Welcome letter from Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO

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Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in applying to be the Director of Communications and External Affairs to join our Senior Leadership Team at WorldSkills UK. We hope that you find the information in this candidate brief and on our website useful: https://www.worldskillsuk.org/

At WorldSkills UK, we have big ambitions to help the next generation, our education system and the economy.

We are working to help create a world-class skills system so more young people get better opportunities and are not written off because going to university isn’t right for them.

We are seeking to appoint a new Director of Communications and External Affairs to help us drive forward our strategy supporting the UK to become a world-class skills economy.

Our new director will bring experience of thought leadership and public affairs; media and social media; and brand and marketing, to help us build our positioning as a global leader in developing world-class apprenticeships and skills to help employers create high-quality jobs for young people. As a newly created director level role this is an exciting opportunity to shape and lead our newly formed Communications and External Affairs Directorate.

If you are ambitious to shape the UK’s skills economy and change lives, I would love to hear from you.

As an employer ourselves we aim to be truly inclusive, offering a hybrid and collaborative working culture. We pride ourselves on having a flexible approach to our working practices and are happy to discuss flexible working options with suitable candidates.

We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and as part of this commitment and to address underrepresented groups on our Senior Leadership Team, we particularly welcome applications from women and black and ethnic minority groups.

For a confidential conversation with Thewlis Graham Associates, who are supporting us with this recruitment, please contact Sarah Thewlis, Managing Director on 0207 850 4781 or email: applications@thewlisgraham.com. Sarah will be happy to discuss this opportunity with you.

Yours sincerely


Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE
CEO, WorldSkills UK