Skills East Sussex


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1. Skills East Sussex

Skills East Sussex (SES) is the county’s strategic body for employment and skills. The group aims to drive an improvement in local employment and skills in order to increase economic prosperity in East Sussex. Using a firm evidence base, it agrees and sets priorities, and provides direction for the county’s approach to employment and skills.

SES has identified a number of sectors and issues where it wants to make a difference by working together. SES is committed to improving the delivery of skills for the engineering, construction, health and social care, creative, digital and media and land-based sectors.

Skills East Sussex Board

The Board comprises a number of leading figures from employment and education in East Sussex including the Chair Diana Garnham, (profile below), the Chief Executive of East Sussex County Council, Becky Shaw, two County Councillors, as well as senior managers from the county’s post 16 colleges, the University of Brighton and employers representing different sectors.

Chair of the Board – Diana Garnham

Diana was CEO of the Science Council until 2015 where she introduced professional registration for scientists at Chartered, Registered and Technician levels, as well as developing a science and maths careers campaign and a programme to tackle diversity in science employment.

She participates in activities to support widening participation in STEM, and increasing the work readiness for students from FE and HE. She is an independent member of the Construction Industry Training Board. She is President of the King’s College London Alumni Association and chair of the university’s Alumni Advisory Group. Until October 2019 she was a governor of East Sussex College Group having previously been on the corporation of Sussex Coast College. She is now an Enterprise Adviser at the Hastings campus of the East Sussex College Group. This is a very important role within the Careers Hub which itself is part of the Skills East Sussex structure.

In 2013 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Leicester for services to science and society and made a Freeman of the City of London for her work on science careers. In February 2017 Diana received an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Brighton in recognition for her work on diversity in science.

Chair, Diana Garnham

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