Chief constable joins charity’s board

Employment charity the Workforce Development Trust has appointed the chief constable of North Yorkshire Lisa Winward as a trustee as it looks to bolster oversight of its work to support careers in areas including justice and health.

As a trustee she will oversee the charity’s employment businesses, Skills for Health, Skills for Justice, SFJ Awards and People 1st International.

Winward has worked as an officer since the 1990s and was appointed chief constable for North Yorkshire in 2018. She was previously in charge of local policing in the areas before become deputy chief constable in 2017.

She joins alongside two further new appointments to the charity’s board. Also joining as a trustee is the CEO of skills social enterprise FutureSense Group Arvind Malhotra, and digital expert Jacob Abboud.

In addition, NHS senior executives Niamh McKenna and Erika Bannerman have been reappointed for a further term of three years.



“We have always had a very strong Board and these new appointments and re-appointments further strengthen our ability to drive our mission of improving lives through better skills, better jobs and better services,” said the Trust’s chair Jeremy Newman.

“Our volunteer trustees bring a wealth of skills, knowledge, experience and expertise, and I feel privileged to lead such a committed group of individuals.”

Workforce Development Trust chief executive John Rogers added: “We are delighted that Niamh and Erika have agreed to serve a second term on the Board and really welcome the new input from Arvind, Jacob and Lisa. I look forward working with them over the coming years to further develop and grow WDT, increasing our contribution to workforce development across our sectors.”

The Trust supports employers to boost the skills of staff in the UK and globally.

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