Two new key appointments have been made to the Board of Directors of Progress to Excellence Group as the expanding company, which is made up of a number of education and training providers, continues to focus on the skills gap agenda.

In their new roles, Business Development Director Lynn Lock and Commercial Director Dave Murray will bring their sector-specific background and knowledge to help drive the business’ strategic objectives forwards.

Progress to Excellence Group has seen major growth during the past year and now has seven subsidiaries which collectively deliver commercial training, adult skills training, End-Point Assessment (EPA) for apprentices and independent alternative education for young people.

Lynn Lock has more than 25 years’ expertise in business development and sales, with extensive knowledge of Work Based Learning, Welfare to Work, apprenticeships and the funding streams available.

Her position on the Progress to Excellence Group Board will see her combine her experience and passion for the education and training sector with her business acumen gained in business development and relationship management among major national employer organisations and international blue chip operations.

Dave Murray brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained in the construction and maritime industries. He has also worked in the FE sector, delivering maritime and pre-employability training in Liverpool City Region after owning and growing his own business.

His role with Progress to Excellence Group will see him develop and nurture the construction training strand of the organisation.

Sandra Kirkham, Managing Director at Progress to Excellence Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Lynn and Dave to our Board. Their experience and knowledge will help to play an important role in driving forward our company objectives.

“We all share the same goal of working towards a vibrant economy which is all about unity – bringing together private, public and charitable sectors to tackle the skills agenda issue – and are motivated by the positive impact of high quality, sector-specific training on individuals and their employers.”

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