The Surrey Skills Summit 2022

10th November – 9:00am - 2:00pm

About the Event

The Surrey Skills Summit is designed to ensure that Surrey’s skills system continues to power the economic success of the county. This will be done by understanding and meeting the needs of Surrey’s world leading businesses as well as ensuring access to training for all residents.

The Skills Summit will include:

  • Presentations from experts on the national skills landscape, including expected developments and the implications of this for Surrey businesses and training providers
  • The launch of the Surrey Skills Plan, including recommendations and actions to continuously improve our skills system to exceed the needs of local businesses and residents
  • Case studies from Surrey businesses who have taken creative approaches to meeting their recruitment, retention and skills needs

There will be an opportunity for all participants, through workshop sessions, to explore key recommendations and actions from the Skills Plan in more detail. This will focus on how the plan could benefit your organisation and what you can do to contribute to making Surrey’s skills system the best it can possibly be.

Participants at the Skills Summit will include senior leaders from Surrey’s major employers, high growth businesses, colleges and universities, the full spectrum of skills providers, and other vital leaders in the skills system.

The Surrey Skills Plan

We’re thrilled to be launching the Surrey Skills Plan (SSP) with you all today. The SSP forms the strategic basis for delivering skills priorities in Surrey. This is a plan for all of Surrey’s businesses, skills providers, and people.

View and download the Surrey Skills Plan here or by clicking the image below.

Click here to view and download the Surrey Skills Plan.


Time What Who
09:00 – 09:40 Arrival, registration and partner fair All
09:40 – 09:45 Welcome and introduction video Alastair Fee, BBC and Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing)
09:45 – 09:55 Opening remarks Tim Oliver, Leader of SCC and Chair of the One Surrey Growth Board
09:55 – 10:10 Keynote address 1: “The National Skills Landscape” Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
10:10 – 10:30 Keynote address 2: “The Changing Skills Landscape in a Changing Economy” Anthony Impey MBE, Chief Executive, Be the Business


10:30 – 10:45 Q&A with Keynote speakers Jennifer Coupland and Anthony Impey
10:45 – 11:00 The Surrey Skills Plan Fiona Tuck and Nathan Wallwork, Metro Dynamics
11:00 – 11:30 Panel discussion – the employer perspective Alison Galvin, Chief People Officer, Invotra

Mark Wilson, Head of Talent Acquisition and Development, McLaren

Liza Smith, Employment and Skills Lead Berkeley Group

11:30 – 11:50 Refreshment break and networking All
11:50 – 12:50 Breakout sessions All
12:50 – 13:15 Plenary: feedback from discussions Led by Michael Coughlin, Executive Director, Surrey County Council but contributions from many
13:15 – 13:20 Closing remarks Cllr Matt Furniss,

Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Economy


13:20 onwards Lunch, networking and partner fair All


Our Speakers

Anthony Impey MBE Having started and scaled several of his own businesses (with the first being while he was still at school), Anthony is now Chief Executive of Be the Business – a not-for-profit that brings together companies – big and small – to improve small business productivity.He is also chair of Coventry University’s Artificial Intelligence Governance Board, chair of the City & Guilds Industry Skills Board and leads the Department of Education’s Apprenticeship Ambassador Network which represents over 1,500 employers nationwide.

Jennifer Coupland

Jennifer Coupland took up post as Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in November 2019.  Her previous role was Director of Professional and Technical Education in DfE for three years, where she was responsible for T Level development and delivery, the L3 and below qualifications review and the Higher Technical Reforms.

Prior to that, Jennifer was Acting Chief Executive of the Standards and Testing Agency, where she oversaw the Agency’s work on primary school assessment policy and operational delivery.   Before that, she spent three years as the Deputy Director of the joint DfE/BIS Apprenticeships Unit.

