Skillsmart Retail new management team

Two new faces and one change of position have completed the new look management team at Skillsmart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for Retail.

The new appointments are:

  • Neil Moss, Head of Employer Engagement
  • Beverley Paddey, Director of Stakeholder Engagement
  • James Stockdale, Head of Standards & Qualifications

Following the departure of Simon Blower from the company, Neil Moss has been appointed as the new Head of Employer Engagement. Neil joined Skillsmart Retail in 2007 as Apprenticeship Advisor before becoming Employer Engagement Manager.

In his new role, Neil will coordinate the drive to increase levels of retailer engagement in the skills agenda, focusing on retailers of all sizes across the UK.

Beverley Paddey, who has been at Skillsmart Retail since its inception in 2002, is the new Director of Stakeholder Engagement, moving to that positionfrom Head of Standards & Qualifications.

Beverley will now focus on strengthening relationships at a strategic level in each of the four UK nations. With significant experience working in all the nations, she will ensure that key stakeholders are fully informed about the skills needs and priorities of retailers, in order to improve business performance and economic prosperity.

Filling the position of Head of Standards & Qualifications is James Stockdale. With his team, James will continue to ensure that qualifications, Apprenticeship programmes and National Occupational Standards remain relevant for the retail sector, and will continue working with employers, awarding organisations, national regulators and funding bodies to ensure the qualifications remain appropriate.

James joined Skillsmart Retail in 2007 as Qualification Strategy Manager and in that time developed the Sector Qualification Strategy for Retail and redeveloped the range of qualifications within the sector, making them fit-for-purpose. James has a long career in Standards, most notably with 14 years spent at OCR Examination Board.

The other members of Skillsmart Retail’s Management Team are:

  • Anne Seaman, Chief Executive
  • Jane Rexworthy, Head of the National Skills Academy for Retail
  • Jill Gardiner, Head of Administration
  • Kerry Burgess-Ayala, Head of Communications, Marketing & PR

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