GWP is managed by a Partnership Manager overseen by a voluntary Management Board

Mike Holliday Partnership Manager, GWP

Mike was born in, and grew up in Wiltshire. He has been in the education sector for over 20 years. He has worked with various organisations including colleges in Bristol, Cardiff and Newbury, and he has also held senior level posts in both national and local independent training providers.

Mike has a strong background in work based learning, particularly around Apprenticeship and ESF funded programmes.

Mike works closely with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP's) in the region and sits on the strategic skills boards.

Additionally Mike is the Co-ordinator for the ASK Apprenticeship Programme in Wiltshire, raising awareness of apprenticeships to year 10 - 13 school pupils

Tel: 0789 6759014


Paul Jones (Chair)- ~Head of Partnerships, New College Swindon



Paul has worked in the education sector for the past 10 years; the last 3 of which have been at New College Swindon. His background covers diverse sectors such as finance, telecommunications and fleet management, which has given him a sound commercial perspective on the environment within which we operate. He is responsible for all aspects of both the quality assurance and financial monitoring of the College’s subcontracted provision, which covers the full spectrum of provision from 16 – 19, Adult 19+ Education, through to HE.

Paul has been Chair of GWP since June 2020 and very much welcomes the opportunity to engage and work with providers to implement a collective voice for the sector, to help influence and shape policies and ensure that we deliver an outstanding service to local employers, learners and stakeholders alike.

Ewen Saunders (Vice Chair) Commercial Director, Prospect Training Services

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Ewen has worked in the Education Sector and with Government Funded programmes for over 12 years now. He has worked for PTS for 9 years on a range of ESF, ESFA and DWP funded programmes. Prior to PTS, Ewen worked in a range of private and public sector environments focusing on strategy, HR, Sales and Employer Engagement. Ewen’s PTS experience and expertise has been developed and honed in Contract Management as well as commercially across a variety of sectors and now in a Leadership role. Ewen currently oversees all Education provision for PTS which includes ESF NEET, Study Programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships as well as the Commercial Strategy for PTS. This involves working closely with LEPs, stakeholders and delivery partners.

Rob Matts- Head of Skills Support for the Workforce



Rob lives in Gloucestershire, and has over 15 years’ experience working on government funded programmes, both for funding commissioners and contract holders. For the last 10 years Rob’s experience has been focused within the Further Education sector, having worked for private providers and FE colleges. This has involved contract management and subcontractor management across work based learning programmes and ESF funding. Rob currently contract manages 17 ESF funded work based learning contracts at Serco, across 15 LEP regions working with a supply chain of 60 providers. This involves working with LEPs (including Swindon and Wiltshire, and previously Gloucestershire), and key stakeholders, to support the delivery of the contracts and to ensure they meet local economic priorities.

Andrea Gostling- Operations Manager, Green Labyrinth

Tel:01793 236245


Andrea Gostling AIEP is the Operations Manager for Green Labyrinth Training. She joined GLT 2 years ago after taking a career break for 4 years to spend quality time with my young family. Prior to that she worked in the Training and Employment industry for 14 years progressing from a part time administrator to the South West England and Wales Operations Manager.

Her job is very varied and she never has the same day twice! She manages the Operations of Work Based Learning which involves Commercial Training, Bespoke Training, Apprenticeships and Advanced Learner Loans.

Her remit is built up of a WBL consultant team, Business, Sales and Marketing Team and the backbone of any business the Administration Team. She is a very active Networker for GLT and enjoys meeting and chatting to new people.

Megan Thoresson - Learning Co-ordinator, Accredited Learning & Skills, Gloucestershire County Council



Megan has worked in education for the past 26 years, in various areas – EFL, ESOL, Basic Skills, Functional Skills, Community Learning and latterly, teacher training. Currently she has a quality role within the Functional Skills provision, and coordinates and does some of the delivery and assessment for their Level 3 and 4 Education and Training Qualifications

Rachael Johnson - Employment & Skills Officer, Wiltshire Council



Rachael has been in her current role since early 2017, largely championing all things apprenticeships. She is fortunate to be able to engage with a broad variety of education, employment and skills centred events supporting internal teams across the local authority and externally through a range of education based activities and wider employer support across the county. Prior to this she spent many years in the Civil Service providing resettlement and personal development activity to military personnel and then young offenders in a custodial setting.

Rachael feels that being a GWP Management Board member is a wonderful opportunity to use this prior experience whilst developing greater understanding and application of the education sector.

Alex Clancy - Head of Business Development, Wiltshire College and University Centre



Wiltshire College & University are one of the largest public sector training and development providers in the South West. During Alex's four years at the College, the college ambition has been to understand local economic priorities, their employers needs or skills gaps and then provide solutions to these challenges. As a result the College has experienced rapid growth in its Apprenticeship provision and they now have around 1800 Apprentices on programme and is proud to work with over 1000 employers (locally and nationally). Alex's professional career has benefited from experience at extremely driven and innovative private sector businesses, which have significantly shaped his approach and behaviours, of which are now applied to his public sector role.

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