Yorkshire Times
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8:58 PM 10th June 2021

The Skills Network Appoints Two New Executive Directors

Following a recruitment drive, The Skills Network, one of the UK’s largest online learning providers, has appointed 47 new recruits this year, including Sian Thomas, Executive Director for International and Paul Wakeling, Executive Director of Curriculum and Quality.

Sian Thomas
Sian Thomas
As part of her role, Sian Thomas will be leading The Skills Network’s international strategy which will be key to supporting the organisation’s growth plans and expanding its international customer base. As the previous Director at Global Prosperity Skills, Sian has a wealth of experience in the skills sector.

Paul Wakeling
Paul Wakeling
Paul Wakeling will be providing leadership and strategic development of the organisation’s curriculum offer, including distance learning and apprenticeship provision, to help drive the delivery of bespoke quality products. He offers a host of experience within the education sector, having previously worked as Group Deputy Principal at New City College and Principal and CEO of Havering Sixth Form.

Talking about her new role, Sian Thomas says: “I’m thrilled to be joining The Skills Network as Executive Director for International and to be supporting the development and growth of the company as we bring our services to learners across the world.

“Skills development and access to innovative, accessible online learning are in demand across all sectors, worldwide. We’ve seen a real growing need for a future proof e-learning solution that can deliver bespoke learning solutions at scale. The Skills Network has so much to offer, with an incredible range of technology-based solutions and services – I’m really looking forward to expanding our offer to partners and learners across the world.”

Paul Wakeling, says: “The Skills Network is a long-standing provider, with a brilliant reputation, and I’m looking forward to working closely with the wider team on the continued development of a high-quality e-learning curriculum.

“Even before the pandemic, online learning had become extremely prevalent within today’s society, but it’s absolutely essential that we continue to develop our offering to support each individual learner to achieve their best. Having previously worked in further and higher education, I’m excited to share my knowledge with the business, and to help deliver high-quality and bespoke learning experiences.”