The Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) today announced that it has appointed two new non-executive directors to its Board, as Jessica Leigh Jones and Professor Malcolm Press prepare to start five-year terms on June 1st 2018.
The IFA, which approves and supports the development of apprenticeship standards and assessments, advertised for senior figures with a background in technical education in December of last year.
Jessica Leigh Jones is an award-winning engineer and astrophysicist. She currently works for Sony UK and is leading the company’s project to transform manufacturing operations globally. Jessica also holds non-executive director positions at the exam board WJEC/Eduqas and the Engineering Education Scheme Wales.
Professor Malcolm Press is Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also an ecologist and current trustee of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and brings considerable senior-level experience to the role.
Antony Jenkins, Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships, made the following statement on the appointments:
“I’m delighted to welcome Jessica and Malcolm to the Board, at what is a critical juncture for the Institute as it prepares to take on responsibility for the delivery of technical education.
“They will bring an impressive blend of business, technical and higher education experience and expertise to the Board, playing a key role in supporting the Institute during the next phase of its growth. I look forward to working closely with them on the challenges ahead.”
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