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Hospitality Skills & Quality Board

Driving the quality of hospitality apprenticeships and aligning other workplace skills and vocational education activities through one strategic, employer-led board.

The Hospitality Skills & Quality Board brings together the hospitality apprenticeship trailblazer and hospitality apprenticeship (EQA) board to form one employer-led skills and quality board which will drive the quality of apprenticeships, ensuring they remain fit for purpose, but also have a wider interest to align other workplace skills and vocational education activities in the UK.

Critically, the board brings together employers and other stakeholders, including industry bodies and learning provider representation, to act with ‘one voice’.

Facilitated by People 1st, the board will operate a number of important sub groups which will be critical to achieve its objectives. Bringing the groups together under one board will help align the variety of skills related activities undertaken in the sector.

Members of the board

Members, carefully selected for their combined expertise and passion in skills and apprenticeships, will each will play a significant role in helping to ensure we have a planned and coordinated approach to skills, which can only be achieved through a genuine partnership between employers, delivery partners and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Kathryn Porter, Industry Expert, Independent

  • Alyson Robson, Industry Expert, Independent

  • David Hoyle, People Director, Jordans Dorset Ryvita        

  • David Sheen, Public Affairs Director, UK Hospitality          

  • Diana Holden, Head of Apprenticeships, Young's

  • Edward Gallier, Head of Learning & Development, Jurys Inn Hotels           

  • Graham Bishop, Learning & Development Manager, Royal Automobile Club         

  • Graham Briggs, Head of Apprenticeships and Employability Programmes, Greene King PLC            

  • Johanna Keith, Apprenticeship Manager, Ask Italian        

  • Jonathan Foot, Head of Apprenticeships & Early Careers, Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd            

  • Paul Biddle, HR Director, Harrison Catering Services Ltd 

  • Paul Capper, Vocational Learning Manager, Mitchells & Butlers  

  • Sarah Hodge, Skills and Education Manager, Bourne Leisure        

  • Sean Wheeler, Independent, Industry Expert     

  • Tracey Anderson, Performance and Development Manager, Center Parcs             


  • Hugh Mantle, Chair of Catering, T level Group   

  • Louise Davies, Founder, Food Teachers Centre  


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