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Skills for Security

the Skills and Standards Setting Body for the Security Business Sector has announced the appointment of David Greer as its new Chief Executive. David comes to the organisation with a wealth of experience, having been Director for all Support to Business skills policies, in the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for 5 years.

Working with Government Ministers and departments including HM Treasury and the Department for Education and Skills, David ran the Employer Training Pilot and was responsible for the design and delivery of the new employer’s skills service – Train to Gain.

Jaine Clarke, National Skills Director at the LSC said: “For five years, David has driven the development and successful implementation of the LSC’s employer-focused policy. In particular, David’s leadership of our new Train to Gain service has been fundamental to its success. Although we are sorry to see him go, it is excellent news that the learning and skills sector will be retaining his immense expertise and experience. We wish him every success in his new role”.

David’s long term career interest has been promoting the critical role of improving the nation’s skills, to benefit UK business. He has worked with major companies and SMEs in industries as diverse as automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare and the public sector.

Linda Sharpe, current Chief Executive said: “I am delighted with David’s appointment and know that he can do a good job, in taking Skills for Security forward to the next stage of its development. David brings skills and experience that will complement, and add value to, those held by the current directors and managers of our company. He has a strong employer focus, which will be very good news for the Security Business Sector.”

As well as leading Government programmes, David has been an Assistant Principal in Further Education, a project manager for major commercial IT projects and has taught in schools. He has also provided consultancy to several Government departments and found time to run his own business. He is a qualified teacher, has a first degree in Physics and Electronics and a Masters degree in Information Systems Design and Management.

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, Chairman of Skills for Security said: “We were determined, however long it took, to get the right person to succeed Linda Sharpe, who has done such an outstanding job in the formative period of our new skills and standards setting body. We are convinced that David Greer is that person. His background, personality and commitment all auger extremely well for the future, and I know that everyone involved in the security skills world will wish him every success. I believe that he will take our organisation to new levels of influence and support for the industry.”

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