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Executive Recruitment

Our Board

Nicola Winn, Chair (Outgoing)

Nicola is Managing Director of Creative Bridge. She has  previously worked in senior roles at two regional  housing associations and headed up membership for  the CIH. She is a board member at The Marketing  Group and previously sat on the boards of CIH and  Foyer Federation. She is a fellow of the Chartered  Institute of Housing and an active member of the  Academy for Business Leaders.

Barry Pitts, Vice Chair

Barry is a former Director of Business Development and  Director of Arch services, with over 28 years of  experience in housing and regeneration. He has been  actively involved in developing and delivering  strategies, along with the delivery of major housing  developments and regeneration projects. He has  chaired a number of influential groups throughout his  career including a school governing body. He is  currently mentoring a small business and supporting its growth strategy.

Maqsood Ahmad

Maqsood has 15 years of experience of developing and  delivering policies and programmes on behalf of  ministers, board members and chief executives.  Currently Maqsood is the Cohort Director for Nye  Bevan Programme and Strategic Senior Manager for  Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution  Partnership (HSCP) Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs).  Maqsood is responsible for the Mental Health,  Dementia, Diabetes and CVD SCNs.

David Hunter

David is a retired Chartered Accountant, having spent  over 37 years in practice gaining wide experience of  accounting for and auditing of social housing providers  and credit unions with a firm specialising in providing  audit and financial consultancy services to the not-for-profit and charity sectors. He has particular interests in  risk management and governance in regulated sectors  and has previously been Vice-Chairman of a local stock  transfer housing association. David is also a member of  the Aspire Housing Board.

Paul Newall

Paul is a qualified accountant and was formerly a  Partner at Clearwater International, a cross-border  advisory firm specialising in corporate finance. Paul has  worked alongside directors and other stakeholders of  growing companies for over 25 years advising on  corporate strategy, value maximisation and fundraising. While Paul has worked with clients across  sectors covering the whole of the UK economy, he also  has specific experience advising companies within the  training and apprenticeship market.

Cllr Elizabeth Shenton

Elizabeth has been a Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough  Councillor for over 12 years, holding many key  positions including Council Leader and Deputy Mayor.  Elizabeth has over 20 years’ experience in the finance  industry, where she held senior HR roles, and was a  Director of the RBS Pension Fund. She is now a Lay  Judiciary at the West Midlands Employment Tribunals.  Elizabeth also has a lifetime of leading roles in the  voluntary sector and is the Coordinator of the North  Staffordshire Independent Custody Visitors.

Sarah Tudor

Sarah has over 18 years’ experience in corporate  learning and development and in higher education and  is an expert in higher and degree apprenticeships. She  works with the Department for Education, lobbying on  degree apprenticeship policy. She is a guest editor and  reviewer for UVAC’s Journal of HE, Skills and Work based learning. Committed to lifelong educational  development, Sarah is also Chair of Trustees of a 14-18  high school in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Daniel Canavan, Executive Director of Achieve Training

Daniel joined PM Training in 1996, setting up the first  gardening team and developing the Homeworks  property management service, which now boasts more  than 60 teams. Since then, he has worked in a number  of roles across the business, including Director of  Homeworks, and most recently Director of Training  Operations, before being appointed Executive Director  of PM Training in April 2020. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Daniel has a real passion for  the area and in particular the development and  education of its young people. He is proud to have  played a part in the growth and success of the  organisation, which was set up by his father, Sean  Canavan, in 1982.