Members of the Skills for Londoners Taskforce

Skills for Londoners Taskforce

The Mayor has set up a Skills for Londoners Taskforce to help make sure that all Londoners and London’s businesses can gain the skills they need to succeed.

What are their goals?
  • Help the Mayor meet his manifesto commitments on skills
  • Support the Mayor to develop a London Skills Strategy
  • Share creative and innovative ideas to improve City Hall policy making on skills
What is their makeup?
  • The Taskforce is made up of members who reflect the diversity and dynamism of London's economy and skills sector
  • The membership includes the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, and London Councils’ Executive Member for Business, Skills and Brexit
  • Four out of the remaining eight members selected through an open application process are women
  • Four out of eight of those members are also from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background
  • Members of the Taskforce are not paid for their roles
  • The Taskforce is supported by a much wider Stakeholder Advisory Group who provide advice and guidance to the Taskforce and to City Hall
What are their meetings about?
  • The Taskforce meets around four times a year
  • The Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills chairs the meetings on behalf of the Mayor
  • Members are encouraged to share their insights about how to make sure all Londoners and London’s businesses can access the skills they need to succeed

Meet the members


Anthony Impey MBE – Anthony is the founder of Optimity. He also chairs the Department for Education’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board and the Federation of Small Business Skills Policy Board.

Asi Panditharatna – Asi is a Londoner and an independent skills and employability consultant, advising charities on traineeships, apprenticeships and high needs funding. Asi is a school governor with lead responsibility for special educational needs, and was previously Director of Apprenticeships and Employability at Catch22. In 2018 he was appointed as Divisional Director Employment Services for the Forward Trust. 

Hang Ho – Hang is the Head of Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Africa for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, overseeing work across 23 countries to improve economic inclusion and social mobility.

Ian Ashman – Ian is an education adviser and executive coach. He was previously the President of the Association of Colleges (AoC), Chair of AoC’s London Committee, and was the Principal of Hackney Community College.

Lubna Hussain – Lubna is an adviser on the Prevent programme for the Department for Education. She also works as an interim vice principal through her work as a consultant for a number of skills providers.

Marilyn Hawkins – Marilyn is an Associate FE Commissioner and led the London Area Review. She has many years’ experience in the FE sector including as Principal of Barnet and Southgate College for almost ten years.

Seetha Kumar – Seetha is CEO of Creative Skillset.  She was previously Vice President at Pearson Qualifications International and had a long and successful career at the BBC.

Stephen Evans – Stephen is Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute, which he joined from Working Links. Prior to that, he worked at the London Development Agency, the Social Market Foundation and the Treasury.

Skills for Londoners Stakeholder Advisory Group

These are a group of experts in skills and training who will work together to help shape the Mayor's skills policies. See who's part of the group.