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Our Team

To help the young people we work with to be the best they can be, we have a team of people who challenge themselves, and each other, to achieve our aims and objectives.

Our team is broadly split into three parts:

Instructors & delivery team

Instructor are the life-blood of the organisation. They could be delivering the Prince William Award programme one day, out with other instructor colleagues on an overnight residential expedition with students the next and then catching up with programme administration, organising your delivery kit or checking on student progress the next! The role of instructor truly is a varied and fulfilling one but it requires hard work, commitment and passion.

Business support team (Central Services)

As with most organisations, SkillForce has a number of colleagues in various departments within its Central Services function that support the operational running of the Charity at its office in Nottinghamshire. Departments include; operations and business development, business support, fundraising, marketing and communications, finance, HR, IT and projects.

Executive team

We have a variety of management and leadership roles within the Charity; from area based managers and regional business development managers to Central Services based roles.

Leading the operational side of the organisation is our Executive Team.

Ben Slade – Chief Executive

Ben is a high achieving, ambitious leader with a track record of significant and substantial improvement in schools and in the third...
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Keedy Watson – Director of Finance & Administration

Keedy joined SkillForce in 2015 and brought with her a commercial mindset and in excess of 20 years’ experience in finance and...
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Rosalind Vahey – Director of Operations and Compliance

Ros has dedicated her career to date to school improvement. She is an Ofsted inspector, an educational psychologist and a primary school...
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Lucinda Foulkes-Arnold – Director of Fundraising

After graduating from the University of Hull, Lucinda Foulkes-Arnold completed a PGCE at the University of Leicester and began a career in...
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Elizabeth Manning – Director of Philanthropy and Events

Liz is a highly successful fundraising director with extensive experience in the not-for-profit and charity sectors, including 17 years as London manager...
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Testimonial

"“Engagement and behaviour in the classroom has improved and SkillForce staff have also had a positive impact across the school by providing support both inside and outside of the classroom.”"

Samantha Cox
Grafham Grange School

Testimonial

"We learn the skills we actually need in life. I have become more confident and a better team worker."

Maciek
Student