Dominic Gill - Chair
Dominic is co-founder and MD of Digital training provider Intequal (previously IT Skills Management Company). Their mission is to open up careers through digital skills; be innovative in delivery, using technology to deliver learning where appropriate; and support learners & businesses by having exceptional quality at the heart of everything they do.
As an independent consultant, Dominic previously developed and led Microsoft’s Partner Apprenticeship Program. He continues to work with stakeholders across the apprenticeship and digital skills ecosystem including employers, government workforce systems and training providers. This includes being a member of the Digital Route Panel for IfATE; ESFA’s Apprenticeships Stakeholder Board; and City & Guilds Industry Skills Board. By helping positively shape, develop and implement apprenticeship and digital skills policy over recent years, he aims to empower people of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential through careers in digital technology.
And he is co-founder of Franklin Apprenticeships, a United States based consulting firm focused on building the infrastructure to support a successful competency-based apprenticeship ecosystem in the US.
I am passionate about empowering young people and businesses to better understand and access career pathways, especially into such a vibrant and growing sector as digital technology. I am equally passionate about the need to evolve and develop new ways of learning that embrace technology and are more in line with how stakeholders utilise technology.
Paolo Fresia - Vice-Chair
Paolo is an impact investor with a focus on: 1) Mitigating climate change; 2) Promoting sustainable production and consumption, and 3) Reducing gender and LGBTQI+ inequalities.
Paolo invests across all asset classes, mainly through specialized fund managers. He is part of the 100% Network, treasurer and board member of Toniic, and a founding donor to the Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth in Zurich.
Prior to impact investing, he worked as a bond trader for Goldman Sachs, as CFO for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti, and as a business and human rights consultant for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in Hong Kong. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, an M.Phil in Development from Cambridge, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from University College London.
He lives in London with his husband, two children, and dog. He is passionate about adventure travel, classic boats sailing, swimming, scuba diving, skiing, yoga, Ayurveda, and cooking.
I am excited to support Ufi to align its endowment with its mission and values. I advise the Trust on sustainable investments that enable its robust VocTech grant-making programme.
Charlotte is Vice President of Global Strategic Relations for Salesforce.org. Charlotte is responsible for building formal strategic partnerships, international collaborations and strong strategic relations to holistically support Salesforce.org.
Salesforce.org's mission is to put technology in the hands of nonprofits and education institutions so they can connect with others and accelerate their impact.
Prior to this role, Charlotte worked in senior management roles in the telecommunications industry, holding senior management positions within Verizon and WorldCom and focusing on business transformation and customer success. Charlotte holds a BA (Hons) in Business from Anglia Ruskin and a MSc in Corporate Governance from London South Bank.
I am passionate about driving learning-based programming, employee volunteerism, and grant management in areas of STEM education, youth workforce development, and technology innovation.
Jon has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as Area Vice President for Hilton in London. This role involved overseeing the operation of 3,500 team members across 18 hotels including the flagship London Hilton on Park Lane and the UK’s largest conference hotel, the Hilton London Metropole.
Jon started his career in banking, before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. He joined Whitbread PLC in 1999 and undertook numerous senior finance, audit and operational roles for brands including Costa Coffee, Marriott and Premier Inn. Jon joined Hilton in 2009, initially as Finance Director for the UK & Ireland estate of Owned and Operated hotels.
More than ever in times of change the UK needs a skilled workforce. Technology has the power to reach more people and improve more skills in a way that traditional education cannot.
Alex is currently Director of BLA Brand & Marketing, specialising in helping brands talk about their sustainability work, and in turn encouraging customers to make more sustainable switches.
Alex built her career in food marketing at Ferrero, working across a number of confectionery brands before moving to M&S and leading various high profile campaigns. During her time at M&S, Alex was responsible for several charity partnerships, including Oxfam, Macmillan & Breast Cancer Now.
Alongside her consultancy work, Alex is supporting the founding of a local cooperative shop to support the health and wellbeing of her local community.
I’m delighted to be a Trustee for Ufi, I’m convinced it’s not just people who were good at school who can excel in their careers, and passionate about the impact good training can have on people’s livelihoods.
Anthony is the Principal of Basingstoke College of Technology and his passion and vision are to provide an outstanding learning experience for all its learners to ensure they drive economic growth and prosperity in the region. Anthony has initiated and overseen the college’s e-confidence journey, including introducing a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, the development of digital apprentices, introduced blended learning and integration of commercial and in-house resources.
Prior to moving to Basingstoke, Anthony was Principal at Crossways Academy, Lewisham which became a CISCO world reference site for use of ICT in education, as well as providing a template for integrated smart building technology. This is where his passion for use of technology in learning started. Anthony started his career in Croydon College and then moved to City & Islington College. He is a trustee of North Hampshire Hospital Trust. He is also a former British national heavyweight kick boxing champion.
I am extremely proud to have been selected to represent the further education sector on the board at Ufi Voc Tech Trust.
My career in education has always focussed on helping to guide others in the use of technologies to enhance students’ learning.
I constantly strive to provide the skills and facilities to advise others to ensure students get the most from their education.
Jeff’s career in education and training began as a teacher in the South Wales Valleys, then as a civil servant developing the National Curriculum for Languages, before working in the private sector on European Vocational Education projects. Then in 1999, Jeff joined Ufi, as one of the first employees and remained for 17 years, managing Wales, then Northern Ireland, and finally as UK Operations Director.
Jeff maintains a keen interest in supporting adults in learning and is on the Board of the Learning and Work Institute, The Colleges of Wales and the Institute of Employment Professionals and Chairs Groundwork Wales.
Jeff remains a strong advocate for Equity and Inclusion within education and training and runs Ariege a consultancy company working with Education and Training Organisations in Europe and Africa.
Education is evolving at a faster pace than any other period in recent history.
In many ways returning to Ufi in this role I will be keen that we explore how emerging technologies, including analytics and artificial intelligence can deliver far greater understanding of student capabilities, and support new , more inclusive approaches to teaching, learning and advice and guidance.
Julia is currently the Chief HR Officer at Lloyds of London, the insurance market with a long career in Executive HR and now Non-Executive Director roles across large corporates in financial services, construction, and energy sectors.
Julia is driven by a desire to make a difference and aligns with the purpose of the organisations she works with and the ways in which they can contribute to society.
Working with the Construction sector whilst at Wates to build apprenticeship schemes and job seeker skills, Julia saw first hand the opportunity and confidence that building skills gives to young people who mainstream education has failed to engage.
Julia has led Board discussions on remuneration and succession planning, managed pension investments and lead change communications across a broad range and in addition brings relevant experience on board effectiveness and governance to Ufi.
I want to be able to open doors for people using digital technologies.
Tom Wilson stepped down as Chair to the Board of Trustees in February 2021.
To celebrate Tom's time at Ufi, we reflected on all things vocational learning, technology, and what's next for Tom in 1:1 chat.
Bryn stepped down from Ufi VocTech Trust's Board of Trustees in October 2020.
Reflecting on his time as a trustee, Bryn talks about Ufi's early days, the impact the trust's activity has had on vocational education, and shares what his best memories of supporting Ufi will be.