Message from Professor Lorna Unwin

It is with great sadness that I report the resignation of Professor Lorna Unwin from the role as chair of GTA England. Lorna has made a great contribution to the work of GTA England and, in that role, visited many members. Lorna states, “When I accepted the invitation from the Board of GTA England to become Chair from January 2014, I did so on the condition that I would serve for one year and then review whether to extend my term of office. After much consideration, I have decided that it is now the right time for me to step down in order to inject some fresh thinking into the way the Board is chaired. I was very honoured to be invited to serve as your Chair and to have had the opportunity to make a contribution to what I still believe to be the most important network of organisations working to develop workforce skills in this country. The GTA network has considerable potential to become an even stronger force to put into effect the much needed change the country needs in order to raise standards and provide employers with the support they require to create better jobs and, hence, greater demand for skilled people. I would like to thank you all for your support and for all your hard work. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work closely with Mark and he has my utmost respect for the way he works so tirelessly to serve the needs of GTA members, whilst also forging new alliances with policymakers. I have been fortunate to work with such a dedicated and supportive chief executive. It has been a very difficult decision to stand down. I will continue to promote the work of GTAs and GTA England and hope to continue making some kind of contribution to the network.”

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