Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers: Edition 213

Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

The leader of Trafford Council, Sean Anstee, has been appointed as Greater Manchester’s lead for skills, employment and apprenticeships.

He will oversee plans to secure apprenticeships with better pay and career progression opportunities, and implement a university style application system.

He will also be responsible for upskilling local people and supporting the creation of jobs in the local area.

Mr Anstee has been leader of Trafford council for the past nine years, previously holding roles as the vice-president of the Bank of New York Mellon and relationships manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

“We need to give our young people a clear path to an apprenticeship and provide opportunities for them to set up a business or enter higher education,” he said. “Everyone must have the chance to gain new skills so they can get on in life. 

“I’ll work with colleges, employers and people in every part of Greater Manchester to make sure our people have the right skills to get a good job and succeed.”

Andy Burnham, Manchester’s mayor, added: “If we are to ensure everyone in Greater Manchester has the chance to get on in life then skills, employment and apprenticeships need to be at the heart of our plans.”


Ashley Rose has been appointed the new centre manager at North Shropshire College’s Shipley campus in the West Midlands.

The campus, in Wolverhampton, offers a range of courses, from part-time floristry to its most popular full-time course, animal management, and houses over 50 different species of animals.

Mr Rose joins the campus as it looks to extend the qualifications it offers, including basic IT courses at times that suit people with family commitments.

He will be working closely with business development manager Jo White to build existing relationships with local businesses, as well as cultivating new ones.

“The Shipley campus is a fantastic venue with great facilities which is small and friendly and offers students of all ages a perfect learning environment, which is different to that of a bigger college,” he said. 

“We want to offer new courses in terms of qualifications and leisure courses and we want the local community to support us in achieving this.”


The former principal of Salford City College, Martin Sim, has been appointed interim principal at Gateway Sixth Form College.

His appointment at the Leicester college follows the retirement of current principal Suzanne Overton-Edwards, after almost seven years at the helm.

Mr Sim, who led Salford City College to an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ during his tenure, will take up the role at Gateway College for an initial period of 12 months.

“Having started my career in a sixth-form college over 35 years ago, the invitation to return to the sixth-form sector and lead Gateway College was a fantastic opportunity,” he said.

“I cannot speak too highly of the staff, learners and governors here at Gateway and their determination to provide quality provision for the young people of Leicester.”   

John Kirk, chair of the board of governors at the college, explained: “Martin impressed us with his passion for realising the potential in our staff and students and a desire to restore our ‘good’ rating at the earliest opportunity.”


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