Board members

Board members  (see below for Board member Biographies)                   
  • Alan Cadman - Cadmans (Sector Lead for Construction)
  • Alison Calnan - Ford Motor Company (Vice-chair)
  • Angela O' Donoghue - South Essex College
  • Councillor Kevin Bentley - Essex County Council
  • Daniel Smart - Cwind Ltd
  • Daniel Wylie - Aldanat Care (Sector Lead for Care)
  • David Bell - Federation of Small Businesses (Vice-chair)
  • David Stanbury - University of Essex
  • Dr Sunil Gupta - Castle Point & Rochford NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (Sector Lead for Health)
  • Paul Coffey - Coast Digital (Sector Lead for IT, Digital and Creative)
  • Lindsey Hayward - Konica Minolta (Sector Lead for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering)
  • Liz Austin - Manchester Airports Group (Stansted Airport)
  • Suzanne Jude - Raytheon (Chair)
  • Simon Thompson - Association of Secondary Heads in Essex
  • Sean Kirby - Woodland Logistics (Sector Lead for Logistics)


Additional attendees/secretariat -                         

  • Peter Cook - Essex County Council
  • Louise Aitken - Essex County Council
  • Nicola Faulkner - Essex County Council
  • Tristan Smith - Essex County Council
  • Elizabeth Gray - Essex County Council
  • Lindsey Austin - Essex County Council  
Board Member Biographies    

Suzanne Jude, Essex Employment & Skills Board Chair  

Suzanne Jude (ESB Chair) is the Head of Strategy at Raytheon UK based in Harlow, Essex. Raytheon UK is a technology and innovation leader specialising in defence, national security, and other government and commercial markets around the globe.

The ability to attract and retain appropriately skilled employees is a strategic imperative to delivering competitive advantage. Having been through School and both further and higher Education in the local area, Suzanne is passionate about increasing the link between regional economic growth and skills provision. This can be achieved by increasing the employer voice at the heart of the debate and working to improve the perception and awareness of the Careers that are available to our future workforce on their door step.


Angela O'Donaghue, Essex Employment and Skills Board MemberAngela O’Donoghue is Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College which is the largest Further Education (FE) College in the region. South Essex college has campuses in Southend, Thurrock and Basildon. Angela has been elected by the 9 FE Colleges in the region (Federation of Essex Colleges) to represent the FE sector on the Board. Angela had 10 years' experience as a Principal before moving to South Essex College. She believes that the colleges in South Essex are in a position to meet the skill needs of the local economy through improved communication and labour market information.


Dave Stanbury Essex Employment and Skills Board member


David Stanbury is Director of Employability at the University of Essex and responsible for strategic leadership of the institutional employability agenda and for a team of 30+ responsible for careers guidance / education, employers/internships, employability awards/ enterprise and study abroad.

The University of Essex is home to the award winning in-house work experience scheme frontrunners and was shortlisted in 2013 as one of the 4 universities with the most improved commitment to employability. Dave has helped to set up the £4 million Centre for Career Management Skills; worked with over 30 universities on curriculum projects and sold the award-winning Destinations® career website to 60 HEIs in Ireland, Holland and Australia. Recently, David has taken a key role in an EU Project to establish careers services in Georgia and devised Essex's Employability Strategy.


Kevin Bentley, Essex Employment and Skills Board Member


Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure was elected to Essex County Council in 2009 where he continues to sit for the Stanway and Pyefleet Division and was appointed as the Deputy Cabinet Member to the Leader. Having served two years in his post he was promoted to the ECC Cabinet in 2011 as Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Regeneration, Waste Strategy and Trading Standards. He was re-elected in 2013 and appointed Deputy Leader to the Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure.

Kevin is also a Colchester Borough Councillor and has previously been Leader of the Conservative Group. He has also served in the Cabinet of Colchester BC holding the Portfolio for Business, Tourism and Leisure. He has previously stood for Parliament twice in Colchester.

Outside of politics Kevin is the Chairman of the award winning PR agency Mosaic Publicity and is a journalist by profession. Before leaving to set up Mosaic Publicity in 2000 he spent 20 years working for the BBC as a radio and television reporter and producer.


David Bell


David Bell (ESB Vice Chair) began his journey at 17 years old, when he co-founded APC Solutions Group, currently a multimillion pound business delivering wireless communications solutions internationally. David Bell has a whole host of roles within Essex, including founding his new business venture The Speaker Expert, volunteering as a STEM ambassador and he is the proud Essex Regional Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

David has also set up Simboc Ltd and The Speaker Expert, both in which he shares his expertise in the field but further to this, David volunteers as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) ambassador for STEMNET, helping to inspire young people and encourage them to enjoy STEM subjects.



Alison Calnan (ESB Vice Chair) is Manager of Skills Strategy and Apprenticeship Programmes in the UK for Ford Motor Company. Alison has held a variety of HR management positions within Ford including an international service assignment in Russia. Alison is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Located in Essex, Ford has the UK's largest automotive Research and Engineering centre employing over 3,000 highly skilled designers, engineers and support staff and is the European Centre of Excellence for Powertrain and for Commercial vehicles. Ford also has a number of manufacturing, distribution and transport hubs across the UK and in total employs approximately 13,000 employees in the UK. Recruiting skilled and capable employees is key to Ford's success particularly people with engineering, manufacturing and technology qualifications, skills and experience.


Dr Sunil Gupta, Essex Employment and Skills Board Member


Dr Sunil Gupta has been a General Practitioner in Essex since 1995.  He is on the Governing Body of Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group, is a GP Trainer and an Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners. Sunil is a member of the Board of the Essex Faculty of the RCGP and a member of the East of England Clinical Senate Council. He is a member of the Board of the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and is a Clinical Advisor on Dementia for NHS England Midlands and East Region. He was previously a member of the Health Education East of England Board, a Trustee of the Queen's Nursing Institute and the Accountable Officer of Castle Point and Rochford CCG. He has written a book on Clinical Commissioning and he has also along with a fellow GP Trainer collected a large number of helpful educational resources for GP Trainees and GPs at


Daniel Wylie


Daniel Wyle is the Sole Director at Aldanat Care Supported Living and Healthcare Services, he is also founder of The Care Providers Network, an organisation that gives local care providers and authorities the opportunity to meet, share best practice and experience.

Daniel was one of the youngest care providers in the country in 2008 when Aldanat Care was first established. Now at just 28, he already has a wealth of experience in delivering a care service within differing sectors.

He started his caring career at a very young age by volunteering, before then going on to an Apprenticeship that would allow him to pursue a professional qualification as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) at University.

With an eye for business and a love for care, and has been recognised for his entrepreneurial and caring attributes by winning various awards.



Sean Kirby


Sean Kirby founded Woodland Logistics in 2005, with a vision and sense of purpose to build a transport and warehousing business within the already successful Woodland Group that employs 600 people worldwide.

The focus was to distinguish itself from other competitors through providing ethical and environmentally aware logistics solutions that deliver quality, flexibility, reliability and cost efficiencies. The business operates 155 HGV's and 230 trailers nationwide and has grown year on year by no less than 20%.

Sean was previously the Operations Director of a transport business based in Rainham, Essex, where he served for 24 years. The concern relating to the skills shortage is an issue that Sean is passionate about and focused on making a real difference.


Paul Coffey

Biography to come

Alan Cadman

Biography to come

Lindsey Hayward

Biography to come