Skills Show organisers Find a Future has appointed Dr Neil Bentley as its new chief executive, it has been announced today.
Dr Bentley will join the education careers advice organisation in Autumn from OUTstanding, a start-up not-for-profit membership network for LGBT leaders.
Dr Bentley said: “I am looking forward to building on the great foundation already established to help inspire more young people right across the UK to get off to the best possible start in work and life.
“Boosting the involvement of business and government in the organisation’s work is key to helping raise the bar on skills and improve the UK’s long-term competitiveness.”
He previously spent 12 months at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and is a member of the Science Council’s strategy group on diversity and STEM skills.
Find a Future chose, supported and coached Team UK in the WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month.
They took home three gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes on the way to a seventh placed overall finish.
Carole Stott, chair of Find a Future, said: “Neil is an experienced leader, who has worked at the highest levels of business and government across the UK.
“He is passionate about education, and his skills, energy and enthusiasm will help the team to drive the organisation on to further success, helping more young people to build successful careers and making a positive contribution to the UK’s productivity challenges.”