the download below.


Skills Evidence Base Summary for Leicester and Leicestershire March 2020 (2.50 MB)
Skills and Employment Working Arrangements July 2017 (277.68 KB)