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Innovative Alliance appoint Simon Conington as Board Chair

Simon Conington

Adult Education and Training provider, Innovative Alliance (IA) has recently appointed Simon Conington as Chair of the Board. The post will see Simon ensure the Board is effective in its task of setting and overseeing the business’s direction and strategy.

Simon began his early career in farming where he gained an understanding of ethics and the rewards gained from growth and nurture. With his passion for growing businesses through his belief in people, Simon went on to found the global recruitment organisation BPS World in 2001.

Simon’s new role will see him lead the board and executive team to drive forward IA’s mission to support as many adults as possible in securing employment opportunities and positive outcomes.

Talking on his appointment, Simon said;

‘’My approach to business is simple – growth and nurture, these are the lessons I learned from my time working on a farm. Today, I still uphold those values and transfer them into business. I believe that through harnessing a person’s true potential and placing more belief in them, you can support them to achieve their goals.’’

‘’The work that Innovative Alliance does in supporting people to secure opportunities that better their prospects and give them a greater sense of purpose resonates with me and aligns perfectly with my values. I believe that I can support IA to focus their attention on where they have the greatest impact, and therefore accelerate the benefits they bring to individuals and their communities.’’

Alongside his position at Innovative Alliance, Simon sits on the governance board of the REC as well as chairing the Engineering and Technical sector group. Simon’s previous experience paired with his commitment to people development will help him thrive in his new position.

Innovative Alliance is part of The Progress Group. A family of training and education providers who collectively support individuals aged 11 – 65 throughout England.

Talking on Simon’s appointment, CEO of The Progress Group, Jayne Worthington said;

‘’I am delighted with the appointment of Simon as Chair of the Board at Innovative Alliance. His passion for nurturing talent and extensive experience will really help to drive Innovative Alliance forwards, by holding the executive and wider team to account, providing strategic direction, and sharing best practice.’’

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