Skills for Londoners Business Partnership

This Partnership is responsible for advising the Mayor on how to improve and better align skills provision including specialist, industry-relevant and higher level skills provision to meet skills needs in London.

What are the Partnership's aims?

  • To advise the Mayor and the Skills for Londoners Board on meeting occupational skills requirements through the GLA's skills and employment programmes, including the Adult Education Budget
  • To advise on ways to improve London's skills system and increase skills investment, and to help improve information and data on occupational skills needs from employers
  • To work closely with the Mayor's Skills for Londoners Board, the Mayor's Business Advisory Board and LEAP - London's Local Enterprise Partnership - as well as other boards, partners and business groups as required

Who are the Partnership members?

The Skills for Londoners Business Partnership is chaired by the Deputy Mayor for Business. The rest of the membership is made up of representatives from London's business, employers and representative bodies.


Meet the Members

  • Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business (Chair)

  • Sonita Alleyne, Business woman / entrepreneur, and Founder, The Yes Programme 

  • Benjamin Bradford, Founder / Chief Executive Officer, BB7 

  • Anna Devlet, Head of Community, British Land 

  • Rupa Grahame, Senior Talent Partner, Sainsbury’s 

  • Stephen Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer, London Stansted Airport 

  • Anthony Impey, Founder, Optimity

  • George Johnston, Founder / Chief Executive Officer, Tech City Ventures 

  • Aurea Jones, Local Director, South London, Health Education England 

  • Sukhi Jutla, Founder / Chief Operating Officer, MarketOrders

  • Kirsi Kekki, Policy Officer, Unionlearn, TUC LESE representative

  • Nahrein Kemp, Film and TV Executive, Film London 

  • Seamus Keogh, Chief Executive Officer, the Clancy Group 

  • Lynne Miles, Associated Director, Arup 

  • Paul Neighbour, Plant Manager, Ford Motor Company 

  • June O’Sulllivan, Chief Executive Officer, London Early Years Foundation

  • Heider Ridha, Operating Partner, TDR Capital

  • Lisa Urquhart, Editor, Vantage

What are the Partnership meetings about?

The Partnership will meet around four times a year.

Members will be encouraged to share their insights about how to improve London's skills system to better meet the needs of employers, businesses and the economy.

Terms of reference and meeting papers

You can view the constitution (including the terms of reference) for the Skills for Londoners Business Partnership.

Meetings of this Partnership are not held in public but agendas will be published five clear working days before the meeting to which they relate. Summary minutes will be published in draft within two weeks of the meeting.

Meeting dates:

25 February 2019 - view the agenda and minutes

5 June 2019 - view the agenda and draft minutes

23 October 2019 - view the agenda

The Skills for Londoners Business Partnership is supported by subordinate bodies that assist the Partnership in meeting its objectives:

Apprenticeships Advisory Group

21 May - agenda and minutes 

4 September - agenda and draft minutes


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