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ESB welcomes new vice chair

22 February 2018

The Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB) has appointed its newest Vice Chair, Liz Austin, who will be acting alongside its current vice chair, Alison Calnan of Ford Motor Company UK.

Liz Austin is the HR Director for London Stansted Airport, and had previously represented the major Essex employer as a dedicated and longstanding member of the board. Liz will be replacing David Bell as he steps down from his role of nearly two years of serving as a vice chair.

Adam Jones, ESB Chair said: “I am confident that Liz will be able to continue the exceptional contribution that David has offered to the ESB in achieving its mission to build a productive, responsive and inclusive Essex skills system. Liz has a strong understanding of the priority sectors in Essex and the skills needs of both the SMEs and large employers in these industries.”

Stansted Airport is also demonstrating its commitment to improving skills in the region with its recent partnership with Harlow College, forming the new Stansted Airport College. In addition, the airport will see a large expansion in its business and workforce with a £130m investment in its arrivals terminal. Currently, over 12,000 people are employed across 200 on-airport companies.

Liz Austin commented that: “The ESB is the leading voice for employers in Essex and so it is a genuine pleasure to encourage growth for local business and economy in my capacity as an ESB vice chair. I am particularly passionate about providing greater opportunities to our future work force within sectors which are currently suffering significant skills gaps.

Liz has worked at London Stansted Airport for over ten years and, in that time, has helped manage the transfer from BAA to Manchester Airport Group at a time of exceptional and sustained period of growth. Her background has been key in attracting and retaining a diverse, skilled workforce to deliver a growing business.

As a partner of the ESB, Essex County Council (ECC) also welcomes Liz as the new vice chair. Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “We are delighted the Essex Skills Board has appointed Liz Austin as Vice Chair.  Liz has an excellent track record and extensive knowledge around all aspects of skills. We look forward to working with her.”