Fiona TuckFiona is an associate director at Metro Dymanics and an experienced economic development consultant with a strong track record of delivering insightful evidence and actionable strategy across economic development agendas and for public and private sector clients.She has undertaken numerous studies exploring the current position and future potential of labour markets, incorporating sectoral and spatial assessments of skills demand and supply, training and skills gaps, employment opportunities and local/sectoral employment and skills strategies.

Mark WilsonMark Wilson is Head of Talent Acquisition for McLaren Automotive in Woking. McLaren are one of a small group of companies who design and build cars in the UK.The skills demand ranges from designers, to engineers to software engineers through to manufacturing and logistics skills along with procurement, finance marketing and of course human resources.Prior to McLaren, Mark worked for another car manufacturer and has run recruitment programmes for the British Army, the NHS and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Alison Galvin MBE

Alison Galvin MBE is a co-founder of Invotra, having supported the business in finance, HR and facilities since its inception. She has been Chief People Officer of the Group since 2017.

Outside of Invotra, Alison has been a member of the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador Network since 2017 and has served the Surrey and Hampshire local enterprise partnership (LEP), Enterprise M3, as part of their Skills Advisory Panel since 2018 working together to pool knowledge on skills and labour market needs, and to understand and address key local challenges.   

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Liza Smith

Liza’s role as Employment & Skills Manager at Berkeley St Edward is to oversee the attraction, development and retention of Apprentices and Graduates and ensure the skills and career development offer for these emerging talent programmes are industry leading. In addition to the Emerging Talent Programmes Liza is responsible for delivering the successful outcomes of our S106 Employment & Skills Plans across our projects in both Inner & Outer London.

Liza has spent all her working career in developing and engaging with emerging talent programmes from previously developing a national undergraduate sponsorship programme to embedding construction qualifications for students in compulsory education.   Working in the construction sector encouraging bright, enthusiastic and capable young people to join our talent pool has been a theme throughout her working career.

Alastair FeeAlastair Fee has been a BBC journalist for 25 years.He has worked in radio and television for regional and national bulletins, reporting across the UK and abroad.As a correspondent covering the South of England he has specialised in business and health. Alastair has won two Royal Television Society Awards for his work in Afghanistan and most recently his coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tim OliverTim has held non-executive roles on a wide range of company boards as well not-for-profit boards in charities, education and in local government. Tim is actively involved in the Charity sector as Vice President and previous Chairman of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, and formerly Chairman of Trustees for Working Families. He also chairs the Esher Sixth Form College Academy Trust Board. Tim formerly chaired the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System Board, which has responsibility for delivering healthcare services in Surrey, and he is now Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership. A key focus is to drive closer integration with Surrey County Council, particularly in the area of health and social care.Tim was Chairman-Elect and then formally become Chairman of the County Councils Network at the organisation’s September 2021 Annual General Meeting. CCN is a body representing 36 county and unitary councils, who collectively serve 25 million people and are responsible for £32bn of public spending each year.Tim was first elected to Elmbridge Borough in 1999 and served Esher for 20 years. He was elected as Elmbridge Borough Council Leader in 2016, elected to Surrey County Council in 2017 and as the Leader of Surrey County Council in 2018. He stood down as Leader for Elmbridge Borough Council and then as an Elmbridge Borough Councillor in 2019, to focus on his County Council responsibilities. As Leader of Surrey County Council, along with the CEO, he has set the organisation on a journey of transformation and championed a bold ‘Vision for 2030’ for Surrey and its residents, to make sure everyone in the community is supported, allowed to thrive and to make sure no one is left behind.

Our Partners

We are so grateful to our partners for all the work they do and their support on this event. We encourage you to learn more about them via the links below.

Weir Training
Nescot College Surrey
University for the Creative Arts
Paragon Skills
Surrey Chambers of Commerce
Just IT
Steve Willis
Hampshire County Council
Federation of Small Businesses
Naturally Talented Me
M.I.T. Skills
Berkeley Group
University of Surrey
Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development
National Numeracy 
Surrey County Council
I Choose Local
Royal Holloway, University of London
East Surrey College



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