New interim Chief Executive of Skills Funding Agency announced

Published on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:34
Posted by Scott Buckler

Kim Thorneywork has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency, Skills Minister John Hayes announced today

Ms Thorneywork has extensive experience in the further education sector, having worked as a Deputy Headteacher at a Technology College and as an Area Director for the Learning and Skills Council. More recently, she has worked at the Skills Funding Agency as a Senior Account Director and subsequently as Executive Director of Delivery.

She is taking over from Geoff Russell who has been in the Chief Executive position since April 2010.

John Hayes said:

“I am delighted that Kim Thorneywork has accepted the position of interim Chief Executive.

“Her wealth of experience in the sector and extensive knowledge of the Skills Funding Agency will be a valuable asset in this role.

“I would also like to thank Geoff Russell for his hard work and commitment in the role and wish him well in his retirement.”

Kim Thorneywork said:

Taking the Skills Funding Agency forward will be a privilege. I am delighted to accept the role of interim Chief Executive and I’d like to thank the Minister for putting his trust in my leadership.

“Geoff Russell’s contribution to the sector has been very significant and I welcome the opportunity to build on that. My ambition is to work with the sector to meet the challenges of the future and to truly make skills work for England.”

Geoff Russell said:

I’d like to congratulate my successor and colleague, Kim Thorneywork, in her new role as interim Chief Executive.

“This is tremendous, affirmative news for the Skills Funding Agency and the sector. I am confident that Kim, along with the rest of the Executive Management Team, will help enable the sector to take FE to new levels of excellence.”

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