Management Changes

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:00

With effect from the 1 May 2020, the NSA is reorganising its management structure to ensure the organisation is best placed to continue to meet the challenges of the future skills environment, and the appointment of the current group CEO Justine Fosh to the CEO position at Cogent Skills.

The group will continue to be managed by a Board of Directors with myself as Chairman.

Both businesses will continue to focus on their discrete markets and offers, as two fully accountable business units each with a Board Director taking overall responsibility and a Chief Executive to execute the business strategy.

Peter Booth, former Managing Director of CQM training and longstanding NSA Board member will assume that role at the NSA, with Louise Codling continuing as Chief Executive. The NSA will continue to discharge its remit to act for all stakeholders in the food manufacturing sector in ensuring that the skills needed to succeed are made available to both employers and employees  now and into the future The NSA is funded by Member employers and training providers together with selective grant funding.

John Whitehead, current Chair of OAL (Occupational Awards Limited), will oversee OAL with Jan Richardson Wilde recently appointed as Chief Executive. OAL is an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation and a government approved End Point Assessment organisation for the assessment of Apprenticeships in England.  Although it is the preeminent food and drink assessment body, its remit is not confined to the food and drink sector.

The Group business model aims to redeploy funds earned in OAL to support the work of the NSA for the good of the industry.

Both companies are limited by Guarantee.

The current situation in relation to Covid brings with it challenges for all business, but the need to increase the focus on skills in the new era is even more important than ever. As such, both companies can play a vital role.

Finally, I would like to thank Justine for her significant contribution to the NSA over many years and wish her the best in her new role.

Paul N Wilkinson : Chairman