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The Progress Group welcome Sumita Chopra as Head of Strategic Projects

Sumita Chopra, Head of Strategic Projects, The Progress Group

National education and training specialists, The Progress Group, have welcomed Sumita Chopra to their Senior Leadership Team. Sumita brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role as Head of Strategic Projects within the Group.

Sumita, who was born in Delhi, India, began her career as an IT Professional, developing and deploying custom-built applications for Marketing and PR, FMCG, and financial institutions. After moving to the UK in 2001, Sumita completed her MBA from the University of Manchester and began working in the education sector.

Before taking up her role at The Progress Group, Sumita was Director of Operations and Innovation for the International Baccalaureate. Here she led the business and system transformation on all aspects of assessment operations, including middle years and A-Level qualifications.

Sumita’s extensive experience providing consultations within the education sector will prove invaluable in her new role at The Progress Group. Alongside her full-time job, Sumita also serves as a Trustee for the Multi-Vision Academy Board in Bury, where she is committed to building strong communities, and providing better education services and opportunities for the citizens of tomorrow.

Talking on her appointment, Sumita said;

‘’I immediately felt The Progress Group was the right fit for me. The Group’s vision resonates with my ambition and attitudes for the future generation. This is an ethos I am passionate about and want to instil in my two young children. I am committed to lead by example and impart my curiosity and thirst for continuous learning onto my two boys.’’

‘’I am thrilled to be joining a business that is committed to having an impact on people’s lives. There is a huge opportunity for me to help shape the success of the business and drive forward their vision to support even more individuals access education and training opportunities.’’

In her role as Head of Strategic Projects, Sumita will operate across all six of the Group’s subsidiaries, with the responsibility of establishing the structure, framework, and governance for the management of a portfolio of tech-focused, and business-critical projects.

Speaking on Sumita’s appointment, Jayne Worthington, CEO of The Progress Group said;

‘’Sumita is the latest investment that we have made at Group level, and I could not be more delighted. Her extensive experience in the education sector, coupled with her personal values, make her the perfect candidate for this role, and the perfect fit for our Group.’’

‘’As we continue to grow and develop, Sumita’s expertise around change management and system transformation will be invaluable. We have several exciting tech-based projects in the pipeline which will really help to revolutionise our market offer and operational running, and I cannot wait for Sumita to get started on helping to really drive these projects forward.”

The Progress Group is a nationally based group of training and education specialists, made up of six subsidiaries, each of which are aligned to the needs of industry today and tomorrow. As a collective, the Group support individuals aged 11 to 65 to access training and education opportunities. Through their subsidiaries, they serve a wealth of different sectors, from renewable energy to alternative education.

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