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Skills chief steps down

The CEO of the industry's training and skills organisation, Nick Ellins is to step down at the end of July after five years in the role.

Energy & Utility Skills (EUS) said that a search is currently underway for his successor.

Energy & Utility Skills chair, Jan Ward, said: “Nick gave us a commitment from the very start, to five years of dedicated effort, and he has done an outstanding job for Energy & Utility Skills, and as an advocate for all the workforce across the UK.

“He has taken the organisation from its primarily government funded sector skills council role five years ago, to being a fully commercially independent business that is now recognised and respected for its knowledge of human capital, and its ability to make change happen through trusted collaboration with central and devolved governments, policy makers, regulators, unions, utility companies and the supply chain.

“We want to wish Nick well for the future and thank him for his tireless efforts on our behalf.”

Ellins said: “I am immensely proud of the team at Energy & Utility Skills and of our ability to make a real difference through trusted partnerships – initiating the first ever Workforce Renewal & Skills Strategy for the sector, creating The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership of 30 industry chief executives, securing workforce resilience as a requirement within regulatory price reviews, building a stronger understanding for the value of Human Capital and being voted by the industry as Utility Week Utility Partner of the Year for “being a true partner to the whole utility sector.

“The organisation is in an excellent position, with a talented team, financial sustainability and the support of its board and sector to continue growing and supporting the gas, power, water and waste management industries on their future path.”

Prior to EUS, Ellins held roles including deputy chief executive of Consumer Council for Water (now CCW) and head of consumer strategy at Water UK.

Topic: Skills & workforce

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