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The Employment and Skills Group (esg.) announces the appointment of its new Chief Operating Officer for Skills

A significant board level appointment at £70m turnover skills development and welfare to work specialist the Employment and Skills Group (esg) sees the arrival of a new Chief Operating Officer, as the group continues to pursue its ambitious growth plans.

Anthony Benton has joined esg. as part of its already strong senior management team and will take the lead in directing its UK skills delivery across all group companies. Anthony will be reporting directly to Chief Executive, Gavin Freed. He brings lengthy experience of the education sector, systems, process and commercial performance.

Professionally qualified with a degree and background in Mechanical Engineering, Anthony has previously assumed leadership positions which have benefited from his systematic and pragmatic approach, most notably including his time as Managing Director of Foundation Software Solutions, Managing Director for Tribal Software and Services and more recently as COO for Tribal Education.

Anthony has successfully driven significant business improvements in his previous roles and was responsible for major organisational restructures which led to growth in both revenue and profits. Change programmes instigated by him have covered technology, processes and quality, which have been affected through inspiring people and engendering a spirit of teamwork. Most of all he believes in releasing people’s talent, building capacity and developing effective teams.

Speaking about the new appointment, Group CEO Gavin Freed said: “The role of Chief Operating Officer for Skills is a new position within esg. and one which is key to the achievement of our future growth plans. We are more than aware of the new challenges and opportunities we face to meet our learners’ expectations and those of our funders, and our responsibility as a leading provider of skills provision to stay ahead of changes in government policy. Anthony’s experience and proven track record of empowering people to succeed makes him the ideal candidate to help drive forward esg. in what is an increasingly competitive sector.”

Commenting on his appointment Anthony said, “ This is an exciting opportunity and one which I am really relishing to deliver. We have some immediate key priorities to achieve and an opportunity to build a transformational organisation, I have already met some very competent and passionate people within the business and I want to harness that talent and add value to what we already have in place. I am looking forward to building on the Group’s success and in so doing, making our contribution to helping the country on the road to economic recovery.”

For more information about The Employment and Skills Group, please contact: Kim Pattison, Head of Communications, 07725 670250, email: [email protected]

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