An Ashington woman who received a CBE for services to education and training has joined the board of Skills4, as it seeks to help businesses up their game on gender diversity.
Jacqui Henderson CBE brings a wealth of experience in education, business and the skills sector to the company, which supports global clients in achieving diversity objectives.
“I am delighted to be joining such a progressive company which provides practical solutions to helping firms and women promote and implement gender diversity” she said.
“Businesses where men continue to dominate boardrooms, senior and middle management roles must do more to enable women to take senior positions.”
Henderson, who is currently managing director of consultancy and project management company Creative and Leadership Skills Ltd, has been chief executive of UK Skills, regional director for London for the Learning and Skills Council, chief executive of the TEC National Council and managing director of Northumberland Training and Enterprise Council. She is also chair of governors at Northumberland College, vice chair of NHS North of Tyne and Newcastle University’s Council, senior adviser to the British Council, and a long-standing member of the Skills Commission.
Chair of Skills4 Lynn Tomkins said: “I have known and worked with Jacqui for many years and I am absolutely delighted she has agreed to join our board.
“She has reached the top of her profession, holding many senior positions, and provides a fantastic role model for women just starting out on their careers as to what they can achieve.”
Gender diversity is increasingly being cited as critical to the UK’s economic growth, with universities and science minister David Willetts recently announcing a £200m investment in teaching science and engineering in universities, with particular focus on drawing more women into the subjects.
Skills4 managing director Jayne Little said: “After completing our programme women are very clear on what they can offer their organisation and that gives employers access to the widest possible talent pool.”